Macphun is coming to PC with Luminar for Windows public beta

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It has started, MacPhun is coming to PC – Windows Platform with the release of the Luminar for Windows Public Beta


In its first foray into the Windows world, MacPhun is releasing a public beta of Luminar for Windows today.

Sign up here today to receive your copy of the
Luminar for Windows Public Beta Today

During the beta period, Luminar for Windows is free to download and use


Key features of the Luminar for Windows public beta:

  • Adaptive user interface – Exactly matching the Mac version, the software adapts to the skill level and preferences of the photographer.
  • One-click presets – Over 50 pre-defined styles for every photography style.
  • Photo Editing Filters – Over 40 custom filters, each with built-in visual tips and a unique set of easy-to-use controls for correcting, enhancing and stylizing images.
  • RAW file conversion – Support for the latest RAW file libraries
  • Non-destructive workflow – Edit without fear.
  • Recommended System Requirements – Windows 10, Core i5 2.2 or better, 8GB RAM,1GB GPU RAM, SSD with 20+GB free space.

As with any beta

  • Beta version is not the final version and features are subject to change
  • Current beta version does not include all of the features/tools that the final release version will
  • Final version will be released late 2017


Now Windows Users can create stunning images like these with the ease of Luminar for Windows.




A quick look at the Windows User Interface.

If you have already seen the Mac Version interface you will notice the layout the same.


#luminar #Windows #beta #affiliate

Free trials on some great photo editors

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I”m calling July Free Trial month as you can get free trials on some great photo editors.


You know you are going to be taking photos during the summer. Maybe of your friends and family or from your great summer vacation.


So why not try out some of the best photo editors to see which will bring out the best in your photos.


Products from On1 that are for Mac and Windows computers.


You can use these as plugins to Lightroom and Photoshop or as standalone applications depending upon the app.

On1 Effects 10On1 Photo Free Trial

On1 Lightroom Presets Free Trial


For those who have Mac OS computers here are two great editors you can download and try for free.


#freetrial #photoeditor #affiliate


Photolemur now supports Windows 8

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Photolemur now supports Windows 8 with

update 2 to Photolemur 2.0


You have been asking for it so Photolemur has added support to Windows 8. So with that it now supports Windows 8, Windows 10, and Mac OS X


If you own Photolemur, you can get the download within the application. It will notify you of a new update available and let you being the download to install after lauching.


If you do not yet have Photolemur you can get a free trial of the application.


Start your trial or purchase your subscription today at the Photolemur Website


#photolemur #affiliate #automatic #photoenhancer


Upcoming Art Shows

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I’ve added some additional art shows to the list, so here are my upcoming local events.


July 1st – Celebrate America– Festival of the Arts (Hanover, Md)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

WACA Center for the Arts
1788 Dorsey Road, Hanover, MD 21076


July 8th – Common Ground on the Hill

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Carroll County Farm Museum
500 S Center Street, Westminster, MD  21157

Visit for more details on the event.


2nd Saturdays of the Month from August to October at the Westminster Farmers Market.

8:00 am – 12:00 PM

Conway Parking Lot
27 Railroad Ave, Westminster, MD 21157


More event dates will be added as possible, so check back here or follow me on Facebook for the Art Shows at American Kiwi Photo


When at the Art Shows, look for the Banner that Says

American Kiwi Photo


#artshows #americankiwiphoto #local


Topaz Studio

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Topaz Labs announces its latest product, Topaz Studio


So what is Topaz Studio

It is a new fast, flexible, powerful creative toolbox and next level image editor. It can work as a standalone editor application or as a plugin in the following applications:

Photoshop CS4+, Photoshop CC, Photoshop Elements 12+, Paintshop Pro X 6+, Serif PhotoPlus X5+, Lightroom 4+, Lightroom CC, and photoFXlab
*Not compatible with Fusion Express


And the best news…

They are Giving it Away! Yes that’s right, you get it for FREE.

You can use Topaz Studio as a plugin, a host editor for all Topaz Labs existing products, 10 free adjustments, comprehensive masking, opacity slider, and blending modes functionality are included.


Here is what the interface looks like


You can save your edited images as PNG, JPG, or TIFF formats.


Topaz is constantly updating their tutorial video library on making the best of Topaz Studio and you can view those tutorials HERE


The Min System Requirements to use Topaz Studio are:
Mac OSX 10.9+
Windows 7/8/10 x 64bit + OpenGL 3.3
*Does not support Windows 32bit


Get your Free Copy of Topaz Studio Today


And for a limited time, you can purchase the Pro Adjustment Pack that gives you 14 additional adjustments that will normally cost $270 for just $99.

To purchase the Pro Adjustment Pack for Topaz Studio, Click HERE and use the Topaz Studio Pro Adjustment Pack 50% Discount Code of “STUDIO” at checkout.

#topazstudio #free #photoeditor #affiliate

Upcoming Art Shows and A Thank you

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Upcoming Art Shows


Art Show season has begun and I’m venturing out into the wide world of Local Art and Festival shows.


Just came back from my first show of the season that was a bit of a wash out due to rain, but I wanted to thank all that did come out and stop by my booth at the Hampstead Day Event in Arcadia, Md.

I never take anything for granted, so it was much appreciated for those who did make it and for those who purchased my work.


If you missed me today, you can catch me at my next show.


Art in the Park

Saturday, June 3rd from 10am-4pm

121 Longwell Ave, Westminster, MD 21157-2101, United States

Booth #82/83


Hope to see you there.


I’m working on other events, so be sure to check here or my facebook page(s) of AmericanKiwiPhoto and/or MarkDoddPhotography

#artshow #artinthepark #westminster


Free Luminar Presets

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 MacPhun has released free Luminar presets and a free texture pack that is available to download.


So you have Luminar or are considering getting it, but you are not sure about what settings will bring out the best in your photography. Well, MacPhun is here to help.


To help get you started with making fantastic photos, MacPhun has worked with various photographers to create a great set of presets and textures that you can use to enhance your photos with just one click. You can either just use the preset as is, or you can use it as a starting point for your own adjustments. Best of all, they are free to download and use.


Once you have tried out the free set, consider a premium preset or the premium texture to get added instant effects for your photography.


The free presets include

  • Seascape Presets by Ellen Anon
  • Winter Hues by Discovery Photo Tours
  • Studio Portraits by Tony Corbell
  • Magic Hour by Jim Nix
  • Variations of Monochrome by Dan Hughes
  • The Box by Scott Wyden Kivowitz
  • Autin Drama by Jim Nix
  • View from Brooklyn by Hector Martinez.

And you can get the free Desert Dreams Texture Pack as well.


Once you have tried out the free presets you can purchase additional Premium presets like

  • Noble Monochromatic Preset Pack
  • Insta Inspiration pack by Jason Odell
  • Photo Essentials Pack

And the Premium Asphalt & Leaf Texture Pack.


Download your free Presets and Texture Pack today



If you do not have Luminar you can Download your Free Trial of Luminar and give these free presets and the texture pack a try.


Demo Video of installing and using the Presets and Texture


#Free #Presets #luminar #Textures #affiliate #freetrial


Get On1 Effects 10.5 for FREE

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You can now get On1 Effects 10.5 for FREE




Many of these features are included in On1 Photo 2017, but for those who want to get a great effects program for free, here is your chance.


Here are just a few of the features you can use with this free version.

Get your FREE copy of On1 Effects 10.5 today.

It is available for both Mac and Windows, so everyone is covered.


#On1Effects10.5 #On1 #affiliate


Bring your Photos to life with Plotograph

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Bring your still photos to life and give them a little extra punch




You too could create images like these with Plotagraph Pro.


Troy Christopher Plota

George Redhawk

Trey Ratcliff

A review is coming, but for now, go check it out for yourself.

Download a free trial of Plotagraph Pro


Be sure to check out my other post related to Plotagraph Pro to see my first image using the program.

Aurora HDR + Plotagraph Pro


And if you decide it is for you, you can save 10% by using my

Plotagraphy Coupon Code of MARKDODD


#plotagraph #imagestolife #affiliate


Picktorial Version 3.0 Release

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Picktorial 3.0


Picktorial 3.0 was released April 4th.


● Versatile and responsive patch tool, up to 30x faster than Lightroom’s equivalent Spot-Removal tool
● Unique color and luminosity masks making fine-art results easier
● Adaptable single-space workflow, from camera-to-edit within a single window without slow switching between the library and develop modules.
● Advanced selective tonal adjustments including HSL, Curves, Split Toning, and more, operating on specific parts of the image defined with advanced masking tools.
● Skin smoothing brush utilizing Frequency Separation in a single brush with the ability to control the
separation radius.
● Edge-aware brush to enable more precise selections.
● Smart extension for MacOS Photos, the first of its kind to offer non-destructive pro-level editing while
recalling positions of sliders and masks, even after closing Photos.
● Catalog-free Image handling that automatically monitors the content of referenced folders, enabling
instant editing with no slow import process needed.
● Native browsing of Aperture libraries with no conversion needed.
● Assistant viewer similar to Lightroom’s new “reference view,” but fully functional with edits and tabs.

There is a 14 Day free trial available so you can check it out before you buy

I’m working on a written review and will do a demo video. Just with Light City Baltimore and attending the recent Inspire conference of the PPA of PA event this past weekend I’m a little behind.  So look out for both of these reviews next week.

To get the free trial or purchase at the introductory rate, click the link below

Get Picktorial 3.0 for the intro price of just $39.99 for a limited time

Requires Mac OS 10.10 or later.

#Picktorial #affiliate #limitedtime #Intro


Going to Light City Baltimore

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Time to go to Light City…


Although Light City Baltimore has been running for a few days now, I have not had a chance yet to go down and check out all the wonderful light art that is on display. From the pictures I’ve seen and posts I’ve read, it is much larger and even better this year.


Here’s hoping I can get some great shots like these from last year’s Light City Baltimore



Making the Most of a Busted Sunrise Photo Trip

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On a recent Sunday, I planned on getting up early to get Sunrise pictures. This is not something that I do easily as I am not a morning person. I normally do not get up until well after the sun has risen as I work the later shift at work.

Well on this Sunday I did my best the night before to check what the forecast would be. Based on what I saw I thought it was worth getting up early and driving down to the Baltimore Inner Harbor to get the sunrise as it had the potential to be a spectacular sunrise.

I arrived early enough to find a nice cloud deck above, the water was still, and there was a small sliver of an opening on the horizon. Well, the appointed time for the sun to come up came and went and it never made an appearance on the horizon as the clouds were just too thick. So my chance of an epic sunrise was a bust.

So I made the best of disappointment and decided let’s see what else I can get photos of. I ended up driving to four different locations this day as it was one of those rare warm days in February.  Here are some of the pictures I got on my 102-mile round trip.


Since the water was still in the Inner Harbor tried my best to get a few reflection shots. Here is one of them.

West side of the Inner Harbour on a still Sunday morning

It was so early I was able to get a shot of the visitors center without all the folks walking around. Sometime I’ll actually be down at the Inner Harbor when the visitors center is open so I can go in. It is supposed to be a very nice visitors center.

Baltimore Visitors Center


Next Stop, the Under Armour Corporate Headquarters and the pier nearby.

Seagulls on the Pier

I don’t have too many usable pictures from this location as I was testing out some manual lens that I had acquired. Seems I need to learn a few things about them still as things didn’t turn out as I had hoped for some images.

Off to North Point Park to meet up with a photography buddy, but along the way, I took a picture of some street art that I have been meaning to get for some time.

Unknown artist’s work only Key Highway


Last spot of the day, Fort Howard Park

Still working on editing some of the other images, but found this one dark room in one of the bunkers that had some artwork painted on the back and had some fun going a little overboard on the editing as I though it just lending itself to the wild side. So here are 2 different versions.


The first is a standard HDR shot.



I didn’t like the fact that the words were covered so I’m trying my hand at some photoshop techniques. Still learning and this is my first attempt at combining 2 shots together to get the words.  Not quite happy with this version yet, but still figuring things out.

Let me know what you think of this or any of the images in this post


Canon adds 2 new DSLR’s and a new Mirrorless camera to their line up

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Canon announced 2 new DSLR’s, the Canon 77D and T7i

And a new Mirrorless camera, the M6

These Canon cameras are expected to ship 3/31/17 and are available to pre-order now



Click the links below for ordering or to learn more

Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera

  • Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body for $779.00
  • Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera Kit with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens for $899.00
  • Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Digital Camera Black Kit with EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM for $1,279.00



Canon BR-E1 Wireless Remote for T7i and 77D for $49.95

Canon EVC-DC2 Electronic Viewfinder Black – for EOS M6 / EOS M3 / PowerShot G1 X Mark II / PowerShot G3 X for $209.95

#canon  #adorama #affiliate