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A huge Luminar Update!

Introducing the new Accent AI Filter and Quick & Awesome - a new workspace

The crazy cats at Macphun's in-house research and development team have come up with something amazing. It's called Accent AI and is a filter that comes with the newest update of what is now Luminar Neptune. What is Accent AI you ask?? Well... it is a new photo filter powered by the artificial intelligence technology by Macphun. The new Accent AI Filter allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider instead of using dozens of adjustments and controls. It takes just a second and one swoosh of a slider to remarkably improve a photo. Pretty cool eh?

As well as Accent AI, Luminar Neptune also introduces a new workspace called Quick & Awesome. As the name implies, the workspace consists of 3 essential filters which quickly create fantastic results: the aforementioned Accent AI Filter, Saturation & Vibrance, and Clarity. Using the Accent AI Filter gives users amazing instant results, however, if there is still fine-tuning to be done, the other two filters can quickly help improve the photo without any extra effort.

What else is new?

Along with the two big players above, there are a few other new and improved things that come with this update.

  • + Plug-in integration - With Creative Kit and Aurora HDR 2017 – ​Seamlessly access favorite features from Macphun’s other photo editing tools.
  • + Brush, Gradient and Radial Gradient tools - Dramatically faster performance yields smoother selective editing.
  • + Vignette filter - Addition of Vignette Styles, Place Center and Pre- and Post-Crop modes delivers even more flexibility to this popular photo finishing tool.
  • + Memory management - Increased overall performance for large files and 5+ simultaneous open images.
  • + User Interface changes - Extensive improvements to in-app animation and mode transitions make for a more pleasing editing experience.
  • + Crop tool update - Ability to specify custom crop sizes bring the ultimate usefulness to cropping.
  • + Local history - Provision for reviewing separate history while in Transform, Denoise, Clone & Stamp modes helps optimize editing.

A special offer just for the update, available 15 - 25 June, 2017

Being the good folk that they are over at Macphun they have decided to put on a special offer to celebrate this new action packed update.

This is a package deal that includes Luminar + Video Training, eBooks, Presets and Overlays for $69 for new Macphun users, or $59 current Macphun users. A total value of $309.

Head on over to the Macphun Store to get this offer before it finishes!

Thoughts on pathways in photos from Berlin

After the madness of Amsterdam, we drove overnight to Berlin for the 7th photo walk on the tour. Here the theme was pathways and how they, as well as other elements, can enhance your photography.

Hans Zimmer in Frankfurt with our competition winner Martin!

Here's the Facebook LIVE from at the soundcheck for the Hans Zimmer in Frankfurt at the Commerzbank-Arena with our big contest winner Martin Ronsenkratz and his wife who came with him to see the concert! While we were filming Lisa Gerrard was belting out one of my favorites from Gladiator while the sound crew gets the levels right. A night spent taking photos while listening to incredible music, couldn't ask for anything better. At the end of the newsletter are some of my favorite photos from both the Budapest and Frankfurt concerts, check them out! is a personal blog where Trey puts up a new unique photo every day and writes about the art, the technology, and the story of the adventures. Actually, this is Trey writing about this in third person. Both Trey and I appreciate your support very much!

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I keep a completely FREE HDR Tutorial on my website. It is a living document that continues to evolve over the years. It goes over everything you need to get started and is a great introduction to the basics of HDR photography and post processing.

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Hans Zimmer Live in Budapest and Frankfurt

Hans Zimmer in Budapest
Here's the first concert we visited in Budapest... the lighting here was just incredible, so I decided to do my own take as a tribute to Inception.
Video Killed the Radio Star
During sound check in Frankfurt, Hans jumped on stage to play "Video Killed the Radio Star," a song that came out of his very first band (a rarely known fact!)
Lisa Gerrard belts out one of her heart-wrenching songs from Gladiator (Now We are Free)
Multi Talented
Everyone in the band seems to do multiple things. Here's some of the great violinists jump in to do some backup singing.
Natural Lighting
In the middle of the Frankfurt concert (this is Hans' home town in Germany), a golden sunset started streaming through the stadium.
Controlling the concert
Behind the scenes were 10x as many people making sure the show went well. There was so much lighting and control mechanisms - I thought it was all quite overwhelming to even conceive of, much less control.
Playin the Quad
Tina Guo, one of the featured cellists, tears apart more strings from her bow. I told her it looks kind of like she's playing a quadcopter, eh?
Here's the old piano that Hans plays throughout the concert. He told me he gets really nervous before the show, so worried he's going to hit the wrong note... so that's why he puts little stars on the keys.
Hans conducts his band during Interstellar, one of the final numbers.
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