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HeliconFocus

Get 15% Off Helicon Focus With This Code – 45K2D46GT2

Helicon Focus from (dstudiosoft.com) is the ultimate software for focus stacking (increasing depth of field by combining focus bracketed exposures) offering an unparalleled level of precision with a minimum amount of artifacting.

Key features include …

Autoadjustment

The controls on this tab defines how adjacent images in the stack should be adjusted. Read more…

Enhanced Lanczos Resampling

Helicon Focus 4.0.1 introduced new enhanced Lanczos resampling which preserves more details during image alignment process.

Retouching

Need to copy focused areas from the manually selected source images to the resulting image, clone any areas on resulting image from one place to another.

Cleaning Dust Artifact

Special function in helicon Focus to remove black points from the images caused by dust on the sensor or dust in the optical system of the microscope.

Micro Panorama

Micro panorama function is designed to stitch images made through the microscope.

Helicon 3D Viewer

Helicon 3D Viewer is a free utility to manipulate 3D models produced by Helicon Focus.

Read more here.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

NECPA272WSV

Get 12% off NEC monitors with this discount code JPCPHOTO.

I use the NEC PA 272W-SV.

10-bit GB-R LED backlit AH-IPS LCD

Internal 14-bit programmable 3D LUTs

Wide Gamut – 99.3% of AdobeRGB

High resolution

Easy on the eye flicker rate

Now with lower power consumption and heat output

Check out NEC’s Spectraview pro monitors here.

Investing in a high quality monitor is one of the most important things we can do to ensure our digital files and prints achieve the highest quality. Visual artists who don’t invest in a great monitor are like audiophiles who don’t invest in good speakers. The monitor is what we look at; the speaker are what they listen to.

NEC’s Spectraview monitors are among the monitors that achieve the widest gamuts available today, making it possible to see more of the color contained in your digital files and more accurately represent the saturated colors that are printable with today’s fast-evolving digital printing media.

Simulating print brightness and contrast with monitors has always been one of the most challenging tasks. NEC’s unique combination of hardware and software solutions are the most sophisticated solutions available for setting monitor white, far exceeding the accuracy of the vast majority of other LCD monitor’s too bright results. As a result, predictions of print quality are significantly more accurate, saving time and media. Use NEC’s Spectraview / MultiProfiler software for best results. It calibrates the monitor’s LUTs and loads ICC profiles directly into the monitor for optimal color space matching.

Read what other top pros are saying about NEC monitors here.

Learn more about the tools I use here.

See them in action in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

You can get discounts on rentals if you’re a member of my workshop alumni or my enews Insights.

Check the last issue of Insights or email info@johnpaulcaponigro.com.

I’m impressed! Short of winning the lottery and owning any and every piece of equipment you want, BorrowLenses is a dream come true. Reading online reviews can only go so far. There’s nothing like actually using the equipment. BorrowLenses let’s you use the equipment of your dreams, in great condition, with lightning fast delivery and first-rate customer service. Borrow lenses helps me make more informed equipment purchases; I buy the equipment I buy with more confidence – after I’ve tested it. BorrowLenses has saved me money by helping me decide not to make certain purchases.

How does BorrowLenses work?

Shop for Photography & Videography Gear

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  • Choose your rental duration, whether or not you want insurance.

Have It Shipped or Pick It Up

  • Choose when you need your order and whether
    you want it shipped or picked-up locally at one of dozens of locations across the nation.

Shoot to Your Heart’s Content

  • Your order will arrive on the day you specify.

 Send It Back

  • Use the prepaid  shipping label and the box your order came in to ship
    it back or drop it off locally.

It’s fast and easy!

Rent a lot? Become a BorrowLenses member.

You can also purchase used equipment at a discount.

Find out more about how to BorrowLenses here.

Browse BorrowLenses’ inventory here.

Get 10% off all Dane Creek products with this code is INSIGHTS.

Looking for a simple, affordable, yet elegant solution to presenting a set of your loose prints? Neil Enns of Dane Creek has a solution.

“Dane Creek Folio Covers provide an elegant and inexpensive way to package your favorite images. They are great for fine art photographs, wedding packages, and gifts for friends and family.

Dane Creek Folios began in the spring of 2009 when we couldn’t find an existing source for folio covers after seeing Brooks Jensen talk about them in LensWork magazine. We started out with a single color: charcoal. As our customer base grew we listened to their requests to expand the range of color options. Eclipse Black, Haute Red, Chocolate Truffle, Natural White, and Midnight Blue joined the original Charcoal line. Our covers are designed to hold 10 sheets of high-quality 8.5×11″ photo paper. Each cover comes with a piece of matboard to add stiffness and finish the inside, as well as a clear plastic bag to protect your completed folio.”  -  Neil Enns

Find out more about Dane Creek here.

Learn more about Neil here.

(Neil is also a member of my Next Step Alumni.)

 


How do I clean my DSLR sensors in the field?

Get 10% off all Visible Dust products.

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Call 1-877-999-9404.

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Flypaper Textures offers a variety of high quality easy-to-use downloadable texture files.
(I use them all the time with my iPhone photographs.)
You can get 15% off Flypaper Textures with this code – johnpaul .

Visit Flypaper Textures here.

Plus, mouse over images on their blog for  before / after previews.

Read A Little Stress Can Be Good For Your Images on The Huffington Post.

“Stress can be good for your images. The analog materials used in painting and photography, often add rich textures that can enliven images. Throughout the history of art, drips, scratches, cracks stains, grain, vignetting, light leaks, fading, erasure and other analog artifacts have all been successfully used to add a compelling character to many images. Far from being something to be avoided, these effects can become a creative wellspring you can draw from time and time again.

Distress your photographs a little and you can make contemporary photographs look antique. Distress your photographs a lot and you can make photographs seem like they were made with other media – pencil, ink, paint, etc. The same effects and sensibilities can also be applied to and enhance images made by hand, with paint or with painting software, or computer rendered, whether 2D or 3D.

Stress can do a lot for your images …”

Get 10% off all Moab products with this discount code – JPMOAB2011.

Moab is one of the most trusted paper producers in the industry offering a full line of substrates that spans the gamut from canvas, to washi, to metallics.

For something different, explore their Moenkopie Washi (Asian rice papers) or their new Slickrock Metallic Pearl (pearlscent).

Get more discounts here.

Find out more about the tools I use here.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printmaking workshops here

Get %15 off all NIK software products with this code – JPCNIK.

HDR Efex Pro
Color Efex Pro
Silver Efex Pro
Sharpener Pro
Dfine
Viveza
Capture NX

NIK software is among the best of the best in the digital imaging industry.
Just look at all the awards it’s won.

It makes complicated tasks easy. How?

“Photoshop plug-ins take away some of the most labour-intensive photo manipulations and replace them with an easier to use “script”, or presets. Nik plug-ins go one step further and provide the user with a unique ‘U-Point’ technology, allowing for customisation of individual image parameters. And all presets can be further customized to each photographer’s taste.”

With so many great choices, where do you start? I recommend you look very closely at HDR Efex Pro (the most visual and intuitive HDR interface available) and at Tonal Contrast in Viveza or Structure in Sharpener Pro (Clarity or High Pass sharpening on steroids).

Find NIK Software products here.

Get 15% off Photomatix with this code – johnpaulcaponigro.

Beyond Photoshop, there are a number of HDR software options, both plug-ins and stand-alones. Some of the better-known programs include Artizen HDR, easyHDR, FDRTools, pfstools, HDR Efex Pro, and Photomatix. HDRsoft’s Photomatix is the longest standing and perhaps most robust and sophisticated solution.

Photomatix can be used either as a Photoshop plug-in or as a stand-alone product. It offers a variety of ways of combining exposures, including some non-HDR options. Photomatix offers impressive controls over essential image elements affected by HDR merges. Chief among these are control over halos, micro-contrast accentuation, micro-smoothing and control of saturation in highlights and shadows (areas that tend to need aggressive tone mapping).

With a little care and attention, the effect you produce with these tools can be one of your choosing. If used aggressively, you can produce a contemporary HDR effect that can give your images a new look. If used conservatively, you can produce a classic effect that’s virtually unnoticeable.

Every photographer can benefit from learning HDR techniques …

Read my review of Photomatix here. Stay tuned for the update.

Read more about HDR techniques here.

View more about HDR in my DVD Extending Dynamic Range – HDR Imaging.

Learn more in my digital photography workshops.


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