The Virgin River in the Narrows at Zion National Park in Utah.

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Pre-Order My Upcoming Mastering Aurora 2017 HDR Online Course Now With Special Savings

Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Training Video – with Matt Suess

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$49.95 now just $24.95 during this exclusive limited time pre-order savings.

Right now you can pre-order my Mastering Aurora HDR Online Training Video for just $24.95 and save 50% off the regular price of $49.95!

This exclusive pre-order savings is for the Downloadable & Streaming version. Watch it online as often as you like, or download all the videos to watch when you don’t have internet connection. My course works on computers, tablets, and smartphones.

My course won’t be available to watch until mid to late October but if you pre-order now, you will have instant access to it once it is ready. Plus you will save 50% off the course price! This exclusive special offer is only being made to those who pre-order, and this savings ends once the course becomes available.

Order today and save. Course will be available to watch mid to late October.

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Check out the course features below and feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Coming This October!

Aurora HDR 2017 is the newest version of Macphun’s hugely popular HDR editing program used by both enthusiasts and pros.

Learn how to edit your photos in the best HDR program available in my comprehensive step-by-step online course. (check out myreview on Aurora HDR 2017)

My Course Will Features:

  • Over 50 videos
  • Course photos are included so you can follow along
  • Videos explaining how to best photograph multiple exposures
  • Tips on how to first process RAW photos in Lightroom and Capture One Pro
  • Videos explaining each of the Tools in Aurora – great to return to for quick review
  • Available in Streaming Only AND Downloadable & Streaming Versions
  • Watch the videos as often as you like
  • A set of FREE Presets I created are included
  • The online course features an area to ask questions where I and other students can answer
  • Learn how to use Aurora for single exposures and multiple exposures
  • Find out how to use Layers and the new Zone System for Luminosity Masks
  • And much, much more!

Remember – my course will be available to watch in mid to late October, but if you pre-order it today you will be able to take advantage of an exclusive savings of 50%!

New ON1 Photo RAW Sweepstakes

ON1 has announced the Photo RAW Sweepstakes, ahead of their November release of ON1 Photo RAW. And there are some pretty awesome items they are giving away over the next 8 weeks!

Right now for the week of September 18-24 the prize is a Wacom Cintiq 13 HD Interactive Pen and Touch.

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Each week for the next 8 weeks new prizes will be awarded. You have to enter each week to be eligible for that week’s sweepstakes. Note that the sweepstakes is only open to U.S. residents over the age of 21. A full list of rules is available on the sweepstakes page.

Here are some more awesome prices being offered:

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Coming Soon: My Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Downloadable Online Training Video

Learn all about Aurora HDR 2017, the newest editing program from Macphun, with my Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Training Video Course. Featuring over 50 videos plus course photos & FREE presets, this will be the most comprehensive training video available on Aurora HDR 2017.

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Find out more about my upcoming training video course here. And while you are there, be sure to sign up for my no-obligation pre-order list to be the first to know more about this course and to take advantage of special exclusive savings during the pre-order period happening soon.

“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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