As many of you already know, one of my favorite photography software programs for enhancing my photos is Perfect Photo Suite 8 from onOne Software.
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Perfect Effects is one of 8 different apps, or modules, that is included in the full Perfect Photo Suite 8 package. It is a fully licensed version of Effects and includes hundreds of one-click effects that are fully customizable. You can even make selective enhancements with Effects to bring out the best in your photographs.
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This past April I taught a 2-day class on using the complete Perfect Photo Suite 8 in Phoenix. Stay tuned for a repeat of that course this summer in Santa Fe, New Mexico and later in the year back in Phoenix. Sign up for my newsletter to know when these classes are available, and you can also subscribe to this blog for announcements by using the signup forms on the right.
This is part 2 of how I photographed the blood moon lunar eclipse on April 15th.
For info on how I photographed it with camera settings visit part 1. Here in part 2 I talk about how I enhanced it on the computer.
Following the 5 hours or so of sleep I got after photographing the lunar eclipse till 2:45 in the morning I began to create the final image on my 15″ MacBook Pro laptop.
In the above screen shot you can see a before (bottom photo) and an after photo in C1. I made a number of slight tonal adjustments and color/saturation adjustments. I also corrected the perspective of the photo to remove distortion brought on by the wide angle lens, and corrected some lens vignetting. Notice the shadow detail I was able to bring out of the original photo. I have found I can pull out a great deal of shadow detail from the Sony a7/a7R cameras and Capture One Pro.
I exported the processed file as a tiff file to my computer, then opened it up in Perfect Layers in Perfect Photo Suite 8. While Perfect Photo can be opened as a plugin from Photoshop, I prefer to use it as a standalone program.
Overnight on April 14 through early morning April 15th we were treated to a wonderful total eclipse of the moon that at it’s peak turned the moon a blood red color. The eclipse was visible to most of North and South America – at least visible to those of us who had clear skies that night.
“Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon over Phoenix”
North Phoenix, Arizona
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The event is rare, with the most recent total lunar eclipse happening on December 21, 2010. However we are in for a treat as we will have 3 more total eclipses in North America within the next 1.5 years: October 8 of 2014, April 5 of 2015, and September 28 of 2015. After that we will have to wait another 3 years before another one happens.
Some pre-planning first
I knew of the April 15th eclipse a few weeks prior to it happening, which gave me plenty of time to prepare. I was still going to be in Phoenix which was great as the weather is usually perfect and rarely cloudy & rainy. So I started planning my final image and what I needed to do to create it.
Right off the bat I knew I was going to somehow incorporate saguaro cacti in my photograph, as they are a unique feature here in the Sonoran Desert. I have been spending numerous evenings photographing sunsets this winter out in the desert where my RV is parked here in North Scottsdale and knew the location would be perfect for the eclipse.
What a great class and group of students Christine Hauber and I had this past weekend when we taught Perfect Photo Suite 8 from onOne Software during our Creative Photography Classroom Workshop in North Phoenix.
Over the course of 2 days I taught the most important functions and features of Perfect Photo Suite 8. Students were given a selection of my photos to work on and follow along in the class. I gave examples on how to use each of the modules in PPS8 while Christine walked around helping the students and answering questions. A bunch of time was set aside for one-on-one instruction from us both as students worked on enhancing their own photos.