Today’s live show will feature some New Zealand Photographers. Tune in live at 7 PM PT/ 10 PM ET! We’ll also give some background on the softlaunch of the new HDRSpotting.com!
Daily Photo – The Secret Room, Deep in the Abbey
Once you make it all the way up to the monastery at Mont Saint Michel, you have to pay to get inside and take the self-guided tour. It’s totally worth it, and you’ll be amazed by all the various rooms that are scattered throughout the interior.
While walking around, Tom told me that there is an Assassin’s Creed level that is based on this place. I need to find that so I can run around it the way I really wanted to!
HDR Tutorial and More for the Christchurch Photo Event
I know we have many people coming to Christchurch this week for the big event! For anyone new or just getting into post-processing photos, here’s a collection of links and stuff from the HDR Tutorial here on the site.
Software I use (in order of importance):
For Macs: Aurora HDR Pro (required)I worked with Macphun for over a year to build the ultimate HDR software!
For Windows: Photomatix Pro (required) – Save money by using the code “TREYRATCLIFF” – grab it from the Photomatix website (there’s also a free trial version that leaves a watermark).
Photoshop (recommended) – You can buy Photoshop (click) right from the Adobe website, and begin the download. You can also use Photoshop Elements, although I do not recommend it in my Photoshop Review because it does not allow other robust plugins. Now, if you follow the tutorial to the final steps, you will see that I suggest using Photoshop to “clean up” problems from Photomatix above. So, it is not absolutely necessary, but it is recommended.
Noiseware Professional (optional) – I have tried a multitude of “noise reduction” software packages. You’ll notice that the HDR process can create a bit of noise, to say the least. I use Noiseware Professional. Online, you can order the Full Suite for Windows or the Full Suite for Mac to get all their products and save money (I use them all – see my Reviews). Or, you can just go to the Imagenomic website and just choose Noiseware Professional.
Note: After you “Proceed to Checkout”, use the Imagenomic Coupon Code “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to save even more money!
Topaz Adjust (optional and awesome) – You can grab it from the Topaz Website. This product can help bring some contrast and pop into the final product. I have a Topaz Adjust Review here on the site if you want to read more. If you can afford a little more, I suggest the whole Topaz Photoshop Bundle since it comes with a lot of other goodies too!
What else do I use? – I use many tools and have a blast with them all. If you want other amazing pieces of software that I use, then I suggest you see my onOne Plugin Review.
Daily Photo – The Streets of Mont Saint Michel
I miss this place already!
I had a magical time exploring this place night after night. It never got boring and there were hundreds of little nooks, crannies, staircases, doors, and other mysteries to discover! I even got in the middle of a cat fight while two medieval cats duked it out… the whole place was dead quiet up until the point. That sound of fighting cats is hard to ignore… and then it all went back to quiet after that.
By the way, if you ever come to this amazing place, I suggest you sleep up inside the walled city. There aren’t a lot of rooms up there, so plan ahead. I think it’s better than staying outside of the city, because you get to roam around inside of it at night…
Here is something MANY people have been asking for – a primer on social media! So, I’ve (somehow) gotten over 8 million followers on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest combined, and I just did this interview below about this. Many people ask me about social media, so now I am pointing you to Frederick Van’s Site to find out more.
If you find the talk below interesting, you should go check out more free stuff on Fred’s site or sign up for his course. If you enter STUCKINCUSTOMS, you’ll get $50 off he says – so go for it! 🙂
I don’t personally sell any ebooks or videos about social media, but you should really pay attention to Frederick Van here. I trust him, and you should too. If you’re looking to grow your knowledge and expertise in this area, Fred will get you set up! I know the course is called something like “Social Media for Photographers”, but I think it’s probably applicable to many disciplines… I should get him to change the name to make it more broad! 🙂
Daily Photo – Mont Saint Michel
After Paris, I rented a car with Tom and we drove off through France through Normandy. We finally arrived at this magical place — an amazing location I’ve always wanted to visit.
It’s a huge fortified monastery atop a fortified and walled city. At low-tide, you can walk out across the sand to get there, but in high tide, it becomes an island. Is there anything more awesome? I don’t think so!