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Photofocus is at Photo Plus
cover photo by littleny and Adobe Stock The Photofocus team is all over Photo Plus Expo this year.  We'd love to see...
NYC Photowalk With Photofocus, Macphun, & Adobe Stock This Friday @8pm
Tens of thousands of photographers are descending on New York City from around the world to attend Photo Plus Expo,...
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...
Aurora HDR 2018 Adds New Features
Macphun just released a major free update to its customers.  The new update brings improvements to both Windows and Mac...
NYC Photowalk with Photofocus, Macphun, & Adobe Stock October 27, 2017 8:00pm
Tens of thousands of photographers are descending on New York City from around the world to attend Photo Plus Expo,...
Aurora HDR 2018 Ships Tomorrow – Get Ready with this Free Video Course
Aurora HDR 2018 is a comprehensive photo editor that makes it easy to unlock the full dynamic range of any...
Free Aurora HDR 2018 Presets
We're super excited about the new Aurora HDR 2018 from Macphun. To celebrate, here's a free collection of 10 presets that...
First Impressions of the New Aurora HDR 2018 for Windows
Until recently, I’ve felt a little left out when it comes to the Macphun line of photo editing and effects...
Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac and Windows is Ready for Pre-order
Big news today for fans of HDR photography and highly detailed images.  The folks at Macphun have started taking pre-orders...
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...

Photofocus is at Photo Plus

cover photo by littleny and Adobe Stock The Photofocus team is all over Photo Plus Expo this year.  We’d love to see you face to face and would also appreciate if you could visit the partners who help us bring you Photofocus

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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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Aurora HDR 2018 Adds New Features

Macphun just released a major free update to its customers.  The new update brings improvements to both Windows and Mac users. Added Lens Correction tool.  Both Windows and Mac users can easily repair common lens issues like vignettes, distortion, and

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Free Aurora HDR 2018 Presets

We’re super excited about the new Aurora HDR 2018 from Macphun. To celebrate, here’s a free collection of 10 presets that you can use as a starting point. Click Here to Save on Aurora HDR 2018 To Install Download the presets

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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.  

Read More

Aurora HDR 2018 Adds New Features

Macphun just released a major free update to its customers.  The new update brings improvements to both Windows and Mac users. Added Lens Correction tool.  Both Windows and Mac users can easily repair common lens issues like vignettes, distortion, and

Read More

Free Aurora HDR 2018 Presets

We’re super excited about the new Aurora HDR 2018 from Macphun. To celebrate, here’s a free collection of 10 presets that you can use as a starting point. Click Here to Save on Aurora HDR 2018 To Install Download the presets

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Macphun Tip: Add a Beautiful Glow with Image Radiance

If you’re working with Macphun’s Luminar, be sure to try out the Image Radiance filter. The use of the Image Radiance filter is the perfect finishing touch for many photos.  It works by softening image luminescence, essentially making the brighter areas less intense

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Enter to win a new camera, an education bundle, plus much more!

It’s our birthday, and we want to celebrate with you! Check out our 21st birthday contest and enter to win a new camera, Drobo 8D, X-Rite calibration tools, Xpozer prints, Skylum software and more!

Plus, by entering you’re automatically eligible to win one of our monthly prizes. This month we’re giving away an educational bundle, with. courses from Joel Grimes and Serge Ramelli. You’ll also get a free one-year membership to ThinkTAP Learn!