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“On Parade” Sold During Opening Night at Art For Horses in Colorado

Last night I received a phone call letting me know that my photo “On Parade” sold during the opening night reception at the annual Art for Horses Show and Sale in Parker, Colorado at the PACE Center. Not only that but another edition sold before the show even opened! I am so psyched and grateful!

The 97th annual crow fair powwow, parade, rodeo and celebration in Crow Agency, Montana.

The 97th annual crow fair powwow, parade, rodeo and celebration in Crow Agency, Montana.

Art for Horses is a well respected equine-themed national juried art show that benefits horse rescue. The show runs from September 10 – October 30.

My piece on display and for sale there is in an edition of 25 and features a 20″ x 30″ aluminum print with an engraved signature that is float framed in a black frame with an overall size of approx. 24″x34″, for $1,495

If you are interested in one let me know and I can put you in touch with the show, or you can find more info here: http://www.artforhorses.org

Aurora HDR 2017 Review

Aurora HDR 2017 Review

In November of 2015 Macphun took the photo processing world by storm when it released Aurora HDR Pro – a brand new program designed for HDR photography with features no other HDR software package had. Made for the Mac in partnership with HDR guru Trey Ratcliff, in 10 months since it’s release it has amassed nearly 700,000 downloads.

Now almost one year later Macphun is releasing their newest version, called Aurora HDR 2017.

They say it is packed with improvements and new features. But what exactly has been improved and how special are these new features in a program that has been out for less than a year? And more importantly, are these new features & improvements worth upgrading so soon?

Find out here in my in-depth Aurora HDR 2017 Review!

Saguaros at sunset at MacDonald's Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona
This photo was from 3 exposures edited in Aurora HDR 2017, using 3 additional layers – one of
which was a luminosity mask to bring back the sky from one of the original 
exposures – and
the other 2 were for selective edits with the masking brush.

Macphun Announces Aurora HDR 2017

Last month, in August of this year, Macphun announced the newest version of Aurora, called Aurora HDR 2017, and mentioned it would be coming out later this year (available September 29, 2016). This was announced 8 months after the original version was released.

 

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So what is Aurora HDR 2017?

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My Photo On Parade Selected for Art for Horses Show in Parker, Colorado

I am excited to announce that my photo “On Parade” has been selected for the annual Art for Horses Show and Sale in Parker, Colorado at the PACE Center.

 

Art for Horses is a well respected equine-themed art show that benefits horse rescue. The show runs from September 10 – October 30, 2016 with an opening reception September 15.

My piece on display and for sale there features a 20″ x 30″ aluminum print with an engraved signature that is float framed in a black frame with an overall size of approx. 24″x34″, for $1,495

More info on the show can be found at their website here and on Facebook here.

New ON1 Photo RAW Classroom Photography Workshops Announced

I have just opened registration for my upcoming ON1 Photo RAW Two-Day Crash Course Classroom Photography Workshops!

Learn all about ON1’s exciting new update to their ON1 Photo 10 software, now called Photo RAW which is being released in mid-November. Work non-destructively editing and enhancing your photos from start to finish inside ON1 Photo RAW instead of using Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Registration is now open for class in Bozeman, Montana on December 3 & 4, 2016.

Registration is also open for 2 classes in Tempe, Arizona – December 10 & 11, 2016 and April 1 & 2, 2017.

Full details on the class and registration can be found here.

Additional classes in Oregon, Texas, and New Mexico are being planned for 2017 as well!

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Just Announced: Aurora HDR 2017

Macphun has just announced that my favorite HDR program has a new version coming soon: Aurora HDR 2017.

The new version has a number of features & improvements. It will be available for pre-order on September 15th and it will officially launch on September 29. Be sure to sign up here to receive more info as it is released and to be notified when it is available!

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Features and Improvements List:

  • New Batch Processing

  • New Tools, including polarize filter and radial masking tool

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  • New presets by Trey Ratcliff and other recognized pros

  • Updated tone-mapping and bracket merging technology for more realistic looking HDR images

In all, Aurora 2017 will come with over 20 key improvements and new features. More details will be released soon!

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Availability:

  • Aurora 2017 will be available for pre-order September 15th and will officially launch September 29th.

Upgrades and Pricing

  • Current users of Aurora HDR Pro can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 at a special pre-order price of $49

  • Current users of the standard version of Aurora HDR can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 at a special pre-order upgrade price of $69

  • New customers can pre-order Aurora HDR 2017 for $89

  • Pre-order customers will also receive special bonuses that will be announced soon

Don’t forget to sign up here for more info and to be notified when Aurora HDR is ready!

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2 FREE HDR Photography Classes Available Using Aurora HDR from Skillshare

Earlier this year Macphun Software contacted me to produce a FREE HDR class with Skillshare, a global learning community for creators that features thousands of online classes.

The result was 2 separate online courses. A 32 minute Intro to HDR Photography: Shooting and Editing High Dynamic Range course and a 43 minute HDR Photo Editing: Perfecting Light and Detail course using Aurora HDR.

 

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The courses are free to take. If you are not a member of Skillshare you will need to sign up with a credit card and you will have 90 days access to not only my courses but all of the courses on Skillshare. You can cancel any time before your card is charged.

 

“This class was very straight forward and not too technical. I have a DSLR, but do not know how to use it. The class helped me to understand and use aperture settings, f stops, ISO settings, AEB, etc. (really what happened is that when I heard these terminologies I read the manual and learned what they do!). Anyway, I followed the class instruction and produced a beautiful photo that is now on my desktop. Looking forward to an upcoming trip to Yosemite!” – David Senior

Here is a sample video of one of my courses:

 

For more info and to sign up be sure to check out my info page here!

Read more about my 2 HDR courses, check out testimonials, and sign up.

Get More Info On My FREE HDR Courses Here!

This course features Aurora HDR from Macphun. You can download a free trial here. It is Mac only right now but I hear they are working on a Windows version. Even if you use another HDR program I am sure you will benefit from these 2 free courses!

 

“Matt Suess is an excellent instructor who makes this AuroraHDR program seem so easy to use. I appreciate him sharing his expertise with us, and would highly recommend this class to any novice or professional photographer!” – Linda Ehlers

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