Monday, October 07, 2019

Luminar 4 Pre-lease Features: Sunrays. Discount code!

Luminar 4 has a Sunrays tool so you can add sun rays to your image, useful if on the day you took the photo the scene was dull or somewhat overcast. Along with the various other tools you can use Sunrays to create some interesting looks. Whether or not you prefer the end is result is a matter of personal choice.

In the example below I have taken a somewhat boring image (I can say that as I was the photographer!) and using the Sunrays tool, I have created something a lot more interesting. Now, of course, it isn't a true representation of what the actual scene was like on the day, though the sun did shine and it was an autumnal day, so it's not totally unreal.



Before image


After image


 Now, I did the editing in just a few minutes and intentionally exaggerated the effect to show what a difference the Sunrays feature can make. My personal preference is for something a little more subtle. I can envisage using the feature in my personal work in certain settings when I wanted a more dreamlike or romantic effect. What do you think?

BTW: You can pre-order Luminar 4 at a discount by clicking the ad below. If you buy the bundle that gives you Luminar 3 now, a collection of Luminar Looks and Luminar 4 when it is released, you can get an additional discount using my personal code newbeltane at checkout.




Tuesday, October 01, 2019

New Professional website!

Blogger is great for, well, blogging! However, a professional website is de rigueur for any self-respecting photographer, especially if you want to attract clients.

Over the years I have built my own portfolio sites using WordPress but this can be quite time-consuming. WordPress is great and I would still use it for a host of other types of site but I needed a professional portfolio site that would impress potential clients. Of course, there are several options out there such as having a Flickr Pro account or a Viewbug Pro account. I looked at these and several other options but in the end I went with PixelRights, who host professional websites for photographers with a host of features.

Rather than me spout on about them, here is what they say about themselves:
"Started by photographers looking to help other photographers.
Pixelrights believe it's high time to create something positive for our industry. Our generation has seen the largest and most interesting technological and cultural evolution within the photographic medium than any others before us. Affecting everyone from the photographer on the ground to the large image libraries and agencies. Pixelrights has used its unique position to draw on industry friendships and experience. We have shown that given the tools, photographers and their industry can adapt, move forward and create a post digital environment that is enriching for themselves.
We are here to help give photographers a stronger voice, simpler and more powerful tools, a fairer landscape and to create a collective of innovators from within our industry.


We are incredibly proud to be the only service of this kind focused on championing copyright awareness, inspiring and helping photographers from all backgrounds and all skill levels, and provide free access to our innovative and proactive image technology that increases your web traffic, attribution, security and sales."
So far, after some initial setup issues relating to me pointing my own domain (managed by a different company) my site is now live and 90% finished. Why not check it out and let me know what you think.

You will find it here at www.serendipity-photography.co.uk


BTW: You can pre-order Luminar 4 at a discount by clicking the ad below. If you buy the bundle that gives you Luminar 3 now, a collection of Luminar Looks and Luminar 4 when it is released, you can get an additional discount using my personal code newbeltane at checkout.


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