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On1’s 2 for 1 June Special



It’s a “2 for 1” offer for both ON1 Photo 10.5 and an upgrade to the next generation – ON1 Photo RAW (coming in the fall) – for just $89.99.
Check out the “2 for 1” offer by clicking on the banner above. The total value of this package is $239.98 ($119.99 for each product) the offer gives you a savings of $150 – what a deal.

(Please note additional coupons cannot be applied to this $89.99 offer.)

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Panasonic Lumix GH4 Firmware update announced


Panasonic has announced a Firmware update 2.5 that introduces several enhancements introduced in Lumix G series cameras since the GH4 was originally introduced.

Post Focus
Post Focus is a special function that enables users to select an in-focus point after shooting. It has already been integrated in new LUMIX cameras such as the GX8. This feature allows you to change the perspective for greater photographic expression or to choose the best in-focus shot for macro shooting.

4K PHOTO (4K Burst / 4K Burst (Start/Stop) / 4K Pre-burst)
With 4K PHOTO mode there are three dedicated modes – 4K Burst / 4K Burst (Start/Stop) / 4K Pre-burst – are all now available on LUMIX GH4*. The addition of these modes further enhances the usability of 4K PHOTO to capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30p.

External Flash Burst
A new feature supporting consecutive shooting with flash burst is available with an external flash that is capable of continuous emission. This includes the following Panasonic models:

* Discontinued models are compatible but have some restrictions due to slower charge speeds

The firmware will be available at the end of March 2016 from the following link:



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One Day Workshop Schedule

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The following is the workshop schedule for the first half of 2016:


Workshop details are available from the Registration Page.

March 20 – Macro and Close-up Photography

March 26 – Flash Photography, High Speed flash, creative lighting

April 3 – Macro and Close-up Photography

April 9 – Portrait and Lighting Techniques

April 10 – Digital Photography A-Z.  This is a one day three part course that will teach you camera basics, post processing and printing.

June 4 – The Digital Darkroom – a course that covers image capture, asset management, processing and enhancement, output to print and web media. A one day program for digital image making workflow

June 5 – Flash Photography, High Speed flash, creative lighting

June 11 – Timelapse Photography, post processing and video assembly

June 12 – Macro and Close-up Photography

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

Please use this REGISTRATION link to register for these workshops.

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Panasonic Lumix Cameras to support “Post Focus”

NEWARK, N.J.Nov. 20, 2015  — Panasonic LUMIX is proud to introduce a new photographic function called ‘Post Focus’ that allows anyone to capture multiple photos with multiple in focus points through a single release of the shutter.

Post Focus leverages Panasonic’s high-speed, high-precision, 49-area DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology, and leadership in 4K Photography and Video, to capture 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) images at 30 fps.

The operation of Post Focus function is quite simple and easy – set the camera to Post Focus mode, and press the shutter button. The camera automatically “racks” the focus while capturing photos with varied in focus points. During playback, use the touch screen to select the in focus area desired, and save as a separate 8 megapixel photo file…all right in the camera.

To assist in getting the perfect image, take advantage of Focus Peaking, 5x magnified view and fine adjustment functions, taking as much time as needed after shooting. The process can be repeated to get multiple images as many times as desired from the original photo.

The Post Focus function is best for non-moving subjects, such as portraits or landscapes, and is ideal for shooting at wide apertures to create dramatic, shallow depth of field effects. Create different impressions out of a single shot by changing the highlighted subject after capturing the picture, taking the risk and anxiety out of getting that perfect picture.

This capability will also assist advanced users interested in macro photography. Simply capture the scene using the same process, then use third party software to perform “focus stacking”, to combine multiple frames into a single image, which has more areas in tack-sharp focus for amazing results in a fraction of the time typically needed for great macro images.

The Post Focus function will be available on the DMC-GX8, DMC-G7 and DMC-FZ300 by updating to the latest FREE firmware upgrade, which will be available at GMT 1:00 a.m. on November 25, 2015 at LUMIX Global Customer Support Site:

ON1 Photo 10

ON1, Inc. announced ON1 Photo 10, the next generation of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, is available for purchase or download for those that pre-ordered. Version 10 is a ground-up rework of Perfect Photo Suite 9, optimized for performance, stability and ease of use. Up to 4x faster than the previous version and requiring less memory to run, ON1 Photo 10 also includes an integrated mobile workflow, a modern user interface, and the essential ON1 photo editing tools photographers have come to love.

Click on the banner above or belo to order a full version or to upgrade.

ON1 Photo 10’s enhancements include: (see a video of what’s changed:

  • A significantly improved Effects module. Filters respond faster than ever before and presets are easier to find and apply. New preset categories have been added for popular photography genres, and include settings for color grading and haze reduction. The Perfect B&W module has been fully integrated into Effects, which lets you apply any filter—including the popular Dynamic Contrast effect—to your monochrome images. Lastly, you now have complete control over the organization of your presets and preset categories, making it easy to customize Effects to work the way you want.
  • Two-way syncing of photos between ON1 Photo 10 and mobile devices with our free Photo Via app for IOS. Photo Via lets you share albums, smart albums and folders of photos between your desktop and your iPad or iPhone using Dropbox or Google Drive. With Photo Via, you can search, rate and share photos easily from any iOS device, and have the metadata synced back to your desktop.
  • Better and faster workflow tools for working with faces in the Portrait module. Find facial features quicker, even with side views or faces at an angle. Portrait is faster and better than ever. The new way of working with facial features makes it easier to retouch the areas you care about.
  • Access to Resize from any module, which lets you use the photo enlargement features of Perfect Resize from any part of ON1 Photo 10. Sharpen, add a watermark, or create a gallery wrap when you want, without jumping to a different module.
  • Color and tone controls that make sense. Use Enhance’s exposure adjustments, better color controls, and improved highlight and shadow recovery to make your photos pop before taking them into other editing modules.
  • Browse’s new Smart Albums feature, which lets you put your most important photos—wherever they are—at your fingertips. You can even automatically publish your Smart Albums to your mobile device with Photo Via.
  • A new export feature, which automates the process of creating photos for printing and sharing. Take a single photo, or a group of photos, and create whatever size and file format you need. Combined with our improved batch processing options, we make it simple for you to print, share and manage your photos without undue complexity.Throughout ON1 Photo 10, you will find an improved user experience, with more responsive sliders, tools that won’t stick, and a user interface that is snappy, modern and easier to use. Most of ON1 Photo 10’s image processing algorithms utilize modern video cards (GPUs), providing better overall performance, a new sharing feature for posting photos directly to Facebook®, Twitter®, Messages®, Mail®, Flickr® and more.About ON1 Photo 10:
    ON1 Photo 10 is a full-featured photo editor that works either as a plug-in editor to Adobe Photoshop® and Lightroom CC, or as a standalone application. ON1’s open system allows access to your photos no matter where they are stored: your computer, your network, or on cloud-based storage services. We support all of the key online storage services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. ON1 Photo 10 works on both Mac OS X (10.9, 10.10, 10.11) and Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 10), while Photo Via requires iOS 8. Version 10 supports Photoshop CC 2015, CC 2014, and CS6; Lightroom 6, 5, 4; Photoshop Elements 13, 12 and 11.

    Availability and pricing:
    ON1 Photo 10 is available today and you can download the 60-day trial which is fully functional. Photo 10 has an introductory price of $109.99 for the full version (normally $119.99) and $89.99 for the upgrade (normally $99.99). For a limited time, ON1 Photo 10 is bundled with bonuses which include: “The Ultimate ON1 Photo 10 Training,” 10 in-depth video courses from Matt Kloskowski; and a Landscape Pro Preset Pack that includes 18 presets for Effects by Scott Davenport.

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Adobe joins the ranks of Microsoft with a truly botched release


Library Module – Import (who’s idea was this?)

In my opinion and the simplest of terms ADOBE has really messed up this time. CC was a bad move and now LR6.2. How does a company let this product get to their users. No beta testing it appears. No prerelease user acceptance – what a fiasco.

I am glad I never subscribed to CC and now have to downgrade/roll back LR6.2. Time to rethink my workflow. May be go 100% to Capture One Pro.

The library module in 6.2 is really – cartoonish and so many decent features have just been eliminated. I shudder to think what I might unearth with the Develop and other modules.

Microsoft botched up Windows 8 and now they are in good company with Adobe and LR 6.2.

In my opinion Adobe should make the CC subscription $0.00 till they can make the product worth paying for again.

Adobe profits dropped as per their earning report this week. CC was not such a good idea and now this …………….  I wonder what the next quarter will look like.

MacPhun updates Noiseless Pro

NOISELESS PRO UPDATE – get an improved Creative Kit at 73% OFF with this new app version inside!

The major news is that Noiseless Pro, which provides a one-click solution for eliminating digital noise, now includes the option of BATCH PROCESSING.

Key Improvements:
Noiseless remains the fastest noise reduction software for Mac, with the update bringing a 14% speed increase.

With Batch Processing, users can process a number of images at once, resizing, renaming and saving files in popular image formats (JPG, TIFF, PNG)

You will have the option to select from automatic noise reduction, use a built-in preset, or even create their own custom preset. Custom batching presets can also be saved so a combination of options chosen previously can be used again.

The Light, Moderate and Medium presets have been improved to give even better results with portraits and photos where the noise is minimal.

The new Noiseless Pro will be available for $49.99 as a limited time offer, with a possibility for upgrade from standard Noiseless for $29.99.

You can purchase Noiseless Pro – for $49.99 you only get one app, while $99.99 will get you the complete Creative Kit all 5 Pro apps together!

If you own the standard version of Noiseless, you can get Batch Processing via an in-app purchase for only $7.99 or by upgrading to Noiseless Pro. Owners of the Pro version will receive a free, automatic update. CLICK ON THE Noiseless Pro Icon to get the product.

Also check out FX Photo Studio and its stunning filters.  All for just $9.99 at the app store.




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Noiseless Pro


Please click on the image for a larger rendition. The left is untreated the right has Noiseless applied using the “Lightest” preset at 100%

Macphun the makers of Tonality Pro, Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro and Focus Pro today release a public preview of their latest product Noiseless Pro.  It will be released as two versions Noiseless and Noiseless Pro. The pro version includes the ability to work with RAW files and will work as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom.

Noiseless Pro - plugin window.  The exposure triad; ISO 1600, f/4.0 1/50 sec.  The exploded view is at 200%

Noiseless Pro – plugin window. The exposure triad; ISO 1600, f/4.0 1/50 sec. The exploded view is at 200%

One you install it and launch it the first thing you will notice is its simplicity.  It has a series of presets from Lightest to Extreme. Lightest I’m my initial tests did a great job. Multiple views and side by side comparison windows help you assess the amount of noise management. Zoom tools allow you to see how well it is handling noise and maintaining detail. Included is a wipe tool for previewing the effect.  Preview is not instantaneous but the software does render the effect fairly quick.

Though the pro version will work with RAW files, my preference would be to allow the raw conversion using Adobe Camera Raw, DxO, or Capture One and then bringing the image into Noiseless either as a pug or as a saved tiff file.

This is by no means a full review but a quick note to assess the pre-release and give an initial verdict – the product is simple and very good.

I will do another review when the final release is available in the next 8 days or so.

Click on the logo to order Macphun products or to preorder Noiseless and Noiseless Pro

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Topaz ReStyle – February Promotion

ReStyle_GIF_2Effective today through the end of February 2015 get Topaz ReStyle for $20 off its original price of $59.99, that is just $39.99).

Use the coupon code: febrestyle

ReStyle is a plugin designed to alter the colors in your image with its unique array of toning effects. The technology behind ReStyle uses a cutting-edge process to map the color and tone statistics from a source image.

With this, creative possibilities extend to many inspiring choices. Restyle is a useful tool for the photographer or artist looking to alter the overall feeling and mood of his or her image. The program can even be used to revamp the tone of graphics and textures.

CLICK HERE to order


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Panasonic releases firmware version 2.1 for the Lumix GH4

Panasonic released version 2.1 on January 26, 2015.  Had to wait and test it all before posting this.  As with any firmware update, please follow all instruction and do so with care. Here is the excerpt from the Panasonic web site and the links to the update:

  1. Time code can be embedded to the HDMI output signal.
    – Selectable in Motion Picture menu : [Time Code]>[HDMI Time Code Output]
    * Available when DMC-GH4 or DMW-YAGH are connected with the products of ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd. or the products complying with the extended specifications of ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd..
  2. RSS (Recording Start/Stop) signal can be embedded to the HDMI output signal.
    – Selectable in Motion Picture menu : [HDMI Rec Output]>[HDMI Recording Control]
    * Available when DMC-GH4 or DMW-YAGH are connected with the products of ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd. or the products complying with the extended specifications of ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd..
  3. FHD at 30p/25p native output via HDMI is available while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p.
    – Selectable in Motion Picture menu : [HDMI Rec Output]>[1080/30p Set.] or [1080/25p Set.]
  4. Playback performance of recorded 4K video is improved.
  5. [Time Lapse Shot] Program is fixed to start recording at the designated time even when [summer time] is set.
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