*@Topazlabs ReMask Prime?! A powerful standalone quick selection app for Mac users + FREE GIVEAWAY! (not an April Fools Joke)

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Firstly, this is not an April Fools ruse. ¬†I am giving away activation codes for this new software ūüôā Technology can be embraced or ignored, it can be celebrated or feared, or it can fumble somewhere in between all those things. ¬†I myself, really enjoy much of what is on offer, especially as a photographer. ¬†I totally appreciate those that take a purist approach, but for me, I love playing with digital imagery using various¬†software applications, and here my friends, is a very cool, very affordable piece of remarkable software. ¬†Enter, Topaz ReMask Prime (click here to see in in the Mac App Store). ¬†A fully functional, standalone desktop version of the irreplaceable ReMask software. ¬†If you already own ReMask and run it as a plugin for PS, you’ll probably not need a standalone version (although, I’m starting to see a benefit), but for those who do not, this is a very cheap way to see the power of ReMask in all its glory.

Come on in to see some info and examples¬†from Topaz ReMask Prime, a new standalone app built on the standard ReMask plugin…

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*New Aurora HDR Pro for Mac OS from @wearmacphun

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While the practice of merging exposures is a topic of much debate, I don’t really care. ¬†If you’re not into it, I totally understand and respect that. ¬†I too enjoy capturing and processing final images using single frames for 90%+ of my own photography. ¬†For the other stuff though, I do love me a nicely balanced, merged exposure and have for many, many years. ¬†I find the ability to bracket and merge in post a valuable tool when needing to be in and out of a space in a shorter amount of time (as opposed to setting up multiple lights for each and every shot which can limit the total amount of finished shots in the same time period). ¬†I’d like to say that clients will happily pay for 4 or 5 hours while you set up and shoot, but I’ve not found many that will A) have that much down time to shoot unless I want to shoot at 3 in the morning, which I totally don’t) or B) have the budget for, or see the value in a photographer that takes that long to shoot a space. ¬†Time is money, and the more I can save myself (and price my time to the client accordingly) the better off I’ll be.¬†

Over my personal journey with HDR, I’ve used quite a few programs (HDR Soft/Photomatix, Everimaging HDR, HDR Efex, Photoshop…) and when Macphun and Trey Ratcliff¬†recently announced Aurora HDR for Mac users, I was very interested. ¬†Much of my actual paid photography work falls into the interior design and hospitality realm, working with that wonderful group of folks at the ELK Collective. ¬†

My goal has always been a natural representation of light and space, which as many know, can be tricky when tonemapping images through an HDR program. ¬†When shooting an interior space, I want to take advantage of the actual dynamic range, getting detail in the highlights and shadows when and where I feel necessary, not just tone mapping for a more dramatic effect. ¬†Well, I chose to process my most recent shoot using solely Aurora HDR Pro, and here’s what I found out about that program along the way…¬†¬† Continue reading

*From the hip. A retouch tutorial, using @alienskin Exposure, October 2015 with Billyburg.

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Hi all! ¬†Welcome to a new, recurring feature on the blog here. ¬†I’m partnering with Alien Skin software to work through the processing of images using their Exposure software. ¬†Alien Skin Exposure is one of the most complete software processing solutions that I use, and I just love it. ¬†With each new release, the functionality and depth become greater and more streamlined. ¬†Exposure X is in its final beta, and should be ready to go very soon. ¬†You can download a free trial of Exposure HERE if you’d like, and follow along with one of your own images as we explore what Exposure has to offer, together. ¬†(if you’re looking for a discount code, you can get 10% off any Alien Skin software using the code “tysonrobichaud” so have at it).

Using images submitted by readers, I will retouch, process and in general, just have fun playing around with them as I might one of my own images, sharing my process¬†step by step along the way. ¬†I’ll be using Exposure X today (which may look a little different compared to the screenshots below, when finalized) to process a submitted image from my friend, Billyburg (see more from him on flickr here). ¬†

Without further ado…

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