Sony a7R III in stock at Adorama

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If you have been looking to get a Sony a7R III, Adorama Camera now has them in stock

You can get the Sony a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera Body for $3198 with Free overnight shipping.

Place your order for the Sony a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera Body here

This is a great camera, but at the moment is out of my price range. As soon as I have the funds, this will be my next camera.


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My first Art Show Season

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It’s the end of the calendar year and the end of my first Art show season.


Doing Art shows is something that I had thought about doing for some time, but it took the extra little nudge from my photography buddy Sean Simmons to get me out there.


It has been a fun learning experience for the ins and outs of finding art shows, traveling to them, and meeting the various other artists at the shows. It is definitely something that I plan to continue next year. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of work involved, but it has been great to get out and see all the folks who appreciate my photography in person.


So I want to thank everyone that came out to the various shows that I attended this year. It has been a pleasure to meet you all. Even those who came out during the downpour that was my first show of the year at Hampstead Day.


I wish you all a Happy New Year.


But just because I’m not at a show doesn’t mean you cannot get some of my photography work. If you live in the central Maryland area I can probably deliver any requested work in person, just send me an email at or an Instant Message via Facebook (American Kiwi Photo) and I’d be glad to print and matte the requested photo. Also, if there are subjects you would like photos to take of in the Mid-Atlantic, please let me know, I”m always looking for additional subjects to photography.


Be sure to follow my American Kiwi Photo Facebook Page to find out what shows I will be attending in 2018. I only have one lined up so far and that is Hampstead Day, but there will be much more to come as the schedules and applications are posted.


And if you are looking for great photography editing apps to go with that new camera you got for Christmas, there are several that have year-end deals that are expiring today.

Please check out my blog at or follow the below links.


The On1 Holiday Bundle

The Topaz end of Year Sale

Aurora HDR Holiday Offer

Luminar Holiday Offer

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On1 Photo Raw 2018 is Here

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On1 Photo Raw is here and ready to download

On1 Photo Raw 2018 is available for both Mac and Windows


Photo Editing
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.

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Packed with all the adjustment tools you need.

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


3 Courses included with your purchase

  1. On1 Photo Raw 2018 HDR Course
  2. On1 Photo Raw 2018 Pano Course
  3. On1 Photo Raw 2018 Masking Course


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



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


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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


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


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


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.

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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.


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 versionAurora 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

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

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

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.
  2. The Exposure Guide:


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


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

You will also need eye protection. Again, your favorite photography site like 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.




A quick look at the Windows User Interface.

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


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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.


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