Photomatix Pro Coupon Code for 15% Purchase Discount

Photographers using high dynamic range (HDR) techniques to really make their digital images pop can now use a 15% discount coupon for Photomatix Pro, the special offer released today from HDRPhotographyPro.com.

HDRPhotographyPro.com have announced the release of a 15% discount coupon promotional for their visitors looking to buy the Photomatix Pro processing software to start with HDR. The code is available now to their visitors and can be used immediately for a discounted purchase of the software.

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It is not specify how long the coupon will be available and people are encouraged to act now to take advantage of the savings opportunity. Photographers interested in taking advantage of the special offer can:click here for coupon code.

“The Photomatix software is amazing. We use it regularly, we love it, we recommend it. It is a natural starting point for photographers looking to start creating high dynamic range imagery, and we are proud to be able to pass on exclusive savings,” said Kevin Pryce with HDRPhotographypro.com.

According to the website, the software is easy to use, is customizable with a number of value laden plug-ins and helps the digital photographer with:

  • Tone Mapping
  • Exposure Fusion
  • DeGhosting
  • Produce Better Results

 

The software is a key tool for professionals and enthusiasts according to Mr. Pryce, adding, it is simply the leading HDR software available. Additionally, Photomatix works in conjunction with the widely used Adobe Photoshop.

According to Mr. Pryce, the only significant alternative option HDR Efex Pro by NIK software was purchased Sep. 17 2012, by Google, which has soured the enthusiasm of many photo experts and technology enthusiasts who fear for the fate of the popular processing software since the purchase.

One big plus for their HDR software is that it can be downloaded for free so users can try it and see how powerful it can be. There is no time limitation on the free trial. The saved photos have watermarks, but the watermarks can be removed once a license is purchased.

“My goal is for more talented, creative photo enthusiasts enter the HDR community. When people see what amazing imagery can be achieved, it’s just jaw dropping.” added Mr. Pryce, adding, “My favorite feature are the 1-click presets the software provides which really helps with work flow.”

At this time, Photomatix Pro can be purchased for $99, with the addition of the exclusive 15% discount coupon offered by HDRPhotographyPro.com, entering the world of high dynamic range photography has never been easier.

About HDRPhotographyPro.com:
Visit for available discounts and coupons on the essential software and resources essential to a professional. From taking the shot to processing the image, learn how to avoid amateur mistakes and create amazing digital images like a pro.

To find out more, sign up to be notified for the pre-launch release of the 10 video HDR techniques mini-course, click here to visit: http://www.hdrphotographypro.com

The Week In Photography 27th January 2012

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet in the past week about photography:

Turn Your iPad Into a Second Monitor for Free

http://mashable.com/2013/01/23/free-ipad-second-screen-app/

Here’s what your iPhone needs – a viewfinder

http://www.gizmag.com/daylight-viewfinder-iphone-eyepiece/25917/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=586d21d7e8-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

3rd Person View lets you star in your own action videos

http://www.gizmag.com/3rd-person-view-camera-mount/25905/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=586d21d7e8-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

iPhone Shutter Remote Wirelessly Takes Photos Up To 30 Feet Away

http://www.bitrebels.com/technology/wireless-iphone-shutter-remote-device/

The Sunnist: D800 IR Monk Praying

http://www.thesunnist.com/2013/01/d800-ir-monk-praying.html

Cameras offer advantages even to smartphone owners – SiliconValley.com

http://www.siliconvalley.com/news/ci_22395609/cameras-offer-advantages-even-smartphone-owners

Berlin artist weaves immersive 3D matrix out of UV light

http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/21/3899106/jeongmoon-choi-uv-light-drawings-photos

Humorous Portraits of People with Faces Pressed Against Glass

http://www.petapixel.com/2013/01/20/humorous-portraits-of-people-with-faces-pressed-against-glass/

Parthenogenesis On An Ice Moon at 5x
Parthenogenesis On An Ice Moon at 5x

Review of the Canon MP-E65mm 1-5x f2.8 Macro Lens has begun

Yesterday I received a Canon MP-E65mm 1-5x Macro lens for review. This is an unusual lens, in that it focuses from 1x magnification to 5x magnification to a full frame sensor.

This is a manual focus lens that does not focus to infinity. It is exclusively for macro.

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To start the testing process I grabbed some samples from our rock and crystal collection and started shooting. The results are in the gallery below. You’ll see more of these as testing continues and then read the full review once I am finished.

Lexar Multi-Card 25-In-1 Memory Card Reader Review

I’ve been using the new Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 card reader for image transfer. It is a multi-card reader because you can access multiple cards simultaneously and you can do card to card transfers.

Being USB 3.0 the transfers are fast (depending on the memory card) and very reliable. I’ve had no issues at all with the unit while I’ve been using it.

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The Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader leverages SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology to offer high-speed file transfers with a USB interface read speed of up to 500MB/s, and is up to five times faster than USB 2.0.* The reader also features a convenient pop-up design mechanism to protect the card slots when the reader is not in use and comes with a USB 3.0 cable cord. A blue LED activity light lets users know when data is being transferred.

The Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader supports the following memory cards formats:

  • CompactFlash slot: Reads CompactFlash® Type I and Type II
  • Secure Digital slot: SD™, SDHC™, SDXC™, miniSD™, miniSDHC™, MMC™, MMCplus™, and RS-MMC™
  • Mobile slot: microSD™, microSDHC™, and Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™)
  • Memory Stick slot: Memory Stick™, Memory Stick (with MagicGate™), Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo (with MagicGate), Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo “HX”
  • xD-Picture Card slot: xD-Picture Card™, xD-Picture Card Type-M, xD-Picture Card Type-M+, and xD-Picture Card Type-H

 

The Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader comes with a one-year limited warranty,  is compatible with both PC and Mac® systems.

Definitely worth buying, it is compact enough for use on the go and also works fine with a desktop setup. Highly recommended.

 

An Infrared Portrait Of The University of Melbourne

I’ve been the last two days at the University of Melbourne for a documentary film making course, and in my spare time I shot some infrared images of the university. Here is a selection of them.

They were taken with my converted for IR Canon 350D using a 720nm IR filter in the body and minimal processing (and no dust spotting, so if you see some, I just haven’t got to them yet :).

 

The Week In Photography 20th January 2013

Here’s what caught my attention about photography, video and art in the past week:

10 Zero Budget Filmmaking Tips

http://www.raindance.org/blog/10-zero-budget-filmmaking-tips/

Your Basic Filmmaking Kit & Crew: A 3-Level Guide

http://www.raindance.org/blog/your-basic-filmmaking-kit-crew-a-3-level-guide/

Video Codecs: What to know – Filmmaking Tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uk6nzYCr7o

8 Honest Behind-The-Scenes Movie Making Documentaries

http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/8-honest-behind-the-scenes-documentaries-that-show-both-sides-of-movie-making-dbell.php/2

Alt Script: Four Ways to Control Your Script’s Budget Without Compromising the Film

http://www.scriptmag.com/features/alt-script-four-ways-to-control-your-scripts-budget-without-compromising-the-film

Sundance Partners With Reelhouse To Turn Filmmakers Into Self-Distribution Pros

http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682253/sundance-partners-with-reelhouse-to-turn-filmmakers-into-self-distribution-pros

Lightroom Magazine for iPad

http://www.pixiq.com/article/lightroom-magazine-for-ipad

Video Lighting Tips from Grips and Gaffers

http://www.pdnonline.com/features/Video-Lighting-Tips–7322.shtml

Metabones – Metabones and Caldwell Photographic Introduce Speed Booster

http://www.metabones.com/info/105-info/154-speed-booster

Object of Desire: CineMoco

http://www.pdnonline.com/gear/Object-of-Desire-Ci-7272.shtml

HD video camera glasses: hands-free videography

http://agbeat.com/gadgets/hd-video-camera-glasses-hands-free-videography/

Vanguard unveil new products at C.E.S show, Las Vegas

http://www.digitalslrphoto.com/news/1756158/vanguard_unveil_new_products_at_ces_show_las_vegas.html

American Cinematographer Podcast on Shooting Deadfall

http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2013/01/american-cinematographer-podcast/

Pentax launches MX-1 enthusiast-level compact

http://www.gizmag.com/pentax-mx1-enthusiast-compact-camera/25786/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=86eb4b181b-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Nikon announces S1 and J3 1-Series cameras

http://www.gizmag.com/nikon-s1-j3-mirrorless/25785/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=86eb4b181b-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Could Final Cut Pro X Be the NLE of the Future?

http://daredreamermag.com/2013/01/14/could-final-cut-pro-x-be-the-nle-of-the-future/

Lomography Lets You Scan Your Images Via Your Phone; Cool Demo Video Will Make You Swoon

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/01/14/lomography-lets-you-scan-your-images-via-your-phone-cool-demo-video-will-make-you-swoon/

Drobo Mini 4-Bay Storage Array – Mini Review

http://photofocus.com/2013/01/14/drobo-mini-4-bay-storage-array-mini-review/

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Promote Your Photography And Video Work With Video On A Card

Printings In Motion is the force behind Spreengs, greeting cards with a built-in screen that you can download a video to by using USB from any computer.

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While Spreengs is their retail operation, Printings In Motion have their own website and deal with companies to produce customised products, such as interactive brochures and more.

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I can think of any number of uses for these, from an unusual portfolio mailout giveaway to something to offer to your clients if you are a wedding photographer/videographer, for instance.

The Week In Photography 14th January 2013

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet in the past week about photography:

The Best of 2012 on iPh0! | iPhoneogenic: iPhoneography | Mobile Photography

http://iphoneogenic.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/the-best-of-2012-on-iph0/

How To Prep For Sundance And Become An Indie Sensation | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce

http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682151/how-to-prep-for-sundance-and-become-an-indie-sensation?partner=newsletter

Panasonic unveils HX-A100 Wearable Camcorder

http://www.gizmag.com/panasonic-hx-a100-wearable-camcorder/25741/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=d4b4b53b24-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Ricoh’s 360-degree, one shot panoramic camera prototype

http://www.gizmag.com/ricoh-360-degree-one-shot-panoramic-camera/25724/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=d4b4b53b24-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Brand new Fujifilm cameras exposed at CES 2013

http://www.gizmag.com/fujifilm-ces-camera-additions/25687/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6b8749f4e0-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Canon redesigns the compact camera with the square(ish) Powershot N

http://www.gizmag.com/canon-powershot-n-square/25714/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6b8749f4e0-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Corning introduces laser fiber optic USB cable

http://www.gizmag.com/corning-laser-optical-cable/25692/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6b8749f4e0-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Grand Prize Winner, and also Winner – Nature | See National Geographic’s Photo Of The Year Winners | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce

http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682180/see-national-geographics-photo-of-the-year-winners?partner=newsletter#1

Beautiful Microscopic Images Of Fly Brains, Crustacean Claws, And Slime | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671558/beautiful-microscopic-images-of-fly-brains-crustacean-claws-and-slime?partner=newsletter#1

29 New Inspiring Responsive Designs On The Web

http://thenextweb.com/dd/2013/01/13/30-new-inspiring-responsive-design-websites/

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Where Is Photography Going?

Since it is the start of the New Year and also, for me, very much about new beginnings in my photography, it is time to consider where things are going.

Photography is in the process of undergoing changes every bit as large as those of the switch from film to digital. In fact, I would argue that we are still going through that process and the changes that are happening now and will in future are still part of moving from a film-oriented to a digital-oriented way of thinking.

Compact cameras are disappearing and being replaced by smartphones, which not only take great images, but have the massive benefits of always being with you and allowing you to process and modify your shots at or near the time of shooting via apps. Any camera you have with you takes better shots than the one you left at home, and so many of us, me included, who would not usually use a compact camera now do so all the time. And you see more and more well known photographers posting iPhone images online, and wonderful images they are too. The benefit of being able to throw apps at our shots is not to be underrated and in fact the mainstream camera makers need to pay heed to – photographers want to be able to customise their cameras.

Another major equipment shift is in the area of still vs. video. Where we are at right now is that video and still cameras shoot both video and stills. When you choose one over the other what you are doing is choosing where the emphasis is placed with regard to controls and functionality. The fact that cameras like the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 are being used to shoot motion pictures shows just how capable they are. It gives filmmakers access to all the great still photography lenses, from macro to extreme telephoto, lensbabies and more. And we can see how this capability has already revolutionised filmmaking and commercial areas of photography, like wedding photography. It means that many of us who saw ourselves as still photographers are shooting more and more video. This is an exciting time for photographers, as it is opening up new markets, new services we can offer and new creative possibilities.

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There are major changes afoot with printing/display. The spread of full HD large TVs meant that more and more images were being shown electronically rather than printed. The beginnings of the home 4k TV market will advance this further, as the resolution and size of these TVs is actually allowing more people to see far more detail in their photography than they ever did before, remembering that most people do not print their images large. It is my hope that this might start to get people used to the idea of bigger images hanging on their walls, extending the market for large prints. But they may just decide to use their TVs as image displays. Could there be a market for selling high-resolution images to big TV owners, but how do we avoid piracy?

Camera makers are continuing the decline of the human race by perpetrating the idea that dSLRs will give people better pictures without requiring that they actually engage their brains. They will continue this as all that matters is selling more cameras. Thankfully that creates more opportunities for photographers to run workshops on how to take better pictures.

So what is coming up? Expect better and better video capabilities and more of us to make use of it. Expect someone to integrate apps into a dSLR. I would be great if someone would pair up with Apple and make this iOS but I suspect we’ll be stuck with Android and so have to worry about malware and viruses on our cameras. GPS will become a feature of all cameras (yeah). There will continue to be room for new, niche equipment makers to fill accessory gaps that vastly expand the usefulness of our cameras. Full frame will continue to move down market (yeah).

For me personally, 2013 is a year for a deeper engagement with video and pushing my still photography in new directions and to greater depths. This includes pushing my art further and experimenting with new (to me) techniques, like extreme macro.

 

The Week in Photography 6th January 2013

Here’s what caught my attention on photography out on the Internet in the past week:

How To Create a Motion Blur Effect in Photoshop

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-create-a-motion-blur-effect-in-photoshop

An Introduction To Canon’s Wireless Flash System

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2010/10/20/an-introduction-to-canons-wireless-flash-system/

Project: Creating a multispectral camera

http://blog.mingthein.com/2013/01/06/the-multispectral-nex/

Memoto Photographs Your Entire Life, Then Sorts It Too | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671557/memoto-photographs-your-entire-life-then-sorts-it-too?partner=newsletter#1

Photojournalist Launches iPhone App That Lets You Add Watermarks On Photos

http://designtaxi.com/news/355033/Photojournalist-Launches-iPhone-App-That-Lets-You-Add-Watermarks-On-Photos/

Bubblegum pink grass, canary yellow trees and fire orange sky: Breathtaking infrared photos turn pastoral French landscapes into candy-colored wonderland | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2256420/Bubblegum-pink-grass-canary-yellow-trees-orange-sky-Breathtaking-infrared-photos-turn-pastoral-French-landscapes-candy-colored-wonderland.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Paris Photo in Focus – The Market – News & Opinion – Art in America

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/the-market/2012-12-26/paris-photo-in-focus/

2012’s Top Photography – Finer Things – News & Opinion – Art in America

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/finer-things/2013-01-02/top-10-in-photography-2012/

Fiber Optic Thunderbolt Cables Begin Mass Production, Available Up to 30m in Length

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/31/fiber-optic-thunderbolt-cables-begin-mass-production-available-up-to-30m-in-length/