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Insta Inspiration Presets for Luminar

Replicate the most popular Instagram looks on your DSLR images with the Insta Inspiration preset pack for Luminar by Macphun.

I’m pleased to announce that Macphun has released a custom set of presets that I authored for their Mac image editing software, Luminar. The Insta Inspiration pack of presets gives Mac users a 1-click approach to matching the most popular Instagram looks directly from your own DSLR images.

Luminar is compatible with both RAW and TIFF/JPEG image formats, and you can also use it as a Lightroom plug-in. What I like about it is that unlike most 1-click presets, Luminar shows you all the adjustment tools that went into creating a particular look. That means not only can you modify the presets (Want to change the vignette? No problem!) but you can also save those changes as your own custom presets, too!

Other cool things about Luminar
  • Layer support
  • Luminosity masking
  • Image adjustment and special effects tools
  • Add custom textures to images, and make composites

If you’re a Mac user and find Photoshop intimidating, you may want to give Luminar a try.

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Color Management 101

Is the color cast in your image something real, or is it an artifact produced by your monitor?
This image is neutral. If it doesn’t look that way, it means your monitor needs profiling.

Updated: Jan 2017

Color is extremely important in photography. Getting accurate color is even more important. With digital photography, you are relying on a monitor to display your images properly so that you can make any necessary corrections and adjustments to brightness, contrast, and color. The problem with computer displays is that they just aren’t accurate. When your computer communicates with your display, it sends a command to generate a particular color value in the RGB universe. The monitor responds in turn by lighting up its phosphors or LCD elements accordingly. But your computer cannot “see” that the actual color produced by your display matches the command it sent. You see, most monitors have inherent flaws that prevent their actual output from matching what the computer told it to produce. What’s more, the human eye has an uncanny ability to compensate for color casts, so if your monitor is a little off, you might not even know it. Continue reading Color Management 101

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Spring Photo Tours 2017

I’m pleased to announce two instructional photo safaris for spring 2017! These are small-group excursions to photographically interesting places where I will give each participant personalized attention on composition, camera techniques, and post-processing. Make your plans to join me this spring!

Creative Closeups at Old Car City USA: March 15-18, 2017
Old Car City USA March 15-18

Head down to Georgia this spring as we explore the 40 acres of rusted cars  and trucks at Old Car City USA and discover creative ways of capturing their colors and textures. Limit: 12

RSVP HERE

Fine-Art Landscapes of the Desert Southwest:  April 2-6, 2017
Moab, Utah April 2-6, 2017

Join me in Moab, Utah, as we explore some of the finest landscapes in the American southwest and learn fine-art capture and processing techniques each day. Limit: 8

RSVP HERE

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