EDITED – Hold Off on Upgrading Lightroom CC – A Suggestion

EDIT: I have removed the link to the website – his post is great, and I’d had good experiences with this website before, but he has a bait and switch link for free presets, that leads to a SALE page. I have NO respect for that – so although I appreciate his email, I will no longer endorse his site!

This past week, Adobe released a bunch of updates, with some EXCELLENT new features for Adobe Lightroom CC. However, an email from LightroomPresetShoppe.com an excellent resource for some very cool Lightroom presets, has sent out a warning for Lightroom Classic CC users to HOLD OFF on updating until the next version, if you do use presets and keep them organized. Here’s their message, and hopefully, we’ve caught you in time (my recommendation – never do run updates as soon as they come out – watch forums, and wait to let OTHERS “beta test” the update). In fact, there’re a lot of threads on this on the Adobe Lightroom forum at https://forums.adobe.com/community/lightroom/lightroom-classic-cc/content

Here’s the content of that email:

Hey,

How have you been? Hope you are doing great 🙂

This week…Adobe Lightroom had a major update & I just wanted to write to you guys about my thoughts on the same.

The general consensus about the update is very promising & exciting.

But…if you haven’t updated Adobe Lightroom Classic CC to the latest version i.e. 7.3…I would highly recommend you to wait until the next update even though this update has been an exciting one!

Here’s why:

1. The new update has made Adobe Lightroom a little bit slower for quite a lot of users & most importantly

2. This update has completely messed up the order of Lightroom Presets inside a Preset Folder / Group!

Q. What does this mean to you?

A. Simply put…if you have downloaded or purchased any presets either from us or any other Preset Vendor, you will observe that the order of the presets is completely messed up.

Ever since the new update…a lot of adobe forum threads have been opened up to report the preset order bug & the speed & performance issues.

The amazing engineers at adobe have already made a note of the same & have ensured that they are working towards fixing the above issues in the upcoming updates.

So we highly recommend you to wait until the above issues get sorted via the next few updates.

We are keeping a close watch on the updates & once everything looks good…we will inform you guys to go ahead with the update.

Until then…please hold on to updating Adobe Lightroom to the latest version.

In case you have already updated to Adobe Lightroom 7.3…there is not much you can do to correct the order of your presets in Lightroom at the moment.

Your best bet is to wait for adobe to release new updates which will fix the issue that a lot of people are facing with the latest version.

That’s it for now.

We hope that this gets sorted out real soon 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend & talk soon!

Best Regards,

Amit Desai.

CEO & Founder

? Lightroom Preset Shoppe

 

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LAST Day to get On1 Photo RAW 2018.1 at a HUGE discount

This is it. Last day to get On1 Photo RAW 2018.1 with it’s Spring Savings Event – $69 for the whole enchilada!

Remember, you get:

  • HDR, Pano, Masking Courses ($74.97 value)
  • D.A.M. Course ($49.99 value)
  • Master Class eBook ($39.99 value)
  • 100s of free videos to get you started
  • Activate on 5 computers (Mac & Win)
  • No subscription
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • ONLY $69!!!!

 

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Spring Savings in On1 Photo RAW 2018.1 – ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT!

On1 Photo RAW 2018.1 is still available for the amazing Intro Price of $69.99!

Note: This offer ENDS ON 3/31/18

Take a look at What’s NEW (remember, this can be used as a Standalone App Photoshop Replacement, OR as a Plugin In Photoshop):

NEW IMPROVEMENTS

  • Debayering – The algorithms have been improved to increase the amount of micro detail while reducing aliasing, yielding photos that are noticeably crisper with less color artifacts.
  • HDR – HDR alignment and deghosting have improved, yielding sharper results with less ghosting, noise, and color fringe. Users now have the ability to select which frame is used for deghosting and can also adjust the amount of motion visible in water and clouds.
  • Faster Cataloging – The thumbnail and preview generation of images is now faster. Searching photos has also been improved.
  • Noise reduction – Improvements to reduce large noise from very high ISOs. Automatic hot-pixel removal has been added, and green and purple color aberration reduction has improved.
  • Sharpening – The sharpening algorithms have been improved to enhance micro details and provide sharper initial results.
  • Panorama – The panorama merge dialog now does a better job with vertical panoramas as well as really large ones. It can now stitch together up to 25 photos at a time. Blending of photos to compensate for differences in exposure and white balance have been improved.
  • Preview Quality – The preview window has been improved to more accurately reflect the details and sharpness in photos at different zoom levels.

NEW FEATURES

  • NEW Import – Get photos from your camera to your computer, choose where you want the photos to go, assign metadata, and more.
  • NEW Tethered Shooting – Get your photos to your computer instantly and apply import settings. Currently supports Canon and Nikon.
  • NEW Soft Proofing – Simulate what your photo will look like when it’s printed.
  • NEW Metadata Templates – Add metadata to a group of photos using presets. This allows you to choose and save only the information you want applied to your photos.
  • NEW Video Browsing & Organizing – Now supports viewing video files so you can organize those as well. Copy, move, name, add metadata, and more.
  • NEW Custom Sorting – This option in Browse allows you to put your photos in any order you choose.
  • NEW Batch Rename – Rename all of your photos in a batch to add unique information to filenames.
  • NEW Edit Capture Date – Adjust date and time on your photos so they match the actual date and time they were taken.
  • NEW Auto Advance – Automatically switch to the next photo during the culling process when rating or tagging photos.
  • Additional Camera & Lens Support — Added support for several new cameras and many new lenses. See the full list here.
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Adobe Pricing Goes Up Soon – but you can avoid it

As many of you on the Adobe Creative Cloud Plan know (through an email you may have received), the price is going to increase on April 16th, 2018, however you won’t see that increase until your current plan renews.

Now, firstly – this increase is only going to affect the All Apps and Single-App plans (not the CC Photography plan, or the Student/Teacher Editions), and it’s not a huge amount – in fact, it’s only about a 5% increase, and the only increase since the Creative Cloud was introduced in 2012.

Yet, many people are going to be unhappy about this change – so, my friend at ProDesignTools.com has found Adobe’s solution to the problem!

Read his article all the way through – the information is at the bottom (spoiler alert: Adobe won’t raise the rate if you prepay the year!)

Check out the story – thank Mr. ProDesignTools, and come back here and let me know what you think!

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On1 Photo RAW 2018.1 Launch Special – Want a Replacement for Lightroom and Photoshop with no subscription?

As you all know, I teach Lightroom and Photoshop, love them, and have taught them for many years. However, many of my students have rebelled against the subscription model and are seeking alternatives.

On1 Photo RAW 2018.1 can be used not only as a replacement to Lightroom and Photoshop, but also as a plugin for these apps, giving them even more flexibility.

If you’re using an older version of ON1 and haven’t tried the new ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1, you’re missing out. There is no comparison. Try it and learn why ON1 customers are making the switch from Adobe.®
Upgrade today during their Launch Special and get all the training you need to be up and running in no time!

Take a look at what you get with this Launch Special:

! ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1 $119.99
! ON1 Digital Asset Management Video Course $49.99
! ON1 Photo RAW Master Class eBook $39.99
! ON1 HDR Video Course $24.99
! ON1 Masking Video Course $24.99
! ON1 Pano Video Course $24.99
TOTAL $284.94

Your ACTUAL cost: $79.99 for all that!

Check it out!

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MacPhun is now Officially SKYLUM – and they’re offering deals!

MacPhun Software has officially become SKYLUM. Over the years, their offerings have become renowned as extraordinary Photoshop Plugins and stand-alone Photo Editing Apps on BOTH platforms, so their new focus is to ensure that people know that the power of these apps are no longer strictly Mac-based (and haven’t been for some time!

Currently, they’re offering Purchase and Upgrade discounts on Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018, along with some excellent bonuses. But hurry – This offer is only valid from February 15 Through February 26, 2018

Luminar 2018

is a universal all-in-one photo app designed to offer everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing. Luminar features advanced controls that are easy to use. Intelligent filters like Accent AI make it easy to get a great-looking image in seconds. Users will also benefit from new intelligent filters and real-time noise removal. With default and custom adaptive workspaces tailored to match styles of shooting, and scores of one-click categorized presets, Luminar delivers a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity. – Experience it today by clicking here.

See these sample Before and After photos, to see what you can accomplish with Luminar 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Here To Download a Trial of Luminar 2018 

The Pricing on this deal is:

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade for $49 ($39 with coupon code SGANS_DISC)
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $69 ($59 with coupon code SGANS_DISC)

Included, are these bonuses:

  • 2 E-books from Andrew Gibson: “The Creative Photographer” and “Mastering Exposure”
  • Ultra Violet LUTs by Richard Harrington
  • Ultra Violet Preset Pack by Richard Harrington
  • Futuristic Preset Pack

 

 

Aurora HDR 2018

(voted Best Mac App of the Year)  is the world’s ultimate HDR photo solution, chock full of new tools and capabilities that will exceed your expectations. As a one-stop tool kit for casual and pro photographers alike, it’s versatile interface features a faster, more powerful, more feature-rich and satisfying experience than any other HDR software or combination of tools. Perfect for single shots or multiple-exposure brackets, Aurora HDR 2018 gives you the ultimate freedom to create.

See these sample Before and After photos, to see what you can accomplish with Aurora HDR 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Click here to download a Trial version of Aurora HDR 2018

The Pricing on this deal is:

  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade for $59 ($49 with coupon code SGANS_DSC)

  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $99 ($89 with coupon code SGANS_DSC )

Included are these Bonuses:

  • “Accelerate Your Photography” Ebook by Anne McKinnell

  • Deep dive Video Tutorial from Trey Ratcliff

  • Warm & Beautiful Preset Pack (15 presets)

To Directly Purchase either of these offers, please visit:
Luminar 2018 February Offer

Aurora HDR 2018 February Offer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IMPORTANT Vulnerability for ALL Computers, and how to (partially) remediate the problem!

Two vulnerabilities have been found that attack the Central Processing Units of almost all computers – Windows AND Mac. 

If this vulnerability is exploited, your computer may be subject to ALL of your information being visible to whoever is attacking the machine.

While most individual users are less likely to be targeted, we’re all still open to this problem – and it may never be completely fixable. However, this article from PC World will educate your further, and teach you what you may do to try to partially protect yourself.

On Macs, I’ve been advocating removal of most antiviral software – however now, I’m going to suggest that users on both platforms take advantage of the protection that may be enabled by a good Antivirus/ID Protection package.

In the meantime, please read this article for more information.

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Also, the Last Chance for the Macphun (Skylar) Luminar and Aurora 2018 Holiday Offer

And, for those of you who want an extremely powerful, full-control image editor set, with maybe a slightly easier learning curve from some of the others, take a look at MacPhun (Skylum) Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018!

Both are available for both Mac and Windows, and can be used as stand-alone apps, or as Photoshop plugins.

Luminar 2018.pngAbout Luminar:

Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018; digital asset management platform.

Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filter, LUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match different styles of editing, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.

Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With the full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.

Offer Availability: The Luminar 2018 Holiday offer is now live and available until December 31

Pricing:

  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a Black Friday price of $49 ($39 with Coupon Code SGANS_DISC)

  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $69 ($59 with Coupon Code SGANS_DISC)

  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.

Bonuses:

  • The Shootkit ebook

  • Preset pack: 20 Festive Texture Presets

  • 500+ Sky overlays for Sky replacement

  • Video tutorial “How to replace Sky in Luminar”

EXTRA Bonus:

  • “Capture: Adventures in Photography” ebook by Simon & Lisa Thomas, the world’s foremost adventure motorcyclists


White_2.pngAbout Aurora HDR:

Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging bracketed images, it also provides numerous tools and countless options to create perfect HDR photos for every taste – from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction, and powerful luminosity masking controls. It was named as the Best Mac App of 2017 by Apple.

Offer Availability: The Aurora HDR Special offer is already live and continues until December 31.

Pricing:

  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a Special price of $39 ($29 with Coupon Code SGANS_DISC)

  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $79 ($69 with with Coupon Code SGANS_DISC)

  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.

Bonuses:

  • Deep Dive video tutorial from Trey Ratcliff

  • “How to create realistic HDR images” Ebook

  • 2 Preset Packs – 40 presets! Preset Pack 1 – Winter Vibes. Preset Pack 2 – Wonderland.

 


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Last Day for On1 Holiday Discount!

 

The end of year On1 Holiday Discount is about to disappear (soon, it’ll be the beginning of the year!)

This deal includes:

  • On1 Photo RAW 2018
  • New On1 Photo RAW Master Class eBook
  • 62 presets with 3 bonus videos
  • 3 courses covering Masking, HDR, and Panoramas
  • AND, you SAVE OVER $219 for this bundle!

Today is the last day to get ALL this for $79.99! 

When this Promo is over, On1 Photo RAW will revert to it’s usual $119. And all those bonuses revert to their regular price – to get all this would cost $299.92!

About ON1 Photo RAW 2018
ON1 Photo RAW 2018 includes the essential tools and features every photographer needs in their workflow. Our super fast, non-destructive, and state-of-the-art processing engine gives you an ultra smooth and efficient editing experience. ON1 Photo RAW is focused on allowing you to get the most out of every photo. Photographers now have a tool with fast photo management, hundreds of customizable photo effects, fast and beautiful HDR, panos, masking and selection tools, layers, and much more—in one app.

This app is PERFECT for those of you who want to get powerful image editing features, without subscribing to the Adobe Cloud! Of course, it ALSO acts as a Photoshop plugin!

ON1 BENEFITS
• No subscription
• Own it forever
• Migration assistant
• Open cloud storage integration
• Hundreds of free training videos
• World-class service and support

Video Training
ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Overview: https://youtu.be/k6QWJaqwdNU
New Color Range Masks: https://youtu.be/OVAZo59TIRE
Mew Luminosity Mask Tools: https://youtu.be/v7ry-zRGqAk
HDR: https://youtu.be/BTymQgFCkh0
Pano: https://youtu.be/P6ahMfxGiHs
Paint With Color Brush: https://youtu.be/2DiuYS2UBbM
New Noise Adjustment Brush: https://youtu.be/KrM-e75OwSU
New Mask Blur Chisel: https://youtu.be/1T7ZL4vOFs4
Remove Haze from a Photo: https://youtu.be/vzz1ueLqTis

 

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MacPhun has released updates to Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018 (Mac and Windows)

This week, Luminar 2018 1.1.0, and Aurora HDR 2018 1.1.2 were released.

Don’t forget – Both Luminar 2018 and Aurora 2018 are available on a special Holiday Offer until December 31st! Buy Luminar 2018 for only $69, and Aurora 2018 for only $79. Both offers include great bonuses!

Don’t forget to enter coupon code  SGANS_DISC for an extra $10 off each app!

Both updates include performance improvements, various features enhancements, bug fixes and new cameras support for the Windows and Mac versions.

Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018 users on Windows and Mac can update to this version by updating inside of the App.

Below is a list of the Fixes and Updates:

LUMINAR

Luminar 2018 version 1.1.0 for MAC:

– Improved compatibility with OS X 10.10, 10.11 support

– The image Histogram updates in realtime

– Performance and RAM usage improvements.

– When editing press Cmd+L/Ctr+L to quickly access the Filters list

– Better noise detection in raw files and fixing it on photo opening

– DNG file support is improved for easier editing

– Even more raw formats can be edited natively with the RAW Develop filter

– Improved compatibility with Lightroom and Photoshop plugins

– Better batch processing

– Improved Native files

– Native files can be shared between Mac and Windows users

– Any LUT can now be stored to a preset with no need to link to the original .cube file

– Photos can now be exported to SmugMug for online sharing

– The Sharpen on Export filter is also improved for crisper images

– Better masking controls

Luminar 2018 version 1.1.0 for Windows:

– Luminar can now launch more quickly.

– Faster-editing performance and better RAM usage.

– Native document feature added

– Native files can be shared between Mac and Windows users.

– Clone & Stamp tool released: remove objects and blemishes with ease.

– Any LUT can now be stored to a preset with no need to link to the original .cube file.

– Export to the Adobe RGB wide color profile or the ProPhoto RGB color space.

– More export control (incl. Sharpen on Export)

– Better masking controls.

– Even more raw formats can be edited natively with RAW Develop filter.

– All filters support advanced blending mode options.

AURORA HDR 

Aurora HDR 2018 version 1.1.2 for MAC:

– Import preset packs from previous versions

– Save document in Windows capability mode for cross-platform access

– Improved compatibility with Lightroom and Photoshop plugins

– User Interface improvements

– Performance improvements

– New camera model support added (incl. Sony A7R III (ILCE-7RM3))

Aurora HDR 2018 version 1.1.2 for Windows:

– Native document feature added

– Mac document support added

– More export formats: JPEG 2000, PSD, PDF

– More options for TIFF files on export: Compression, Depth, Resolution

– ProPhoto RGB and Adobe RGB color profile on export added

– Sharpen image adjustment on file export

– Ability to delete preset packs from your collection

– RAW file opening tuned and fixed

– New camera model support added (incl. Sony A7R III (ILCE-7RM3))

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