Black Friday Deals and a Discount Code

You might have guessed (after all it’s in the title of the blog!) that I love all things Mac. You might also know, if you have been here before, that I am a photographer. Well, we photographers are mostly digital rather than film shooters, even though film (or analogue as some call it) is having something of a revival.

Be that as it may, digital means (not obligatory) that we need a way of enhancing our shots or at the very least convert them from RAW, unless we shoot only Jpegs. Now, over time there have been photo editors (software that is) that have come and gone. Even Apple killed off the much-loved Aperture (shame on you Apple). However, Adobe has been around almost from the very beginning of the digital revolution, with Adobe Photoshop it’s premier product, joined more recently by Lightroom. With Adobe moving it’s product line to the cloud in the shape of Adobe Creative Cloud and the subscription model, others have entered the market to provide alternatives that don’t require a monthly subscription. One of those companies is Macphun, soon to become Skylum (more on that in a minute).

Macphun have released a whole suite of apps to provide editing tools for photographers. These include Creative Kit, Tonality, Noiseless, Intensify, Snapheal and FX Studio. Their leading products are Luminar and Aurora HDR, both now updated as Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018. Right now, if you click on any of the links above you will be taken to Macphun’s Black Friday Offer pages. You can also get a further $10 off by using this discount code (includes upgrades): NEWBELTANE.

Here are some screenshots from Luminar 2018 and the bonuses available:

Here are some ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots from Luminar 2018:

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Here is a brief description of Luminar 2018 Black Friday Offer.

About 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 filterLUT 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 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 Black Friday offer will be available from November 21-29


  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a Black Friday price of $49 ($39 with coupon code)
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $69 ($59 with your coupon code NEWBELTANE)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.


  • The Ultra-Wide Landscape ebook by Ian Plant
  • A Special pack of LUTs for use in Luminar 2018
  • 2 Full Luminar preset packs from Contrastly
  • Aerial Photo & Video training by Matt Granger

NOTE: The video training was changed from “Light & Shadows by Matt Granger” to “Aerial Photo & Video training by Matt Granger”.

Click here and don’t forget to use the Discount Code (NEWBELTANE) for an extra $10 off Luminar 2018. Expires soon so hurry!

Here are some before and after shots from Aurora HDR 2018:

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Here are some details on the Aurora HDR 2018 Black Friday Offer.

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  coupon code NEWBELTANE)
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $89 ($79 with your coupon code)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.


  • Trey Ratcliff Deep Dive video
  • Realistic HDR preset pack (40 presets) by PresetPro
  • Powerful Imagery Ebook by Mitchell Kanashkevich & Photzy

Click here and don’t forget to use the Discount Code (NEWBELTANE) for an extra $10 off Aurora HDR 2018. Expires soon so hurry!

Oh, almost forgot! Macphun is changing it’s name to Skylum now that it also creates software for Windows as well as Mac.

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HDRtist bonus app in MacLegion Spring Bundle

HDRtist Pro graphics software

If you are thinking of buying the MacLegion Spring Bundle of Mac apps then time is running out if you want to get HDRtist Pro along with the other ten apps. That’s because only the first 9,000 purchasers get the app and already the number of purchasers is up to 2239 (when I just checked).

HDRtist Pro allows you to create HDR or Exposure Enhanced images easily. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Exposure Blending make it possible to create highly detailed and ultra-realistic photographs with your digital camera. HDR works by combining exposure information using complex mathematics, while Exposure Blending works by simply selecting and cutting out the best parts of each photo.

With its complex mathematical algorithms, HDRtist Pro can handle 128-Bit floating-point images (that’s 16,843,009 times more precision than a JPEG photo) to produce images that look hyper-real. HDR images can be something of an acquired taste and are something that is easily overdone. However, when done well, the results can be nothing short of superb.

Below is an example that exemplifies what is possible:

HDR example imageTo read the full feature list of what HDRtist Pro offers check out the Ohanaware site.

Apple announces over 200 new features in Aperture 3!

Aperture 3

Apple has released Aperture 3 with over 200 new features. its available for £169.00 (or £79 if upgrading from earlier versions).

Top new features in Aperture 3

* Organise photos by the people in them using Faces.
* Use Places to find photos based on where they were taken.
* Perfect images with nondestructive, edge-aware brushes.
* Use adjustment presets to apply imaging effects.
* Browse your entire library with the new full-screen Browser.
* Create stunning multimedia slideshows that weave together HD video, audio tracks, and custom titles.

There are also some updates for iLife 09 (inc. iPhoto) and Camera RAW, available via Apple’s Software Update. Apple says the following about these:

Provides system software resources that are shared by iLife and other applications. This update improves overall stability for the Media Browser and iPhoto slideshows. It also provides compatibility between Aperture 3 and the Media Browser.

The update is recommended for all users of iLife ’09, iWork ’09, and Aperture.

And the camera updates:

This update extends RAW image compatibility for Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’09 for the following cameras and formats:

Canon PowerShot S90
Canon sRAW
Canon mRAW
Leica D-LUX 4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Leica announce radical new S-System!

The Leica S-System
Innovative digital technology and the heart of a classic

Leica have introduced their new radical platform to provide medium-format quality and resolution in a DSLR size body.

The Leica S2, with its premium AF objectives including everything from ultra wide to super telephoto, is an absolute photographic highlight. The digital SLR camera has a special new sensor with 30 x 45 mm and 37.5 megapixels. The S2’s metal body is appreciably smaller and easier to carry than similar models from other camera brands, and yet it’s also nearly twice as fast thanks to ultra modern processor technology.

With the S2, Leica has created an entirely new class of camera – technically innovative but incredibly flexible thanks to a wide selection of accessories. It’s a must for every professional photographer who is looking to upgrade from standard 35mm SLR systems.

Price is TBC but in the region of €20,000.

Leica is also developing a new range of lenses specially designed for the S system.

Nine new lenses will be introduced over the next two years.

Four prime lenses will be released when the S2 is launched: the Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 CS ASPH, the Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5 CS ASPH, the Apo-Macro-Summarit-S 120mm f/2.5 CS, and the Apo-Elmar-S 180mm f/3.5 CS.

They will be followed by five further primes (24mm, 35mm, 100mm, 120mm and 350mm), a 30-90mm zoom lens and a 30mm tilt-and-shift lens.

The dual shutter system, which sees the S2 incorporating its own in-body shutter blades, will allow photographers to use shutterless lenses, expanding the range of optical options at their disposal.

More info here

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iLovePhotos | free softeware for your Mac


iLovePhotos is free software for your Mac that helps you organize, share, and enjoy your photos based on the people who are in them.

Face Detection

iLovePhotos finds faces in your photos to make tagging them a piece of cake. After you’ve tagged your photos with iLP, browsing and sharing them is easier than ever.

Automatic Sharing

With iLovePhotos, you connect your photos to your friends and contacts, so sharing them takes no time at all. You can even let iLovePhotos automatically share photos with people anytime you add and tag new photos of them.

Smart Slideshows

iLovePhotos makes every slideshow special. With powerful algorithms, iLP works its magic, using what it knows about the people in your photos to create unique and elegant slideshows that you can save to your computer or iPod or share as a QuickTime movie.

Download iLovePhotos For OS X 10.4+ • 11.8 mb

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with Ultra High-Speed Burst Shooting and HD Movie Functions, the EX-FH20 takes 40 shots per second and records high speed movies at 1000 fps. Its a better specified follow-up to the ground-breaking EX-F1. However, in order to up the pixel resolution, Casio have slowed it down a bit, not that you’d really notice with its 1000 fps video! Pixel resolution is now a useful 9.1 MP compared to the 6 MP of the EX-F1. It also has an improved zoom, with a focal length of 26 – 520 mm (35m,m equivalent). That’s a whopping 20x optical!

Key product highlights include:

9.1 effective megapixels and a high power, wide angle zoom lens
The EX-FH20 is equipped with a 26 mm-equivalent wide angle zoom lens that can close in on subjects with a powerful 20x optical zoom. The camera also features a CMOS shift anti-shake function to support power-zoom shots.

Never miss a photographic opportunity, with high speed burst shooting up to 40 fps
The EX-FH20 can capture action in high definition, 7 megapixel (3072 x 2304 pixel) images with ultra-high speed burst shooting at up to 40 fps. Users can select from seven burst settings, allowing them to capture from 1 fps up to 40 fps in a single burst. Further, users can prerecord up to 40 still images not just at the instant they press the shutter button, but before! Even if they press the shutter a little late, they will still catch that vital moment.

High speed movie recording at up to 1,000 fps
The EX-FH20 can record high speed movie footage of motion too fast for the human eye, for ultra slow motion playback. Users can select from recording speeds of 1,000 fps, 420 fps or 210 fps and can also switch from the standard speed of 30 fps to high speed recording at 210 fps during recording at the touch of a button. The EX-FH20 makes it easy to capture critical moments on video.

High Speed Anti-Shake function
This function corrects images by automatically synthesizing multiple images captured during high speed burst shooting.

High Speed Night Scene setting
With or without a tripod, this feature ensures that high speed night shots come out clear and beautiful.

HD Movie function
The EX-FH20’s HD Movie function records at 1280 x 720 pixels, at 30 fps.

UK Price:TBC but in region of £399.

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