I’ve just recently come across the MacPhun software plugins, and have reviewed Tonality, their black and white conversion plugin. It’s my go to for black and white image conversion now and I’ve been loving it. Since my review, I’ve been in contact with the fine folks at MacPhun to do my user reviews on their other plugins here in the near future. If you’re a Mac user, I’d really suggest checking them out. MacPhun is offering their entire collection of plugins which include Tonality Pro, Snapheal Pro, Intensify Pro and Focus Pro for a whoppingly low $129 HERE. The collection at 40% off also includes a $25 gift card to either iTunes or Amazon as well!!! This promotion runs through December 25th, so I’ll do my best to write up some in depth reviews on the other plugins included in this deal, but if you’d like to see why I think Tonality Pro is the best black and white conversion plugin I’ve used, you can read more on that HERE. This also gives you plenty of time to download free trial versions HERE to test drive before buying. Stay tuned for more killer Black Friday software deals… Happy holidays and happy shooting, Tyson
I get a lot of email trying to promote, or sell me stuff daily. Deals on this, or sales on that. Discounts on memory cards, or steep cuts on camera kit prices. Normally, I quickly scan them and toss them as my time and energy is pretty minimal these days.
As any readers will know, my enjoyment of the Topaz plugins run deep, and although I only started to use ReMask last year, it has been a revelation for me, especially when it comes to meticulous selection tasks, like hair.
Imagine my surprise when up pops an even simpler hair masking tutorial from our friends at Topaz Labs showing that you can turn a task that without ReMask has taken me up to an hour or more into an even more remarkably time saving step of about 3-5 minutes at the most.
Seriously. If you use photoshop, and you ever have had to select something like hair, you’ll know how tedious it can be even with the best techniques in Photoshop.
Oh yeah, and on top of this killer tutorial, they’re offering ReMask for 20% off (click HERE to download the free trial, or buy ReMask on Sale using code: “hairmask20″)!!! It’s a little, unofficial sale that I didn’t see coming.
Adorama has started to offer the GX7 (body only) with a bunch of freebies or gift card for $300 off the normal price. Now, I don’t have a crystal ball, and I don’t know if this is somehow a precursor to a newer camera, but even if it is, this is a killer deal on what I feel is the best all around micro 4/3 camera out right now.
Let me clarify that last statement. I don’t mean to say there aren’t better performing micro 4/3 cameras in ways. The GH4 is the benchmark right now, but costs a lot. The EM1 has some bells and whistles, but also, costs a lot more than the GX7. Neither of these two is anywhere near as compact as the GX7 is, and as you may have read, I feel the GX7 does really, really well against the EM5/10’s or EP’s of the world in my opinion.
The GX7 deals are listed through 10/4. If you’d like to read more on why I feel this is the best current overall micro 4/3 camera, hit the links to my review articles below:
Adorama is also offering a $300 rebate off of the GH3. I’ve never used the GH3 aside from a few shots here and there so I cannot give a personal endorsement, but I do feel it has gained a good reputation for a reason.
It’s currently $797 and can be purchased with a $50 gift card and 4% reward, a $100 gift card or alone without one which is odd, but you can see all 3 deals on Adorama for the GH3 HERE if that floats your boat, and these deals look set to expire on 9/13.
I don’t normally do this type of post, but I do field a lot of questions, emails and various social media inquiries about cameras and the GX7 is one that I feel has been the best mirrorless camera I’ve yet used and with the current deals, is an absolute steal in my opinion. The Adorama links are in fact attached through my affiliate account there and would give me a small commission which will in turn be used to purchase more stuff to shoot and review on the blog, so I thank you in advance for the consideration and I hope everyone is well and enjoying the summer (or winter depending on where you may be reading from).
Thanks all and happy shooting!
Topaz keeps offering deals. This month, it is Adjust which is probably the marquee plugin for them. A little bit of everything from toning filters to sharpening and contrast boosting filters. With the new release by way of version 5.1, Topaz Adjust has further streamlined the interface to fall into line with the other recent updates and releases. Download the free trial or buy Topaz Adjust HERE. Enter the code “augadjust” at checkout through August 31st to get 50% off (normally $50, now $25!).
Come on in for a bit more insight into this affordable and cool detail enhancement plugin…
If you hadn’t heard, Topaz has ReMask on sale for half off this month, and they’ve also just updated it to version 4!
- enter “julyremask” to get 50% off
If you own ReMask3, simply download and instal the newer version from the link above and you’re golden!
The interface has been streamlined and simplified while it still provides the same amazing tool for the extraction of subjects by simple, quick and efficient selection and masking for a variety of host programs.
I’ve reviewed ReMask twice and continue to find uses for it which saves me an amazing amount of time in Photoshop. I’ve rambled on about it but it really is an amazing tool and time saver which I’d suggest trying out for yourself. With the new version, it has streamlined it into a quicker, more user-friendly interface which falls in line with the more recent design changes for other Topaz plugins. Click these links to see my reviews and simple tutorials if interested:
Try it out. We have until the end of this month to take advantage of the 50% off sale.
Enjoy and feel free to fire off any questions, I’d love to try and help answer them.
With the recent kitchen sink sale that Topaz had, it got me curious about some of the other plugins on offer. I love DeNoise, Clarity and ReMask, but what about all these other cool, quirky plugins? Topaz Star Effects allows a user controlled enhancement for any point of light in your image, and through the month of December, it is on sale at 50% off for $14.99 here at Topazlabs.com when using the code “decstar” at checkout. Well, if you have an extra few bucks lying around, and would like to enhance any points of light in your images, check this out…
Topaz continues to kick out awesome plugins, and their newest release ReStyle keeps with the recent pattern. Like most Topaz Plugins, us early adopters get a substantial discount which they offer as soon as the software is released. Read on for my take and a few examples, or if you’re already sold, go here to TopazLabs.com and use the code “restyleit” to get 50% off ($59.99 reg, or $29.99 now through August 31st).