Topaz Labs Spring Sale Info

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Apr 132017
 

I am a big fan of Topaz Labs plugins for Photoshop… They are having a 40% off Storewide sale through April 16, 2017.

Please use the code: “SPRING40” in your cart.

Introduction to Aurora HDR 2017

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Apr 112017
 

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Aurora HDR 2017

Oct 162015
 

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Top Gun and Rear Window. Yeah, those are two of the more influential films in my life in terms of where my inspiration for imagery and color theory began, and they couldn’t be more opposite could they? Of course, my horizons have expanded but looking back, I can see how these films influenced my early shots, and to some degree, the current ones.

Rear Window, of course, has to be one of the most gorgeous and artistically indulgent films, with its beautiful use of focal lighting, use of color, masterclass of framing, and subtle suggestion for setting a scene, influencing major blockbusters since its release. Oh, the many times have I walked by some apartment complex and looked in a dark window half expecting to see the faint glow of a cigar’s burning end as the smoker inhales, somewhat insidiously.

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Oct 072015
 

The Technicolor Corporate Archive was gifted to George Eastman House in 2009. The archive’s notebooks, dye bottles, research files, cameras, and printing equipment supplemented the museum’s existing holdings of vintage Technicolor cameras and Technicolor film negatives, including the color separation negatives for Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.

George Eastman House holds unparalleled collections of photographs, motion pictures, cameras and technology, and photographically illustrated books, totaling more than four million objects. A world leader in film preservation and photograph conservation, Eastman House educates national and international archivists and conservators through its academic and archival training programs. The museum’s film preservation strategies focus on the forgotten works of early cinema and on orphan films that would otherwise be lost through chemical decomposition. Established as an independent nonprofit institution in 1947, it is the third largest film archive in the United States and the world’s oldest photography museum. The museum is located in Rochester, New York, on the site of the National Historic Landmark house and gardens of George Eastman, philanthropist and father of popular photography and motion picture film.

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Sep 022015
 

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You’re a photographer, not a printer. You’re the artist, not the laborer; the visionary and not the executive. This is how most photographers see themselves, and they are most likely right. Are there photographers out there with phenomenal grasps of the technical side of the digital photo world? Sure, throw a rock in a room of a thousand and you’re bound to hit three or four, but they are the exceptions, and you’re likely the rule. In this digital age, where the playing field is greatly leveled, you should cross that line in the sand to be an exception.

But how does one do this? Well, for a start, understand that there’s a lot more to being a photographer than taking great images, and part of that is understanding the digital space in which we all now work. When we think of digital spaces (not that we all do very often), in this instance what I’m referring to is color spaces. It’s sort of a dreaded topic because, for an artist, it’s sort of the antithesis of what we want to be learning. But if you want your work to look as good as you know it is, you should have a grasp on it.

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Aug 202015
 

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MIT scientists have designed a new camera that will never overexpose a photograph, no matter what the lighting situation is. Called a “modulo camera,” it captures a high dynamic range photo with every exposure.

Instead of capturing multiple photos at different exposures, as with traditional HDR imaging, the camera only requires a single exposure.

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Aug 202015
 

Prior to the new Lightroom CC, I often used third-party apps or Adobe Photoshop in order to create and edit my panorama pictures. In the previous videos and articles, I shared with you my first favorite tool: the dehaze slider, and my second favorite tool: the auto crop & straighten tool. In this tutorial, I’ll show you my third favorite tool in Lightroom CC: The Panorama Tool.

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Aug 182015
 

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It takes a lot to motivate me to reach out to a photographer for permission to feature their work but a lot is exactly what Brisbane-based photographer and digital artist Jane Long provides with her latest series, “Dancing with Costică”. Colorizing, compositing and creating content for images she sources from the Costica Ascinte Archive, Jane is able to deliver beautiful, imaginative and surreal narratives to each of her final images. This series has already been exhibited at the Romanian Embassy in Canberra, Australia and the Romanian Photo Festival this past May. If you’re fortunate enough to be in the area, you can see her work first hand at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale starting this August 22nd. If not, then you will just have to stalker her on Facebook like the rest of us unlucky masses. Thanks for sharing and inspiring, Jane.

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Jul 282015
 

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Adobe’s new Dehaze slider has been wowing photographers since it was launched for Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW last month. We’ve seen what it can do for haze, rainy days, and blizzards, but there’s yet another interesting application: enhancing photos of the starry night sky.

New Zealand-based photographer Tom Mackintosh recently did some casual experiments with this late one night from the outer suburbs of Auckland, where light pollution still affects his view of the sky.

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Apr 242015
 

Sony presented some amazing new products at NAB 2015. Here Claus Pfizer speaks  to these new HDR developments.

Apr 242015
 

Looking to upgrade your 1080p TV to an Ultra High-Definition setup? Sony has opened pre-orders for some of the 4K UHD TV sets it showed off at CES.
Specifically, the X830C, X850C, X930C, and X940C come in sizes ranging from 43 to 75 inches, with prices starting at $1,300 all the way up to $8,000. Pre-orders are expected to ship in May.
The X830C series is the cheapest and smallest of the lot, measuring in at 43 inches or 49 inches, for $1,300 or $1,600, respectively. Then there’s the X850C, which is available in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch flavors for $2,199.99, $3,499.99, or $4,999.99.
For those who want the best of the best, Sony has the 65-inch X930C for $4,499.99 and the 75-inch X940C for a cool $7,999.99. Both of these models will be compatible with High Dynamic Range video, which can display a wider range of brightness levels for a more lifelike experience, via a network update this summer. Amazon and Netflix have both announced plans to embrace HDR video this year.
With HDR video, “customers can enjoy a peak brightness of LED as well as deeper blacks, providing them with a superior viewing experience compared to that of normal HDR video sources as well as any other video source,” Sony said.

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Apr 242015
 

 This video explores the new improved Lightroom CC slideshows features.
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Apr 222015
 

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Adobe made a big announcement for Lightroom CC/6 yesterday, but if you use Adobe Camera Raw for your RAW processing, don’t worry: Adobe didn’t forget about you. Adobe also quietly rolled out Adobe Camera Raw 9, an update that includes a few of the same big features that were introduced with great fanfare for Lightroom CC.

Like Lightroom CC, Adobe Camera Raw can now combine multiple RAW photos into a single RAW HDR photo or panorama. The tools are found as new options in the Filmstrip’s dropdown menu.

The big performance gains in Lightroom CC have also appeared in ACR. Camera Raw can now use your computer’s Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) as well, making your image editing much faster — especially as high resolution 4K and 5K screens start appearing on more and more desks.
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Apr 212015
 

Pre-order Lightroom 6 NOW

Here are more details from Adobe:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 6 TAGLINE
Perfect your photography from shoot to finish.
10-WORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
All your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application.
35-WORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Lightroom 6 gives you all your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application. Organize all your photos. Perfect your best shots with powerful one-click adjustments and advanced controls. Easily share your work almost anywhere.
50-WORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Lightroom 6 gives you all your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application. Efficiently find and organize all your photos. Perfect your shots with powerful one-click adjustments and a full range of advanced controls. Easily share your work on social networks, in video slideshows, HTML5 web galleries, and more.
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Drive your digital photography
Organize, perfect, and share — Lightroom combines all your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application.

Get the best from every image
Experiment fearlessly with nondestructive tools — your original images are never altered. Lightroom lets you get the best from every pixel in your photos, whether you shot them with a pro DSLR camera or a camera phone.

Share easily
Express your vision, show your talent, share moments and memories. From social media and the web to slideshows and prints, Lightroom provides the tools you need to share your best images.
TOP REASONS TO BUY ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 6

Nondestructive environment
Set your creativity free in a nondestructive editing environment that lets you experiment without limits. Your original images are never altered, and it’s easy to reverse your steps or save multiple versions of any photo.

Advanced black-and-white conversion
Gain powerful control over the tonal qualities that make or break black-and-white images. Precisely mix information from eight color channels when you convert to grayscale.

Develop Presets
Save time by instantly applying favorite looks to your images. Just save Develop settings as a preset and apply it to your other photos at any time with one click. Lightroom includes dozens of built-in presets and thousands more are available from third parties.

NEW Facial Recognition
Quickly find images of family and friends, even without metadata tags. You select a face in one photo, and Lightroom searches for that person in all your other images. Categorize and group your photos based on faces.

Advanced Healing Brush
Make your images spotless with a single brush stroke. Adjust the size of the brush and move it in precise paths. Unwanted objects and flaws — even those with irregular shapes like threads — just disappear.

Upright
Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal and vertical lines, even straightening shots where the horizon is hidden.

NEW HDR Merge
Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes. Using HDR Merge, you can easily combine multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single high dynamic range image.

NEW Panorama Merge
Capture superwide fields of view and amazing detail. Photomerge technology lets you stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create stunning panorama shots.

NEW Performance improvements
Import and perfect your photos faster than ever. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost its overall speed, especially when you’re enhancing images in the Develop module.

NEW Advanced Video Slideshows
Create beautiful, polished slideshows using still images, video, and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom.

NEW Improved Web Galleries
Showcase your work in more elegant, engaging, and interactive web galleries. New HTML5-compatible gallery templates work with the widest range of desktop and mobile browsers.

Online sharing integration
Easily post images to social media and photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr. With selected sites, online comments about your images are visible in the Lightroom library alongside your images.

Create photo books
Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.
FOR EXISTING CUSTOMERS
35-WORD UPGRADE DESCRIPTION
Merge photos into stunning panoramas and high dynamic range images using powerful new tools in Lightroom 6. Faster performance and new organizing, processing, and sharing features make Lightroom better than ever.
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Merge photos into stunning panoramas and high dynamic range images using powerful new tools in Lightroom 6. Create even more amazing images and take advantage of faster performance. Organize photos more efficiently and share your work more easily. Lightroom is better than ever.

TOP NEW BENEFITS OF ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 6

NEW HDR Merge
Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes. Using HDR Merge, you can easily combine multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single high dynamic range image.

NEW Panorama Merge
Capture superwide fields of view and amazing detail. Photomerge technology lets you stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create stunning panorama shots.

NEW Performance improvements
Import and perfect your photos faster than ever. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost its overall speed, especially when you’re enhancing images in the Develop module.

NEW Facial Recognition
Quickly find images of family and friends, even without metadata tags. You select a face in one photo, and Lightroom searches for that person in all your other images. Categorize and group your photos based on faces.

NEW Advanced Video Slideshows
Create beautiful, polished slideshows using still images, video, and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom.

NEW Improved Web Galleries
Showcase your work in more elegant, engaging, and interactive web galleries. New HTML5-compatible gallery templates work with the widest range of desktop and mobile browsers.

NEW Filter Brush
Precisely control which parts of your image are affected by the Graduated or Radial filters. Now you can use a brush to edit the filter’s mask, adding or subtracting filter effects wherever you want.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

What’s the difference between Lightroom 6 and Adobe Photoshop?
Lightroom is designed specifically to give digital photographers all the tools they need in one intuitive solution. Lightroom helps them work fast and efficiently, while maintaining the highest quality. Adobe Photoshop software includes advanced tools for detailed, pixel-level editing, compositing, and working with multilayered files.

Why should I use Lightroom if I already have Photoshop?
Lightroom boosts your efficiency by handling all the tasks a digital photographer faces in one intuitive app. It includes powerfully simple adjustments, as well as the widest range of advanced tools for efficiently processing sets of images, organizing photo libraries, and sharing images.

What’s the difference between Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop Elements?
Lightroom is designed for both amateur and professional photographers, providing powerfully simple one-click features as well as leading-edge tools for advanced image processing. Photoshop Elements provides casual snapshooters with easy-to-use editing controls and automated options to enhance and share photos, as well as use them to create custom keepsakes.

VERSION COMPARISON CHART

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows
Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support*
Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
2GB of available hard-disk space
DVD-ROM drive required if purchasing Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® retail boxed version
OpenGL 3.3 and DirectX 10-capable graphics card for GPU related functionality
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.**
* Dual-core processor recommended for HD or AVCHD video functionality.
** NOTE: Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support*
Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
2GB of available hard-disk space
DVD-ROM drive required if purchasing Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® retail boxed version
OpenGL 3.3–capable graphics card for GPU related functionality
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.**
* Dual-core processor recommended for HD or AVCHD video functionality.
** NOTE: Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

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Apr 212015
 

We shall be watching for information as it becomes available throughout the day… Adobe released Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC today at noon eastern time!

Technewstoday:

“The company has sold Lightroom as a standalone software or as a part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription; the former will cost you $149 for the Lightroom 6 application, whereas, the latter’s subscription is at $9.99 per month. However, Adobe makes it clear that if you choose to opt for the standalone option, you might have to forsake the ability to sync photos to its mobile application suite such as Slate, Voice or Lightroom Mobile.

Along with face detection, Adobe Lightroom adds panorama and HDR, plus its software has been tweaked further to boost performances. The HDR features are quite common in applications, even Adobe’s basic options such as Photoshop Elements.

Other features include Radial filter and Graduated Filter Brushes, and desktop slideshow options with pan-and-zoom effect. Adobe not only updated the Windows and Mac app but also paid attention to push the update to its mobile applications on iOS and Android. The mobile apps brings better photo-grouping options and tools for cropping, and copy-pasting received adjustments as well.

Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photography Products, Sharad Mangalick, stated: “What we’re seeing is an opportunity for Adobe to step in and streamline the workflow and clean it up so that photographers, whether you’re pro or very casual, can have the best output with the highest quality and have it be really simple to use.”

Update:

The New Adobe Lightroom 6 is out now! It has just been officially announced at12.01 PM EST on 04/21/2015

http://adorama.evyy.net/c/62404/51926/1036?u=http://www.adorama.com/AB65237578.html
Adobe Lightroom 6 for Mac and Windows
$149.00

The new Lightroom 6 has face recognition, Panorama Merge (stitch together multiple images, including raw files to create unique panorama shots), faster performance for importing and perfecting your photos, Advanced Video Slideshows and more. For a comparison sheet with Lightroom 4 and 5 and detailed information on the new product, see files provided by Adobe here:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vvje52kk41qvhro/AAAikW2izapl2pJ8id6Tht6La?dl=0

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Apr 212015
 

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In the digital age you as a photographer are expected to be familiar and knowledgeable with Photoshop. It can be argued back and forth if this is right or wrong and whether Photoshop is ruining photography. But I see Photoshop as a tool, just as the darkroom was a tool to manipulate images. I have put together this list of 10 techniques that helps me get the most out of my images.

As my photographic skills grew so did my curiosity for better images. The more I observed the photographers I looked up to, the more I noticed the images they took were not straight from the camera. Post processing plays a big role in today’s photographic society. Whether it’s used subtlety, or for major composites, it’s definitely an important skill to know. Over the last few years, through experimentation and taking bits and pieces of what other photographers have shown me, I built a workflow that I use for my post processing. This list is an overview of how I edit my photos. There are thousands of post processing methods; this is just what I have developed and what has worked for me. This is not a beginners guide to Photoshop…

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Apr 142015
 

For photographers, finding the perfect way to capture the moment can become an obsession. Sometimes you want to depict real life, but other times you just want to convey a feeling. A vision. A dream.

Impression is designed to help you realize your vision by transforming your photos into realistic-looking studio art. Easy-to-use presets (47 of them!) allow you to pick and choose across entire art movements in a few simple clicks. What’s more, you can pull from a huge store of creative adjustment options to make masterpieces uniquely yours. No prior knowledge of art is required – all you need is a photo and an unbounded imagination!

Click the image below to visit the Topaz Impression page at Topaz Labs.

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Here is an image I processed with Topaz Impression with about three minutes of practice:

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Mar 242015
 

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Any photographer who wants their work to stand out has to offer something unique to the viewer. The following list contains ideas, poses and editing techniques that probably aren’t too original and should be avoided. If I had known this when I started photography, I probably would have found a signature look sooner.

Before you read please take note that photographers knocking other photographers is not ok and not the intended purpose of this article. This is why I dug through my own photos that I took within the first 6 months I owned a camera. With that being said, everyone has to start somewhere and I am thankful for the way my photography journey panned out.

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Mar 192015
 

Knowing when to stop is the hardest lesson to learn for those new to retouching. In this tutorial we will look at how to recover lost texture and over smoothed skin tones, even when your file has been flattened. In this image the texture has been over retouched resulting in a significant loss in the skin texture. The transitions between skin tones have also been slightly overdone. Frequency Separation is a term we see in retouching all the time its also a technique I’m working on using less and less and bring in as a last resort. By using frequency separation here we can borrow texture and tone from the original, straight out of camera, image. This saves us from having to scrap the work that has been done and can save us hours of work.

Above is a sample from another image in the same series. The middle image is the original and un-edited image. On the left is an over edited version of the image, in this version the texture information has been stripped out. On the right is the correct or properly retouched version. There is much less of a change from the original. Larger texture has been replaced and tones have been smoothed out, but with dodge and burn instead of frequency separation. There is no frequency separation work done on the right hand version at all.
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Mar 162015
 

Learn to use a 10 stop ND filter for creative long exposure photography. Best practices, correcting color, getting the right exposure, and other tips.

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