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

Welcome to my photography journal / blog Beyond the Lens where I try to have at least one post or story each and every week.


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Today is the last day to pre-order Aurora HDR with special savings!

Today is the last day to pre-order Aurora HDR from Macphun and Trey Ratcliff with special savings and bonuses!!

If you order today you can get the newest HDR software for $89 and it comes with a training video, HD wallpapers, sample photos, and presets from Trey.

Take a look at my preview on Aurora HDR that I posted the other day and order today!


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HDR Photography is back in a big way with Aurora HDR from Macphun and Trey Ratcliff

Some amazing new software is coming this week from the group at Macphun, makers of the Creative Kit which includes popular Mac only photo enhancement apps Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, FX Photo Studio, Focus, and Noiseless.

It is a brand new app called Aurora HDR and was made with help from HDR guru Trey Ratcliff.

And let me tell you, it is quite impressive!! I recently received a beta copy of the software and after using it just a short time I was almost instantly convinced that this is the best HDR software out there, bar none.


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I have tried this photo with other HDR software programs in the past and always got halos around the trees and inferior color and brightness.

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My upcoming ON1 Photo 10 Training Video is getting closer to release

I know a number of people have been waiting for my own ON1 Photo 10 training video and here is a sneak peak at the status. After much preparation I started recording today and have 25 of the at least 80 videos now recorded (viewable by the red tag). Only 1 has been edited so far though (viewable by the green tag). The screenshot only shows a small percentage of the topics covered.




My ON1 training video will be very similar to my 6-hr, 55+ video for Perfect Photo Suite as it is a step-by-step training guide that is modeled off of my 2-day in-person classroom crash courses that I have been teaching for a couple years now.

It includes over 20 class photos you can work on step-by-step with the recordings, as well as free presets, textures, and a couple cloud backgrounds and it goes into more detail than the excellent videos ON1 supplied. Between ON1’s videos and mine you can become an expert at ON1 Photo 10.

I hope to have the recordings done in the next day or two and editing done by the weekend. Pre-orders for the course will open up soon. If interested and you haven’t already done so, contact me so I can add you to my pre-announcement list which will have a great special offer for the course!

Watch my interview next week in the ON1 Pro Series

Yesterday I was interviewed by ON1’s Matt Kloskowski for their upcoming ON1 Pro Series which will feature short talks and video demos from myself and other really cool photographers.




In the interview Matt and I talked about things such as what I see happening in the next 5 years with photo processing, my feelings regarding how much or how little one can do to an image in post processing, what tool for post processing I would like to see that hasn’t been developed yet, and more!

In addition to the interview there will also be available a short video showing how I work with a RAW photo in Capture One Pro and really make the photo come to life in ON1 Photo 10.

In the first week of the series I join fellow pro photographers such as Hudson Henry, Blake Rudis, Scott Wyden, Scott Davenport, Frank Salas, and Liz LePage. Be sure to sign up and start watching the videos next week.

ON1 Photo 10 Review – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of my ON1 Photo 10 Review I talked about the new look, the Browse Module, and the Enhance Module. Part 2 here finishes with the rest of the improvements to ON1 Photo 10 as well as my conclusion summary.

– the Portrait Module

The Portrait module got a refresh with a new way of working with facial features that makes it easier for retouching.

In previous versions of Perfect Photo Suite, when you brought a photo of a person into Portrait and clicked on the green box after the software automatically found a face, the software would also automatically find the eyes and the mouth.

In ON1 Photo 10 when starting to work on facial features you now have to select the eyes and mouth manually. It is a quick and easy process. First click on the left eye, then the right. Then click on the left corner of the mouth, then the right. For portraits photographed from the side where only one eye and part of the mouth is visible, you have the option of skipping those particular point selections.

Gone are the auto selection of eyes and mouth. Now you go step by step selecting first the left eye, then right. Then the left corner of the mouth, then the right.

Gone is the auto selection of eyes and mouth. Now you go step by step selecting first the left eye, then right. Then the left corner of the mouth, then the right.

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ON1 Photo 10 Review – Part 1 of 2

ON1 Photo 10 is the new name and upgrade to Perfect Photo Suite from ON1. Released to advance-purchase customers today and to the public Friday, what are the changes in ON1 Photo and is the upgrade worth it? This review will cover all of the main new features of ON1 Photo 10.

What is ON1 Photo 10?

ON1 Photo 10 is a feature rich photo editor & browser that can be used to quickly and easily improve the look of your photos. You can use it on JPG, TIF, PSD, PSB, and RAW files. From simple color corrections to advanced layer masking and blending, ON1 Photo 10 can meet the needs of most photographers from beginner to pro. There is an included Browse module to easily sort and keep track of your photos, easy options to enlarge or shrink your photos, a module for portraits, a layers module for masking & blending layers and for composites, a module for adding and stacking special photo filter effects, options to print, and ways to go mobile and sync your photos with your iPad or iPhone.


ON1 Photo 10 in the Browse Module

ON1 Photo 10 in the Browse Module


For some photographers it can completely replace Photoshop and/or Lightroom. For others it works side by side with those programs as a standalone program or as a plugin. ON1 Photo also still works with Apple’s discontinued Aperture program as well as with Photoshop Elements. It works with OS X starting with 10.8 and newer (including El Capitan) and Windows starting with Windows 7 and newer.

What’s New in ON1 Photo 10?

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New Facebook ON1 Photo Users Group

You are invited to join my new ON1 Photo Users Group on Facebook, currently the only group of it’s kind there.

Learn about the software from myself and group members, share photos, ask questions, get photos critiqued, and get exclusive content regarding the upcoming release of ON1 Photo 10 which replaces Perfect Photo Suite.



The new look of Effects in ON1 Photo 10


I have been using a beta of ON1 Photo 10 for a number of weeks now and have just been green-lighted from ON1 to start sharing screenshots and talking about the exciting new features of this must-have upgrade that will be available to all at the end of October. I will soon be able to do screen video recordings as well, highlighting the new features.

All you need is a Facebook account to join the free public group. You can find the group here. I look forward to chatting with you there!


ON1 Photo 10 Preview on Enhance, Portrait, Browse Modules

Earlier today ON1 had a live webinar showcasing some of the new features of the upcoming ON1 Photo 10, the upgrade to Perfect Photo Suite 9.5. I took some notes and wanted to share with you some of the new features coming in the new release, scheduled for late October. If you missed the webinar you can watch it here.

Note that the webinar shows a beta version of ON1 Photo 10 and the look and features may change slightly.

Here is a list of some of the improvements they discussed:

  • Up to 4x faster
  • Requires less memory
  • Modern user interface
  • Supercharged browse
  • Redesigned ON1 Portrait
  • Enhanced color and tone controls
  • Use Perfect Resize from anywhere
  • Integrated mobile workflow
  • And much more

Here are some of the improvements discussed in the webinar that really caught my eye.

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ON1 announces ON1 Photo 10, drops Perfect Photo Suite name

ON1 yesterday officially announced the successor to Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 and gave a timeline as to when it will be available.

It is being called the next generation of Perfect Photo Suite and along with that comes a name change to ON1 Photo. The entire program has been reworked and it promises seamless app integration, up to 4x faster performance, fast module switching, an integrated mobile workflow, modern user interface, require less memory, and will still include all of the essential ON1 photo editing tools.

You can read more about ON1 Photo 10 here. Pre-ordering is now available and the program is expected to be available late October.

My ON1 Photo 10 Training Course

I can’t wait to start using this new version and as soon as I can I will be posting my thoughts and reviews. I will also be working on a new training video for Photo 10 and expect to have it available shortly after it’s release. Contact me and mention ON1 Photo 10 Training Course if you want to be one of the first to have access to my new training videos AND receive special savings and benefits. In the meantime you can save up to 40% on my 6-hr Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 training video. Current students of my 9.5 course will be able to upgrade to my Photo 10 course with a savings of at least 50%.




Here is the full press release from ON1:

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Watch my guest presentation on photography podcast jpeg2RAW talking about Perfect Photo Suite

Last week I was the guest on the live photography podcast jpeg2RAW. This was my second time on the show and I talked about on1’s Perfect Photo Suite as well as my online training video using the photo enhancement software.

If you missed the live podcast you can watch it here. During the course of the video I discuss why I love this program for enhancing my photos, show some before and after examples, discuss workflow scenarios, and do a couple demonstrations using both Lightroom and Perfect Photo Suite.


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