Category Archives: HDR Lesson

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

 

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!

 

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

Luminar – New Photo Editor from Macphun – Release and Review

Luminar – The new Photo Editor from Macphun (Mac OS ONLY)

Today, Macphun software introduced Luminar their new all in one photo editor. (sorry Mac OS only)

The key features are the ability to design the Workspace to how you work, Adding or subtracting Modules (filters) to show only the ones you find necessary and work with often but always having those other modules  available. The other key feature, if you want to call it that, is simply…price. At $69 normal price (there are some savings I will talk about at the end of the piece) That’s pretty darn inexpensive in the world of editing software especially when you consider how much power and versatility is built into Luminar. Now I’m a big Adobe fan and have been a user of Photoshop since Photoshop 2. so that’s quite a long time. And currently a membership to Photoshop CC/Lightroom is $9.99 a month. Now for a professional like me that’s a small expense relative to the other expenses of running a business. Not everyone is a professional but what if you could get software that offers Pro level performance at a price that’s greatly affordable to people that don’t do this to earn money. That’s where Luminar comes in and very strongly. Even a Pro may find the feature set to be everything they need. Continue reading »

Aurora HDR Pro 2017 Performance Review

Macphun Software last week released the newest version of Aurora – Aurora HDR Pro 2017 a MUCH improved version of their Mac Only HDR Software

Now you may have noticed something, I never did a review of the Original Aurora HDR Pro, which may seem odd for a site dedicated to HDR. The reason was, it simply was not up to my standards and not ready for prime time. This really is not that unusual for 1st releases. The same was true when Nik Software released HDR Efex Pro. It just wasn’t good but when they ramped up to do release  2 and they consulted with the HDR crowd including me, they released a great, for the time, HDR software. So the fact that a first version wasn’t that good is pretty normal. Aurora certainly had the feature set right, but for me the only thing I am interested in is performance and it was there that it lacked.

All that has changed with the release of Aurora HDR Pro 2017. Continue reading »

New from Topaz Labs Texture Effects 2 with Discount Code

texture-box-3dTopaz Labs introduces Texture Effects 2

On September 27th Topaz Labs will introduce an update to their popular Texture program Texture Effects 2

Many peopel love the look of adding textures to their images. What they don’t like is the hassle and learning curve of doing so in Photoshop. Texture Effects allows you to add texture  effects in a snap and manipulate them in endless fashions of your choice and masking.

In the update in Texture Effects 2 they’ve taken it a step above with more lightning fast features, custom effects, and even professional textures from Hazel Meredith and 2 Lil Owls.

Not only that but from September 27th through October 30Th They are offering a Discount coupon worth $10 off the purchase price, Reg $69.99 now just $59.99. Just click on the banners and use coupon code ” TFX2 ”  As always the update is free for current users of Texture Effects

Here is a great Example of the power of Texture Effects 2 Order Now!

Topaz Labs Texture Effects 2

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Why Dynamic Range is NOT Tonal Range

Why Dynamic Range is NOT Tonal Range

Now, it could be…but it’s not

It’s like a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square…so let’s explore this

I recently was reading an article explaining dynamic range, in it, the author went on to explain when a camera has a limited dynamic range it will only show shades of gray not black and white. And I thought, no, that’s limited tonal range, not dynamic range.

Most everything we use in photography has a Full Tonal Range when lit with the same constant light source

  • Our Eyes; can see the full tonal range from Black to White
  • A High End Camera; can reproduce the full tonal range from Black to White
  • A Low End Consumer Camera; can reproduce the full tonal range from Black to White
  • Most decent LCD Monitors: Can produce a full range of tones from Black to White
  • Most Better Photo Printers: Can produce a NEAR full range of tones from black to white (Limited by Paper white {DMin} and Black Ink (DMax} )

Continue reading »

ON1 Photo 10 and Lightroom HDR

It’s no secret that Lightroom does a pretty darn good job with HDR, it makes a great NATURAL looking HDR which of course as my long time readers know, is my preferred look. But I’ve come to terms with the  fact that that is not the look everyone desires. Everyone has differing Artistic Visions and so they may want to deviate from a Natural Look to a mutitude of looks from mild to wild. The problem is besides a bit of use of the Clarity slider, there is not a lot you can do in Lightroom to push beyond Continue reading »

ON1 to Release Photo RAW this Fall!

ON1 to release Photo RAW this Fall!

This should be VERY Interesting

Photo RAW

ON1 Photo RAW

 

Why On1 is SOOO much better than Free Software

I’ve been a user of ON1 Software since I think 2007/8 when they introduced Genuine Fractals (Now Perfect Resize) and since 2010 I’ve also been a Marketer for them (FTC Truth in Ad) We have always had a good relationship but it’s one that really is gonna get better. More on that in a bit.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that a big conglomerate has been giving away Photo Editing Software for free as of late. If you don’t know, just “Google™” it. Now that software was good software developed by great people working for another great company, a good number were my friends. Great People, doing great work..well except when Mr. conglomerate came along…120 of them all lost their jobs in the acquisition. Continue reading »

Topaz Labs introduces DeNoise 6 and Sale

Our friends at Topaz Labs have introduced a major update to their popular DeNoise Program (Noise Reduction)

and this is really a Major Overhaul. The most important new features are: 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 »