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Hollyhock Flower with Olympus Focus Stacking

Last night I had the chance to experiment some more with the Focus Stacking feature of my Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera using the M.Zuiko 300mm f4 Pro lens. Here is a shot of a hollyhock flower in my backyard here in Bozeman, Montana.

By using focus stacking I was able to get everything I wanted & needed in-focus in this closeup shot, and the detail in it is just amazing!!

Camera Settings and Post Processing

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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.

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What’s New in ON1 Photo 10?

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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.

 

One-on-One Student Interview – Rob Goddard

In June of 2015 Rob Goddard travelled from Oklahoma to Santa Fe, NM to study photography with me for two days of private one-on-one instruction.

His goals were to learn more about his camera & settings, understand proper exposure and composition, and to learn more about post processing with Lightroom and Perfect Photo Suite.

 

Johnny's museum of old Route 66 type cars, trucks, and signs in Embudo, New Mexico.

 

He was having such a good time and learning so much that he decided to book an extra half-day of instruction.

Rob was kind enough to provide a short interview on his one-on-one experience. Watch the interview to hear about his experience and to see some of the photos he created during his sessions.

Be sure to learn more about my private one-on-one study available either in-person or online, photo workshops, and online classes and contact me with any questions you may have.

FREE Lightroom and ON1 Photo Presets

Download my free Lightroom and ON1 Photo Presets today!

Included are 5 presets for Lightroom and 7 presets for ON1 Photo designed to fix common problems with landscape photos (and even other types of photography).

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Here is what is included with the Lightroom presets:

A little punch – designed to add some pop to your photos

Extra punch with vignette – designed to add even more pop with a slight vignette

Fix flat landscape and darken sky – add contrast and detail to your photo with an adjustable gradient to darken the sky

Overexposure Fix – designed to help fix overexposed photos

Underexposure fix – designed to help fix underexposed photos

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