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OK, so… I’ve shared my experiments with them in the past… but now, after months of working with both Intensify Pro and Tonality Pro, I’m able to sum up what I like about them and how I use them consistently.
This is NOT intended to be a hard core, geeked out, every-single-detail sort of review. It IS about what I’ve found useful – and what you might find expansive about these two unique plugins from an artistic point of view.
NOTE: These are Mac-only products. Sadly, nothing for Windows yet!
What The Heck Do They DO?
First, here are the visual cliff notes on what Intensify and Tonality Pro actually do, using one simple image for comparison:
Have you heard of Viewbug? It’s a website that has more photo contests going on than you can shake a stick at! I met Ori Guttin, one of the founders of Viewbug last year… super cool dude. In fact, when I visited San Diego in December, I did a Quick Chat with him, which I included right here.
I gotta say, altruistically I’ve never been a big believer in competition when it comes to art. And yet – it’s so incredibly popular! I can see why… prizes, prestige, getting known; all important in this day and age. Still, I’m squeamish about choosing winners and losers in art.
But I’ve come to learn there are different ways to go about contests. Viewbug and Ori’s team is ALL about it being a positive, building-up process involving community, feedback, support, monitoring how people comment on photos… and generally making it an experience to improve your photography and broaden your world.
I focus inward this time of year. Take a breath. Do some writing and thinking.
Y’know, take stock of what I loved/didn’t love about the past year… celebrate the wins… learn from the ‘fails’… and set the tone for my Epic New Year. (I always plan for “Epic”… cause if I don’t, who will?)
Seems Macphun Software had the same idea, since they asked me to be part of a terrific webinar full of tips for planning your photographic new year. I joined Frederick Van Johnson, highly successful Photographer, Marketer, Broadcaster, Podcaster – and creator/exec producer for TWiP and Laurie Rubin, Macphun’s Senior Education Manager. The aim: to give solid idea for starting, building, shaping your photography business… even if it’s a part-time venture.
We Yakked About…
Frederick gave an overview of his awesome 5 Tips of Highly Effective Photographers webinar (upcoming, as of this writing)… which were all so smart and spot-on. Laurie talked about some of the more unconventional ways to enter the photography business. People are always asking her about that! I shared some of the things you should think about BEFORE pressing “GO” and building that website. Saves ALOT of confusion, time and trouble later on.
It was fun! It’s always great to put heads together… and I’m happy to be able to share it all with you, right here:
Oh, and here are the websites I showed, in case you want to do some perusin’ of you own:
Throw on your backpack and come with me to school!
OK, not entirely… because I really did to a webinar recently!
It was for Macphun Software and their black and white plugin Tonality Pro, which I adore.
I was asked to take viewers through a few images, KHutt style. I love it when they turn me loose like that. Don’t worry, I didn’t go crazy, I kept it real… and demo’d some different ways I like to use the layers feature, some fun techniques for using color along with black and white, how blending modes create a whole set of options – and lots more!
And so that you don’t have to lift a finger, I brought the entire experience… right here… to you.
‘Cause that’s how we roll over here.
Always remember… if you decide at any point “I gotta have that!”… you can save 10% on any Macphun Product with the code KHutt.
I swear, a good deal an awesome product practically makes me swoon.
Then… you can get 10% off the purchase of any Macphun product by using the code KHUTT. (You don’t actually have to wait for the webinar for that… it’s good any old time.)
The actual time/date is: September 10, 2014, 10am Pacific Time.
I thought I’d mention all of this right up front, ’cause I don’t do a ton of webinars, so this will be fun. (And free.) I’m excited!
Before… and Two Ever-Afters
So, to get us all in the mood, I thought I’d share one of the photos I’m going to work through. It was taken in The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. This is the RAW image, complete with big fat, unsightly ladder and a couple of workmen who didn’t have the good sense to know there was an ARTISTE at work and move their butts!! hahahaha!
We’re calling it Rediscovering Black & White – Again! because monochrome and I go waayyyyy back. Like, 30-something years back! (Did I just say that out loud?)
I feel like I’m rediscovering my black and white photography – but in whole new ways. For the rest of this week, I’m going to post photos I’ve processed with Tonality Pro… some of which I’ll include in the webinar itself. Who knows.. maybe all of them? You never know with me… I’m very spontaneous about these things.
Use the code “KHUTT”for 10% off ANY Macphun product. I love a deal, I so do. 😀
This is a shot taken at Mono Lake. Processed scary quick with Tonality Pro! It’s awesome that way…
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