Monthly Archives: February 2014

Macphun releases Focus 2 Pro

macphun_logoFocus 2 Pro launched today!  The software is a substantial upgrade from the standard version that many of you already use. Focus 2 Pro lets photographers of all skill levels easily add creative focus, blur, tilt-shift effects, motion blur, and other enhancements to images. It’s FAR easier to use than Photoshop or other labor-intensive techniques, at an affordable price.

ICON_FOCUS_1024Here is a quick summary of key points:

• Plug-in support for host applications Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Apple Aperture
• 3 New Types of Blur: Zoom, Radial and Linear Motion Blur
• RAW image support, up to a 16-bit depth
• Advanced Brightness, Contrast and Saturation fine-tuning for blur areas
• Advanced Detail, Clarity and Vividness fine-tuning for areas in focus
• Improvements to Bokeh simulation algorithms
• Price:  MSRP $39.99, upgrades $19.99

Click Here to order

See simple images in the gallery.

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TWiP – 348

The production version of TWIP 348 is on line.  It was a pleasure and honor to be a co-host on TWiP. It truly was a great session with Frederick and Syl.  The great news is that my book “Time-Lapse Imagery” is in the Apple iBook store as of this morning. I am thrilled.

Check it out here

If you are not subscribed, please do so in iTunes for the audio podcast.

More on Frederic Van Johnson at and

More on Syl Arena at his blog and his work at

Don’t miss out the interview with Blunty.  Frederick sat down for a chat with YouTube star Blunty about cameras, photography and life! Check out Blunty at


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Time-Lapse Imagery – Published

Milkyway Pano 1 --001-Edit-Edit 2I am so thrilled. My book is finished and is available in the Apple Store.  It is an interactive iBook/e-Book that can be viewed using iBooks on a Mac or on an iPad.
I am working on an interactive PDF version for all non Mac and iPad users. This should be ready in a week or so.


Posted in Educational, Night Photography, Photographs, Photography, Software, Time-Lapse, Tips Tagged , , |

Topaz Simplify – 50% Discount



Effective now through the end of February you can get Topaz Simplify at a 50% discount. Topaz Simplify allows you to turn your photos into watercolors, paintings, and other fine art.

Click Here to purchase and get your discount.

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Another Cold Night in Boston

Customs House 4 Seconds F/14 ISO 800

Customs House
4 Seconds, F/14, ISO 800, 34mm

Spent last evening in Boston doing some night time time-lapse sequences.  This was taken from the 29th floor of Harbor Towers about 9:15.

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Tamron’s new 16 to 300 mm f/3.5 – 6.3 lens and less than 4 inches long.

Tamron16-300This from the February 6, 2014, Tamron Press Release: Tamron Co., Ltd. has announced the development of an advanced new all-in-oneTM zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that provides an amazing 18.8X zoom ratio. The lens sample will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from February 13 to 16 in Yokohama, Japan.

Responding to consumers’ demand for expanded focal lengths both at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end, Tamron has begun developing a completely new all-in-oneTM zoom lens design that provides an impressive focal length range extending from 16mm true wide-angle to 300mm super-telephoto.

Product Highlights

  • With a minimum focal length of 16mm (35mm film equivalent: 24.8mm) at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, and a maximum focal length of 300mm (35mm film equivalent: 465mm), this remarkable new lens provides a zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.
  • Superior, reliable image quality with a universal lens. The lens construction features 16 elements in 12 groups.
  • A minimum focusing distance of just 0.39 meters supports an extensive range of macro photography capabilities.
  • PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action.
  • Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation)
  • Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.


Model A010
Focal Length 28-300mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of view (diagonal) 75°23’ – 8°15’ (for full-frame format)52°58’ – 5°20’ (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction 19 elements in 15 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 19.3 in (0.49m)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:3.5 (at f=300mm: MFD 19.3 in)
Filter Size Ø67mm
Maximum Diameter Ø74.4mm
Length (5) 3.8 in (96mm)
Weight 19 oz (540g)
No. of Diaphragm Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped Lens hood


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5 Day Special Pricing on Wacom Tablets

IntuosProMediumGalleryImage1Hunts of Melrose is offering a 5 day special on Wacom Intuos Tablets for my subscribers.

Small tablet

Medium tablet

Large tablet


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Winter Storm Nika Forces Indoor Photography

_S5A9977-Edit nkWe have about 10 inches of snow, but with the rain the snow is is getting packed down and getting heavier by the minute.  It’s just not conducive for any outdoor winter photography so decided to play with some water drops.  Using a TriggerTrap V1 hooked up to a Nissen 866 flash head, Rogue gels, a dropper and a pan of water.  Flash set at 1/64 power backlighting the water drop through an acrylic panel. Camera at ISO 100, aperture f/10 in Bulb mode.


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Promote Control Version 3 – firmware upgrade.

Promote Systems has just announced a major firmware update for Promote Control that brings Video control, significant improvements in Time-Lapse and Bulb Ramping and support for Sigma SD1/SD1 Merrill cameras!

Click here to get the firmware update.

Click here to read more and see some video demonstrations.


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