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Aurora HDR 2018

As many of you are aware Google has abandoned the Nik Collection and will no longer be updating or supporting this free software suite.  It is just a matter of time before these apps stop working and many of us will be scrambling for replacements, but one of them may already be here.  For those of you who enjoy using NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 an alternative is about to be released for Windows and Mac called Aurora HDR 2018.

Brought to you by the makers of Macphun and Co-developed with Trey Ratcliff this release is poised to be a robust HDR application as Trey is one of, if not the top, HDR photographers out there.  Per ordering now will save you 64% off the regular price.  At $89 bucks it is tough to pass up.
For a full list of features head on over to the Aurora HDR site:

If you’re unfamiliar with Trey Ratcliff I suggest checking out his blog and website.


Interactive Fall Foliage Map

It isn’t even September yet but there is a nip in the air to go along with a few leaves that are surprisingly turning in my yard.  Hard to believe but summer is nearly over and it will soon be giving way to the beautiful colors of autumn, a landscape photographers paradise.  To help you capture that perfect shot I found a great interactive foliage map.

Just use the slider under the map to pick a date and the map will update with its predictions.  While they claim this map wont be 100% correct it sure can help with some long range planning of your foliage adventures this fall.
Click Here
Some additional resources are:
Yankee Magazine


MCC Podcast of the Week (2/24/17)

Episode of the Week
This week’s episode comes from PhotoFocus and it is part of their Inspiration Show series:
February 14, 2017
The Inspiration Show | Photofocus Podcast February 14, 2017

Hosted by Scott Bourne and Marco Larousse the Inspiration Podcast at PhotoFocus is a wonderful podcast between two photographers who’s niches are quite contrasting but this helps provide great perspectives on the topics they discuss.  Here is their show description:

About this show:

On the monthly #Inspiration episode of the Photofocus podcast, Scott and Marco will discuss the art, history and motivation in photography that often gets lost in today’s media rich world. Slow down, look closer and put more intent into photography to increase your creativity and final results. And simply spread the pure love of photography.


What made this episode great is that it touched on the last podcast I recommended offering more examples on  the importance of printing your work.  I think the line was, “It’s not a photograph until it’s a print” and I couldn’t agree more.

I also enjoyed them going back and forth on bokeh and what they called, “The religion of shallow depth of field”.  In their discussion they offer some great examples of when and when not to use the shallow depth of field.

Also be sure to check out their selection for Inspirational Photographer of the Month as well as their pic for Book of the Month.

In addition to listening on the PhotoFocus website you can find them on iTunes or here on SOUNDCLOUD where you can also view the show notes:



MCC Podcast of the Week

Episode of the week:

This one comes from the TWIP Network and is part of their Inside the Lens series:

February 2, 2017

I found this to a be a fascinating discussion between Don Komarechka and his guest, Martin Bailey.  This certainly is not aimed at the first-time printing crowd as they’re using some high-end printers but it is chock full of inspiration and some tips that can be applied at any level.  The underlying emphasis on this podcast is … PRINT!  We are certainly missing a major aspect of photography if all we’re going to do is leave our pictures on our PC’s and Phones.