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Searching for ones own photos

Sometime I do a revers search on some of my photos. I try not to do it, as it’s really depressing. So many people used them on their websites, and almost no one ever gives me credit as the author of the photo.

Here and there I get contacted by companies that represent photographers in legal actions against sites like these, and while I prefer not to do so, one day it may be too much to ignore. Funny how easy is to include a line of text with my name and link back to the site. Still seems to much to ask for from some :/

Information on licensing and proper use can be found here.

Sphere building in blue

I shared with you already few images of the Expos 2017 sphere building in Astana, and this is another one. I tried to have them in different colors, so here is one in blue.

This is a blend of two exposures, where the second one was used only to remove a flare from the photo.

Sphere building in blue, Astana, Kazakhstan

Social networks

Recently I have been most active on Twitter and Instagram. I don’t even have Facebook installed on my phone anymore. But I noticed one thing. On Twitter, when someone follows me, they do so because they want to see what I share. On Instagram, it looks like most people that follow me just do so hoping that I follow them back, and just don’t care what I share. I can see huge fluctuation of followers numbers there, while on Twitter they are quite stable.

Interesting to see how people behave differently on different sites. Have you seen something similar?

Stunning fireworks over Budapest

Fireworks make for such stunning and colorful photos. I always try to take more photos of them when I can. But you may have noticed, I always include a lot from the scenery. I don’t like fireworks photos with just the fireworks. That makes the shot very generic for me, if there is nothing to identify the location.

This shot, as many other of my fireworks photos, was taken during the St. Stephen’s day celebrations in Budapest, Hungary. These are every year on the 20th of August there. This is a single exposure, edited in Photoshp.

Stunning fireworks over Budapest, Hungary

Sunset at the Bratislava Castle

I do like colorful photos. And sunset can give you so much color. And autumn and early winter sunsets can be so beautiful. Like this one. This is a bit different view of Bratislava castle, as this photo is taken from the Michael’s Gate tower. The balcony there is easily accessible if you visit the medieval weapons museum that is in the tower. Just having a sunset during you visit is only possible in Winter as they close quite early.

This is a blend of three exposures, done in Photoshop.

Sunset at the Bratislava Castle, Bratislava, Slovakia

Panoramic software

I did not notice, but what’s happening with panoramic software? Kolor and PTgui websites are not accessible at all. Kolor, the makers of AutoPano announced they ending few months ago, with the PTgui not even having an announcement at all. Not that many people do panoramas anymore? Or just use build in features in Lightroom and similar? Who knows. But still it’s bad, as choice is always great. Curious to see what happends to the software they all developed.

Over the Dom Luis I Bridge

Ok, enough of the Black Friday stuff (But don’t forget, most deals are valid until the Cyber Monday :)). Let’s get back to photos.

Today’s photo is a panorama taken from a viewing area above the Dom Luis I Bridge that spans in Porto. This bridge just looks great, and you can walk across it on the bottom and also the top level. Though, some are a bit scared to pass the top one.

This is a three shot panorama, each shot from three exposures. I used PTgui to create the panorama and then Photoshop to blend them. I actually used Raya Pro panel here. Will write more about it when I use it more.

Over the Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal

And here are few details:

Over the Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal

Black Friday deals

Black Friday is approaching, and as it’s always the best time of the year to stack up on photography software, services and tutorials, I will share with you here the ones I have found most interesting and worth wile.

I will update the list as I find more of them.

Update 9. Oloneo

Oloneo Photoengine has been my go to HDR software for years now. And right now you can get it with a huge 55% discount. They don’t offer it so cheaply often :)

Head over to Oloneo page here.

Sean Oloneo Black Friday 2018

Update 8. Sean Bagshaw

If you looked at any of my recent screenshots, you have seen the TK actions panel in most of them. And right now you can get it, plus all the videos from a great landscape photographer Sean Bagshaw, who uses them, for a huge 50% off. Just use the code Save50.

Head over to Seans page here.

Sean Bagshaw Black Friday 2018

Update 7. Chip Philips

Another great photographer who has a discount on all his tutorial videos. With the code BLACKFRIDAY20 you can get 20% off on all purchases on his page.

Head over to Chips page here.

Chip Philips Black Friday 2018

Update 6. Moo

I like to use Moo to print my business cards. They offer a lot of options, including having a different photo on every single card. Looks great and people love to choose they own favorite when you give them a card :) You can see a photo of my cards here.

They are currently having a 30% off discount with the code SNEAKY30 from now till the 25th.
Head over to Moo page here.

Moo Black Friday 2018

Update 5. Raya Pro

If you are looking for a Photoshop plugin that add a lot of blending and photo editing functionality, you should take a look at Raya Pro by Jimmy McIntire. He currently has a 25% discount on the panel and also all his video tutorials.
Head over to Jimmy’s page here.

Raya Pro Black Friday 2018

Update 4. Affinity

Affinity also offers a 30% off discount on all their software, so if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Photoshop and Illustrator, you should check out Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer.
Head over to Affinity site here.

Affinity Black Friday 2018

Update 3. DxO Software

If you wanted to get the new Nik Collection (for me the most used plugins in photo editing) and wanted to get onto the new updates, not is the best time. DxO offers 50% off on all of their software, so that makes the price of Nik Collection only 34.99.
Head over to DxO site here.

DxO Black Friday 2018

Update 2. OnOne Software

OnOne offers a Black Friday bundle for their Photo RAW software today too.
Head over to OnOne site here.

OnOne Black Friday 2018

Update 1. Clip Studio Paint

Clip studio paint (also know as Manga Studio) is not a photography software, but for drawing. Still, it’s one of the best and one can get it as low as 25 usd today. I did buy a copy :)

Head over to OnOne site here.

Clip stuido Black Friday 2018

1. Master exposure blending video tutorial

As usually, I will start with my own discount. From today, until the end of the month, you can get my video tutorial series for 20USD instead of the usual 49USD (that’s around 60% off). You can buy it from the Master exposure blending page or directly here with Paypal.

Master Exposure Blending Black Friday 2018

2. Skylum Software (formerly Macphun)

As usually, Macphun has a lot of discounts for their software. You can get Aurora or Luminar at a discount or even buy a bundle. Also the upgrades are discounted. And if you use the code HDRSHOOTER, there is an extra 10USD off for you.

Head over to the Macphun website here.. The offer is valid from today until the 28th.

Skylum Black Friday 2018

3. Topaz Labs

Topaz Labs has always big discounts for Black Friday and it’s not different this year. From the 22th you get get 25% off from all what they offer and also some great bundles.

Head over to the Topaz Labs store here.

Topaz Labs Black Friday 2018

4. ACDsee

ACDsee softwar also offers discounts for most of their software (up to 70% off). Just head over to their store to check out the specific discounts.

The ACDsee software store can be found here.

ACDsee Black Friday 2018

5. Imagenomic

Imagenomic is another maker of great plugins. I always use Noiseware on all my photos. And if you do portraits, you should try Portraiture from them. They have a sale from the 20th to the 27th with the code thanks2018.

Head over to the Imagenomic page here.

Imagenomic Black Friday 2018

6. Peak Design

Peak Design also likes to offer a lot of discounts for Black friday. From the 22nd to the 26th you can get 10% off the Everyday Bags, 15% off Clips and Straps and 10% off from theirn new Travel Line (if you buy the Travel Backpack and 2 or more Packing tools)

Head over to the Peak Design site here.

Peak Design Black Friday 2018

7. Stuck in Customs

Trey Ratcliff from Stuck in Customs offers from the 21st to the 28th 50% off from all his tutorials and presets. So if you like Trey’s style of editing photos, now is the time to stock up on those videos.

Head over to the Stuck in Customs store here.

Stuck in Customs Black Friday 2018

8. Fstoppers tutorials

A lot of Fstoppers tutorials are on sale, with the code BF2018, but I would specially look at the ones from Elia Locardy, the Photographing the world series.

Head over to Fstoppers store here.

Stuck in Customs Black Friday 2018
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