Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Very Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Card

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onOne Software Announces Availability of Perfect Photo Suite 8


New Perfect Eraser for Content-Aware Fill, Enhance and Browse Modules, Perfect Batch Processor, and Re-imagined Effects Module Evolve Popular Plug-In Into a Complete Photo Editing Solution for Every Workflow

Portland, OR – November 26, 2013 – onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative digital photography solutions, today announced the availability of Perfect Photo Suite 8—the Photographer’s Choice for Photo Editing. Perfect Photo Suite 8 is a full-featured, standalone photo editor that also integrates seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and Apple Aperture. It includes all the best tools a photographer needs to create stunning images.

Key new features include the Perfect Eraser, with content-aware fill technology; the Perfect Enhance module for essential photo adjustments; a new Browser that streamlines direct access to images wherever they are located; the Perfect Batch engine that applies presets to multiple images with a single click; and a re-engineered Perfect Effects module, with twice as many adjustable filters, customizable presets, and integrated FocalPoint technology. These new tools and capabilities alongside Perfect Photo Suite 8’s eight modules, one-click presets, tools for automated enhancements, and powerful controls allow photographers to enhance, retouch, and stylize images in a layered workflow, replace backgrounds, create high-quality enlargements, and prepare images for output—giving them the ability to express their creativity and transform their photos quickly and easily.

“We are extremely excited about Perfect Photo Suite 8,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “This version is the result of what photographers have been asking for, not only from us but from the industry as a whole. We’re grateful for the contributions and feedback the photography community has invested in our effort and we believe that we’ve created an extraordinarily powerful image editing tool that meets their specific needs in return.”

After a successful public beta program for Perfect Photo Suite 8, many photographers had a chance to try out the new version and give their feedback. “The attention to your user’s needs is unmatched,” said Rebecca Lyyski, owner of Lyyski’s Designs. “As a graphic designer and photographer with an elevated workload, your product has made editing my professional photography a pleasure instead of a chore,” she adds. Greg Lambert, public beta user and onOne Software photo contest winner shared, “Perfect Photo Suite 8 continues to evolve by refining its existing capability, streamlining the interface and providing some new and exciting tools and presets to enable photographers to produce the images they visualize when they press the shutter button.”

The New Perfect Photo Suite 8 Features:
• Eight integrated modules – Effects, Enhance, B&W, Portrait, Mask, Layers, Resize, and Browse. Each module is designed to target a specific image-processing task. Together, they help photographers enhance, retouch, and stylize images in a layered workflow, replace backgrounds, create high-quality enlargements, and prepare images for use in various capacities.

• New Module! Perfect Enhance provides essential tools for basic enhancements, such as brightness and contrast adjustments; colorcast, dust spot, and power line removal; and the addition of vignettes. It is an ideal module to start with when using Perfect Photo Suite 8 as a standalone application or when quick corrections are needed.

• New Module! Browse provides convenient and direct access to image files wherever they are stored—whether they are on a computer, an external drive, a connected network, or on a cloud-based storage service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Apple’s Photo Stream.

• Reimagined! Perfect Effects – As a cornerstone of Perfect Photo Suite 8, the Effects module has been redesigned by adding adjustable filters and customizable presets, making it the most powerful and versatile image stylization tool available on the market today.

• Twice as Many Adjustable Filters to create the most sought-after looks, including:

• Dynamic Contrast – Adds stunning clarity to images and makes them pop by exaggerating the levels of contrast, without sacrificing highlight and shadow detail, creating halos, or affecting saturation.

• Lens Blur – Includes the best parts of FocalPoint technology to create bokeh, tilt-shift, and selective focus effects after the shot.

• HDR – Gives images the edgy look of high dynamic range. Settings are adjustable and create effects that range from subtle to surreal.

• Vintage – Turns photos into a nostalgic memory with retro-style filters.

• Powerful brushes provide the right results for specific editing tasks:

• Perfect Eraser removes objects with content-aware fill technology

• Retouch Brush uses spot healing to remove small distractions

• Clone Brush removes unwanted items by replicating and covering specified areas of an image

• Masking Brush reveals underlying layers or selectively applies effects
• Perfect Brush delivers precise edge-detection masking

• Hundreds of Customizable Presets are available throughout Perfect Photo Suite 8 that make it easy for any photographer to instantly create an image they love. Presets can also be used as starting points for creativity and efficiency. Presets are included in the Enhance, Effects, B&W, Portrait, and Resize modules.

• Improved Masking Bug in the Effects and Layers modules make mask creation easier and more intuitive.

• Perfect Batch engine simultaneously applies presets from multiple modules and a watermark to a selected group of images.

Availability and Pricing
The new Perfect Photo Suite 8 is now available by clicking on the logo below

Perfect Photo Suite 8 is available in three editions: Premium, Standard, and for Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture.
The Premium Edition works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, Apple Aperture, and as a standalone application. It is priced at $179.95. Owners of previous versions of Perfect Photo Suite Premium Edition can upgrade for $99.95. For a limited time, orders of Perfect Photo Suite 8 Premium Edition will include a special collection of Professional Presets and The Essential Video Guide to Perfect Photo Suite 8, which provides a comprehensive collection of getting started training videos for Perfect Photo Suite 8—for free ($80 value). This offer ends on December 3, 2013.

Perfect Photo Suite 8 for Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture works with Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop Elements, and as a standalone application. It is available for $129.95; upgrades are $79.95. The Standard Edition works as a complete standalone photo editor and is available for $79.95. For more information on Perfect Photo Suite 8, please visit A 30-day Money Back Guarantee backs all onOne Software products.

About onOne Software
onOne Software, Inc., is a leading developer of innovative software tools and apps for digital photography and offers time-saving software solutions for photographers of all levels, from enthusiasts to professionals. Leveraging its extensive history as successful plug-in developer for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom, and Apple Aperture, and continued development of cutting-edge technology, onOne publishes unified solutions that offer both full-featured photo editing capabilities and the flexibility of traditional plug-ins. Founded in 2005, onOne Software is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon. For additional information, visit

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Topaz labs – Thanksgiving Sale



I want to let you know about a huge promotion Topaz Labs is running for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. For the first time ever the Topaz Complete Photography Collection, which includes all the products will be on sale for $199.99, which is almost 50% off the normal price of $379.99. The sale will run from November 28th through December 2nd 2013.


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Adobe’s CC offer at $9.99 – explained

I have been asked a number of questions about the prior offer by Adobe for the Creative Cloud bundle at $9.99 for owners of previous licenses of Photoshop CS3 to CS6 and if that is still available.

The offer is as follows:

There is a special for CC available to any and everybody as a Black Friday offering.

Between now and December 2, 2013, the subscription is $9.99 per month for a 1 year commitment. The subscription entitles you to the following products:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Bridge CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20GB of cloud storage
  • Behance ProSite

Here is a quote from Adobe Customer Service “I understand, this is a Black Friday Promo offer which is valid only till December 02nd and is temporarily opened for everyone, even if they do not own any previous software. However, the offer will still be valid till December 31st for the qualified Photoshop customers who are owning CS3 and above versions of the software.”

From this it is evident that after December 2, 2013 owners of Photoshop CS3 through CS6 will be in a position to subscribe to CC for $9.99 through the end of December.

Here is a link to the Adobe FAQs

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Balancing Flash and Ambient Light – Digital Photography School

I am so pleased that my article on “Balancing Flash and Ambient Light: has been published on the Digital Photography School web.

You can read the article here. Please leave your comments on the Digital Photography School web site.

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One Day Workshop Schedule for December 2013

Here is the schedule for the remainder of  2013.  Please use this REGISTRATION link to register and pay for these workshops.  Please also fill out and mail or bring with you the Workshop Registration and Waiver Form  This is an electronic form, you may print it and then fill it out or fill it out directly and then print the required copies.

Click on the links for detailed PDF documents.

December 7, 2013 – Photography Basics a one day class   

December 8, 2013 –  Time-Lapse Workshop

December 21, 2013 – Lighting Workshop

December 22, 2013 – Macro and Closeup Photography

If you have any questions or would like more information please call 617-759-0010 or email

Posted in Educational, Lighting, Macro, News, Photographs, Photography, Portraits, Stacked Image, Strobes, Time-Lapse, Tips, Workshops

African Skies 2 – A Timelapse Video

Gunther Wegner the developer of LRTimelapse software has just released African Skies 2.  This excellent time-lapse video showcases the beauty of the African landscapes and animals in film and time lapse sequences, that have never been seen before.

The production took more than half a year – and has been compiled from 4 terabytes of raw-data.  All editing (time lapse and even video) was done, using the new LRTimelapse 3.2 and Lightroom 5.2. !

The video sequence can be seen on Vimeo but is available at a nominal cost as a HD video and a 4K video.  The sale proceeds will be used to fund and support the African wildlife and environmental protection organizations.  This funding was done from proceeds from the video too and I commend Gunther for his efforts. we decided to sell the film as download in much higher quality in Full HD and even 4K. With the revenue we again want to support local animal and environmental protection organizations.

Click here to be directed to the LRTimelapse Web and then use the African Skies Tab to purchase it if you would like to support the cause.

Please share this post with your family and friends.  Gunther has created an excellent video and I hope this can be viewed by all.  Please click on HD and open it in full screen view.


Click here to be directed to the LRTimelapse Web and then use the African Skies Tab to view the video and purchase it if you would like to support the cause.


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Bosque del Apache and White Sands Workshop now includes Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns - Dolls Theater (image courtesy NPS - Peter Jones_

Carlsbad Caverns – Dolls Theater (image courtesy NPS – Peter Jones)

We have added Carlsbad Caverns to our itinerary during the Bosque del Apache and White Sands workshop.  As the light in White Sands during the day is not the most conducive for photography we will travel to the famous Carlsbad Caverns for some incredible photo opportunities.  In addition the registration for this workshop is extended to November 30, 2013

Click Here for Details

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Bosque del Apache & White Sands Workshop date change.

Sandhill Landing at Sunset

Sandhill Landing at Sunset

To take advantage of better conditions in White Sands the workshop dates have been changed.  The new dates are Dec 12 to Dec 18, 2013.

Click Here for the Brochure and Details

Sunrise - White Sands, New Mexico

Sunrise – White Sands, New Mexico

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Hunt’s Annual Demo and Sale

This annual event is on starting today through Monday November 4th.  Call Gary Farber on his direct line 781-462-2332 if you have question or want to place an order.

Click Here for details

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