Topaz Labs Black Friday 2017 75% off Coupon

Topaz Labs Black Friday 2017  75% off Coupon

From November 21st through November 28th

For Black Friday Topaz Labs is offering 75% off of all of the traditional plugins in the full TopazPlugin Collection or the newest technology in Topaz Studio with the TopazStudio Go Pro Pack.
Whether you want to achieve stunning photography enhancements
or apply artistic effects, either option has you covered.

Visit the Topaz Labs Black Friday page to learn more http://goo.gl/EvSrx9

The plugin Collection includes 17 Topaz Products including the Topaz
Studio versions of Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify. (over $1000
individually) for only $249.99. As an added bonus you receive a few pro
adjustments in Topaz Studio from Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify
As well!! Can’t beat best of two worlds!

*(Detail: Precision Detail & Channel Mixer; Clarity: Precision Contrast &
HSL Color Tuning; Impression; Simplify: Abstraction & Quad Tone & Edges)

You can also save on the updated Go Pro Pack with all 20 currently
available Pro Adjustments (over $450 individually) is on sale for just
$113.75.

The savings aren’t just for new purchases either. Owners of the older
Topaz Collections or older Pro Packs can take advantage of the savings as
well! They will just need to log in to their accounts, then add the
collection to their cart to claim their unique upgrade price for additional
savings on the Collection or Go Pro Pack!

*Note that this discount does not apply to individual plugin or adjustment purchases,
which are sold at full price.

 

The coupon code ‘BLACKFRIDAY17’, will be auto applied in either store when
you add the Pro Pack or the collection to your cart

Topaz Collection Black Friday 2017 75% off coupon
Topaz Collection Black Friday 2017 75% off coupon

Want to buy both

Want to buy both the collection and the Pro Adjustments?  Topaz Labs has you covered!
Visit Topaz Labs Black Friday page to see  how to get the most out of your money
It explains how to buy the the collection, redeem the Pro Adjustments
then get the Pro pack, so you aren’t double charged for effects in both packages!

As per my Ethics guidelines
I am a affiliate of Topaz Labs

Adobe release new products versions

cloudscapes

cloudscapes

Adobe releases their new versions of many products.

Of Interest to photographers are the former Adobe Lightroom CC has been renamed to Lightroom Classic CC
And the new Lighrtoom CC is now cloud based.

New plan pricing

Lightroom CC plan

Includes the all-new Lightroom CC and 1TB of cloud storage.
US$9.99/mo.

Photography plan

Includes the all-new Lightroom CC, 20GB of cloud storage, Lightroom Classic CC, and Photoshop CC.
US$9.99/mo.

Photography plan with 1TB cloud storage

Includes the all-new Lightroom CC, 1TB of cloud storage, Lightroom Classic CC, and Photoshop CC.
US$19.99/mo.

That’s US$10/mo for 980meg of additional storage?
In a year you could by a 4tb drive for the same amount, and handle your own backups.

For now think I will stick to the base photography plan!

Only time will tell how this will work out for them, but working in high end “cloud” systems for years I would not trust my personal important data to any of them.

Hacks, cracks, thefts and redundancy failures oh my.

Now the fun starts checking in on just how well these updates and new programs really work!

Topaz Studio (free version) Impressionistic test

Topaz Studio trial

After downloading the free version of the new Topaz Studio I planned to give it a whirl.
Then I selected a not so good (read normally an image that  would have been deleted) image file to play with and in a only a few minutes created this impressionistic result.

It only took a few minutes! Using the builtin filters and presets, along with a little careful masking. Tools that are all available in the free version.
While the interface is not quite what I was used to with other more traditional editors it did not take long to get the hang of how things worked.

I promptly tried it on a rather pedantic image of  a field of wildflowers and in no time at all came out with this impressionist result.

I am on an impressionist kick at the moment, however Studio can do a full gaumet of image types from highly realistic, to out of this world!

Get your own copy for FREE and get started with a great editing suite at this link
Get Topaz Studio FREE

Extend Topaz Studio with Pro plugins

Want even more control and power?
Purchase individual plugins that will extend the functionality of Topaz Studio here Shop individual plugins

Or Go Pro and Save! get the entire Pro Plugin suite and save 50% off the individual purchase price!

* Note that the current 50% off offer may end at any time!

Truth in advertising: I was impressed enough with the capabilities of the new Topaz Studio even in the free version that I have joined their affiliate program.

A mini review of Sky Crystals

A mini review of Sky Crystals – Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes

Sky Crystals - Unraveling the Mysteries of SnowflakesSky Crystals – Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes by Don Komarechka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book! It is a hardcover printed on a heavy stock that showcases the images very well. The book is divided into 3 main sections, with lots of very well reproduced images.

The first section goes into the science and mechanics of how snow crystals are formed.
The second covers the equipment and how-to of shooting your own images of snowflakes.
And the final section covers post processing the many shots in software to arrive at the final image.

Highly recommended read if you are interested in the science, or photography of snowflakes or even just looking at all the pretty pictures of these short lived wonders.

It was a catalyst in rekindling my interest in macro photography!
Very pleased to have purchased it!

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The book can be obtained from http://skycrystals.ca/

Workflow and library major changes in the works

Construction

Construction equipment

DAM (Digital Asset Management)

DAM is a pain at best of times.
Trying to hammer out workable, reliable and consistent backup schemes, file naming conventions, image workflow, key wording, meta data is not easy.
And as you keep changing things to hopefully simplify your work, you usually ending up with a lot of inconsistencies in the old image archives.

At least until I attended Gavin Gough’s Photo Workflow seminar at Photoshelter and watched his video on Vimo

Conveniently linked for you here:

Workflow changes

The first changes to my workflow include adding a new step to my backup strategy, and completely renaming all my existing image files! Would be a big ouch except it is actually turning out to be a painless process!

Good thing was my existing backup strategy was already good (decades of working as a IT analyst pays off) but even here I added a new step to separately backup all the raw image files automatically as they come in to an external drive using a neat feature of lightroom I did not know even existed!

At the moment all my existing working image files are being renamed to a consistent naming convention (one day at a time, just so I can watch what is happening) and converted to DNG format files.
All being done automatically and being handled by LightRoom itself!
Yes, I did take a full snapshot backup of the entire image library before beginning this process, so reverting in case something “not good” happens would be easy.

This is one eBook package (includes a lot of extra like pre-built Lightroom presets to speed things up) that can really help your workflow especially if you are handling large volumes of image files.

Wish I had found it sooner, going back and converting 10’s of thousands of digital image files to the new consistent workflow format from many years of shooting is going to take a bit of time.

The next step will be to implement the tagging process to keep track of where individual images are within the workflow process.

Pete’s What’s in the bag – My Storm Kit box

Storm kit box

The grab and go storm kit box

What’s in the Bag

The Storm Kit Box

Peek into some of the equipment kit I carry in the “What’s in my bag article” on blogger
http://imagemakersjourneys.blogspot.ca/2013/06/storm-kit-box.html

The “Storm box” was assembled to hold all the small bits.
That might be needed to run after and photograph a storm.
A few of the larger “bits” don’t fit in the box.
But many server dual purposes especially the safety items.
Click the link above to see what is in the box and what the bigger items are that do not fit nicely in such a small Pelican 1300 case!

As with most things, especially storms think Safety First!