Pre-Order Aurora HDR 2018 For Mac… AND Windows!!!

Pre-Order Now! Aurora HDR 2018 is available PRONTO (a bit of Spanish lingo there) for both Mac AND Windows! That’s right, the world’s leading HDR photography software has been entirely redesigned with exciting new features, improved user interface, speed improvements and the biggest news…. it’s now available for Mac AND Windows!! I’ve been using it a ton and I think you’ll be blown away!

Purchase prior to September 28 to save 10% and get tons of freebies!

Current users of Aurora HDR should check this link to see if you qualify for the special pre-order price of just $49. New users may purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $89. A collection of free bonuses are included with every purchase.

 

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Sneak Peek Inside Aurora HDR 2018

Below is a sneak peek video I made that shows off just SOME of the new features!

Daily Photo – Your Valhalla is at hand

Yes, for Mac and WINDOWS, finally! I'm sorry it took so long to come out for PC. I know, I know, it sounds easy to make a version for Windows, but it actually takes a tremendous amount of engineering work. Anyway, you don't care about all that… you just want to make beautiful photos, right? Well, your Valhalla is at hand. I'm actually using it right now to work on some new photos… You're going to love it, and I hope it takes your photography forward in a fun and innovative way! Here is an image I recently created with Aurora HDR 2018. 🙂

Your Valhalla is at hand

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  • Date Taken2018-01-04 15:05:23
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More from Monte Carlo

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Daily Photo – More from Monte Carlo

This was the final photo I took before leaving Monte Carlo to head off for Cinque Terre. I like it when I have these kooky, organic plans that come together. Of course, it drives the team crazy because my plans sometimes feel impossible to pull off. It started in Barcelona… I said, “Hey, let's leave early in the morning on our bus, stop in Nice for breakfast and mimosas, then hike up to Eze for lunch, then end up in Monte Carlo for dinner. It worked flawlessly!

More from Monte Carlo

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  • Date Taken2017-05-01 20:55:28
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

A Panorama of the Valley

Fun, Free, and Passport-Only Content today!

I used today’s photo from here in Queenstown, New Zealand, as part of a series of fun videos. For those of you that are Passport Members (Thanks btw – and recommend to a friend if you don’t mind!), you’ll get to see a little bit extra about the animation process in Plotagraph. By the way, here is a Facebook Link to the animated version of today’s photo.

A Beautiful Way to get rid of Noise

Here’s a video that shows an unusual technique I came up with to get rid of noise.

And then I decided to animate it also using Plotagraph. Here’s a video showing how I did that. (If you watched the other video above you can skip through the first bit of this)

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Daily Photo – A Panorama of the Valley

So this was taken directly over my home. It was made of 4 or 5 photos with the DJI Phantom quad. I stitched them all together using Lightroom, then ran them through Aurora HDR before doing those finishing touches you see above with the noise reduction tip. It was a fun project! 🙂

A Panorama of the Valley

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-30 17:51:46
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Colors of the Countryside in Morocco

Editing “old” photos

Today’s daily photo I took about five years ago but never got around to editing. By now, you all know about Aurora HDR, and it was fun to take the original three brackets and jam them in there to see what happened. I fell in love with the result immediately and was quite surprised.

Daily Photo – Colors of the Countryside in Morocco

This is one of my new favorite photos! I took this quite randomly in Morocco. I was driving from the Sahara desert near Algeria over towards the Atlas Mountains. I probably stopped to go to the bathroom or grab a snack or something. While walking outside the car along the road, I saw this scene, and thought, you know, THAT would make a good photo! So I went to fish my camera out of the car to capture this.

Colors of the Countryside in Morocco

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  • Date Taken2014-03-05 02:04:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length210.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Aurora HDR 2018 is coming to Macs and, yes… Windows!

Drum roll… 100,000,000 HDR photos (actual number!) have been made with Aurora HDR, and now… more dramatic drum roll… The NEWEST iteration of Aurora HDR is announced, and this time it’s launching for PC and Mac at the same time! Yes, finally, all of you Windows people (including me nowadays), can experience the greatness of this software!

It’s now gone through 10 iterations. I can’t spill all the new features yet, but I can say the HDR algorithms are at least twice as fast, there’s a fresh new user interface, lens corrections, and a whole lot more. The Mac and PC versions will be available for pre-order in the Stuck in Customs store on September 12!

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Mark your calendar for September 12!

Aurora HDR 2018 will be available for pre-order in my store on Sep 12, and released on Sep 28. Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $49. New users can pre-order Aurora HDR 2018 for just $89.

Aurora HDR’s Key Features

If you’re new to Aurora HDR, here’s some of the best features!

  • Total HDR editing experience with the most complete set of tools available
  • Fast, powerful RAW processing engine
  • Tone-mapping algorithm to achieve both realistic and dramatic HDR images
  • Over 70 presets that give photos an amazing HDR look in just one click
  • Luminosity masking that automatically makes advanced selections within HDR images based on the Zone System
  • Unique layer system that supports blend modes, custom textures and using original exposures as source images
  • Image Radiance, brushes, masks, lighting, vignettes and much more help users achieve their artistic vision
  • Highly versatile batch processing
  • Works as a standalone app, or a plug-in to Photoshop and Lightroom

A sneak peek into what’s new in Aurora HDR 2018

  • Lens Correction Tool – The new Lens correction filter easily fixes all kinds of lens distortion, from barrel to pincushion, to chromatic aberration and vignetting.
  • New User Interface – Redesigned from scratch, the modern and responsive user interface brings a powerful, yet joyful experience to HDR photo editing.
  • Cross-platform version – Aurora HDR 2018 will be available both for Mac and PC users. Files are interchangeable and mixed-computer households can share the same product key.
  • Speed Improvements – Up to 4x improvement in RAW image processing, and up to 200% faster merging and masking performance means that Aurora HDR 2018 is dramatically faster than the last version.

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Strange Bokeh in the Park

New Plotagraph Review

Here’s a new Plotagraph Review on the site. I also made two new how-to videos. Here’s one of them for you:

Unusual Bokeh

Every now and then, the Sony throws off this strange effect in the background. I’m not sure how I did it, but I sure like it. I used the 35mm Leica lens here, and it seems to have some sort of spiral effect. Or maybe it’s just the orientation of the crowd. I’m not sure, but I think it is interesting.

Daily Photo – Strange Bokeh in the Park

While in Berlin, I went to this weekly festival in a park there. It was kind of like a mini-Burning Man. You know these types of mini-festivals. They seem to be getting more and more popular. And they're always great for photos. This was taken in a big karaoke area where people would organically get on the stage and sing, dance, and perform. You can see the audience in the back, just as this performer was walking off the stage.

Strange Bokeh in the Park

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  • Date Taken2017-05-21 19:04:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Olya and I in the Art Museum of Vienna

Plotagraph Social

Have you tried Plotagraph Pro yet? There was just a good price reduction too that would probably get you excited. Also, they launched Plotagraph Social as well, which is mega cool.

Daily Photo – Olya and I in the Art Museum of Vienna

You may notice I have Olya in a lot of my photos from Europe! One big reason is that we made three videos per city, so she was basically around me all the time. She was often fumbling around with audio, checking the video, setting up a 2nd camera, etc… so I was often just waiting around… while waiting around, why not take a photo like this? Actually, she's like in 100% of my shots… just been photoshopping her out! 🙂

Olya and I in the Art Museum of Vienna

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  • Date Taken2017-05-28 10:42:48
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

One night in Prague

New Plotagraph Pro

In case you don’t know, Plotagraph Pro has all new pricing options. Also, as a measure of disclosure, I’m part owner in the software because I love it so much! Be sure to check out my Plotagraph Social page to see all my creations! 🙂

Daily Photo – One night in Prague

On the bus ride from Berlin to Budapest, we stopped for one night in Prague. This was not nearly enough time to explore the ancient city, but I did my best. I abandoned the team and decided to listen to music and roam around to see what I could find. This was my favorite bridge and I walked across it probably a dozen times, back and forth across the river, taking hundreds of photos.

One night in Prague

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  • Date Taken2017-05-25 01:17:59
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  • Exposure Time20
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length52.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
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There’s Parliament Again

New Luminar Review!

When the new Luminar came out with the cool AI Slider, I decided to update my Luminar Review.

Here’s a little snippit from it

See that slider up in the top right – “Accent – AI Filter”? That’s where all the action is at! The first time you load up a photo, you will not see this slider. You have to first select the Quick and Awesome Workspace just above it. This one slider is so handy; in most cases, it’s all you’ll need!

Photowalk Highlights from Budapest!

This was an especially great photo walk! I was surprised when my friend Hans Zimmer and his band came out to join us for the entire event! He’s also on tour in Europe at Hans Zimmer Live and as you can tell from his schedule, he’s working much harder than I am! Anyway, you’ll see a bit of footage from Hans in these clips below.

Daily Photo – There's Parliament Again

Wow, I'm really loading up the blog with Budapest photos this week. Sorry gang. I don't know why I went so photo-crazy there. Maybe it was because the tour had ended and I had some spare time to wander and be a true flaneur! Who knows… well the case is probably that the city is so beautiful that you just can't go wrong… I can't wait to go back here and have more wanders (and more amazing food that costs 10% what it does anywhere else in the world!).

There's Parliament Again

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  • Date Taken2017-06-08 21:06:15
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Recap of Paris from another perspective and mini-Luminar Review

Trey and Photo Serge in Paris!

Just by chance, my friend Serge Ramelli was in Paris while we were there on tour. Here’s a video he made while there… always good to see Serge, and even better to hang out with his extended family a bit! You’ll see his daughter Marin in the video below as well.

More about Luminar

Go grab the new Luminar now at the Macphun website. It’s a great improvement over the last one. I’ll talk about one feature in particular here: the “AI Slider”.

When Dima (the head programmer) told me about this in Amsterdam, he was so excited… this idea that ONE slider can make your photo look better, with AI! I was skeptical, of course… but after playing with it, I get it! 🙂

I’m working on a full review of Luminar, but, in the meantime, here are two quick screenshots with caption descriptions:

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After you load an image into Luminar, go up to that drop down on the top right and select “Quick & Awesome” – inside there is that ONE slider you need “Accent – AI Filter.” You can see the split screen here… that is literally the only slider I moved! This was taken in Monet’s garden in Giverny, a place I had always wanted to visit. I bet Monet wishes he had this slider himself.

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Here’s a slightly more complex screenshot to show you just a few of the other things you can do in Luminar. Here, I tried a different workspace – the “Landscape” workspace. When I selected this, it opened up a ton of filters on the right side. It still has that “Accent – AI Filter”, but it also has a whole host of the other filters that can really give your landscape a bit more attitude. You can’t see it all in this screenshot, but you can scroll down quite a ways and make all sorts of adjustments.

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