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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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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.

 

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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 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.

 

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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.

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What’s New in ON1 Photo 10?

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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%.

 

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Here is the full press release from ON1:

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10th Anniversary savings from on1 right now

Right now until June 4th you can save up to 50% during on1’s 10th year Anniversary Sale.

 

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This is the perfect time to save on one of my favorite photo enhancing programs, Perfect Photo Suite. Right now you can get the entire Premium Suite for just $79 which is the best price I have seen for this software!

Don’t forget too that I am one of the only photographers out there regularly teaching this photo software. Take a look at my very popular 2-day Crash Courses.

One on One Photography Student Testimonial James Seith

A couple months ago I helped one of my students, James Seith, during two sessions of my online one-on-one photography instruction classes. James is an experienced amateur photographer who has traveled the world taking photographs and needed help processing and enhancing his photos. Via screen sharing with Skype I showed him how to do that using Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One Pro, Photo Mechanic, and Perfect Photo Suite.

He emailed me a testimonial of his experience which I copied here. You can see more of his work on his website here. If you are interested in one of my one-on-one sessions you can find more information here. These sessions can take place in person or online.

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Screenshot from the home page of jamesseithphotography.com

Testimonial:

Best four hours of intensive photography instruction I’ve had in 15 years as a serious enthusiast. I decided on two sessions, both two hours long with a video for my use later.  They were exactly what I needed to get a real jump start in Capture One and Perfect Photo Suite and then actually begin to use the tools between sessions.  I had a couple of weeks after the first session to practice and to focus in on areas where I wanted additional help in the second two-hour session.

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