Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday Deal on Photolemur 2.2 Spectre

Photolemur 2.2 Spectre will revolutionise your image-editing.

If you are someone who takes photos and likes to edit them on your computer but doesn't really want to become a power user of the likes of Photoshop or Lightroom then here is something for you. It's called Photolemur and the latest version is on offer during this Black Friday period.  There are just over 5 days left to get it for a 60% discount with bonuses.

So, why would you want to purchase Photolemur? Well, for a start its built to do all the thinking for you (well almost all - you still have open an image and choose whether to accept the AI's result or tweak easily with just one control slider. Oh, you then have to save it!

So, what does it's interface look like? Well here is a screenshot and a short video.

Easy wasn't it! Photolemur will make you life much easier and you will wonder how you ever managed without it. Also, the software can only get better as the AI engine that drives it is improved. It has lots of new features over the previous version.

Photolemur has 12 smart technologies that help it to automatically analyze and adjust your photos. From faces and objects to colors, horizons, and the sky, it understands it all. And it works its tech magic from there.

New features:

So, if you like what you see why not head over now by using this link: Photolemur 2.2 Spectre Black Friday Deal.

7 Street Photography Images from my 'Walks of Life' Solo Project

Passing time...

Walking Woman meets Scooter boy

Please don't pass me by...
Going nowhere...

Glancing by...

Collision course...
These 7 images were taken as part of my ongoing solo street photography project, Walks of Life. Inspired by Sean Henry's sculpture 'Walking Woman' I decided to use it as the jumping off point for a street photography project. The thing about Colchester is that as well as having this sculpture on the main street of the town, there are also streets that have the word 'walk' in them. So the image of the man and boy waiting inside the opticians was actually taken from Lion Walk. Also, other images were taken in Sir Isaacs Walk (none of these... will post those in next day or so).

As well as taking images in streets with the word 'walk' in them, I also took images that in some sense are about 'walks of life' - a term used to describe what people do for their job. Also, taking it literally in the sense that my subjects (or at least some of them) are physically walking. When you freeze this act at the instant of firing the shutter, depending on the camera settings, some will be sharp and appear motionless or still, whilst others will be blurred and so a sense of motion may be conveyed. This, for me, is a representation of the fact that we are all going through life (often described as a journey) at different speeds.

Then there is the interaction between the sculpture 'Walking Woman' and passing members of the public. When the sculpture was unveiled many folk wanted to pose next to the sculpture and have their photo taken. After a few weeks more and more people just passed by, as if the sculpture wasn't there, whilst others interacted with her, like the young boy on the scooter who physically touched her as if giving her a 'high five'. Others just glanced up at her as if seeing her for the first time. I also took images of people who seem to mimic the 'walking woman' in their stride (those mages I will post later).

I am still exploring the theme so eventually I hope to have enough images to put in a book and hopefully there will be an exhibition. If you would like to help towards that please check out my Patreon Page bu clicking on the button below.Become a Patron!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Black Friday Deal with Discount Code!

If you don't know what Aurora HDR 2018 is but if I told you it was another application from Macphun, you might guess it has something to do with image editing. You would be right of course.

About 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.

Offer Availability:

The Aurora HDR 2018 Black Friday offer will be available from November 22-29


  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a Black Friday price of $49 ($39 with your coupon code)
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $89 ($79 with discount code - see below)

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


  • Deep Dive video tutorial from Trey Ratcliff
  • 40 realistic presets by PresetPro
  • A Special Ebook
If you are wondering what Aurora HDR 2018 can do, check out these 'before' and 'after' images:

Brazil Before (с) 2013-2017 Dmitry Sytnik

Brazil After (с) 2013-2017 Dmitry Sytnik
Moraine Lake - © Jim Nix
Moraine Lake After - © Jim Nix
So, how do I get the discount I hear you asking. Simple, just click on any of the images above and it will take you to the Aurora HDR 2018 site and then use this code (NEWBELTANE) to get your extra $10 off (applies to upgrades as well). Remember though, the bonus offer and discount only apply during the Black Friday Offer (ends 29th Nov).

PS Don't forget to check out my earlier post as you can also get a BLACK FRIDAY OFFER discount off for Luminar 2018 too!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Black Friday Offer from Macphun. Get Luminar 2018 and bonuses for just £64! Discount code available too for extra $10 off!

For Black Friday macphun have a great offer on. Purchase Luminar 2018 (or upgrade) get a pack of free bonuses (worth $130)! If you order using the link below (or by clicking on any of the images) you can then use this discount code - NEWBELTANE - to get a further $10 off! (just the word, not the hyphens).

That means current users of Luminar can upgrade for just $39  (instead of $49) and new users can get Luminar 2018 for just $59 (instead of the normal $69)!

This discount will expire at the end of the Black Friday event on 29 November. So don't miss out!

You get the Urban Preset Collection by Contrastly:

You also get the Creative Looks LUT Collection:

as well as the Ultra-Wide Landscape ebook by Ian Plant:

and last but not least, you also get Aerial Photo and Video Training Video by Matt Granger.

Luminar 2018 is already getting rave 5 star reviews:

So, don't delay and grab this deal whilst it's still available! Just follow this link to Macphun's web site. The deal is available from 21 - 29 November. Don't forget to use my discount code NEWBELTANE to get a further $10 off! Ends when the Black Friday event ends on 29th November.

12 Christmas Gifts for your relative's camera bag.

Christmas can be a difficult time for lots of reasons, some serious and some pretty much a question of not knowing what present to buy someone. Well, if they are at all interested in photography, why not look at one of these gifts? They are only possible purchases and they cover a broad range of prices so there should be something there for everyone. You are not obliged to buy any of these of course but if you do, or if during the same browser session you purchase something from the Amazon store you will be helping me out in a small way, without any cost to yourself.

Here are my suggestions. Just click on any of the images below or use the search box to find exactly what you are looking for.

  • Batteries - cameras eat battery power for breakfast. You never have enough, so either get Lithium-ion rechargeable ones or check if their camera takes standard AA ones.
  • Memory- these days with digital you need something storage and as file sizes increase so the need for more storage. Check if they use SD or CF cards and whilst you are at it, ask them if they use their camera for video. If they do they might need cards that cope with the bit rate. if unsure go for at least a Class 10 card.
  • Cleaning kit - a lens cloth, a little blower to remove dust from the sensor and some cleaning fluid especially for camera lenses.This would make an affordable but useful gift.
  • Camera bag - maybe theirs is getting a bit old and tired looking, or they have more kit and need a bigger one. If they are particularly active and go out in all weathers make sure you choose one that can cope. It will say in the product info (waterproof or comes with a rain cover) or you can check on the manufacturer's web site if it doesn't say on Amazon.
  • Gorilla tripod - these are great for fixing your camera in place when in awkward situations. They are flexible and come in various sizes.
  • Book - sometimes we photographers just like to relax with a good book, either one that is practical (e.g. 'How to shoot portraits' or one full of inspirational images by one of the greats (Ansel Adams for instance if they are into landscape).
  • Extension tubes - you amy wonder what these are but they go between lens and camera body and are used for macro photography. make sure you buy ones that are compatible with their camera gear. If they have a camera that has a fixed lens you can instead by close-up adapters that go on the front of the lens like filters do but give greater magnification. not quite as good as a macro lens or extension tubes but easy to use and reasonably priced.
  • That brings us to filters. Maybe they scratched their UV filter and need a new one. Maybe they didn't buy one when they got the camera. Find out what size they need - you can do this when they are not looking by checking the front of their lens - it should say what size filter thread it is in mm.
  • If you are feeling generous you may go to the expense of an extra lens. Check before buying that it's for the same brand and model of camera that they own. Also, you will want to get something that either covers a focal length they are lacking in their kit or is a much better quality than their kit lens that came with the camera. So, if they just have a standard kit lens of say 55-200mm that goes from F2.8 to F4.5 and they are interested in landscape, a wide angle lens with a focal length of say, 28mm would be ideal. Alternatively, they may have got interested in wildlife photography so a lens that covers from 200-400mm or a 300mm prime lens would be an  ideal gift.
  • Studio lighting - if they have acquired an interest in portrait photography then a pair of studio lights with stands, umbrellas, cables, honeycomb, snoot, flash meter etc would get them started. Kits range from basic to professional level. Pricewise you are looking at £250 upwards (Pro systems cost thousands!).
  • Courses - if they are wanting to learn how to become proficient at certain types of photography this could be right up their street. There are literally hundreds of courses, online and in person. You can learn wedding photography, macro photography, portraiture, wildlife photography, even street photography. Just search Google and make sure you use the filters to just search UK ones (or US/Canada etc). You could even search in Google with a search term like "photography courses London" and it will come up with a map and likely candidates. Or, alternatively buy them a photography magazine (it will have courses advertised) and then surprise them with the course!
  • A new camera! - maybe they haven't yet dipped their toes into photography but have expressed an interest. A camera kit (body, lens, batteries and charger etc) would make a great gift.
So, those are the kinds of gift you can look at purchasing for your loved one. If nothing suitable shows up in the widget below just use the search box at the top of the widget. If you do this you will be helping me out in a small way, for which I am very grateful. 

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