Pre-Order ON 1Photo 10 today

250x250Don’t forget you can still pre-order the new ON 1 Photo 10 suite of apps today for only $119.99 or $89.99 for the upgrade from version 9 plus get free training videos from Matt Kloskowski, a $50 value

ON 1 Photo 10 is A full-featured photo editor that works as a plug-in to Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom®, or as a standalone application. Browse and manage your photos where they are stored; local, external, and network drives or cloud service. Version 10 includes the necessary tools to manage and edit your photos with non-destructive Smart Photo technology. Improve portraits, add effects, enlarge for large-format printing, share, and make complex selections or masks with minimal effort.

ON 1 Photo 10 will be available sometime late October, until them you get ON 1 Perfect Photo suite 9.5 (New Orders)to get you up and running

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Preorder Macphun Creative Kit 2016 for only $89.99


Macphun Software (Mac only) maker of great photo editing apps like: Intensify, Tonality and Noiseless, has announced an amazing pre-order price on their new Creative Kit 6 for only $89.99 !

TIP #1: Why Pre-Order Creative Kit 2016 NOW:
  • Special pre-order price: $89.99 for 6 products (The SRP will be $149.95 after October 14).
  • You get the current version of Creative Kit right away + Creative Kit 2016 one day before the official release (PRO versions of Noiseless, Tonality, Snapheal, FX Photo Studio, Focus and Intensify)
  • A pack of exclusive photography bonuses, worth $175:

Bonus 1. Pro HD-video photography training by renowned photographer Serge Ramelli

Bonus 2. A premium selection of textures & presets for Intensify, Noiseless and Tonality

Bonus 3. Snapselect for Mac, to help you easily find the best photos & remove duplicates.

Bonus 4. Two acclaimed ebooks, covering Intensify and Tonality by Pro Photographer Ellen Anon

TIP #2: What’s New in Creative Kit 2016:
  • New software: FX Photo Studio Pro: a creative powerhouse with over 200 unique filters, frames, brushes and controls (this is the 6th app in the new Creative Kit)
  • Single installer & a single product key for a faster setup: the installer will automatically set-up the plug-ins, activate the software, put all applications into a separate folder and get you ready for awesome photo editing.
  • Batch processing in Tonality, Intensify, FX Photo Studio & Noiseless
  • El Capitan OS compatibility
  • Full cross-sharing of images across all apps


TIP #3: Benefits for current Creative Kit users or owners of Pro apps:

You get a free upgrade to the new Creative Kit 2016 (the latest versions of our apps + FX Photo Studio Pro) after the official release:

  • If you are a Creative Kit owner already
  • If you own 5 PRO apps by Macphun separately (Noiseless Pro, Snapheal Pro, Focus Pro, Tonality Pro, Intensify Pro)
  • NOTE: it makes sense to pre-order Creative Kit 2016 now even if you already have just a couple of Pro apps, since you get a huge saving anyway, and 4 bonuses worth $175 that only go with the Pre-Order!

Offer ends October 15th so HURRY


Topaz Labs ReMask 5 Intro Sale

Topaz Labs introduces ReMask 5 the latest and updated version of their famous easy to use Photo masking Software and also has a Sale Price of only $49.99 That’s $20 off their usual price!

This Great price is good until September 18th . Just Click the link below and enter Coupon Code GetReMask5

Photomatix Pro 5.1 is Still King

On September 5th. HDRsoft introduced it latest update to it’s always popular HDR Program: Photomatix Pro. Version 5.1 has a few improvments over v5.0 and they are:

Main updates in version 5.1
  • Added support for recent camera models such as the Nikon D7200 and Canon G7X, EOS M3, and 750D/760D (T6i/T6s).
  • Ability to mark presets as Favorites (by clicking on the ‘star’ icon to the left of each thumbnail) and filter the preset list to only show those favorites.
  • Fusion/Real-Estate renamed into Fusion/Interior and now includes a Brightness setting.
  • Addition of “Architecture” category to filter Presets.
  • By default, the preset name or method name is now appended to the file name of the final image. You can also adjust the suffix in the Preferences panel.
  • On Batch of Bracketed Photos, addition of Base Exposure option for deghosting.
  • The alignment is now done with one alignment method for all cases. The alignment settings (perspective correction option and maximum alignment shift) can be pre-selected via an Alignment Preset pull-down menu.
  • “License Information” panel shows the license status, as well as the license key if a Photomatix Pro copy has already been registered on the computer.

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onOne announces ON1 PHOTO 10 Pre-Order now

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Portland, OR – September 8, 2015 – ON1, Inc. has announced ON1 Photo 10, the next generation of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Version 10 is a ground-up rework of Perfect Photo Suite 9, optimized for performance, stability and ease of use. Up to 4x faster than the previous version and requiring less memory to run, ON1 Photo 10 also includes an integrated mobile workflow, a modern user interface, and the essential ON1 photo editing tools photographers have come to love. Continue reading »

Noiseless Pro from Macphun now available


I had a chance to test the new Noiseless Pro for Macphun Software against a lot of the competition and I can say without hesitation that it is the best Noise Reduction software on the market (Sorry Mac OS only)

The Noise reduction Algorithms used just seemed to best accomplish the goals of Noise Reductions Software:

A: Reduce Noise

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Are your Lightroom Plug-ins Keeping your Color Space?

Are your  Lightroom Plug-ins in your Color Space?

I came across s this other day and thought if it happened to me surely it happened to others.

We have Working Color Spaces for our image; sRGB, Adobe RGB,  ProPhoto RGB. Everyone has their preferences and this article won’t delve into which you should use. A problem comes when you install Plug-ins from different manufacturers,(Nik, Topaz, Macphun etc) when they install they may not install with the Color space you desire and you may not even know this is happening. For a lot of people this may not even matter but if you are s stickler like I am for Color Management, it’s very important. Continue reading »

Macphun Tonality Pro Black & White Review

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Though not a household name (Yet) Macphun Software has been making quite a bit of buzz in the Photo Editing software market since their founding in 2008. They started off making mostly photography related iPhone apps and soon moved to full featured Software for Mac, besides their apps for iPhone and iPad™ use. Sorry, Mac only, which is OK since Photographers seem to be the most loyal Apple Fans Continue reading »

HDRsoft’s Merge to 32 Bit. A simple and effective Lightroom HDR workflow

logo_hdrsoftHDRsoft, the makers of Photomatix Pro 5  the top selling HDR software, also make a Plug-in for Lightroom that allows you to select your exposures in Lightroom and then Merge those files into a 32-bit Floating Point Tiff file and automatically re-import back into Lightroom for all your Tone-mapping and finishing needs The plug-in; HDRSoft’s Merge to 32 Bit, makes the whole process easy, effective and pain free. So let’s look at the plug-in and then follow through with some thoughts on a quick and easy yet thorough workflow using Lightroom only. Continue reading »

Lightroom mistakenly Double Processing Photoshop HDRs

In doing research for my article 32-bit HDR Myths and Methods, I came across a strange occurrence.  A 32-bit Floating point Tiff HDR file I processed in Photoshop CC (Not ACR), saved as a new 32-bit Tiff file and then  imported into Lightroom looked absolutely Horrid.

Here, I’ll show you. The Photoshop Image is on the Left (as viewed in Lightroom) Click for large view Continue reading »

32-bit HDR Myths and Methods

32bit32 Bit  HDR Myths and Methods

A funny thing happened a couple years ago with the introduction of Lightroom 4.1. I started seeing people talking about NOW processing their HDRs in 32-bit. Now while it was true that something new happened – 32 Bit Tiff support for both Adobe Lightroom 4.1and ACR 7.1- many people seemed to think that 32-bit processing in any program was not possible before this and even the confusion that Lightroom and Photoshop ACR  (Adobe Camera RAW) were the ONLY programs that did work in 32-bit (Color Bit depth), which simply wasn’t true. All the Major HDR Programs do their processing in 32-bit, Photomatix Pro, Nik by Google HDR Efex Pro 2, Oloneo all of them work in 32 bit depth while in their Tonemapping/processing modules. Period Continue reading »

Updated HDR How to Section

I took today to update the HDR How To Page to reflect the changes made in HDRsoft’s Photomatix 5 Program

If you or someone you know are new to HDR and Shooting and Processing of HDR Images it’s a great resource to get you started and the the over 180 other articles in the blog can help you to take your HDRs to the next level (as much as I hate that tag line)

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Photomatix HDR Tutorial Final Image

Photomatix HDR Tutorial Final Image

Photomatix Pro 5 Review

Photomatix 5 review 

I’m a little overdue with this review but it’s given me a little more time to play. 

In November, HDRsoft released Photomatix Pro 5, which contains one of the most important upgrades since changes to it’s De-Ghosting way back when. 

It’s no secret that since the release of Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2, I’ve used that for the majority of my HDR Image Processing. I found it was able to accomplish a more natural look easily and of course that’s the look I prefer. However Nik had some serious side effects, the worst of which, its alignment and Chromatic Aberration control. And while it’s de-ghosting was very good; it just didn’t have the power or the versatility of Photomatix Pro.

I would, on some difficult images, use the superior alignment capabilities of Photomatix to create a 32Bit Radiance file and then open that in HDR Efex Pro 2 to do my tone mapping. But with Nik acquisition by Google, I truly doubt that there will be any further releases or significant Updates to HDR Efex Pro 2 or any of Nik’s other software. Which IS very good but without support, I don’t see much future. 

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OnOne Software solves your Adobe woes


OnOne Software solves your Adobe woes

I don’t think anything has caused a bigger stir in the Photography World, then Adobe’s announcement they were going to a Subscription based Licensing (Creative Cloud) instead of their long standing Perpetual Licensing.

While subscription licensing makes sense for a lot of businesses, it’s not something that either small businesses or Hobbyists are used to nor do they like.

At first the cost was prohibitive, but that’s lessened a bit, but still for a lot of people that want to buy and then hold for a few product cycles it proved to be a thorn in their side.

I’m not here (nor will I) debate that subject. Nor am I here to do a full review of onOne Perfect Suite 8, which was released yesterday. I truly believe, it doesn’t matter much what I have to say about the software, they have a 30 day free trial so you have a whole month to take it for a spin and decide for yourself.

But I am here to tell you that onOne Prefect Photo  Suite 8 IS a replacement for Photoshop/Lightroom if you so desire one and a good one at that.  Continue reading »

Topaz Labs brings Clarity to the Milky Way – Photographing the Milky Way

Milky Way Shoot ABDSPTopaz Labs brings Clarity to the Milky Way – Photographing the Milky Way 

I’ve always loved looking up at a star filled sky in wonder. When I was a kid we would go camping in Canada. It was so dark up there away from all civilization I don’t think there was a star you couldn’t see. I remember seeing satellites fly across the sky when satellites were still new. 

But the truth was/is I’ve lived most of my life in or near big cities, first NYC and Philadelphia and now San Diego. So in my normal everyday life there wasn’t much star gazing. But there was something special about it. 

In my photography there wasn’t much of it either. Sure I did a few long exposures when I was out in the National Parks like Zion or Yellowstone. But that was when I shot film and film didn’t always offer the same possibilities or capabilities, whether it was max ISO or reciprocity. This was especially true when it came to shooting the Milky Way in color and having the stars static. 

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