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The making of my Blood Moon over Abiquiu photo

Early morning on October 8th, 2014 I had the good fortune of photographing my second blood moon of the year. In April I was in North Scottsdale, Arizona when I photographed my “Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon over Phoenix” and this time I was in Abiquiu, New Mexico – about an hour north of Santa Fe. Here is how I created it.

Lunar eclipse blood moon starting at 3am in Abiquiu, New Mexico at La Santa Rosa de Lima - an old adobe church built in 1734 by Espanoles.

First the planning:

Two days prior to the eclipse I went scouting in the Abiquiu area with my colleague Christine Hauber. I had a very specific idea in mind and we spent all day looking for the perfect spot. I was looking for an old adobe building – preferably an old church – that I could use in the foreground of my photo. When people looked at the photo I wanted them to think of New Mexico.

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Just how much faster is Perfect Photo Suite 9 than v8? Seeing is believing.

onOne Software’s upcoming Perfect Photo Suite 9 (available late October) promises speed gains over version 8.

In this video I will demonstrate the speed improvements using a folder containing 100 RAW images from the 36MP Sony a7R comparing browser speed between Perfect Photo Suite 8 and a beta of Perfect Photo Suite 9.

For more free tips on using Perfect Photo Suite 9 in addition to info on upcoming classes I will be teaching keep an eye out here on my blog at http://mattsuess.com/blog and to order Perfect Photo Suite 9 visit here.

Better Landscape Photos with Lightroom Online Course

Announcing my new 3.5hr “Better Landscape Photos with Lightroom” self paced online course on my new online photography educational website http://learn.mattsuess.com

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Join me as I show you how to process and enhance 9 RAW landscape photographs in Lightroom. Much better than a webinar, this course includes 9 of my RAW landscape photos that you will be able to download yourself to work on and practice as you watch the pre-recorded videos at your own pace.

You can read the entire course description here.

The course is priced at just $34.95 and includes the 9 RAW files and 5 Lightroom presets I created for this course. That amounts to just $10 per hour of expert training, an incredible bargain! There is even a FREE Trial you can sign up for to take the course for a test drive.

You will feel like I am there with you as I go into detail explaining the corrections and adjustments I make to the photos. You will benefit from working on the exact same files as I am, accelerating your learning pace.

Five Lightroom presets that I created are also downloadable and I show you how to install and use them.

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Editing screencast video recordings now for upcoming Lightroom online course

UPDATE: The online course is now available here at http://learn.mattsuess.com

Here is a screenshot as I edit the screencast video for one of the RAW photos you will be working on alongside me during my upcoming online class, “Better Landscape Photos with Lightroom”.

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In this particular video recording I will be showing you how to use the Upright tool, the adjustment brush to mask one of the saguaro cacti to selectively fix a color cast, as well as showing you how to enhance the tone and color of the image globally and selectively.

Much better than a webinar, my course will include 9 of my RAW landscape photos that you will be able to download yourself to work on and practice as you watch the pre-recorded videos at your own pace. You will feel like I am there with you as I go into detail explaining the corrections and adjustments I make to the photos. You will benefit from working on the exact same files as I am, accelerating your learning pace. Five Lightroom presets that I created will also be available. The online course should be available for purchase by this upcoming weekend.

Getting your photos ready for print with Perfect Photo Suite

I recently did a free online webinar with onOne Software showing how I get my photos ready for print using Perfect Resize which is part of Perfect Photo Suite from onOne Software.

They recorded the webinar and you can watch the 1hour show here. Keep an eye out for more webinars in the future, and check out my photo workshops and one-on-one sessions featuring this software.

Free Live Webinar: Getting Your Photos Ready For Print

Join me this coming Tuesday, July 22, at 11am PDT for a free live webinar with onOne Software where I will be discussing how to get your photos ready for print.

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In this one hour webinar I will share some tips and workflows on how to prepare your photos for print. I have been selling my fine art photographs full-time since 2006 to collectors worldwide and regularly sell pieces for thousands of dollars. Watch how I optimize my photos with Perfect Photo Suite and in particular Perfect Resize and learn what problems to look for to get your photos looking their best.

You have to pre-register for the free webinar here in order to watch it live. I recommend signing up as soon as possible, as the last webinar I did with onOne filled up the day before.

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