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iCloud changes & on1 Perfect Browse

Posted on April 17, 2015 by Nathan Keudell - Leave a comment

Beginning with Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3, Apple introduced Photos, a new application to replace iPhoto and Aperture. Along with the Photos app comes iCloud Photo Library which stores your photos differently than it did in the past. Unfortunately the iCloud Photo Library is not supported in Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 or Perfect Browse 9.5 at this time. The iCloud Photo Stream source in Browse will continue to work for users of earlier Mac OS X operating systems.

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onLocation – Alvord Desert Part 2

Posted on by Patrick Smith - Leave a comment

“The Alvord Desert is one of those places that makes you wanna pause and think about how lucky we are as photographer’s.” – Hudson Henry

Join Hudson and Matt Kloskowski back in the desert in this short onLocation clip. See what fuels their creativity to make better photos and learn how to use downtime to your advantage when the conditions and lighting aren’t quite what you want.

Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 is here!

Posted on April 13, 2015 by Patrick Smith - 16 Comments

Attention Perfect Photo Suite 9 owners, download your FREE update here.

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Today, we officially announce the release of Perfect Photo Suite 9.5, an updated version to our photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

More about the release:

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We take user feedback seriously. Our team has worked hard the past several months to improve performance and user experience in the latest release of our photo-editing app – Perfect Photo Suite. In this latest release, version 9.5, we’ve improved performance and usability for customers in several areas which include; browsing photos, portrait retouching, processing speed, feature additions, and enhancements.

Browse
Browsing photos is one of the key improvements and one of the most important tasks for photographers. Today, photographers use Perfect Browse as a front end to their workflow with other programs like Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop®.

Speed
The biggest reason to adopt this workflow is speed. Browsing photos must be fast, period. Improved speed in viewing photos assists in organizing photo libraries and helps determine what photos you want to work on. Specifically, the ability to view large Raw files in detail can take forever with some apps. Not with Perfect Browse. Users will see up to a 50% increase in speed with the latest version. Quickly seeing all the detail in photos without pixilation allows for faster culling, sorting, and rating. Then send your photos with the ratings intact to Lightroom or other applications, faster than ever before.

Organize
We’ve also added new features to Perfect Browse, which makes it a great standalone option for getting organized. on1 Albums allow you to create a collection of your favorite photos and provide a fast way to view them without searching. Want to drag and drop photos into an album? It’s simple to do right in Perfect Browse. Select the photos you want to add to the album and drag them to the Album Hot Spot. Photos in an on1 album can live anywhere, whether in the cloud or on your computer.

Faster Retouching and Effects
Another area we’ve focused on is improved speed and performance for portrait retouching and filters in Perfect Effects. Perfect Portrait is now faster than ever for auto face detection, and finding the details of the face, eyes, lips, and mouth. With easier to adjust control points and smoother sliders it makes for much quicker portrait edits. Many of the filters in Perfect Effects have been updated to use the computer GPU to make them much faster.

New Features
In addition to all the performance enhancements, Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 also has some great new features. The Line Mask tool allows you to create a straight path for masking sharp edges where brushing is difficult. Luminosity Masks have also been added for users to work on the luminance values or lighter and darker parts of a photo based on a specific selection.

To learn more about Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 and the rest of the new features, availability, and pricing, please click here.

 

onLocation: Perfect Inspiration – The Alvord Desert Stars

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Patrick Smith - Leave a comment

Hudson Henry showcases his photo of the Milky Way from the Alvord Desert. Hudson explains how he shoots stars and the Milky Way as he creates a vertical panoramic merger hand blended using Perfect Layers and Perfect Effects.

He offers some of his tricks for post processing photos of the Milky Way and covers some of his go to effects and filters for getting exactly what he wants. Watch as he walks through creating his stack of effects and selectively brushes them in to certain areas of the photo.

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As an added bonus, he explains how to create an intake preset in Adobe Lightroom. It’s key to your camera and does some basic underlying adjustments to your Raw image that you’ll want on every file.

Enjoy Hudson’s video from the Alvord Desert in this latest episode of Perfect Inspiration.

Real Life Sessions Wrap Up

Posted on April 6, 2015 by Whitney Stevens - Leave a comment

I had many requests for a follow up on the Bliss Real Life Sessions posts and I wanted to share with you the finished product I provide my clients for these sessions. I touched on each session ending with a finished album I design for them (from scratch using Photoshop). The finished book is a press printed book, 8.5×11, printed on pearl paper for the girls or I use a regular texture for the boy albums (in my opinion the pearly sheen isn’t as great for the boy books). They are ordered with a photo cover so I can add an image and also my logo on the back. My lab of choice is White House Custom Colour (WHCC), but you should be able to order press printed books through your favorite lab.  These albums are created to have a very clean magazine feel to them. I want as much of the story told in a way that is not over designed.

Here are a couple photos of the sample books I have in my studio.

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And here are a couple page spreads:

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Most of the albums are just Black & White images. However, depending on the shoot I will throw in a few color images.

Here is a complete album:

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Hope you enjoyed this fun little series. If you have any questions I am happy to answer.

Here is the links to each of the posts if you missed them:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

~Whitney