Aug 022014
 

Wow… We just posted about my favorite film emulation software DXO FilmPack yesterday and here is another option for creating great black and white conversions! Tonality has some nice features. It is not free however it’s not expensive either. The standard version now 1/2 off, $17.99 at the Apple APP Store and the “Pro” version is $69.99 through Macphun Software

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Aug 012014
 

I have several software products to do film emulation. One of my favorites is DXO FilmPack 3.

Here’s why:

The grain is the most realistic and the emulations are adjustable! Lately I have used DXO Filmpack 3 for all of my black and white conversions.

Click here to see some samples

Now you can get it FREE until August 15th, 2014.

Please click the image below to get your copy!boxshot-left-en~

Jul 102014
 

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“This month we’re promoting our image masking software Topaz ReMask, which will be 50% off from July 15 – 31 with coupon code “julyremask”. We’re also releasing a substantial free update to ReMask for existing customers this Saturday.

There’s lots of masking tools out there, but we’ve focused on making ReMask the fastest + easiest to use. We like to say that it’s the only masking software that doesn’t require an instructions manual: http://www.topazlabs.com/remask

We’re dropping the ReMask price from $70 to $34.99 until the end of the month. Many customers tell us that ReMask is their favorite Topaz product, and we’re confident that this promotion will do well.”

-Eric Yang, Operations, Topaz Labs

Please click on the photo below to download the free trial version or to purchase Topaz Remask!

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May 122014
 

HDRexpose3.1

 

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Unified Color Technologies, the experts in high dynamic range imaging (HDR), today announced HDR Expose 3.1, a significant update to its standalone HDR image processing software. HDR Expose 3.1’s newest features, including faster merge and alignment tools, improved de-ghosting algorithms, a new panorama batch processing assist mode and a redesigned merge dialog, are designed to optimize any photographers’ HDR workflow and efficiently produce, high-quality, true color HDR images.

“I have been photographing panoramas commercially for over 20 years,” said Richard Sisk, founder of Richard Sisk Productions. “Whether shooting film or digital, creating accurate reproductions of high contrast scenes has always been a challenge. The new Pano Prep Batch Processing feature of HDR Expose 3.1 not only provides a big productivity boost, but also helps me achieve the best quality results using my RAW image files and Unified Color’s 32-bit Beyond RGB HDR workflow. With HDR Expose, I am able to create universal tone mapped 16-bit TIFF files for each panel of the scene, that I can then stitch together for seamless results, using my favorite panorama software.”

“We have consistently worked to change photographers’ views of HDR image processing and introduce new tools for unlocking creativity,” said John Omvik, vice president of marketing for Unified Color Technologies. “The strike against HDR photography has been that the process of creating the most high quality images was time-consuming and stressed the resources of even the most powerful computer systems. We developed HDR Expose 3.1 to make HDR processing faster, smoother and simpler, and to stretch the boundaries of what’s been thought possible in the past.”

HDR Expose 3.1’s full features include:

New Panorama Batch Processing assist mode – HDR merge individual panels of a panoramic scene and tone map them as a group to provide even, consistent output that can be stitched into a wide panorama (or 360° panorama using 3rd party applications)
Faster Merge & Alignment – Seamlessly merge images up to 35% faster* than in previous versions
Improved de-ghosting algorithms – New manual controls offer more flexibility minimizing noise and removing ghost artifacts from moving subjects
Redesigned Merge dialog – Makes grouping images for the merge process and selecting key frames easier than ever before
DNG source filter option – Now filters DNG files separately from other RAW file formats
Bug fixes and other optimizations

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Feb 142014
 

Using size-based technology, Topaz Simplify eliminates unwanted image features. By selectively removing unnecessary image details, Simplify not only helps you clean up your images, but also gives you the tools to create an original piece of art in just a few clicks. With Simplify, you can achieve a variety of creative art effects including watercolors, textured oil paintings, charcoal drawings, line art, and photorealistic paintings. Join Nichole Paschal, photographer and Topaz Marketing Specialist, as she introduces Topaz Simplify and demonstrates how to give your images a creative edge.

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Feb 022014
 

Try Photomatix Pro 5 Free!

Here’s how:

Visit the Photomatix Download site:

Download HDR photography software Photomatix

Download the Photomatix Pro trial version for Windows or Mac.

If you decide to purchase, enter the coupon code:

“HDR360pro”

to receive the special 15% discount for readers of HDR360pro.com.

The coupon code may be applied to any of the Photomatix variations.

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Please check out Farbspiel Photography for more great videos and information from Klaus Herrmann:

farbspiel photography – View. Learn. Connect.

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Photomatix Pro 5 – Review of the new features, with Klaus Herrmann

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Nov 062013
 

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Photomatix Pro 5 – Review of the new features – farbspiel photography

Try Photomatix Pro Beta:

Beta Release – Photomatix Pro 5

Nov 052013
 

As many of you know,  Nik was bought by Google several months ago. There have been a number of changes in how the software is marketed and sold. For example the “Google Nik Collection” is now sold by as a package of plug-ins for $149. This is a major price reduction. In addition the “HDR360pro” coupon code still works providing readers here with an additional 15% discount!

Oh, and one more useful bit of info: If you have purchased any of the Nik software products in the last two years you are eligible for a free upgrade to the entire “Google Nik Collection”! in order to get the upgrade you will need to Email Google through the Google Nik Collection site below:

Click the image below to order or try now:

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Google Nik Collection

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Aug 082013
 

Topaz ReStyle is the perfect way to create more powerful photos by putting a wide variety of potential looks at your fingertips.

ReStyle’s exclusive one-click effects are professional-grade and highly customizable,

giving you a huge selection of high-quality looks tailored towards professional photographers.

The price for Restyle is $59, however for a limited time you may use
Coupon Code “restyleit” and purchase this exciting new plug-in for only $29.99! expires 8/31

 

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I have found that Topaz Labs plugins are excellent!  I use them on every project.
Restyle looks like another winner that I will use extensively.

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Topaz ReStyle – expand your creativity

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Aug 072013
 
Getting the Right Light in a Photo – NYTimes.com

Jul 242013
 
“As a professional photographer, my HDR images need to be clean, halo free and color accurate.  
HDR Expose 3 is my go to HDR software because it provides these qualities. 
Without a doubt, HDR Expose 3 & 32 Float v3 share the best tone-mapper in the business.”
 
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Unified Color Technologies, the experts in high dynamic range imaging (HDR), today announced the latest upgrades to its professional-level HDR software lineup. These upgrades improve the HDR workflow and significantly reduce the traditional limitations of HDR techniques, and most notably eliminate the need to photograph static scenes and the absolute necessity of a tripod to steady HDR exposures. New state of the art merge, alignment and deghosting algorithms have made the standalone HDR Expose™ 3 the most powerful and intuitive professional HDR application available. With its comprehensive, 32-bit color editing capabilities, also available in the Photoshop® plug-in 32 Float V3, the upgraded software ensures photographers can realize their vision for the most true-to-life HDR images possible.

The single most frustrating issue cited by HDR photographers, and a major impediment to those adopting HDR techniques, is the complexity of working with multiple exposures. Because the bracketed exposures must be perfectly aligned to prevent ghosting artifacts, often requiring a tripod, HDR was limited to near-motionless scenes. Single pass tone mapping very wide dynamic range scenes to preserve consistent contrast and detail across the whole tonal range, from dark shadows to bright highlights, has also been a challenge for many. To address these pain points, the company’s R&D team have taken its proprietary Beyond RGB™ color technology to the next level, and reengineered the software with an intuitive combination of merge, alignment and deghosting and adaptive tone mapping algorithms that will change the way photographers approach HDR.

In his early testing of the new software upgrades, professional photographer, and author of HDRLabs.com and the new HDRI Handbook 2.0, Christian Bloch, said of the applications, “The true benefit of Unified Color programs lies in their Beyond RGB color technology which always treats color and luminance channels independently from each other. That means colors stay closer to the original capture – oversaturation artifacts, cross-channel pollution, and undesired color shifts simply don’t occur.” says Bloch. “My favorite features are the ability to perform very precise color tweaks and white balance adjustments, while keeping the output in full 32-bit. This is what makes HDR Expose 3 (and its sibling 32 Float v3) mature tools for professional HDR work.”

Key upgrades will ease the planning process behind HDR photography, making the creation of HDR images possible even when a tripod, long a mainstay of the HDR workflow, is not on-hand. While every photographer has their own limitations in terms of shutter speed and ability, they will now be able to create these images without a tripod as long as they are able to capture sharp, rapid-fire exposures. This technological advancement is made possible by a series of breakthroughs, including:

  • New Adaptive Tone Mapping: This new capability automatically enhances control over local contrast, color, and detail retention within the all-important highlight areas of a merged HDR image while maintaining optimal contrast and color in darker areas of the image. This new functionality will be especially welcomed by professionals when  photographing interior and exterior real estate.
  • Upgraded Alignment Capabilities: HDR Expose now offers two completely redesigned alignment options: a fully automatic option with key frame selection and, for the most challenging exposure series, a manual assist option. Powered by redesigned alignment algorithms, the software can detect specific image features and calculate necessary transformations in order to provide optimal fitting and alignment.
  • Reengineered Deghosting Algorithms: HDR Expose will now feature local and global deghosting algorithms to mitigate movement within or through the scene by working off of a key frame (against which all others are automatically compared and analyzed for moving objects.) Users can rely on the fully automatic deghosting default, increase control over the process by choosing optimal key frames, or take full control with powerful local deghosting tools to select individual objects for inclusion or removal.
  • New File Browser: To help manage the multiple exposures, HDR Expose now offers a new file browser functionality that displays thumbnails rather than just file names, and automatically detects and groups exposure brackets for the merge process. For working professionals processing entire HDR shoots, the program also includes a batch merge that can automatically group, merge and apply presets to an entire shoot simultaneously.
  • Improved Color Safe Dodge and Burn Brush: Leveraging the power of the software’s Beyond RGB color space, the dodge and burn brush allows photographers to selectively lighten and darken areas of the image without changing or shifting colors. The new 500 pixel brush is better suited for larger higher resolution files.

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Mar 162013
 

I have been having a blast playing with this new app for the Mac!

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Shine was just released by Ohanaware, makers of HDRtist Pro and other fine applications made for the Mac:

Shine :: Enlighten Photos with hyper-realistic effects – Ohanaware

It is so much fun! And, it is only $9.99

Use Coupon Code “HDR360pro” to save 20%!

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Download the trial version at ohanaware.com and give Shine a whirl!

Shine Contest!

Send us your best Shine image and win one of three FREE copies for this fun new App for the Mac

Email your entry by April 30, 2013,

to:

richard@richardsiskproductions.com

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In the interest of full disclosure: HDR360pro is an affiliate for Ohanaware.com

Nov 072012
 

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Coupon Code for Unified Color software:

“HDR360pro”

Or click below to receive your “HDR360pro” discount automatically:

Unified Color 

HDR Express 2 » HDR360pro.com

Nov 072012
 

I think that this is a major advance in HDR tone mapping!

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Nov 072012
 

I have been focusing more and more on motion work and though this Final Cut Pro X Plug-in is not true HDR it does look very useful. By the way the new GoPro 3 Black Edition is an amazing camera which is capable of higher than HD resolution!

GoPro Official Website: The World’s Most Versatile Camera

HDR for GoPro® is a quick and powerful way to give punch to your
GoPro® footage.  Just drag and drop HDR for GoPro® onto your HD HERO2
or HERO3 footage, adjust it to your liking in FCP X, and enjoy.  It
works especially well with GoPro®’s very cool (and free) new Protune
update.

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For the next week, HDR for GoPro® will be $39.  After that, the price
will move to $49.

Introducing HDR for GoPro

Here is the coupon code for the $39 price:

HDRG-0010-INTR-1107

Nov 052012
 

This tutorial introduces Unified Color’s New HDR Express 2 and several of its new and improved features and functionality.

Coupon Code “HDR360pro”

Download FREE TRIAL

This presentation looks best in 720p and full screen.

Thanks for watching.

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Oct 252012
 

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Check out more of Manny’s videos here:

Manny’s Videos on Vimeo

Sep 262012
 

Black & White HDR On The Road In Spain – Will Austin

Seattle Commercial, Architectural and Editorial Photography – Will Austin Photography

“I have always dreamed of going to Bilbao to see the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry so we tacked on a few days there at the end of our trip. Upon arriving we were amazed to see the view from our apartment across the Nervion river, the museum seemed close enough to touch. After taking hundreds of photos in the area the first day, I decided to try a bracketed night shot from the bedroom window. I used my 24mm Tilt-Shift lens to keep the verticals straight and shot 7 one stop brackets. Then I used HDR Express to process from the raw files and later touched up where there was cloud movement around the crescent moon, etc. I really like this image, it is a unique view of the building at an unusual time and there is detail in the shadows and in the brightest areas under the street lights. Also, notice the huge crowd at the far right side, there was a big concert in the park that night!”

Save on HDR Expose 2 by clicking the link below:

HDR Expose 2 » HDR360pro.com

Aug 272012
 

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Save 20% on HDR Expose 2 with Coupon Code “HDR360pro”

HDR Expose 2 » HDR360pro.com

Aug 152012
 

August Focus Tip: Using the Drama tool in HDR Efex Pro 2 to create style. « Education Blog

 Nik Software » HDR360pro.com