HDR photography can produce spectacular images. It can also produce a supersaturated, overcooked look that we've probably all seen too much of. Getting that balance right is an art in itself. For now, though, here some HDR tips for shooting and then editing your images. HDR tip 01: In-camera HDR In-camera HDR is becoming more common and it can work pretty well, but it's not … [Read more...] about Top 12 HDR tips
Skylum is a relative newcomer to the image-editing scene. Originally a Mac-only publisher (hence the old name), it's now branched out into Windows versions of its software (hence the name change). Its key produces are the innovative Luminar photo editor, and powerful Aurora HDR application. Previously it published individual plug-ins later grouped into the MacPhun Creative Kit.
Digital tilt-shift effect tools are popular because they give images a retro 'old-camera' look and, in the right circumstances, can make a real-life subject look like a miniature model. But first some physics. Digital tilt-shift effects are rarely accurate. They only work if your whole subject is on a single flat, receding plane. If you have any objects sticking up vertically, … [Read more...] about Saturday spotlight: Tilt-shift effect
Last week MacPhun announced a free extension for Apple Photos. Filters for Photos has 30 different effects, and while the controls might appear pretty basic, you can use the built-in masking tools to apply these filters much more subtly than you might expect. Here's how it works. 01 Choose your filter So here I've chosen the Color Sunlight Spot filter. It's not subtle, … [Read more...] about How to create a mask in MacPhun’s free Filters for Photos
The big strength of Tonality and programs like it is that it does two things not one. It gives you a broad selection of preset image effects to inspire you with new 'looks' for its photos, but it also gives you all the manual tools you need to create and modify these for yourself. Tonality is MacPhun's black and white editor and you can get Tonality on its own from the Mac … [Read more...] about MacPhun Tonality gets an update with free pro presets
MacPhun's Aurora HDR software has been updated to version 1.2. Aurora HDR now comes in German, Spanish, and Japanese language versions and there's updated RAW support for Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, SONY, Nikon and Leica. Aurora HDR 2018 review Aurora HDR downloads and deals Aurora HDR can be used both as a plug-in, in which case the RAW conversion may already have … [Read more...] about Aurora HDR 1.2.1 update and payment by instalments
Verdict: Aurora HDR Pro 1.2 is another great image-editing app from Mac software specialist MacPhun. Its HDR merges are great, its presets are varied and look good and its manual controls, though complex, are also very powerful. Aurora HDR 2018 review Aurora HDR downloads and deals HDR stands for high dynamic range. It’s a photographic technique for capturing and … [Read more...] about MacPhun Aurora HDR Pro 1.2 review
MacPhun Focus 2 Pro does the same job as a number of other digital 'bokeh' filters. It lets you selectively defocus parts of the image to create a shallow depth of field effect. This can work well with portraits, where it can blur cluttered backgrounds, and you can use it with high-angle shots that look down on your subject to create a 'miniature' effect. It's all done using … [Read more...] about Boost your Bokeh with MacPhun Focus 2 Pro
I had an interesting chat with the folks on the MacPhun stand at The Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC at the beginning of March. They were showing off two new plug-ins called Intensify and SnapHeal. Both come in standard and Pro versions, and both work as standalone apps or plug-ins for Aperture, Lightroom, Photoshop and Elements. They're Mac-only at the moment (hence … [Read more...] about MacPhun Intensify 1.0.1: give your photos some punch!