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Topaz Labs Black Friday Sale save 50% on the Complete Collection

It’s that time of year again! From November 21st through November 28th, Topaz Labs is offering 75% off of all of our traditional plugins in the full Topaz Plugin Collection or the newest technology in Topaz Studio with the Topaz Studio Go Pro Pack. Whether you want to achieve stunning photography enhancements or apply artistic effects, either option has you covered.

The plugin Collection includes 17 Topaz Products including the Topaz Studio versions of Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify. (over $1000 individually) for only $249.99. As an added bonus you receive a few pro adjustments in Topaz Studio from Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify As well!! Can’t beat best of two worlds!

*(Detail: Precision Detail & Channel Mixer; Clarity: Precision Contrast & HSL Color Tuning; Impression; Simplify: Abstraction & Quad Tone & Edges)

Users can also save on the updated Go Pro Pack with all 20 currently available Pro Adjustments (over $450 individually) is on sale for just $113.75.

The savings aren’t just for new purchases either. Owners of the older Topaz Collections or older Pro Packs can take advantage of the savings as well! They will just need to log in to their accounts, then add the collection to their cart to claim their unique upgrade price for additional savings on the Collection or Go Pro Pack!

*Note that this discount does not apply to individual plugin or adjustment purchases, which are sold at full price.

The coupon code ‘BLACKFRIDAY17’, will be auto applied in either store when they add the Pro Pack or the collection to their cart (it will be activated as an auto coupon on Tuesday the 21st, but the coupon itself is active now).

Just Click the banner below or HERE to order. Remember the sale price will show in the cart!

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 NOW Available

ON1 software has announced that the new ON1 Photo RAW 2018 is out of Beta and now available for sale!

The 2018 version contains all these great updates to really make it a viable alternative to Subscription Software

  • New update includes HDR module, Pano module, tons of updates in masking (Luminosity mask, luminosity zone masks, global mask adjustments, color range masks and more)
  • Versions or virtual copies
  • New user interface
  • New color brushes
  • ON1 Photo for Mobile
  • A viable Lightroom® alternative available today

You can try before you buy with a 30 day trial and you can also upgrade from 2017 versions

Just click Below

ON1 Photo RAW 2018

You can watch an Overview Here

Macphun Software to become Skylum in 2018

Macphun Software announced today that they will be changing their name to “Skylum”.

The company feels that because of the recent addition of Windows OS editions of both Luminar and Aurora, Macphun doesn’t reflect that as well and may cause some customer confusion and with future offering of their ever expanding library of photo editing tools now for everyone.

You can read the entire Press release HERE

I think it’s a good idea and a nice new name

Good luck Skylum!

PT

Skylum

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Public Beta 2 Now available

ON1 has released the 2nd of Public Betas for the Upcoming Photo RAW 2018, If you were part of the 1st Beta they have fixed some of the bugs, If you are new,  give it whirl and test out all the new features over 2017 edition. Including HDR and Pano capabilities

To Download the Beta 2

Click Here

On1 also has some special Pre-order Pricing. If you are an Existing Customer They have $20 off the regular Retail automatically. If you are a New Buyer, Use My Coupon code HDRIG17 for 20% off your purchase

 

On1 Photo RAW 2018 Public Beta Now Available

Today, ON1 Software released it’s Public Beta of Photo RAW 2018 with many new features that customers have asked for in their ongoing Public Feedback forum. They listen to YOU!

This is the Prerelease Beta version, The full version will be available tentatively the end of October. There are some know bugs (that’s why it’s a Beta) so give it a chance but this will let yiou explore all the new features which include:

Overview of What’s New in 2018 (12.0.0.3931)
– HDR Merge
– Panorama Merge
– Masking Improvements
– New “Versions”
– Updated UI
– Improved Local Adjustments
– Folders Groups
– Additional Camera & Lens Support
– Important Bug Fixes
To download the Beta of ON1Photo RAW 2018 click the banner below
On1 Photo RAW 2018
I’m looking forward to trying out along iwth you the new HDR and Pano Features. I’ll let you know what I think.
Cheers,
P

New from ON1 – Resize 2017 – Special pricing

Introducing from ON1 Software – Resize 2017

With most people just posting their images on social media these days, the actual need for large Mega-pixel files might seem that great. Bit the truth is, people still want to hang Photographic Artwork on thier walls. Gone are the days fo 8 x 10 framed prints. People want big REALLY BIG. I know in my print sales the majority of prints I sell are 20 x 30″ or larger and I sell a LOT of 60″ wide prints. I’ve even sold wall size prints that measured 8′ x 12′! Now for some of them I have done multi image combined high resolution (100MP+) images so that I have the printer resolution needed. For fine art quality sometinmes this means 300ppi, but at the very least you will need 1o0ppi so some of your single images, especially those you shot a few years back, may not have the image resolution needed to print in the size you OR your custimer desires and we can’t always get out and reshoot a seen in high resolution.

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Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac AND PC available for pre-order

Airora 2018 Pre-orderThe folks over at Macphun Software have the new version of the HR Editing program Aurora HDR 2018 available to ship September 28th but you cam pre-order it starting TODAY

The great news for all of you Windows  PC users is that it is now compatible with YOUR operating system!

Here’s what is coming:

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Why not give ON1 Photo Raw a spin for free

So I’ve written a couple posts about the new (ish) ON1 Photo RAW 2017. Really a great set of Photo Editing software that can be everyting you want it to be.

But why just trust me and my opinion? Try it for yourself!

ON1 Offers an Month long full Function Copy for free. So download it for yourself, try it on YOUR photos. See how easy it is to organize and get to the final image YOU want quickly and completely

Just Click  thru HERE

 

 

 

 

And guess what.

They have MORE free stuff?

Want some Free Lightroom Plug-ins?

You can Get them HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND, Want a Free Full Version of their popular ON1 Photo Effects 10

That’s right HERE

 

 

 

 

That’s a LOT of good free stuff for your After 4th Fun!

 

ON1 Releases big update to Photo RAW 2017

ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5ON 1 releases Photo RAW 2017.5

ON1 Software announced today the release of ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5, the first major update to their new and exciting RAW Photo editing system.

The update contains 6 added features as well as 2 program updates

What’s New in This Build

LENS CORRECTION — The new Lens Correction pane will automatically detect your lens and reduce distortion, chromatic aberration and peripheral fall-off.

COMPARE MODE — Select a series of photos and zoom and pan each of them at the same time.

DETAILS PANE — Sharpening and Noise Reduction is improved and has been merged into a new Details Pane for global corrections on raw photos giving better results in both areas.  Continue reading »

Exciting new Photo Editor from Topaz Labs and it’s Free!

Topaz Labs StudioExciting new Photo Editor from Topaz Labs and it’s Free!

Topaz Labs this week launched Topaz Labs Studio a full featured editor for your photos including many preset and editable filter effects and also as a host program for all your Topaz Labs Plug-ins, existing and future. Not only is it feature packed but it’s available at the best price…Free.

It has 24 Adjustment modules, all of which are active,10 are free and fully adjustable (the other 14 are active but full adjustability, if desired, are available separately or in pacs at additional cost) Along with that are 290 Preset Effects that are adjustable to taste, you can make your own presets and also share them in the community with others and pickup some of their shared effects also.

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HDRsoft announces Photomatix 6

HDRsoft announces Photomatix 6

Yesterday HDRsoft announced the latest version of their ever popular HDR software PhotoMatix Pro 6

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Update to story of Photoshop v Nik Plug-ins

I reported in this post   that some people were experiencing problems when using the Google/Nik Collection and the update to Photoshop CC 2017

Tonight (May11, 2017) Adobe Creative Cloud has issued an update to 2017 to correct “Various issues” and one of them, The bugginess of Nik Plug-ins has gone away. At least it has on my machine

Hopefully for everyone else that experienced the problem… and no, not all did

Also there was no problem if you exported from LR or used Nik as a Standalone. It was only when used on top of Photoshop (Plug-in) to be clear

 

PT

Breaking the Rules -Why you are not the Rebel you think you are

The following is a repost from my Business and Portfolio Website and blog. Posting it here in the hopes of farther reach

Breaking the Rules

Why you are NOT the Rebel you think you are

The Rules

Not a day goes by that I don’t hear a fellow photographer proclaim: “I know the rules so I can break them” then they also add in “I’m a Rebel”. I mean, I see this so often it’s actually become an annoyance and it’s really turned into just group speak. Someone said it and then everyone just repeats it without actually thinking about what it means. Well, I have. So lets take a little trip and see, what what with this.

But first a note. This article assumes you make photographs as art. The “rules” don’t apply to other photographic genres. Photojournalism is about telling a story, Sports, about capturing the moment, Commercial, about selling the product. While they may possibly contain art, it’s not a necessity. Continue reading »

Nik Collection doesn’t play well with Photoshop CC 2017

There are many reports that I’ve confirmed on my copy of the Google/ Nik Collection. That it is no longer fully compatible with Photoshop  Version CC 2017

On Google/Nik’s website it states  “The Nik Collection is free and compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.10; Windows Vista, 7, 8; and Adobe Photoshop through CC 2015. We have no plans to update the Collection or add new features over time.”

Also note they say nothing about being compatible with Windows 10

https://support.google.com/nikcollection/answer/3000889?hl=en

If you can’t find your Nik collection iPlug ins ( Or any Plug-ins Photoshop CC2017 you need to make sure you move the Plug-ins  to the new default folder location for Adobe.

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ON1 Photo RAW 2017 Review – Part 1 – Why do I want this over LR-PS

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ON1 Photo RAW 2017 Review

Part one: The Why

Full disclose per FTC. I am an affilate for ON1 Software

If you would like to see a quick video showing an overview of ON1 Photo RAW 2017 before proceeding, click this great video by ON1’s Dan Harlacher

I want to start this review of ON1 Photo RAW talking about… Adobe

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Let me state this upfront, Personally (and of course arguably), I think the combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop is the most powerful photo editing combination you can use. Especially when you have to go beyond the norms that the average photographer needs and into some of the thing even few professionals may need. Other working spaces (CMYK), Graphics needs (integrating Bitmap with Vector) and a host of other things. It’s  the best and most powerful. I’ve been user since Photoshop 2,  and Lightroom before it was Lightroom (Raw Shooter). I know most of the ins and outs. I like using them.

Okay, wait. Why say that in a ON1 review? Are you saying it’s better? Then what is even the point of a review?

The Problems with using Lightroom and Photoshop

Here’s the problem(s). Not many people are are me (not saying that in a heady way) but the majority of photographers are not (i’ve been at this 50 years). Add into this the fact that when Adobe moved to a Subscription program, that turned off a lot of photographers – I actually think it is fine – but I’ve heard the complaints and the calls for something instead, I get it.

But going back to what I said about people not being me. Here is the real rub with using the LR/PS combo. And this comes in two important parts. Part One: The Learning Curve. I’ve been using them a long time. I know quite a bit but still learn new stuff all the time. Photoshop has a very steep and long learning curve to get past the basics and actually use ALL the power that it has. Lightroom on the other hand is pretty intuitive to use as an editor – it’s why it’s almost universally liked – but what throws people into a tizzy is the “Catalog” most people are used to file browsers and don’t really understand how a catalog differs from a browser and most people are even confused at where their images actually are.

So problem one is: The Learning Curve

But there is also another problem that isn’t talked about: Editing Vision. A lot of photographers may have good Photographic/Artistic vision. This enables them to Pre-visualize what they want from a photo. But there is a secondary step. Editing Vision. This is knowing where you want an image to go or be in the edit. A lot of people haven’t a clue about that (not saying it as a bad thing, just what is) So while they may understand a software product, they know what the sliders do. They don’t know where they want to go, so how do you know what to use to get there?

This is where enter, ON1 Photo RAW

Problems Solved

Now of course, as with all things new to people, there is a learning curve. So you will need to learn some things and become familiar with ON1 Photo RAW. Luckily they have a ton of Training Videos on their site and also a lot by big time users of ON1. That helps you get off to a quick start. But using ON1 Photo RAW is more akin to using Lightroom, which most photographers like better because it’s more intuitive and easier to navigate than Photoshop.

Almost everything you need is in the right hand panel and it’s modules. So then why is ON1 Photo RAW easier to use than Lightroom. Well because it eliminates the one thing that confuses and confounds people in Lightroom: The Catalog. ON1 Photo RAW does not use a catalog to select images. It simply use a File Browser that more people are accustomed to. Know where you have those pictures of that fall trip? Navigate to that folder, open and begin working.

ON1 Photo RAW can be quicker to do that also, because it just uses the embeded thumbnails to generate previews. In Lightroom, First, you must import the images into the catalog, then Lightroom – depending on how you set it in preferences – will generate Thumbnails. Depending on the quality  and quantity you choose, this can take some time for the full previews to be generated completely.

So, you start off with a file system you are more familiar with and it usually will load up a lot faster.

Then once you have an image to work on, like Lightroom, you have your Right Side panels and different modules to work with. But unlike Lightroom that only has Develop Modules, Photo RAW takes it beyond that and also has; Effects, Layers and Resize (plus Browse) All of which can be switched to at anytime without the need to export the file. So instead of like Lightroom, where you work on an image in Develop, but if you want to add an effect like those in ON1 Photo 10, or the Plug-in effects of your choice, you have to export that image as a Psd/tiff to that editor and then reimport that file to Lightroom. Photo RAW you can just click on effects, add effects and then jump back to the develop module and continue working there  or any other module. ALL, in a non destructive workspace. Meaning at any time you can go back and modify those adjustments or even eliminate them. Nothing is baked into the image and un-doable

Within each Module you can add varying tabs for the develop or effect needs you want to use and not add those tabs if you never use them. Less clutter, less confusion to the user. Develop has 11 different Tab choices. Every one of them can be applied globally or locally (via brushes, gradients and luminocity masks ) and every one fully adjustable with adjustable opacity.

In the Effects Module there are 24 sets of Effects that are available and again all of which you can apply globally or locally AND in Layers. Which of course you can’t do in Lightroom but would instead need to export the RAW file to Photoshop to do.

So as you can see, On1 Photo RAW has the ease of using Lightroom with the added power of most of what Photoshop has. All in one place, all non-destructively.

This means that ON1 solves almost all of Problem One. Ease of use with a much shorter learning curve compared to the LR/PS combo

Solving Problem Two

Like I said earlier a lot of people have a problem pre-visualizing what they want out of their edits. It may just be simple corrections of exposure, contrast and saturation or, of course, it could be things far beyond that. But they are just not sure in their mind’s eye what they want. BUT, they may know it when they see it. This is why Plug-in are so popular….Presets

If a person can press a preset, they can have an ACTUAL visualization of what they want or an approximation of what they want. For most people preset are a starting point or even the end point. This is why Nik Silver Effects Pro was so popular. Most people didn’t even know what their B & W’s should look like. A preset gave them an idea.

This is where ON1 Photo RAW has it all over Lightroom and Photoshop: Presets and… some really good ones.

You can start by going though the presets till you find a look you want. And either just  burn that in (on Export) or you can take it one or many steps further by customizing that preset and even adding more layers and tabs to it. What’s great is, when you select a preset, It opens all the Modules and Tabs that are used in that preset. And doesn’t show you the ones that aren’t. You can then go into each module and make further adjustments or even just turn on or off that tab/module/layer to see what it added to the image.

This is huge because it gives everyone equal footing. Whether you can per visualize or not you can use the software to get to your end game.

And, I’ll say it again. ALL non destructively. Everything is changeable and not baked in (until export)

So this segment answers the Why: Why would I want ON1 Photo 1 and not get Lightroom/ Photoshop?

Please note that ON1 Photo RAW is also completely integrate-able  with Lightroom and Photoshop. So if you want the best of all world, that is possible too

Beyond the above. if you look at it from a price perspective, the regular price for  SINGLE SEAT LR/PS would be $120 for a Year of the Photographer edition Creative Cloud subscription. ON1 Photo RAW Regular price is $119.99 ($99.99 Upgrade), but that is for a 5 Seat License but it’s an outright license, not a subscription so if you never want to upgrade and just use the software as long as you want, you can. 

Remember you can “Try” ON1 Photo RAW 2017 with the free trial to see for yourself. Or you can buy it. As an added Bonus for my readers you can use coupon code HDRIG17 at checkout for 20% off your purchase

ON1 Photo RAW 2017

ON1 Photo RAW 2017