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Store Problems

I have had to temporarily disable sales on my online store as a technical problem has occurred that is affecting payment processing. I am working with the server administrators in my hosting company to resolve the issue, but in order to prevent any problems with customer purchases I am disabling sales until I can find a solution. I am also putting backup plan into place should this take too long to resolve.

If anyone is trying to purchase anything from the store, please accept my apologies. I hope to have it back functioning properly within 48 hours, or have an alternative option online by then. This is a total pain, and it’s as much an inconvenience for me as it is to potential customers. I am seriously considering moving away from WooCommerce once and for all. I have had major issues with it in the past, but for the past year or so it’s been stable. This current current came completely out of the blue.

If you are a current customer rest assured this doesn’t affect your data in anyway. It’s only affecting payment processing. Basically the payment gateways are not connecting to the store properly. If you need to re-download existing purchases you still can without any problems. I’ll update it you when this issue is resolved.

[UPDATE] This appears to be resolved. It seems as if it was a rogue plug-in update. If you notice any issues please let me know.

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Winter Lightroom Preset Bundle Sale: 50% off

For the month of November and December, I’m having a sale on my Lightroom Preset Bundles. These include the Monochrome Collection, and the three other Lightroom Preset bundles that I do. For the next two months, these will be available from the store for half price.

The bundles on sale are:

Please note that prices above include VAT at the Irish rate, and may change depending on the local VAT rate where you are.

You can see all of the products that I currently have on sale on this special “On Sale” page.

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Compatibility of my Lightroom Products with Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC

Major new versions of Lightroom were recently released, and the Lightroom family now consists of two Applications: Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. Lightroom classic is the new name for the previous version of Lightroom, and Lightroom CC is a new desktop version of the mobile and cloud version of Lightroom. As many of my products contain Lightroom presets, including the actual Lightroom preset packs that I sell, I wanted to outline the current state of compatibility with the new versions of Lightroom, and give an outline of future plans.

Lightroom Presets and Compatibility with Lightroom Classic

All of my presets of are compatible with Lightroom Classic with one minor issue. This includes any presets included with any of my guides.

The one issue is that the presets currently set the process version. This was done to ensure that they wouldn’t use an older version which wouldn’t have the necessary features, and was the recommended way of saving presets. However now that there is a new process version (Version 4) and applying any of my presets at current will set the image to the older (Version 3). It should be noted that the changes in version 4, according to Adobe are to do with performance issues, and so the change will not affect your images visually.

If you’re using my presets, and they set the process version to 3, and you want to change it back to the current process version after applying there are three ways to do this:

  1. Manually change it in the calibration panel of the Develop module
  2. If you have the older process version applied, you will see a little lightening bolt icon on the histogram panel in the develop module. Clicking on this will bring up a dialog box asking you if you want to upgrade. This will also ask you if you want to upgrade all the images on the filmstrip.
  3. You can batch upgrade lots of Images by going to the library module, selecting the images and choosing Photo > Develop Settings > Update to current process

I will be rolling out updates to the existing presets over the coming weeks that remove the explicit setting of the process version. I will be updating the presets that come with my guides first, and then stand alone presets. However, I also plan to discontinue some of my older presets, so some of the very old ones won’t be updated, unless there is significant demand. They will all still work, but just you will just need to manually upgrade the process version.

Lightroom Presets and compatibility with Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC can use presets too, however there are a few key features missing from Lightroom CC which means that I can’t guarantee compatibility at this stage. Specifically, Lightroom CC does not include the ability to change the colour profile, but you can change it by using presets.

It is also lacking some of the grain controls. However, in general look presets should work, and sharpening presets should work too.

To install presets into Lightroom CC do the following

  1. Launch Lightroom CC
  2. Select any Image and go to the develop mode
  3. Click on the presets button
  4. From the … menu at the top of the presets panel, choose: “Open Presets Folder”
  5. This should open the folder, either in the Finder on the Mac, or Windows Explorer on Windows.
  6. Copy your presets in here.
  7. Restart Lightroom CC

Roadmap

I am planning to upgrade the presets that come with my guides as a priority. This may take a little time, as I need to do multiple checks to make sure everything works and so on.

The Fuji sharpening presets will also be updated, as will f-Variations, however, as these are free they will be last to be updated

For my standalone Lightroom preset packs, I will endeavour to update these as soon as possible, however I am discontinuing older preset packs in the next little while.

[UPDATE] I’ve now updated all the presets to remove explicit references to the process version, so if you want to update, you can re-download them from your account. See here for more details.

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Autumn Lightroom Preset Sale: 50% off selected Preset Pack

To celebrate the arrival of Autumn, I’m putting a selection of my Lightroom Presets down to half price. This includes “Landscape Gold”, which started life as a way to enhance Autumn images, and is great for enhancing the warm tones in your pictures.

Also reduced to half price are Film Candy 1 and 2 which are special effects presets, designed to create a vintage, or expired film look. Previously €15 they are now just €7. Finally, Vivid Extreme and QuickLux one are now just €5 each, also down to half price (or even less in the case of QuickLux.)

This sale will run throughout September. You can see all the products currently on sale here.

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Presets in Action: Enhancing the mood, Creating Filmic Black & White with T-Pan for Lightroom

Howth in Black and White with T-Pan for Lightroom

A little while ago I got up early in the morning and headed to a little fishing town just north of Dublin to get some morning shots of the sleepy port coming to life. I had originally hoped that it would be a nice bright morning, and that I would capture the early rays of the sun over the sea and the harbour, but instead a thick cloud was down, and it was beginning to rain.

I wasn’t disappointed though, I was actually happy, because the result was a really moody light. I got a great sequence of shots of the port waking up, and fishermen leaving to go about their day’s work.

When I got back to the studio and started processing the photos, I actually tried a couple of themes. With the moody light, and rich blue of the morning, I started by using some looks from my QickLux2 set. I created a whole sequence using these looks, but while experimenting, I also wanted to try some black and whites. When I started going through my presets, I realised that I was getting a really filmic look with T-Pan, and so I ended up creating a set with that too.

I originally created T-Pan to be as close to film as possible, but sometimes it works better than others. It depends a lot on the source material, and in this case I think it works out really well. For some of the shots, it actually makes them look almost like they were taken years ago.

Tip: One of the tricks to make something look more film-like when using film presets in Lightroom is to turn the sharpening off. Some presets have this baked in, but I kept the sharpening untouched with T-Pan. So, if you want to add a little of the film like softness, turn your sharpening off. The grain will add a sense of sharpness anyway.

Below is the sequence I created, as well as a couple of before and after shots:

T-Pan is available now from here on the store, both stand alone and as part of my black and white presets bundle.

Monochrome Lightroom Preset Bundle BoxT-Pan for Lightroom - Lightroom Presets - Virtual Box

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X-Transformer Guide Updated to 1.2

I have updated my Iridient X-Transformer Guide with new information to cover the latest release. The new update of the guide (v1.2) covers beta 4 of X-Transformer, and includes details on using the new plug-in as well as the new options for preserving the film simulation modes as colour profiles.

If you currently own my X-Transformer Guide, the update is free, and you can find it in your downloads page on the store account. If you need help finding updates I have a help centre article about how to re-download.

Here is a list of what is changed from the previous version. You can also find this information on the guide beta release notes page on my help centre.

  1. Cleaned up the language in several parts of the document to correct some minor grammar and structural issues.
  2. Added instructions for installing the new Lightroom plug-in.
  3. Added instructions for using the new Lightroom plug-in.
  4. Added additional details about the new options in the DNG Options panel.
  5. Added a new workflow for processing files using the plug-in.
  6. Removed the “edit in” workflow as the plug-in method replaces this.
  7. Now 37 pages long.
  8. Updated recipe presets to fix typos in the names.

Please note that I had some minor technical difficulties with my store and rolling out this update – it should now be resolved, but if you don’t see your updated guide in your downloads, please let me know, and I’ll fix it.

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A Look at the New Features in X-Transformer Beta 4

Late last week Iridient Digital released an update to the X-Transformer beta. Now at Beta 4 it adds a few new features, including some significant ones. I will be updating my X-Transformer guide soon with details of the new features, but for now, I wanted to provide a quick overview for users, and so I’ve created a video showcasing the new features.

If you already have my guide, when I have updated it, the update will be free, and you will find the revised version in your account. If you signed up to be notified, you will receive an email with details when it is released.

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Capture One Styles in Action: SilverLux for Street Photography

Street Photo - Black and White With Capture One and SilverLUX

I was recently shooting some Street Photography with my Fuji X-Pro 2 and I was processing the images with Capture One. I was trying various different looks, but in the end I wanted to go with a black and white theme. As I already had a whole set of looks already created, with SilverLUX, I used this as the basis for the overall style of the images.

While there is a whole range of different effects available with Silver Lux, I ended up using a few of the styles the most often. These allowed me to create a consistent theme for the collection. In addition, I also used some of the grain presets that come with the pack in order to add a little stronger grain to the images. Below is a look at the final result, as well as a few before and after examples.

 

Silver LUX for Capture One is available now from right here on the store.

SilverLUX for Capture One is a set of “Styles” that are designed to give your RAW images a black and white effect. There are 25 Styles in total included with SilverLUX. The set also comes with a collection of 20 grain presets that makes use of Capture One’s excellent grain function to give you a range of grain options.

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Presets in Action: Urban Decay in Galway with Industrial Iron

I recently spent some time in Galway city, in the west of Ireland, and while I was there I was taking some photos around the harbour and the railway station. As I was capturing the images, it occurred to me that they had an urban decay feel to them, and I thought they would be perfect for my Industrial Iron set of presets.

Once back in Lightroom, I set about processing and grading the images. I used my Industrial Iron set, and mostly the “Industrial” presets (0-5). the dull day, and overall Industrial gloom of the mages worked really well with the greens and muted tones of the presets to create a sense of almost post apocalyptic (sorry Galway!) feel to the images. Here are some before and after examples:

And here is the finished set of images:

Industrial Iron is available now right here on the store!

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X-Trans Capture One Guide Updated with Supplement for 10.1

When Capture One was recently updated to 10.1 they made some significant changes to the way X-Trans files are supported. I have been in a bit of a quandary as to what to do about my Capture One X-Trans guide. I originally wrote this quite some time ago now, and it was several versions ago. I have kept updating it, but it was getting a bit messy. I am planning to do a completely new version, for just 10.1, and structuring the guide differently. However, I didn’t want to leave existing readers hanging either. With that in mind I’ve created a supplement for 10.1 and it is included free with the existing guide.

The supplement includes information on updates for 10.1 as well as a set of new sharpening and noise reduction settings. I’ve decided to include these as presets, and these presets are also included as a download with the supplement. These were designed for 10.1 but will work with version 10 too. Most of the new document is details on how to download, install and use these presets. I also have some information on using the Analyse function for chromatic aberration, and I’ve also added details and a link to my video for getting and installing colour profiles.

The supplement and presets are free for current owners of my Capture One guide, as well as owners of the Bundle. To get the additional downloads, you just need to go to your account on my store, and under the downloads section, you will see the new presets and supplement for 10.1 . If you need more detailed instructions for finding the updates, I have more information on my help centre.

This will be the last update to the current guide. I have started working on the new Capture One eBook, which may take a few months to fully write, but I will keep you updated when it is close to release.

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My Presets for Aurora HDR now available

I’ve been working with the excellent AuroraHDR from MacPhun for some time now, and slowly I’ve been building a collection of presets to use with the software. I’m delighted to say that they’re now available. The pack includes a collection of 22 presets. The included looks are designed to cover a wide variety of styles, and include more traditional, artistic style looks as well as more natural looking styles. The pack also contains some presets designed to work with single image HDR files, and also some black and white HDR looks.

If you already have Aurora HDR, you can get the presets from here on my Digital Download store. If you don’t have the software already, and are interested, MacPhun are giving my readers a great deal, and you can get a bundle of the software and My Presets and get €20 off. The deal is available directly from their website.

The download includes a Pack of presets that can be installed into AuroraHDR. The pack contains 22 individual presets.

You can find out more on my Download Store. The pack is normally priced €10 but will be on sale for the fist two weeks for just €7 (Price may vary depending on your local VAT rate)

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Fujifilm X-Trans eBook Guide Bundle now Available

Based on popular request, I’ve created a bundle of all four of my current Fuji X-Trans post processing guides. The guides cover Capture One, Lightroom, Iridient Developer and Iridient X-Transformer. This bundle contains all 4 of these guides and is a little cheaper than buying them separately.

If you get the bundle you will receive individual PDFs along with the presets that are included with some of the Guides. All guides are formatted as PDF which you can print for your own personal use, or it can be read on an iPad or other device.

For more information or to get the bundle, see here on the store.

If you haven’t seen my guides before, here is an overview of the individual ebooks included in the bundle:

Workflow & Settings for Processing Fuji X-Trans Raw Files in Capture One PDF Guide

This is a PDF version of my online guide for processing X-Trans files in Capture One. This short guide attempts to cover the main settings that I use to get good results from Fuji X-Trans files. It is written specifically for Fuji X-Trans shooters who are using Capture One.

Format: PDF

Formatted Size: A4

Pages: 25

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Workflow and Settings For Processing Fuji X-Trans images in Lightroom

This guide looks at the many aspects of processing Fuji X-Trans images in Lightroom. It talks about what makes the X-Trans sensor unique, and how that affects post processing. It discusses working with RAW and JPEG files in Lightroom, and shows some strategies for managing both.

It also looks at how to get the best out of Fuji RAW files in Lightroom. It shows you how to mimic Fuji’s film simulations, and how to match Fuji’s dynamic range settings. Finally it covers sharpening X-Trans files in Lightroom and how to minimise artifacts and reduce some of the issues around Lightroom’s conversion of Fuji Raw files.

As a bonus, this guide also comes with my collected Fuji Lightroom presets, all in a single easy to find collection. These presets have been given away on my Blog in the past, and I’ve included them with this guide as a bonus so that you don’t have to download them separately.

Format: PDF

Formatted Size: US Letter 8.5″ X 11″

Pages: 48

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Processing X-Trans Images in Iridient Developer

This guide is designed to help you get the best results from processing Fuji X-Trans files in Iridient Developer. It is designed specifically for X-Trans shooters to tell you what you need to know to process your images in Iridient Developer.

Format: PDF

Formatted Size: 8.5″ X 11″

Pages: 68

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Processing Fuji X-Trans Files with Iridient X-Transformer and Lightroom

This guide is designed to help you understand and get the best results from using Iridient’s X-Transformer Software in Conjunction with Lightroom to process Fuji X-Trans raw files. While it may seem like a simple application, the number of parameters available make for a lot of possible options when using it. This guide aims to provide you with a roadmap through those options, and provided you with some recipes to get you started with the software.

Format: PDF

Formatted Size: 8.5″ X 11″

Pages: 30

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