It's birthday week at Craft & Vision: free stuff and 50 percent discounts

The fine folks over at Craft & Vision, the publisher of my English eBooks , Lightroom presets and Photoshop training videos, are having a birthday sale.

Indeed, Craft & Vision is now officially seven years old. I'm glad to have been a part of it for the past five years and I'm looking forward to many more! Here are three deals I think you should absolutely consider:

1. My 2 Lightroom preset bundles at half price + free Lightroom 6 Up to Speed eBook

Looking to create striking Black and White images or to give your color images a little twist? This bundle contains over 200 presets that you can mix and match for even more creative results.

Looking to create striking Black and White images or to give your color images a little twist? This bundle contains over 200 presets that you can mix and match for even more creative results.

My critically acclaimed Black & White Lightroom preset bundle and my Colorific Color Grading bundle are preset bestsellers at Craft & Vision, with thousands of copies sold. The bundle normally retails for $40 + VAT, but until June 26th, you can pick them up for $20 + VAT. Each bundle includes an eBook with in-depth explanation on how to get the most out of these presets, or any other presets for that matter. On top of that, we throw in a free copy of my 'Lightroom 6 Up to Speed' eBook. So, that's some 200 presets and over 200 pages of Lightroom literature (including some very rare tips and techniques) for only $20 + VAT!

2. David duChemin's excellent 'After the Camera'

After the Camera is a 20 video, 4.5 hour journey on how a working, published photographer uses Lightroom to manage and edit his images.

After the Camera is a 20 video, 4.5 hour journey on how a working, published photographer uses Lightroom to manage and edit his images.

Craft & Vision founder David duChemin is no stranger to Lightroom himself. In fact, he recorded 'After the Camera', a brilliant, four hour tutorial about how he uses Lightroom. The tutorial is as much about the why as it is about the how of postprocessing images. It's normally priced at $40 + VAT which I consider already an absolute bargain, but until June 26th, you can pick it up for only $20 + VAT. Here, you can read a more in-depth review about After the Camera.

3. PHOTOGRAPH NO. 16, normally $8 + VAT, is now absolutely free.

The latest issue of PHOTOGRAPH is also the last. To soften the blow, it's available for free! Get it here.

The latest issue of PHOTOGRAPH is also the last. To soften the blow, it's available for free! Get it here.

The latest issue of PHOTOGRAPH magazine will also be the last - unfortunately. This 100% ad-free magazine focuses on photography itself. No geek stuff but simply beautiful portfolios and deep, motivating interviews. To get this latest and last copy in as many hands (or should I say on as many tablets) as possible, the Craft & Vision guys have decided to make it free, that is, if you hit the button below before June 26th!

 

 

 

Wat is er nieuw in Photoshop CC2015.5?

Gisteren lanceerde Adobe Photoshop CC2015.5. Voor fotografen zijn er een aantal heel interessante nieuwe features en verbeteringen, die ik in de onderstaande video overloop.

Wil je meer leren over fotografie en beeldbewerking, in het Nederlands en op je eigen tempo? Dan is onze Nederlandstalige training site Photofacts Academy (PFA) iets voor jou. Op PFA vind je meer dan 25 Nederlandstalige video cursussen, samen goed voor meer dan 65 uur video-training. Op het programma staat ondermeer...

  • een volledige cursus Lightroom
  • een cursus 'Lightroom in 90 minuten'
  • een cursus Photoshop voor fotografen
  • een gevorderde cursus Photoshop
  • een cursus over de fantastische (en onlangs gratis geworden) Nik plug-ins
  • een basiscursus studiofotografie met Frederik Herregods
  • een gevorderde cursus studiofotografie met Richard Terborg
  • een cursus landschapsfotografie met Bart Heirweg
  • en nog veel meer (samen meer dan 65 uur).
  • We werken met een handig en voordelig all-in jaarabonnement. Bovendien komen er elk jaar minstens 8 nieuwe cursussen bij, waar je als abonnee meteen gratis toegang toe krijgt. We spelen ook kort op de bal, zoals deze video aantoont.

Een jaarabonnement kost normaal 99€, maar omdat de zustersite van Photofacts Academy 10 jaar bestaat, krijg je - enkel vandaag - 20€ korting op een abonnement. Die korting blijf je overigens behouden zolang je lid blijft.

Interesse? Klik dan op onderstaande link. De kortingscode is al voor je ingevuld. Je engageert je sowieso slechts voor één jaar - geen automatische verlengingen!

Speed up your Lightroom workflow with Photo Mechanic and get 33% off + bonuses

I love Lightroom, but if there's one thing that frustrates me, it's the speed (or lack thereof) with which it renders its 1:1 previews. And... you need those to check for sharpness, a rather essential criterion when you're separating the keepers from the rejects.

Speeding up your workflow with Photo Mechanic

That's why a lot of pro photographers have started to use Photo Mechanic, an extra piece of software, in their workflow. In the following video, I show you what Photo Mechanic can do as a 'front end' to Lightroom.

Photo Mechanic probably has only one drawback: its price tag of $150, although in itself not extravagant, seems to be a bit on the high side if you 'only' want to use it as a front-end to Lightroom...

The Big Deal Bundle

Well, I have some good news for you: if you like what you saw in the video, I would suggest NOT heading over to the Photo Mechanic website, but to the site of The Big Deal. This is a bundle consisting of over $3.000 worth of photography related software, ebooks, training videos, Lightroom presets, Photoshop actions and the like. The bundle is currently being offered for $99. And the best thing is... Photo Mechanic is included in The Big Deal. Not an old version or a time-delimited demo, but the real, fully workin, current version 5 (*). So, instead of forking out $150 for Photo Mechanic alone, you can get it at a 33% discount and in the mean time, download a very cool Joe McNally training vide on lighting, a compositing course by compositing guru Glyn Dewis, a tonne of Lightroom presets, some other cool software, including Clarity by Topaz Labs, Tonality by Macphun and much more.

Is this a permanent deal?

No, as with most of these bundles, there's a time-limit: you have to order before July 4th. So, if you're interested, head over to The Big Deal website and find out what else is included...

And don't forget, you'll not only be saving money but more importantly, you'll be saving precious time by culling your images with Photo Mechanic. And as time is money, you'll actually be saving money twice :-)

(*) Although the software itself is fully-functional, there are two things that I do want to tell you so you can make an informed decision: first of all, you can use this bundle version of Photo Mechanic on only one computer and second, the license is non-upgradeable. However, if you'll only be running it as a front-end to Lightroom in the way I describe in the video, the current version 5 has all it takes to do that, so you would not need an upgrade anytime soon anyway!