Review: MacPhun Aurora HDR 2017


Last year, MacPhun teamed up with Trey Ratcliff to create an HDR program for the Mac called Aurora HDR. Back then, it was a pretty good program; and with today’s announcement of Aurora HDR 2017 you get even more editing power overall. Aurora HDR 2017 features lots of new improvements like a polarizing filter, tone mapping, and a sleeker interface. Many experienced photographers will feel right at home here; and many HDR photographers that are careful with their in-camera shootings will be very pleased with what’s possible here.

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Massimo Lupidi’s Landscape Images Are About Feelings

Horses in Fljótshlíð rural area, Iceland

All images by Massimo Lupidi. Used with permission.

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling,” explains Massimo Lupidi in an email to the Phoblographer. “It’s my way of capturing what I see so I can relive those moments, those sensations and feelings again and again.” Massimo is an Ialian self-taught, freelance photographer with a background in travel reportage and scenics too, but he shoots other categories as well such as aerials, environment, creative photography, and people. With over twenty years of photography experience, he has been awarded in the United Nations “Focus on Your World” during the Earth Summit in 1992 and he has shot production stills for award-winning competitions, several exhibitions, covers for magazines, brochures, and books.

He attributes part of his creative vision (especially with landscapes) to attention to details.

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How to Use Zone Focusing To Make Capturing Photographs Easier

Chris Gampat the Phoblographer X3 ND filter six stop review sample photos (5 of 8)ISO 4001-2500 sec at f - 2.0

There are times and moments where even the best autofocus from the most advanced cameras won’t be able to deliver the image that you really want from them. In a situation like this, more advanced photographers often opt for a different method: zone focusing. Way before autofocus was even a concept, this is the method that was tried and true from many photographers out there. Lots of the world’s most iconic images were taken using this method and what you’ll find overall is that this old way of doing things can greatly help you out.

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Chris Carr: The Curious Findings in Puddle Reflections

Space Shuttle_Chris Carr

All images by Chris Carr. Used with permission.

“As a photographer I pride myself in always looking at things differently.” says photographer Chris Carr. “My photography has come from my desire to share the beauty of this world from many years of traveling. From these travels I have developed an eye for capturing images which elicit a particular feeling, time or place.” Carr’s images have a surreal feeling to them in some ways–or at least his “Puddle Reflections” series does. These photos look to capture landscapes from reflections in puddles. They’re fun and they seem to merge worlds into one another.

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Winter in Norway: The Stunning Winterscapes of Franz Sußbauer


All Images Copyright Franz Sußbauer. Used with Permission

Landscape photography is so much more than driving out to a remote location and snapping a few images. It takes time, dedication, planning, and lots of trial and error. When we first came across these incredible images from Franz Sußbauer for his series ‘Winter in Norway,’ we that they were something special. Anyone can go out and snap some landscape snapshots, but capturing nature’s emotion, the ebb and flow, and to do so in such detail – that takes talent and know how. “My plan was to make great pictures of a great landscape. Pictures like paintings with a hyper-realistic mood.”Franz said of the series.

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Liquid: a Series of Creative Polaroid Photos (NSFW)


All images by James Wigger. Used with permission.

Some of the coolest and most creative things in the photo world are often done with analog cameras and film– and some of the work of photographer James Wigger is a big testament to that statement. He was born in Farmington, Missouri in 1957 and has had work exhibited in Scotland, France and the Netherlands along with a number of galleries in the US while also having been featured in numerous magazines and books. James lives and works in Brooklyn, New York–which I guess you can say makes him one of the cool kids.

James has a very interesting method for what he calls his Liquid series. He would shoot an instant film photo, cut it open, spray liquid inside while it was developing, and look at the really cool and almost painteresque results.

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How Crappy Weather Can Make For the Best Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus Pen F sample review images (30 of 39)ISO 2001-4000 sec

If you’re a photographer that has ever shot during the Blue Hour, then you’ll understand how the lack of sun but still having little light can really help you to create potentially beautiful photos. There are loads of photographers who purposely don’t shoot during sunny days or the Golden Hour. Some photographers bill it as the softbox effect while others just like to go out and shoot. It works for photographers like Nathan Wirth and many more.

So if you’re feeling down about the weather, then here are reasons why it should motivate you to get out there and shoot.

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The Forgotten: Documenting the History of Landscapes


All images by Michael J Quinn. Used with permission.

Photographer Michael J Quinn is a landscape photographer does lots of work in the Arctic. His project, Saga of Ice, has been featured on the site before. While it’s the main thing that he’s pushing these days, he also works on another project: the Forgotten.

The Forgotten is a project documenting the landscapes of Colorado and tries to specifically analyze how the pioneers and those who came after tried to shape the land. Much of the project can be seen on Behance, but like many fine art photography projects, the intent isn’t necessarily clear.

So I talked to Michael about it.

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