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What happens if a veteran Lightroom user plays around with Capture One?

One of my new year’s resolutions was to pay closer attention to Lightroom alternatives. Not that I’m planning to switch over my 250,000 image catalog any time soon, but I think it’s good to know what’s out there on the market. I have been using (and teaching) Lightroom Classic for more than ten years now, but that does not mean that I should be blind to advantages other applications might have. As the saying goes: ‘It’s not because you already ordered that you can’t have another look at the menu.’

Not everybody likes subscriptions

Personally, I think the $150 a year or so subscription for Lightroom Classic and Photoshop isn’t outrageous, but still quite a number of Lightroom users don't like that in order to enjoy the most recent updates and features, you need to have a subscription. The most recent version of Lightroom that you can still buy as a so-called perpetual license, is Lightroom 6 and that version is now more than a year old. Even more, some features, such as the Map module simply don't work anymore and there’s also no official support anymore for it.

Lightroom alternatives: horses for courses

So, it's no surprise that there are a lot of alternatives popping up: Alien Skin Exposure, Skylum Luminar and On1 Photo Raw are but a few. They all claim to be the one and only Lightroom-killer and although they all have their merits in terms of image editing, in terms of image management they’re still miles away from Lightroom's catalog approach.

Capture One… The only real Lightroom alternative?

In my opinion, there is currently only one application that is really comparable to Lightroom and that's Capture One Pro 12. Just as Lightroom Classic, this Capture One Pro 12 works with a central database (although there’s also a so-called Session-based workflow) in which the edits are stored. It has a capable search functionality, keywords support, regular and smart collections and so on. And… not only can you subscribe to Capture One Pro, but you can also still buy it as a regular, perpetual license with optional (paid) upgrades.

Capture One exists in the number of versions. The Express version is a stripped version that amongst others lacks the layers functionality and which is sometimes bundled for free with specific cameras. But the most interesting and comparable to Lightroom is obviously the Pro version. This exists in a Universal version, which is compatible with hundreds of cameras by different brands and which will set you back € 349 / USD 349.

Save 50% on the Sony and Fujifilm version of Capture One Pro 12

However, there is also a Sony and a Fujifilm specific version (which also supports the film simulations). Those versions will only work with the supported cameras of these respective brands (including the GFX 50S and 50R in the case of Fujifilm) but in turn, it’s € 100 / USD 100 cheaper. And there’s even better news: until the end of April 2019, both of these brand specific versions enjoy a spectacular 50% discount, leaving you to pay only € 124 / USD 124. In order to enjoy that discount, just use the links below. No special code needed! If you want, you can add a number of Styles to your purchase and those will also be discounted by 50 percent. Styles are comparable to Lightroom presets.

if you're interested in Capture Oe and you are a Sony or Fujifilm user, now is your moment! Phase One (who make Capture One) doesn't often do discounts like this! The discount also applies to the subscription formula although it's not clear to me whether it’s only for the first year or permanently.

Capture One or Lightroom Classic?

Obviously, that's a choice that everybody has to make for himself. But the fact is that Capture One Pro 12 is very complete and especially portrait photographers seem to love it because of its many tools to work with skin tone - something I might do a future video of. If you're working with a Sony or a Fujifilm camera, the application is great value right now thanks to the 50% discount. In the video below, I walk you through a before and after edit from the perspective of a Lightroom user and I give you a number of useful tips that will help you make the transition. If you're already a Capture One user, and you know of other advantages or disadvantages compared to Lightroom, let me know in the comments.

Save 50 percent on Capture One 12 for Fujifilm.

Save 50 percent on Capture One 12 for Fujifilm.

Save 50 percent on Capture One 12 for Sony.

Save 50 percent on Capture One 12 for Sony.





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Meet Luminar Flex: a new plug-in for Lightroom that uses Artificial Intelligence - and save $10

If there is one developer of image editing software that doesn't seem to sit still, it's Skylum (formerly known as Macphun).

At the end of last year, Skylum released an update to their Luminar 2018 app, called Luminar 3. Luminar already had a couple of interesting filters on board, such as the Accent AI filter, that uses artificial intelligence to automatically enhance your images. Recently, they added the AI Sky Enhancer which, as you might guess, automatically recognizes and improves the skies in your photos. Another strong point is the ability to work with layers and layer masks in the plug-in.

Luminar 3…

The Luminar 3 update also added a Library functionality, or at least the start of it. While you could also use Luminar 3 as a plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop, that wasn't really the intended use and the workflow wasn't ideal. Luminar 3 really positions itself more as a Lightroom alternative rather than a Lightroom plug-in.

However, not every Lightroom user is willing to throw their existing workflow overboard and start completely from scratch with a new application. Some people (such as myself) would prefer to integrate Luminar’s strong features in their existing workflow, such as the Artificial Intelligence driven filters and the ability to apply all adjustments locally instead of just a handful as is the case with Lightroom.

… versus Luminar Flex

If you're one of those people, then you will be super excited about the new Luminar Flex. At its core, Luminar Flex is basically Luminar 3 without the library functionality but with improved plug-in support for Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Photos (on Mac).

Existing Luminar 2018 and Luminar 3 users get a free license for the current version of Luminar Flex, which is a nice move from Skylum. The code for that free version should have been added automatically to your Skylum account. Skylum did announce however that from now on, Luminar 3 and Luminar Flex will be treated as separate apps with separate development trajectories and separate upgrade paths which will in the future also require separate upgrade fees. But that's only logical: normally, you will want to work with one or the other, not with both, and therefore you would only need to update one of them.

It's also important to know that future versions of Luminar 3 will no longer be usable as a plug-in.

Save $10 with code MORETHANWORDS

if you're not yet using Luminar, but this blog post raised your interest, then you can obviously just buy Luminar Flex. You can do so via this link. Luminar Flex is affordably priced at $59 and on top of that, code MORETHANWORDS shaves off another $10 (click on the blue text that says Enter Promotional Code in your shopping cart). Artificial intelligence has never been so cheap :-) By the way, the code also works for Luminar 3, if you prefer that solution.

Also for Lightroom 6 users

Quite a lot of Lightroom users are still working with Lightroom 6 and if you're in that situation, then Luminar has another ace up its sleeve for you: the ability to work with pixel layers inside of the plug-in. Indeed, it's possible to combine different images into one by using Luminar’s built-in layer functionality. I’ll explore this interesting feature in a future video on the blog!

What's new in Lightroom Classic CC 8.2

Hello folks, I’m currently traveling to explore some new photo workshop options, so I don’t have access to my regular video tools, but I quickly wanted to drop this video of the new features in the just-released Lightroom Classic CC 8.2. Apart from the usual bug fixes and new camera support, there’s two interesting new features. The first is improved and faster tethering for Nikon users, bringing the tethering experience on par with the one Canon shooters could already experience a while back. The second (starting at 1’50”) is the new Enhance Details option, which lets you extract even more details from a RAW file. In the video, I show you an example and I talk a bit about the pros and cons of the new feature.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts about this new feature. Do you have examples of where it truly shines, where it doesn’t? Let me know!

IMPORTANT: if you are a Windows user, please be advised that in order for the Enhance Details feature to work, you’ll need the October 2018 version of Windows 10. As I understand it, this update isn’t necessary to run the rest of the 8.2 update, only the Enhance Details part as it uses some technology that was only introduced in that particular Windows update.

In other news, if you are interested in joining the Omo Valley Portraits Workshop, there are only two spots left.

Save $10 until February 28 with code CLASSIC10

An Ethiopian Before & After

Starling Travel has just announced the details of a new travel photo workshop that they’re organising with me and Matt Brandon in the epically photogenic Omo valley in Southern Ethiopia. So I thought it would be a good idea edit one of images I took last year during the scouting trip for this workshop in this before-and-after video. I’ll also explain why sometimes I underexpose my images and that - although we’ve all been taught to ‘Expose To The Right’, sometimes underexposing is the way to go.

Image made with the Fujifilm GFX 50R and the GF 110 lens. Want to see more of that combo in action? Then check out the video at the top of this page.

If watching the video made you want to go and take portraits like these yourself, then check out the Omo Valley Portraits Workshop, which will be held from October 25 to November 3. More info can be found here.

Learnt something from the Before & After? Then imagine what you could learn from 2.5 hours of concise Lightroom training and over one hour of bonus tutorials in my brand new  ‘  Learn   Lightroom Classic’  video course.

Learnt something from the Before & After? Then imagine what you could learn from 2.5 hours of concise Lightroom training and over one hour of bonus tutorials in my brand new Learn Lightroom Classic’ video course.

The return of the 5DayDeal 2018: my free Luminar 2018 mini-course

When the 5DayDeal originally was released in October, I put up a this mini-course on Luminar 2018. With the flash-sale reprise of the 5DayDeal, only until Midnight, EST, November 25th, I thought it would be a good idea to put bring the mini-course back. Regardless of whether you want to buy the 5DayDeal or not, there’s some interesting information in there, I think :-)

The 5DayDeal irrevocably ends in…

The inclusion of Luminar 2018 makes this year’s 5DayDeal an absolute no-brainer!
— Yours truly :-)

So, the 5DayDeal is a bundle of high-quality resources for photographers: tutorial videos, Lightroom presets, textures, actions, you name it. It’s a whopping 50 gigabyte of goodies at a super steep discount. In yesterday’s blog post, I dug a little deeper into the training content that’s in this year’s 5DayDeal. But the 5DayDeal folks really outdid themselves this year, because there’s also two entire software packages included, the most important of which undoubtedly is Luminar 2018. My original plan was to make a quick three minute overview of what Luminar is but you know me: I don’t do quick very well. So it turned out to be a 25 minute mini-tutorial full of cool processing tips in general and Luminar tips in particular.

Unlike with some other bundles, this version of Luminar 2018 is exactly the same as the $69 retail version that you can buy directly on Skylum’s (makers of Luminar) website, but you’d be crazy not to pay the extra $20 and get it as part of the 5DayDeal bundle!

Buy the 5Deal through the links on my blog and you’ll receive my High Resolution Texture Pack, Vol. 01 for free* !
— Yours truly
This year’s bundle includes a Luminar 2018 license, an interesting Lightroom and Photoshop plug-in that some people even use as a complete Lightroom alternative. In one of the next blog posts, I’ll go a little deeper into the unique features of Luminar that make it stand out, especially when used in conjunction with Lightroom. Until Sunday, November 25th, a copy of Luminar 2018 is included in this year’s 5DayDeal bundle. Click  here  for more info.

This year’s bundle includes a Luminar 2018 license, an interesting Lightroom and Photoshop plug-in that some people even use as a complete Lightroom alternative. In one of the next blog posts, I’ll go a little deeper into the unique features of Luminar that make it stand out, especially when used in conjunction with Lightroom. Until Sunday, November 25th, a copy of Luminar 2018 is included in this year’s 5DayDeal bundle. Click here for more info.

*: + VAT for European citizens. If you have a valid VAT number, you can enter that upon checkout and you won’ be charged VAT.

** You will receive your bonus textures in the week after November 15, 2018

Surprise return: this year's 5DayDeal is back... for just 72 hours...

The 2018 edition of the 5DayDeal ended over a month ago, but… the 5DayDeal people decided to bring it back to life for 72 hours only on occasion of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So, it’s effectively like a 3DayDeal now :-) If you have already purchased the 5DayDeal back in October (it’s the same thing), no need to buy it again obviously, but if you were on the fence then… now is your chance. You’ll get over $2.500 worth of photographic resources for only $89, including my not yet released Lightroom Library Beyond the Basics course. And… just like in October, I’ll throw in my $24.95 High Resolution Texture Pack if you purchase the bundle through my link!

The Reprise Flash Sale of the 5DayDeal really, positively and irrevocably ends in…

For those of you who don’t know, the 5DayDeal is a unique bundle of training content and creative tools for photographers. If you were to buy everything separately, you’d be out of more than $2,500. Now, and until November 25, 23.59 EDT only, you pay $89*. The bundle contains dozens of hours of top notch video training, multiple eBooks and hundreds of Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions. In total nearly 50 gigabyte worth of content! Specifically for this year, there’s a lot of attention to drone photography and videography, including a drone course by no one less than Trey Ratcliff.

 
Look at who’s standing next to Lightroom guru Serge Ramelli? Yes, that’s me and there’s also a brand new Lightroom course by me in this year’s  5DayDeal ! That alone should be a reason to buy it :-)

Look at who’s standing next to Lightroom guru Serge Ramelli? Yes, that’s me and there’s also a brand new Lightroom course by me in this year’s 5DayDeal! That alone should be a reason to buy it :-)

 

Of course, you’re wondering if the bundle is really worth it. Is it worth $2,500? Maybe not: there’s always something that’s not quite your cup of tea but then again, there’s also a couple of hidden gems each year that you would never think of buying but that turn out to be really interesting. So, the real question is: ‘Is it worth more than $89'?’ And the answer to that question is a solid ‘Yes, absolutely!’ This bundle will do more for your photography than a new camera bag or a couple of UV filters!

Obviously, I’m slightly biased as in those 60+ hours of video training, there’s over three of my own: In 'Lightroom Library Beyond the Basics’ I guide you through some of the more advanced concepts of Lightroom Catalogs, including working with multiple catalogs, leveraging collections and smart collections, using publish services and more. This brand new course is currently only available as a part of this year’s 5DayDeal Photography bundle and is in itself valued at $99, which is more than the price of the entire bundle. As a matter of fact, there are quite a lot of tutorials in the 5DayDeal bundle that have a list price that is higher than the entire bundle.

So what’s the catch, I hear you ask? There isn’t one… by offering so much value, the 5DayDeal folks aim to sell lots of units as to make it worthwhile for all the contributors, even at that crazy discount. The only catch so to speak is that you have to buy before November 26 because the offer is valid for only 3 days. Why is it called the 5DayDeal then? Well remember, the original 5DayDeal ran in October. This is a surprise reprise, on account of Black Friday, and that’s why it only lasts three days. So think of it as the 3DayDeal :-)

If you think that you need insane budgets to produce fashion-style images, you’ll be in for a treat in Lindsay Adler’s  ‘Creativity on a budget’ : Lindsay first shows you how she makes six different fashion accessories on a shoestring and then continues to photograph all six.

If you think that you need insane budgets to produce fashion-style images, you’ll be in for a treat in Lindsay Adler’s ‘Creativity on a budget’: Lindsay first shows you how she makes six different fashion accessories on a shoestring and then continues to photograph all six.

An expensive hat? No, it’s an expertly folded placemat. Or how craftsmanship, light, lighting and pose can turn a cheap kitchen accessory into high fashion. An eye-opening course, and another one that normally retails for more than the entire  5DayDeal bundle .

An expensive hat? No, it’s an expertly folded placemat. Or how craftsmanship, light, lighting and pose can turn a cheap kitchen accessory into high fashion. An eye-opening course, and another one that normally retails for more than the entire 5DayDeal bundle.

To make it easier for you to determine if the 5DayDeal bundle is something for you, I’ve highlighted the content by three broad areas of interest: image editing, portrait and landscape photography. You’ll notice that even if you’re only interested in one of these topics, the bundle is already worth purchasing. If you’re interested in multiple topics, it’s really a no-brainer.

1. You’re mainly interested in image editing

The total value of the highlighted items alone is $1495. The full bundle is yours for less than a tenth of that.

The total value of the highlighted items alone is $1495. The full bundle is yours for less than a tenth of that.

In  ‘The Art of Black & White in Lightroom & Beyond’ , Andrew Gibson explores the beautiful world of monochrome.

In ‘The Art of Black & White in Lightroom & Beyond’, Andrew Gibson explores the beautiful world of monochrome.

Traditionally, image editing is one of the strongholds of the 5DayDeal. This year is no different. In addition to my own advanced ‘Lightroom Library beyond the Basics’ tutorial, on which I’ll expand a little more in a future blogpost, there’s also an entire Lightroom course by Serge Ramelli. Other highlights are:

  • Travel Pro Kit:
    A vast collection of Lightroom presets that use a similar structure as I use in my own Black & White preset pack (which is currently being reworked for Lightroom Classic). By working with ‘effect-presets’ on the one hand and ‘finishing touches’ presets on the other, Travel Pro Kit creates a complete click-based editing workflow that yields impressive results in no time. The accompanying PDF shows examples of how specific looks were made in just a couple of clicks.

  • The Art of Black & White in Lightroom and Beyond
    A great course on Black & White conversion in Lightroom by Andrew Gibson, who I know from back in our Craft & Vision days. His material is always spot on, well-researched and expertly taught. This is another course that retails for more than the 5DayDeal’s bundle price.

  • Adobe Photoshop Foundations
    In this tutorial, Photoshop Guru (and founder of the well-known f64 site) Blake Rudis delves deeper into a number of Photoshop topics, ranging from selections and masks to retouching images.

Great news: this year’s 5DayDeal includes a full Luminar 2018 license!

There are several other editing-related goodies in the bundle, but probably the biggest highlight is the fact that this year’s bundle comes with a complete licence for Luminar 2018 by Skylum (formerly known as Macphun). This license alone is worth $69. Luminar used to be Mac-only, but now it’s also available for Windows. Some people use it as a Lightroom alternative, but I think it’s at its best when used as a Lightroom plug-in. In one of the following blog posts, I’ll show you a couple of the more interesting features of Luminar.

This year’s bundle also includes a Luminar 2018 license, an interesting Lightroom and Photoshop plug-in that some people even use as a complete Lightroom alternative. In one of the next blog posts, I’ll go a little deeper into the unique features of Luminar that make it stand out, especially when used in conjunction with Lightroom. Click  here  for more info.

This year’s bundle also includes a Luminar 2018 license, an interesting Lightroom and Photoshop plug-in that some people even use as a complete Lightroom alternative. In one of the next blog posts, I’ll go a little deeper into the unique features of Luminar that make it stand out, especially when used in conjunction with Lightroom. Click here for more info.

2. You’re mainly interested in photographing people, with or without flash

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The total value of the highlighted items is $732. The full bundle is yours for less than 15 percent of that. If you’re into photographing people, I found the following tutorials to be interesting:

Zack Arias takes nobody seriously and certainly not himself in his new Photo 101 tutorial. I like that attitude (or lack of it) :-)

Zack Arias takes nobody seriously and certainly not himself in his new Photo 101 tutorial. I like that attitude (or lack of it) :-)

  • Photo 101.
    A new tutorial by Zack Arias, the man who, along with David Hobby, taught an entire generation how to use flash. This time, he leaves the flashes unplugged, though and focuses on the basics of photography. Photo 101 is Zacks own introductory course. I’m listing it with the portrait courses because after the introduction, Zack takes you along on three portrait shoots where he uses minimal means to produce cool shots.

  • Creativity on a Budget.
    Lindsay Adler is another big name in the photo tutorial business and rightly so. Her course to me was the surprise of this year’s bundle. In ‘Creativity on a Budget’ she shows you how you can turn cheap and often everyday items into fashion accessories but she does not stop there: in part 2, she actually photographs the fruit of her handicraft and produces some amazing results!

  • Photographing the Bride.
    This tutorial focuses on what is probably the most important type of portrait photography: bridal portraits!

  • Finding Rembrandt: Shoot Like the Old Masters.
    One of my favourite tutorials in this 5DayDeal is by one of my favourite teachers. Just like me, Chris Knight has a thing for dramatic, Rembrandt-style lighting patterns. In this video course, he dives deeply into Rembrandt portraits and he also takes you through his postproduction. Another highly recommended tutorial that by itself costs more than the entire bundle.

A new camera makes you no more of a great photographer than a box of cake-mix makes you a great pastry chef.
— Zack Arias in Photo 101
My favourite light setup: short light (in this case: short loupe light). In this tutorial, Chris Knight explores the tools and techniques to create dramatic looking portraits. Until October 16, this tutorial and many others is yours for only $89 as part of the  5DayDeal .

My favourite light setup: short light (in this case: short loupe light). In this tutorial, Chris Knight explores the tools and techniques to create dramatic looking portraits. Until October 16, this tutorial and many others is yours for only $89 as part of the 5DayDeal.

3. You’re mainly interested in product, landscape and architecture photography.

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Admittedly, this list is shorter but that’s mainly because I only highlighted the courses that deal with the photography side of things, not the postprocessing. In practice, the other courses (such as Serge Ramelli’s Adobe Lightroom Masterclass and the Mastering Luminosity Masks course by Nick Page) contain a lot of content that is geared towards landscape and architectural photographers.

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Still not convinced? I’ve got 5 more arguments for you:

  1. This way of learning is by far the cheapest way to improve your photographic skills at your own pace, when and where you want. Most of the tutorials are downloadable video files, so you’re not tied to subscriptions or internet access to watch them. The 5DayDeal bundle gives you 60+ hours of video tutorials for less than $1.5 per hour. Yours to keep forever! The eBooks and presets come on top of that. And that’s without counting Luminar 2018!

  2. A large part of the 5DayDeal bundle is new and if it is not new, it’s never been offered as part of another bundle.

  3. This extra flash sale of the 5DayDeal bundle is gone forever on Sunday, November 25, 23.59 EDT

  4. 10 percent of the turnover goes to charity. In total, previous 5DayDeals have collected over $300.000 for various charities.

  5. There are two optional bundles that you can purchase upon checkout:

    • The Charity Bundle and the Pro Bundle ($19 and $29, respectively). Here’s the complete list of what these bundles contain. The latter one focuses on pro photographers and includes a full wedding photography course!

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*: + VAT for European citizens. If you have a valid VAT number, you can enter that upon checkout and you won’ be charged VAT.

Black Friday: save 50 percent on my ebooks, Creative Profiles & Textures

On account of Black Friday, almost everything in the MoreThanWords store is a whopping 50 percent off! My two ebooks (Light It Up! and Lightroom 6/CC Unmasked), my Creative Profiles Starter Pack and my just released Texture Pack. On top of that, I wanted to make it easy for you. No need to fuss around with discount codes: the discount is already applied in the prices you see. But don’t wait too long: Monday evening at midnight, the prices double!

New: ‘Piet Van den Eynde Collected’

Especially for Black Friday, I have also made a bundle, aptly called Piet Van den Eynde Collected, which contains my two English ebooks, my Creative Profiles Starter Pack and my Texture Pack. This bundle retails for 15 percent less than the individual products it contains and for Black Friday, it is also discounted by 50 percent! This means you can get these 4 products for less than $35!

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‘Piet Van den Eynde Collected’:

until 11/26 only $34.97 € instead of $69.95

2 ebooks, (together over 600 pages of industry-leading instruction) + 25 high-res textures and backgrounds, photographed with the Fujifilm GFX + 10 Creatieve Profiles for Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC - the very same profiles I use on a daily basis to edit my own images, including my recent Ethiopia series!


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25 High-Res Textures & Backgrounds

until 11/26 only $13.75 € instead of $27.50

25 high-res textures and backgrounds, photographed with the Fujifilm GFX, ideal for all your compositing projects or to overlay as a texture on a grey studio background.


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Creative Profiles Starter Pack:

10 Creative Profiles for Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC

until 11/26 only $7 instead of $14

10 Creative Profiles for Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC - the very same profiles I use on a daily basis to edit my own images, including my recent Ethiopia series! With Lightroom’s Amount Slider, you can easily fine-tune the effect of a profile.


Light It Up! Techniques for Dramatic Off-Camera Flash-

Deluxe Edition

until 11/26 only $17.47 instead of $34.95

Learn to light like a master with this comprehensive ebook. I teach you everything I have learned in the past 10 years of using big and small flashes on location. This book is aimed at beginners and more advanced users. The latter will appreciate the more elaborate case studies. Contains a special chapter on lighting and postprocessing. This Deluxe version contains 45 minutes of bonus video and five bonus Lightroom presets.


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Lightroom 6/CC Unmasked - eBook.

until 11/26 only $12.47 instead of $24.95

One of the most comprehensive Lightroom books on the planet.

5DayDeal 2018: my free Luminar 2018 mini-course

The 5DayDeal irrevocably ends in…

The inclusion of Luminar 2018 makes this year’s 5DayDeal an absolute no-brainer!
— Yours truly :-)

So, the 5DayDeal is a bundle of high-quality resources for photographers: tutorial videos, Lightroom presets, textures, actions, you name it. It’s a whopping 50 gigabyte of goodies at a super steep discount. In yesterday’s blog post, I dug a little deeper into the training content that’s in this year’s 5DayDeal. But the 5DayDeal folks really outdid themselves this year, because there’s also two entire software packages included, the most important of which undoubtedly is Luminar 2018. My original plan was to make a quick three minute overview of what Luminar is but you know me: I don’t do quick very well. So it turned out to be a 25 minute mini-tutorial full of cool processing tips in general and Luminar tips in particular.

Unlike with some other bundles, this version of Luminar 2018 is exactly the same as the $69 retail version that you can buy directly on Skylum’s (makers of Luminar) website, but you’d be crazy not to pay the extra $20 and get it as part of the 5DayDeal bundle!

This year’s bundle includes a Luminar 2018 license, an interesting Lightroom and Photoshop plug-in that some people even use as a complete Lightroom alternative. In one of the next blog posts, I’ll go a little deeper into the unique features of Luminar that make it stand out, especially when used in conjunction with Lightroom. Until October 16, a copy of Luminar 2018 is included in this year’s 5DayDeal bundle. Click  here  for more info.

This year’s bundle includes a Luminar 2018 license, an interesting Lightroom and Photoshop plug-in that some people even use as a complete Lightroom alternative. In one of the next blog posts, I’ll go a little deeper into the unique features of Luminar that make it stand out, especially when used in conjunction with Lightroom. Until October 16, a copy of Luminar 2018 is included in this year’s 5DayDeal bundle. Click here for more info.

*: + VAT for European citizens. If you have a valid VAT number, you can enter that upon checkout and you won’ be charged VAT.

** You will receive your bonus textures in the week after November 15, 2018

The 5DayDeal: What's in it for you?

The 5DayDeal irrevocably ends in…

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again. Once a year, for 5 days only, you can purchase the 5DayDeal Photography bundle. This year’s edition runs from October 11 to Tuesday, October 16, noon PDT (that’s 9 PM Brussels time). For those of you who don’t know, the 5DayDeal is a unique bundle of training content and creative tools for photographers. If you were to buy everything separately, you’d be out of more than $2,500. Now, and until October 16 only, you pay $89*. The bundle contains dozens of hours of top notch video training, multiple eBooks and hundreds of Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions. In total nearly 50 gigabyte worth of content! Specifically for this year, there’s a lot of attention to drone photography and videography, including a drone course by no one less than Trey Ratcliff.

 
Look at who’s standing next to Lightroom guru Serge Ramelli? Yes, that’s me and there’s also a brand new Lightroom course by me in this year’s  5DayDeal ! That alone should be a reason to buy it :-)

Look at who’s standing next to Lightroom guru Serge Ramelli? Yes, that’s me and there’s also a brand new Lightroom course by me in this year’s 5DayDeal! That alone should be a reason to buy it :-)

 

Of course, you’re wondering if the bundle is really worth it. Is it worth $2,500? Maybe not: there’s always something that’s not quite your cup of tea but then again, there’s also a couple of hidden gems each year that you would never think of buying but that turn out to be really interesting. So, the real question is: ‘Is it worth more than $89'?’ And the answer to that question is a solid ‘Yes, absolutely!’ This bundle will do more for your photography than a new camera bag or a couple of UV filters!

Obviously, I’m slightly biased as in those 60+ hours of video training, there’s over three of my own: In 'Lightroom Library Beyond the Basics’ I guide you through some of the more advanced concepts of Lightroom Catalogs, including working with multiple catalogs, leveraging collections and smart collections, using publish services and more. This brand new course is currently only available as a part of this year’s 5DayDeal Photography bundle and is in itself valued at $99, which is more than the price of the entire bundle. As a matter of fact, there are quite a lot of tutorials in the 5DayDeal bundle that have a list price that is higher than the entire bundle.

So what’s the catch, I hear you ask? There isn’t one… by offering so much value, the 5DayDeal folks aim to sell lots of units as to make it worthwhile for all the contributors, even at that crazy discount. The only catch so to speak is that you have to buy before October 16 because the offer is valid for only 5 days. Once you’ve bought, you’ve got until November 30 to download your 50 gigabyte worth of goodies, though!

If you think that you need insane budgets to produce fashion-style images, you’ll be in for a treat in Lindsay Adler’s  ‘Creativity on a budget’ : Lindsay first shows you how she makes six different fashion accessories on a shoestring and then continues to photograph all six.

If you think that you need insane budgets to produce fashion-style images, you’ll be in for a treat in Lindsay Adler’s ‘Creativity on a budget’: Lindsay first shows you how she makes six different fashion accessories on a shoestring and then continues to photograph all six.

An expensive hat? No, it’s an expertly folded placemat. Or how craftsmanship, light, lighting and pose can turn a cheap kitchen accessory into high fashion. An eye-opening course, and another one that normally retails for more than the entire  5DayDeal bundle .

An expensive hat? No, it’s an expertly folded placemat. Or how craftsmanship, light, lighting and pose can turn a cheap kitchen accessory into high fashion. An eye-opening course, and another one that normally retails for more than the entire 5DayDeal bundle.

To make it easier for you to determine if the 5DayDeal bundle is something for you, I’ve highlighted the content by three broad areas of interest: image editing, portrait and landscape photography. You’ll notice that even if you’re only interested in one of these topics, the bundle is already worth purchasing. If you’re interested in multiple topics, it’s really a no-brainer.

1. You’re mainly interested in image editing

The total value of the highlighted items alone is $1495. The full bundle is yours for less than a tenth of that.

The total value of the highlighted items alone is $1495. The full bundle is yours for less than a tenth of that.

In  ‘The Art of Black & White in Lightroom & Beyond’ , Andrew Gibson explores the beautiful world of monochrome.

In ‘The Art of Black & White in Lightroom & Beyond’, Andrew Gibson explores the beautiful world of monochrome.

Traditionally, image editing is one of the strongholds of the 5DayDeal. This year is no different. In addition to my own advanced ‘Lightroom Library beyond the Basics’ tutorial, on which I’ll expand a little more in a future blogpost, there’s also an entire Lightroom course by Serge Ramelli. Other highlights are:

  • Travel Pro Kit:
    A vast collection of Lightroom presets that use a similar structure as I use in my own Black & White preset pack (which is currently being reworked for Lightroom Classic). By working with ‘effect-presets’ on the one hand and ‘finishing touches’ presets on the other, Travel Pro Kit creates a complete click-based editing workflow that yields impressive results in no time. The accompanying PDF shows examples of how specific looks were made in just a couple of clicks.

  • The Art of Black & White in Lightroom and Beyond
    A great course on Black & White conversion in Lightroom by Andrew Gibson, who I know from back in our Craft & Vision days. His material is always spot on, well-researched and expertly taught. This is another course that retails for more than the 5DayDeal’s bundle price.

  • Adobe Photoshop Foundations
    In this tutorial, Photoshop Guru (and founder of the well-known f64 site) Blake Rudis delves deeper into a number of Photoshop topics, ranging from selections and masks to retouching images.

Great news: this year’s 5DayDeal includes a full Luminar 2018 license!

There are several other editing-related goodies in the bundle, but probably the biggest highlight is the fact that this year’s bundle comes with a complete licence for Luminar 2018 by Skylum (formerly known as Macphun). This license alone is worth $69. Luminar used to be Mac-only, but now it’s also available for Windows. Some people use it as a Lightroom alternative, but I think it’s at its best when used as a Lightroom plug-in. In one of the following blog posts, I’ll show you a couple of the more interesting features of Luminar.

This year’s bundle also includes a Luminar 2018 license, an interesting Lightroom and Photoshop plug-in that some people even use as a complete Lightroom alternative. In one of the next blog posts, I’ll go a little deeper into the unique features of Luminar that make it stand out, especially when used in conjunction with Lightroom. Until October 16, a copy of Luminar 2018 is included in this year’s 5DayDeal bundle. Click  here  for more info.

This year’s bundle also includes a Luminar 2018 license, an interesting Lightroom and Photoshop plug-in that some people even use as a complete Lightroom alternative. In one of the next blog posts, I’ll go a little deeper into the unique features of Luminar that make it stand out, especially when used in conjunction with Lightroom. Until October 16, a copy of Luminar 2018 is included in this year’s 5DayDeal bundle. Click here for more info.

2. You’re mainly interested in photographing people, with or without flash

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The total value of the highlighted items is $732. The full bundle is yours for less than 15 percent of that. If you’re into photographing people, I found the following tutorials to be interesting:

Zack Arias takes nobody seriously and certainly not himself in his new Photo 101 tutorial. I like that attitude (or lack of it) :-)

Zack Arias takes nobody seriously and certainly not himself in his new Photo 101 tutorial. I like that attitude (or lack of it) :-)

  • Photo 101.
    A new tutorial by Zack Arias, the man who, along with David Hobby, taught an entire generation how to use flash. This time, he leaves the flashes unplugged, though and focuses on the basics of photography. Photo 101 is Zacks own introductory course. I’m listing it with the portrait courses because after the introduction, Zack takes you along on three portrait shoots where he uses minimal means to produce cool shots.

  • Creativity on a Budget.
    Lindsay Adler is another big name in the photo tutorial business and rightly so. Her course to me was the surprise of this year’s bundle. In ‘Creativity on a Budget’ she shows you how you can turn cheap and often everyday items into fashion accessories but she does not stop there: in part 2, she actually photographs the fruit of her handicraft and produces some amazing results!

  • Photographing the Bride.
    This tutorial focuses on what is probably the most important type of portrait photography: bridal portraits!

  • Finding Rembrandt: Shoot Like the Old Masters.
    One of my favourite tutorials in this 5DayDeal is by one of my favourite teachers. Just like me, Chris Knight has a thing for dramatic, Rembrandt-style lighting patterns. In this video course, he dives deeply into Rembrandt portraits and he also takes you through his postproduction. Another highly recommended tutorial that by itself costs more than the entire bundle.

A new camera makes you no more of a great photographer than a box of cake-mix makes you a great pastry chef.
— Zack Arias in Photo 101
My favourite light setup: short light (in this case: short loupe light). In this tutorial, Chris Knight explores the tools and techniques to create dramatic looking portraits. Until October 16, this tutorial and many others is yours for only $89 as part of the  5DayDeal .

My favourite light setup: short light (in this case: short loupe light). In this tutorial, Chris Knight explores the tools and techniques to create dramatic looking portraits. Until October 16, this tutorial and many others is yours for only $89 as part of the 5DayDeal.

3. You’re mainly interested in product, landscape and architecture photography.

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Admittedly, this list is shorter but that’s mainly because I only highlighted the courses that deal with the photography side of things, not the postprocessing. In practice, the other courses (such as Serge Ramelli’s Adobe Lightroom Masterclass and the Mastering Luminosity Masks course by Nick Page) contain a lot of content that is geared towards landscape and architectural photographers.

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Still not convinced? I’ve got 5 more arguments for you:

  1. This way of learning is by far the cheapest way to improve your photographic skills at your own pace, when and where you want. Most of the tutorials are downloadable video files, so you’re not tied to subscriptions or internet access to watch them. The 5DayDeal bundle gives you 60+ hours of video tutorials for less than $1.5 per hour. Yours to keep forever! The eBooks and presets come on top of that. And that’s without counting Luminar 2018!

  2. A large part of the 5DayDeal bundle is new and if it is not new, it’s never been offered as part of another bundle.

  3. The bundle is gone on October 16, noon PDT.

  4. 10 percent of the turnover goes to charity. In total, previous 5DayDeals have collected over $300.000 for various charities.

  5. There are two optional bundles that you can purchase upon checkout:

    • The Charity Bundle and the Pro Bundle ($19 and $29, respectively). Here’s the complete list of what these bundles contain. The latter one focuses on pro photographers and includes a full wedding photography course!

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*: + VAT for European citizens. If you have a valid VAT number, you can enter that upon checkout and you won’ be charged VAT.

Exporting Facebook cover photos with Lightroom

Your Facebook Cover photo is the digital equivalent of your house’s front door. So, a new paint job every once in a while does not hurt. In this video, I show you how you can easily and quickly change your Facebook Cover Photos using a crop preset and an export preset in Lightroom.

Creating Book Cover Pages with Lightroom Classic CC

The Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 update brought a number of new features to the Book module, which I covered in this video. With some out-of-the-box thinking you can use one of these new features to enhance your Lightroom Blurb book covers with text, without having to perform a Photoshop roundtrip. This video shows you how.

When the Shadows slider does not cut it: The Radial Filter Shadows Turbo Boost

Does it ever happen to you that you want to lift the shadows in an image and even +100 on the Shadows slider in Lightroom's Basic Panel just does not cut it? In those case, you have to resort to the much coarser Exposure slider, but that sometimes brightens things you don't want to.

In this video, I show you a simple yet very effective technique that works wonders in situations like this. The only condition is that you use Lightroom Classic CC (or the new Lightroom CC). If you are still on Lightroom 6, you might want to have a look, if only to see what great stuff you're missing out on. Maybe you'll decide it's worth to switch to the subscription anyway.

This tip also works to recover highlights beyond what the Highlights slider allows you to. Obviously, only in so far that there is highlight or shadow detail left to recuperate.