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Organizing multiple shoots from one memory card
Typically, it’s best to dedicate a memory card to one shoot. After the session, you import your images into your...
How to Finish Your Wild Animal Photos With Tone Mapping
Funny thing about animals is they move around, a lot. So a technique like HDR, which requires several images that...
Macphun Luminar Announces Plans to Support Lightroom Users
UPDATE: I've confirmed with the head of Macphun that anyone who buys Luminar from today (10/19/17 going forward) will receive a...
How to Remove Noise with a Luminosity Layer in Aurora HDR 2018
HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing of your photos by its nature can result in a lot of noise or graininess...
Athentech Unveils Two New Version of Perfectly Clear (Including a Free Version)
NOTE: Athentech, the makers of Perfectly Clear help support Photofocus.  The company also works closely with Photofocus as many of its...
Luminar Beta for Windows is Out (And Free for Now)
You might have read our reviews of Luminar and felt a little left out.  While Luminar is a great photo...
Portrait Retouch Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10
Editor's Note: For Window's users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a...
Layers, Dehaze, and Light EQ Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10
Editor's Note: For Window's users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a...
Macphun Ships Luminar Neptune — an Important Free Update with New Features (now on Mac & PC)
Macphun, who’s been known as a Mac-only developer up to know dropped a surprise this morning.  They’re immediately shipping a...
Selective Coloring Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10
Editor's Note: For Window's users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a...
An Intro to ACDSee – Edit Mode
Editor's Note: For Window's users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a...
Create Keynote or Powerpoint Templates with Ease in Photoshop
I was recently asked to create a Powerpoint template for someone and soon realised that with a few Photoshop techniques...

How to Finish Your Wild Animal Photos With Tone Mapping

Funny thing about animals is they move around, a lot. So a technique like HDR, which requires several images that are nearly identical in everything but exposure values, is usually not an option for wildlife photographers. Often thought of as mainly a tool for landscape and architecture photography, High Dynamic Range photography captures a series of shots at multiple exposures to provide detail in both highlights and shadows a camera cannot capture in one frame. But, in the case of a running horse or flying bird, even at high shutter speeds and frame rates there will be large differences in their position from frame to frame. This makes multiple exposure HDR pretty impractical, if not nearly impossible, for wildlife and other action photography.

While the multi-shot HDR technique may not work well for high-speed creatures, software like Aurora HDR is a useful tool to put the finishing touches on your wildlife photos. Instead of capturing a series of shots at multiple exposures as you would for landscapes, you use a single shot in a process called “tone mapping”. This is a fast and easy way I use Aurora HDR to Tone Map a single image and add some extra pop and punch to wild animal images.

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How to Remove Noise with a Luminosity Layer in Aurora HDR 2018

HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing of your photos by its nature can result in a lot of noise or graininess in your final image. While Macphun’s new Aurora HDR 2018 for PC’s does a great job overall reducing noise, there are still times when noisy areas appear in your processed HDR. This can be caused by many reasons, but most commonly it’s due to your settings in camera (such as shooting at too high of an ISO) or any image processing you have done to your images before merging them in Aurora (such as exposure adjustments). Regardless of the cause, you can remove most of this noise by using a “Luminosity Layer”. This technique saves a lot of time, giving you consistently good-looking results, quickly.  

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Portrait Retouch Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10

Editor’s Note: For Window’s users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution.  We invite you to check out a free trial of their application https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pbyqx93Ymc&feature=youtu.be In this tutorial you’ll learn strategies

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Selective Coloring Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10

Editor’s Note: For Window’s users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution.  We invite you to check out a free trial of their application https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyhFiN2M66I&feature=youtu.be   In this Ultimate 10 tutorial,

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An Intro to ACDSee – Edit Mode

Editor’s Note: For Window’s users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution.  We invite you to check out a free trial of their application https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFzb9etoqx8 Welcome to Edit mode in ACDSee

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How to Remove Noise with a Luminosity Layer in Aurora HDR 2018

HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing of your photos by its nature can result in a lot of noise or graininess in your final image. While Macphun’s new Aurora HDR 2018 for PC’s does a great job overall reducing noise, there are still times when noisy areas appear in your processed HDR. This can be caused by many reasons, but most commonly it’s due to your settings in camera (such as shooting at too high of an ISO) or any image processing you have done to your images before merging them in Aurora (such as exposure adjustments). Regardless of the cause, you can remove most of this noise by using a “Luminosity Layer”. This technique saves a lot of time, giving you consistently good-looking results, quickly.  

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Portrait Retouch Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10

Editor’s Note: For Window’s users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution.  We invite you to check out a free trial of their application https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pbyqx93Ymc&feature=youtu.be In this tutorial you’ll learn strategies

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Selective Coloring Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10

Editor’s Note: For Window’s users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution.  We invite you to check out a free trial of their application https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyhFiN2M66I&feature=youtu.be   In this Ultimate 10 tutorial,

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An Intro to ACDSee – Edit Mode

Editor’s Note: For Window’s users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution.  We invite you to check out a free trial of their application https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFzb9etoqx8 Welcome to Edit mode in ACDSee

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Dual Exposure Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10

Editor’s Note: For Window’s users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution.  We invite you to check out a free trial of their application. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-4h_W517a4&feature=youtu.be In this video, we’ll show you

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An Intro To ACDSee – Ultimate 10

Editor’s Note: For Window’s users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution.  We invite you to check out a free trial of their application. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abJsSCrebMs&feature=youtu.be In this tutorial we’re going to

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