Topaz Black Friday Specials

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It’s that time again for the Topaz Black Friday Specials

 

This year you can get 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.

 

Topaz Plugin Collection

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)

 

Get the Topaz Plugin Collection for just $249.99 Here

 

Topaz Studio Go Pro Pack.

The 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 your account, then add the collection to your cart to claim your unique upgrade price for additional savings on the Collection or Go Pro Pack!

 

Get the Topaz Go Pro Pack for just $113.75 Here

 

The coupon code ‘BLACKFRIDAY17’, will be auto applied in either store when you add the Pro Pack or the collection to your cart to give you the discount

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

 

Find out more about these deals or how to by both view the Topaz Black Friday Page and you can save even more.

Topaz Black Friday

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This offer expires 11:00pm on Tuesday November 28th, 2017

Next release of Photolemur, Photolemur 2.2 Spectre is almost here

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Photolemur is taking Pre-orders on

Photolemur 2.2 Spectre

and you can get a Bonus item

 

Photolemur is an automatic photo enhancer application that is powered by artificial intelligence and is available for Mac and Windows

 

What is new with Photolemur 2.2 Spectre

  • New Smart slider that lets you decide how much of an adjustment you want to be applied to your photo
  • In addition to being a standalone program, it is now a plugin for Lightroom and External Editor for Apple Photos.Photolemur 2.2 Spectre
  • New Noise Reduction
  • New Sky Enhancement
  • Faster processing
  • Smarter Enhancement Tech.
  • Still has Automatic bulk picture enhancing that is meant to dramatically simplify batch image editing: enhance all your images at once, process RAW files, work with any volume of images.

     

    Pre-Order Photolemur 2.2 Spectre today

     

    You can pre-order one of these packages

    1. Single License for $24, a 20% savings
    2. Family License + Bonus for $40, a 60% savings. Family license is for up to 5 devices
    3. Family License 5-month payment plan + bonus for $10/month for 5 months, a 50% savings.

     

    The bonus item

    Photolemur 2.2FREE Picaboo hardcover photo book (a $50 Value) 

     

    #photolemur  #pre-order #bonus #affiliate


     

This offer expires 11:00am on Tuesday November 21st, 2017

Are you a Canon user, check out the specials

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For Canon users, check out the specials from Adorama.

 

All kits include a Pro 100 Printer and Photo Paper – Free Grip – Extra Battery.

 

Your complete at home photography solution at a great price.

 

#canon #adorama #affiliate #kit


 

This offer expires 12:00am on Thursday November 23rd, 2017

On1 Photo Raw 2018 is Here

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On1 Photo Raw is here and ready to download

 

You can now download the final release of On1 Photo Raw 2018 as a trial or purchase your copy today

On1 Photo Raw 2018 is available for both Mac and Windows

 

Photo Editing
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
In One App

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 includes the essential tools and features every photographer needs in their workflow. Our super fast, non-destructive, and state-of-the-art processing engine gives you an ultra smooth and efficient editing experience. ON1 Photo RAW is focused on allowing you to get the most out of every photo. Photographers now have a tool with fast photo management, hundreds of customizable photo effects, fast and beautiful HDR, panoramas, masking and selection tools, layers, and much more—in one app.

If you have been looking for an Adobe Lightroom replacement this could be it for you, so give it a try

Comes with a way to catalog your images.

on1 photo raw 2018

 

Packed with all the adjustment tools you need.

on1 photo raw 2018

 

Get On1 Photo Raw 2018 or download a 30-day trial today

 

And don’t forget to use the On1 Photo Raw 2018 Coupon code of “MDP2016” to save 20% off your purchase of On1 Photo Raw 2018. The trial is free to download.

 

Here are just some of the new features in On1 Photo Raw 2018

  • HDR Mode
  • Panorama
  • Versions – can create multiple different versions that are separate from the original file to try various options on one photo.
  • Improvements in adjustments.
    • paint with color brush
    • skin retouching, color
    • Selective noise removal and adding
  • New masking tools
    • Blur
    • Chisel
    • Color Range Mask
    • Luminosity Masking update
  • On1 for Photo Mobile – lets you sync photos to and from your phone.
  • Updated UI
  • Create folders with groups of photos
  • Additional Camera Support

 

#on1 #windows #mac #on1photoraw2018 #trial #On1discount #affiliate


Get On1 Photo Raw 2018 or download a 30day trial today

Come join American Kiwi Photo this weekend – Nov 4th

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Come join me this weekend at one of my last Art Shows of the season.

 

I will be attending the

Art Market

Saturday, Nov 4th from 11am-3pm at

 

The Gallery

1101 Maiden Choice Lane, 2nd Fl

Baltimore, Md 21229

 

The event is open and free for all to attend

For more information on the event visit www.bcartsguild.org

 

Since this is getting to be the end of the season I will be offering some deals.

Such as buying 2 or more matted prints and save $5 off each.

So get 2, Save $10, Get 3 Save $15, and so on.

 

I might even have some of my recent New York trip photos such as this one of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn Bridge

 

#americankiwiphoto #artshow


 

Getting something different, a sunset reflection

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I was up in Hershey PA over the weekend at my high school’s homecoming activities so, of course, I had my camera with me.

After meeting up with all my fellow Milts, I wanted to get a sunset picture from Founders Hall on the school campus.  So I walking out onto the patio to get some shots of the sunset that was directly ahead of me. Things were not that impressive due to lack of clouds and started heading back inside, but then I saw this interesting look and had to take a picture.

 

Sunset reflection on the glass of a door and the chandelier from inside

Sunset reflection on glass and Chandelier

Yes, not the most impressive picture I know and it is far from a perfect edit yet, but it is more to the point of don’t forget to look around as the best picture might be behind you, or beside you and not where you thought it might be.

Edited this one in On1 Photo Raw 2017 using layers and the develope module and it is composed of 2 images so I could get the complete chandelier in this image. Each image had a different part of the chandelier showing due to the how the lights were cycling.

#sunset #hershey #MHS #On1PhotoRaw


 

Aurora HDR 2018 Now Available for Download

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Aurora HDR 2018 is now available for immediate download for both Mac and Windows

 

If you missed out on the pre-order bundle or just wanted to wait until you can download a trial before buying, Aurora HDR 2018 is now available for download today.

Download a Free Trial of Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac or PC

Upgrade to Aurora HDR 2018

or

Get Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac or Windows

 

Although you may have missed out on getting the pre-order bundle, if you use my coupon code of

MARKDODD

at check out you can still get it for $89, a $10 discount off the retail price of on Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac or Windows of $99

 

Tutorials, New Presets, and Bundle

from Stuck in Customs

If you are looking for additional Presets, a complete tutorial, or a Bundle of both Aurora HDR 2018 and the extended length, step-by-step, 2 hour video tutorial ($39 value) that shows how to get the most out of Aurora HDR 2018 in a variety of different scenarios… from landscapes, indoors, single image files and much more. Check out Stuck in Customs

Get Aurora HDR 2018 tutorials, Presets and Bundles from Stuck in Customs

 

Be sure to use my Stuck in Customs discount code of MDP10 to save even more.

#aurorahdr #aurorahdr2018 #aurorahdrwindows #aurorahdrmac #aurorahdrpc #affilate


 

A quick multi-panel image of the eclipse

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It is going to take me awhile to go through all my images as I have over a 1000 bracketed photos to go through to see which are the best, but here is a quick edit I did with the full eclipse in the background and the various stages in the foreground.

 

One note as I have to switch around the order of the images. Currently, the shadow timeline goes right to left instead of left to right. Meaning, the start of the eclipse is currently on the right and goes to the left.

 

This was just a quick piece together and my no means the final version.

Enjoy


Update: Here is the final version polished up and the order is now right to left.

 

A panel of the moon path across the Sun and the total eclipsed sun with corona and Bailye’s Beads during the Great American Eclipse of 2017


 

Had a great Solar Eclipse Day

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It was a long hot day but well worth the 12.5 hour drive in traffic on Sunday

I’ve only ever seen partial eclipses before and being in totally was an spiritual experience that I definitely plan on doing again in 7 years

Not everything went as planned as far as taking pictures but I did get some interesting shots and will be posting over the next week or so as I process them.

Had a panic moment as one set of memory card got full just before the totality but luckily I had my other cards on hand

I hope everyone had a great viewing experience wherever you were

Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac and NOW Windows

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That’s right folks,

Aurora HDR 2018 is now available for Mac and Windows.

 

So what is Aurora HDR for those who do not already know….

Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging bracketed images, it also provides numerous tools and countless options to create perfect HDR photos for every taste – from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction, and powerful luminosity masking controls.

Sign up to be notified when you can Pre-Order Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac or Windows today

 

Here are some of Aurora HDR’s Key Features that currently exist:

  • Total HDR editing experience with a complete set of tools available.
  • Fast, powerful RAW processing engine.
  • Tone-mapping algorithm to achieve both realistic and dramatic HDR images.
  • Over 70 presets that give photos an amazing HDR look in just one click.
  • Luminosity masking that automatically makes advanced selections within HDR images based on the Zone System.
  • Unique layer system that supports blend modes, custom textures and using original exposures as source images.
  • Image Radiance, brushes, masks, lighting, vignettes and much more help users achieve their artistic vision
  • Highly versatile batch processing
  • Works as a standalone app, or a plug-in to Photoshop and Lightroom

 

And here is some of what’s new in Aurora HDR 2018:

  • Lens Correction Tool – The new Lens correction filter easily fixes all kinds of lens distortion, from barrel to pincushion, to chromatic aberration and vignetting.
  • New User Interface – Redesigned from scratch, the modern and responsive user interface brings a powerful, yet joyful experience to HDR photo editing. (See sameple images below of the new interface)
  • Cross-platform version – Aurora HDR 2018 will be available both for Mac and PC users. Files are interchangeable and mixed-computer households can share the same product key.
  • Speed Improvements – Up to 4x improvement in RAW image processing, and up to 200% faster merging and masking performance means that Aurora HDR 2018 is dramatically faster than the last version.

And there will be more new features I’m sure.

 

You will be able to pre-order Aurora HDR 2018 on September 12.

The software will be released for download on September 28.

 

The All important, So How Much is It?

Pre-order pricing

  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $49
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 at a special pre-order price of $89
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.
    • To Be Determined as to what the bonus items will be, but I will add them here as soon as they are announced.

After the Pre-Order Period ends, the regular retail pricing is

  • $59 for current Aurora HDR users
  • $99 for new users

 

Generous Licensing model:

For households that have both Mac and PC (Windows) computers, you can share the same product key for both Mac and Windows up to the maximum of 5 activated devices.

Or if you are just a Mac household, up to 5 Mac devices.

Or if you are an all PC (Windows) household, up to 5 PC (Windows) devices.

You get the idea. Mix and match as much as you want to up to the max of 5 total devices using the license.

 

Sign up to be notified when you can Pre-Order Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac or Windows today

 

Sample images of the new simplified user interface

Lens Correction

 

Filter UI

 

 

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Something cool coming to Windows

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Something cool is coming to Windows for the first time.

 

This particular app has only been available for Mac, but a full announcement and details will be available within a week.

 

I would love to give you the details now, but as an affiliate, I get early notification and can only tell you on the announcement release day.

 

All I can say is that is it something Windows users have been waiting for. So stay tuned.


 

Some hopefully helpful advice on the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

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I’m planning on driving to a location for the total solar eclipse this year and thought I would post what sites I plan to use and those I found helpful to me in planning.

First, I’d say, if you are a procrastinator like me you will need to get your accommodations.   Depending upon the area you are going to, more than likely all the accommodations in the direct center path area are already full.  Look for areas that are on the outer edge of the total eclipse shadow zone. You might still be able to find something there, but expect to pay top dollar at this point.  That is the situation I’m in, but I still plan to drive about an hour to get to the center of the shadow of the total eclipse.

 

Recommended Websites

To find locations that are within the shadow of the total eclipse, the best site I’ve found so far is.

Interactive Map from the greatamericaneclipse.com

By using this map, not only can you find a location within the total eclipse shadow, but you can see the length of time the total eclipse will be visible for that area. If like me, my accommodations are on the outer edge, you can see where you would need to drive to get more time within the shadow. For my case, where I’m staying it would only be in the shadow for a little over a minute.  Where I plan to drive to it will be 2min 38sec.

This is what the interactive map looks like for the area I’m going to.

The biggest thing that I found helpful was the blue time lines. Due to terrain and partly due to the moon’s surface, the time lines to vary a little bit. Notice the 2min 38-second line gets a little squiggly as it goes over the mountains.

 

For an overview on the eclipse check out the NASA site at

eclipse2017.nasa.gov

Here you can get the all important Saftey tips, the Science behind the eclipse, and find out about some events planned. And more.

 

For the photographers out there, so far, the best site I’ve found for tips on how to photograph the eclipse is at

www.mreclipse.com

Two particular images I’ve found useful are

  1. The size guide showing what the sun would look like using a particular focal length lens shown here.http://www.mreclipse.com/SEphoto/image/SE-DSLR-Scale1pp.jpg
  2. The Exposure Guide:

 

both of these images can be found in full artcile context at

www.mreclipse.com/SEphoto/SEphoto.html

 

The equipment:

 

No matter what camera you have, you MUST get a special SOLAR rated filter. Dark ND filters will NOT protect your camera. A lot of the solar filters are sold out, but it is still possible to get some at your favorite photography website like Adorama.com.

You will also need eye protection. Again, your favorite photography site like Adorama.com should have them. I happened to get my from another site and they are the paper version with the special Solar Rated shield.  You may look geeky, but you MUST protect your eyes. And I can’t stress enough, any other solution that does not meet the requirements of ISO 12312-2 for direct solar viewing should NOT be used.  There are many products out there and you need to verify that they meet this standard in order for you to look directly at the Sun during this eclipse.

Please verify this for yourself, but it seems if you are in the area of direct shadow from the full eclipse when the moon fully covers the sun, this is the short period of time that you can view the sun with the naked eye. You must wait a few seconds (say 15 to be safe) after the moon covers the sun to make sure you are in full darkness. And you must make note of how long the full eclipse will be for your location as you will need to put your eye protection back on before the sun peeks out the other side. (again maybe 15 secs before it is predicted to reappear to be safe)

 

What to do before the big day

Now that you have your location planned out, your Solar Filter and Eye protection, it is time to practice.

If you don’t want to start right out with practicing on the sun, practice taking pictures of the moon. Try out the various size lenses you have if you have that type of camera to get an idea of how big the sun will be in the image for that size lens.

After practicing on the moon, go ahead and practice on the sun with your filter attached and your eyewear on. Remember for the cameras with direct view finders such as DSLR’s, even with the filter on do not look through the viewfinder. The filter on your camera is designed to protect your camera and does not have the protection needed for your eyes.

Practice, practice, practice.

You want to get all the bugs worked out of your workflow or plan especially if you are going to change lenses during the event. You don’t want to get to the big day and miss the shot because you were fumbling with your camera during the short total eclipse period.

The one thing you can’t test for that I know of is the full eclipse. That is where the above exposure sheet will come in handy. But make sure to review, highlight, or do what ever you need to do to make note of what settings you will need during that time.

Not everyone is going to be in the total eclipse area, but a big majority of the United States will get to see at least a partial eclipse. This is the first total eclipse over the United States in some time so you don’t want to miss it.  You don’t have to stand out the entire time, but at least try to get out during the peak for your area.

 

Only slight plus on things is that if you totally mess up this time, take it as a learning experience for the next time a total solar eclipse comes to the United States in 2024.

 

And don’t forget while you’re taking pictures to stop and just take a moment and enjoy the experience. And have fun.

 

As soon as I get my own practice shots done, I’ll post them here so you may get an idea of what practice shots can look like.


 

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.

Before

After

 

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