Showing posts with label discount. Show all posts
Showing posts with label discount. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Welcome Topaz Webinar Visitors (30% off coupon codes until October 6th included)

Copyright (c) Ron Martinsen - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Thank you to everyone who attended my Topaz Labs Webinar! Click here to see all of the Topaz Labs products and be sure to visit my discount coupon code page to get a discount on ALL Topaz Labs products.  From now until Monday October 6th, you can also enjoy these limited time special offers:

ronweb5

CLICK HERE and use the coupon code above to get 30% off everything except Impression

ronimpression

CLICK HERE and use the coupon code above to get 25% Impression. If you haven’t seen it already, Impression is an awesome (albeit a little slow at this time) product that can create some stunning artistic effects. While it isn’t for everyone, it’s certain to please those people who are looking for something unique that they haven’t seen from other products before. Here’s literally a one click example from the numerous options available:

Copyright (c) Ron Martinsen - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

If you like Simplify, you will love Impression!

More about this webinar

This webinar focused mostly on the following products:

Here’s a couple of the images covered by the webinar today:

Copyright (c) Ron Martinsen - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Copyright (c) Ron Martinsen - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Conclusion

My webinar will be archived soon on http://www.youtube.com/topazlabs/ if you want to watch the recording.

Where to order

Click here to learn more or order and don’t forget to use my Discount Coupon Code page to save on your purchase.

Other articles you may enjoy

Here’s some of my Topaz Labs software reviews:

Here’s some other articles you might also enjoy:

Disclosure

If you make a purchase using links found in this article, I may make a commission. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but it does help to support future articles like this.

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Free Topaz Presets, New Product & Discount Offer

image Workflow Tips from the Pros on Topaz Adjust

Topaz Labs is now offering FREE new presets and workflow tips for the latest release of Adjust that was recently released. The new version updates the user-interface to keep up with the great changes in the preview system featured in other Topaz products. It feels faster and more robust than its predecessor too!

You can buy Adjust or any Topaz Labs product with my discount coupon code or you try it for free for 30 days.

Click to learn more about Topaz Impression
All New - Topaz Impression

This is a very cool product that can create some amazing effects for your images, but it does require a little patience in this first version. I’m hoping it will get faster, but I’d encourage D810 owners (and others with big megapixel files) to try it out using a small resized image at first (i.e., 800px on the long side). This will allow you to experiment with more things much faster so you can decide how you like it before you apply your concept to a full-resolution image.

To try it out for free for thirty days, click here.

Conclusion

As my Nik Collection by Google has become rather crash prone in Photoshop CC 2014 for Windows (7 64-bit), I’ve started to rely more heavily on the Topaz Complete Collection. If you haven’t tried it out yet, now might be a good time to finally give it a shot.

Where to order

For the month of September you can get Topaz Labs newest product at a 25% discount by using the coupon code SEPIMPRESSION.

Year around you can get a discount on any or all of the Topaz products using the discount found on my discount coupon code page.

Other articles you may enjoy

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy these:

Disclosure

If you make a purchase using links found in this article, I may make a commission. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but it does help to support future articles like this.

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

15% Off All onOne Software Store Products until August 31, 2014

Thanks for attending my onOne Software webinar today!

Click here and enter the coupon code ronmart15 to save 15% off all products in the store including presets and eBooks, so load up your cart!

Here’s an example of how to use the code:

Click to see a full-size version

Conclusion

The video for the webinar will be here soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, download a free trial to play around with the software or purchase using the links above today!

Other articles you may enjoy

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy these:

Disclosure

If you make a purchase using links found in this article, I may make a commission. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but it does help to support future articles like this.

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

$50 Off KelbyOne & $100 Off Photoshop World Discounts (Updated: July 31, 2014)

Yes, after a 6 month delay, my discount offer for KelbyOne is finally here! See the bottom of this article for a special offer for ronmartblog.com readers that gives you the best training on the web for 10% off anything at KelbyOne.com (including monthly and annual memberships).

Behind the Scenes Video/Review of KelbyOne

Were you ever curious what is behind the scenes for KelbyOne? I once did too, so I recorded this walk through of what you can expect after you sign up for your membership:


Click here to see a video walkthrough of what you can expect after you get a membership.

As you can see there’s tons of great videos on photography composition/techniques, photo editing, advanced techniques and more. I’d go blind if I tried to watch it all, but I wish I could as there’s some great content up there right now.

Special Offer – Save 10% off any order at KelbyOne (or $50 off annual memberships until July 31st)

$50 Off Special until July 31st ONLY

Get $50 off an annual membership when you CLICK THIS LINK and use the coupon code RMKO50. KelbyOne.com assures me that this is the best cash offer on the web, so you can use this deal with confidence that you are getting the best deal available. This is a limited time offer that expires after July 31, 2014.

Regular ronmartblog.com 10% off offer

Get 10% off KelbyOne.com when you CLICK THIS LINK (required) and use the coupon code RMKO14. This is a special offer for ronmartblog.com readers with no expiration date.

THIS CODE AND OFFER MAY CHANGE in the future, so be sure to check my Discount Coupon Code page for the latest code and offer details details, or contact me if you have any problems.

Here’s a visual walkthrough of how to use the promo/redemption code:

Click either Sign Up Now option

You start by clicking here and choosing one of the Sign Up Now options at the bottom of the page as shown above (exact appearance may change over time). When you get to the cart as shown below, be sure to check the “I have a Promo/Redemption code” checkbox to see the place where you enter your code. Enter your code and BE SURE TO CLICK the  APPLY button. If you did it right, you’ll see your discount as shown below

Be sure to click the checkbox, enter the code and click APPLY

If this code does not work, please contact me.

Special Offer – Save $100 off Photoshop World

$100 Off Special until July 31st ONLY

CLICK HERE and use the coupon code RMPSW to save $100 off Photoshop World. This is a limited time offer that expires after July 31, 2014.

Regular ronmartblog.com $50 off offer

After July 31st, my normal deal will be as follows.

CLICK HERE and use the coupon code RMPSW414 to save $50 off Photoshop World:

Be sure to click the checkbox, enter the code and click APPLY
This offer is not limited to only the 2014 Las Vegas show, so try it out!
If this code does not work, please contact me

Other Articles You Might Enjoy

Disclosure

I was provided a free membership to KelbyOne.com to evaluate the service for this article. I may also get a commission if you sign up using my special offers or use my links, so thanks for supporting this blog by using my special offers and links!

Master your HDR Skills with StuckInCustoms Video Tutorials

Click here and use the coupon code RONMART15 to get 15% off on the best HDR instructional videos on the web. Here are some of my favorites:

LensRentals.com Discount


CLICK HERE
to learn more

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Topaz Remask 50% Off Only $34.99 til July 31st!

Click here and use the coupon code julyremask to save 50%! To learn more, check out my Remask review.

Disclosure

If you make a purchase using links found in this article, I may make a commission. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but it does help to support future articles like this.

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LensRentals.com Promotion Code Is Back with no more annoying email required (Updated July 8, 2014)

My promotion code is back without the annoying need to send me an email and get the code mailed back. I’d like to apologize to my readers for the previous email inquiry system that was in place for so many years, but this was mandated due to coupon abuse in 2011. If you would like to share this code with friends, please link to this page – DO NOT repost just the code.

The way it works now is you must enter the code found on my discount coupon code page into the Promotion Code section box on the Checkout page as shown below in yellow (NOTE: the actual code will change regularly – please consult the discount coupon code page for the correct value):

 image
Enter the code on the bottom right in special instructions as shown
(WARNING: Code will change check here for the current code)

You can see my full review of LensRentals.com here as they were the winner of my lens rental series.

DO NOT POST THIS CODE anywhere else on the Internet!

Disclaimer

I may get small commission if you use my code, and you get to save 5%! Thanks for supporting this blog by using the code!

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

25% OFF Trey Ratcliff’s Complete HDR Tutorial (NEW)

Until July 6th, 2014 get 25% OFF Trey Ratcliff’s Complete HDR Tutorial by CLICKING HERE and using the coupon code RON25.

This tutorial has all of the following downloadable files which offer over 10 hours of instruction on how Trey creates his incredible HDR images.

  • How to access the Private Clubhouse
  • Trey's thoughts on HDR (218 MB)
  • Getting Your Camera Ready (688 MB)
  • Basic HDR Photo (404 MB)
  • HDR Light Situations (775 MB)
  • Composing Light (335 MB)
  • Sunrise HDR (439 MB)
  • Landscape Movement (1 GB)
  • Composition in The Shire (386 MB)
  • Framing for Landscapes (271 MB)
  • High Action HDR (345 MB)
  • Piecing Together a Sky (429 MB)
  • Extreme Light/Dark HDR (364 MB)
  • HDR in Low Light (520 MB)
  • Interior HDR (520 MB)
  • Panoramic HDR (434 MB)
  • Evening HDR (438 MB)
  • Inside the Yoga Room (554 MB)
  • HDR with Movement (224 MB)
  • Bonus: Extreme Noise Reduction (104 MB)
  • Bonus: HDR Experimentation (581 MB)
  • Raw Source Files (1.5 GB)
  • Bonus: Q&A & Critique Session (927 MB)

40 Minute Video Preview

This is just the tip of the iceberg so if you think that looks good then you’ll love the complete collection. What’s more, this is the best price on the Internet at 25% off when you use the aforementioned link and code!

Conclusion

This is by far the best HDR tutorial that Trey has done to date. He’s also evolved as a photographer and photo editor, so he shares more insight on how to leverage HDR to create both realistic as well as artistic images (whereas previous versions mostly focused on the latter).

If you like HDR, this is worth the cost – especially with this sale. You’ll never get kind of training this cheap and there’s a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Where to order

CLICK HERE and using the coupon code RON25 as shown below. Offer expires July 6th, 2014!

image

Other articles you may enjoy

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy these:

Disclosure

If you make a purchase using links found in this article, I may make a commission. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but it does help to support future articles like this.

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Only $1799 ($500 OFF)


Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

You MUST click MORE DETAILS and view cart to see the price!!!!

Canon’s super-sharp 24-70 f/2.8L II is on sale right now for $1999 plus a $200 mail-in-rebate to make it only $1799 – that’s $500 off the MSRP!!!!!

Click here to read my review of this lens.

Disclosure

If you make a purchase using links found in this article, I may make a commission.

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

SPECIAL OFFER: Upgrade from Nik, Topaz or Others to onOne for only $129.95!!!

Upgrade from Nik or Topaz to onOne for only $129.95

I’ve worked with onOne Software to resurrect the competitive upgrade deal that they used to offer. Now owners of competing software from Nik (Google) or Topaz Labs, or others qualify for $50 off bringing the bundle price down to only $129.95

Click here to learn more and order.

Other articles you may enjoy

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy these reviews and articles:

Disclosure

If you make a purchase using links found in this article, I may make a commission. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but it does help to support future articles like this.

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.

Friday, February 28, 2014

HDR Efex Pro 2 vs (Photomatix 4.2.3, Photoshop CS6, Canon 5D Mark III In-Camera HDR and HDR Efex Pro 1)

Use coupon code RonMartBlog to save 15% off Photomatix products. See more offer details at the bottom of this article.

Test System Information

All tests were done on 64-bit Windows 7 with the 64-bit version of Photoshop CS6 (13.0). Here are more details and the Windows Experience Index Score (0 – 7.9 scale):

Test Machine

All of my plugins run on a standalone SSD drive and my caches are on dedicated SSD drives. My slowest drive is my primary hard disk which is a 7200 RPM SSD and Mechanical Hybrid SATA drive.

Original Images

Visit my HDR Efex Pro 2 review and see the Original Images section to see which images were used for this test. They were three CR2 RAW files taken with a Canon 5D Mark III at -3, 0, and +3 exposure values (EV). The total size of these three exposures was 83.9 megabytes.

Canon 5D Mark III In-Camera HDR Processing


Canon 5D Mark III In-Camera HDR processing of all three exposures

In my May 16, 2012 article I declared that Canon 5D Mark III HDR is good, but Photomatix Pro 4.2 is still the king of HDR. At that point in time the HDR Efex Pro 2 beta was still pretty rough around the edges, so Photomatix really was still the king.

Speedwise, the Canon 5D Mark III wins because only takes a few seconds for it to create an in-camera JPEG of your bracketed shots. For the HDR Mode feature of this camera, I use the following settings:

  • Adjust dyn range: +/- 3 EV
  • Effect: Natural (I’d rather do my post processing on the computer)
  • Continuous HDR: Every shot
  • Auto Image Align: Enable (never, ever disable this – even with at tripod)
  • Save source imgs: All Images

The final JPEG is impacted by the cameras picture style (I use standard) as well as other settings, but this shot was most hurt by my using the auto white balance (AWB) instead of warmer white balance like cloudy.

I really like the in-camera results and use them often, but the limitation is that it doesn’t to ghosting well (and you can’t control manually) and it tends to crop the image even when it seems that it isn’t necessary (i.e., a tripod was used).

I think the value of tone mapping and tone compression still favors the computer over the in-camera HDR, but it does a damn good job that might be “good enough” for some of your non-business critical work. I should also note that Canon point and shoots do terrible for this unless you are shooting a static subject using a tripod, but the DSLR’s really seem to do HDR very well.

For what it’s worth, I’ve processed the images used in the 5D Mark III HDR article in both Photomatix and HDR Efex Pro 2. Each time I process a photo start to end, I do different things with it, but it’s interesting to see how well both products did here in a head-to-head comparison:

Mouse over to see before, mouse out to see after
Mouse over for the Photomatix 4.2 version
Mouse out for the HDR Efex Pro 2 version

Both final results feature some post-processing using other Nik Software and Imagenomic products.

Performance Comparison

This section discusses the time it took to render the bracketed raw test images using default processing.

Photomatix Pro 4.2.3 (Review) – 56.8 seconds max

Mouse over to see before, mouse out to see after
Photomatix 4.2.3 Edited Version (mouse over to see default version)

Click here to see the large size edited version, and click here to see the full-size default processed version.

Image Merge Time (47.9 seconds MAX)

Here is the amount time it took from the moment the OK button was clicked in the Preprocessing Options dialog:

47.9 sec with everything checked like this:

Photomatix Prerocessing Options Dialog

42.9 sec with no noise reduction as follows:

Photomatix Prerocessing Options Dialog (No noise reduction)
26.0 sec only ghosting high as follows:

Photomatix Prerocessing Options Dialog (Only ghosting support)
and 12.2 sec with no options checked.

Tone Mapping Processing (5.7 seconds)

HDRSoft Photomatix 4.2.3 Tone Mapping UI

After your images are merged, you end up in the tone mapping user-interface where you do the real work. Once you are ready to have an image to edit in Photoshop, you click on the Process button. To get this image ready for editing elsewhere took only 5.7 seconds.

Ready in Photoshop CS6 (3.2 seconds)

Since the merge processing has to occur in the stand alone app, a true fair comparison should include the time it takes to save the intermediate file in Photomatix 4.2.3 and load that file in Photoshop (to have parity with the other tested apps). While Photomatix does offer a tone mapping Photoshop plug-in, the real work is done in the stand-alone app. Fortunately Photomatix makes this process easy using the “Open saved images with” option in its Save As dialog, so this process only took 3.2 seconds.

Photomatix Save As Dialog

The maximum total time it took from start to finish in HDRSoft Photomatix 4.2.3 was 56.8 seconds.

HDR Efex Pro 2 (RC1) (Review) – 79 seconds max

DISCLAIMER: I was using pre-released software so final times may be faster

Mouse over to see before, mouse out to see after
HDR Efex Pro 2 Processing
(with some Content Aware Fill on the ceiling)
Mouse over to see the 0EV exposure and mouse out to see the processed version

Visit my HDR Efex Pro 2 full review for more info about this product, but the bottom line is that the image selection dialog took 24.6 seconds to load the images into the merge dialog. This was really the process of doing a batch processing of the raw files and getting them created as TIFF images that are then used for the merge dialog. RAW files or going straight from Lightroom 4.x speeds this up, but this is definitely one of the bottle necks.

Once you have the merge dialog up you make your adjustments and then hit the create HDR. This is much like the pre-processing options for Photomatix and HDR Efex Pro 1. To do this it took 24.1 seconds after hitting Create HDR button (with all options checked). If I only did ghosting control then it only 16.1 seconds after hitting Create HDR button.

The real pain point is that once you are done you have to send the file to Photoshop for further editing (or back to Lightroom). This is took a staggering 30.3 seconds after hitting OK.

At first this all sounds really slow, but the all important “time before you can start tone mapping” was 48.7 seconds. This puts it on par with Photomatix, but it feels faster because of the interruption of the merge dialog.

You still have to pay the tax at the end, but the good news is that even with that it’s faster than its predecessor.

HDR Efex Pro 1.203 – 96.1 seconds max

HDR Efex Pro 1

The number one thing I hated about this product was its horrible performance, and doing this testing reminded me why. It took 65.8 seconds after hitting Create HDR button (all options checked) (or 9.0 seconds after hitting Create HDR button with just ghosting checked). Of course, the ghosting support in this product was as bad as the in-camera result, so some probably found it better to run it with no options. 

Once you are done tone mapping then it took 30.3 seconds after hitting OK before you were ready to work in Photoshop.

This app is just a slow turd that is a headache to use, so I’m glad to bid it farewell in favor of its faster and much better replacement.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Merge to HDR Pro Feature – 31.3 seconds max

Mouse over to see before, mouse out to see after
Photoshop CS6 Photorealistic Edited Version (mouse over to see default version)

Click here to see the large size edited version, and click here to see the full-size default processed version.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Merge to HDR Pro Dialog

It took about 19.6 seconds to get from the dialog above to the Merge to HDR Pro tone mapping UI (which has to be the worst ever user-interface in my opinion).


Ghost reference image feature exists here too (notice the green box around 0 EV)

After clicking OK here it took another 11.7 seconds before I could work on the image in Photoshop. This makes Photoshop the fastest thing outside of the camera processor to make an HDR image. Its feature set and usability suck, but if you are tight on cash then it can get the job done in a hurry. Personally I never use it though.

Conclusion

After spending time with all of these products, I still respect what Photomatix brings to the table but HDR Efex Pro 2 isn’t terrible anymore. This is a big statement too because I didn’t care for HDR Efex Pro 1 due to its complex UI and sluggish performance. Those issues have been addressed such that it’s now my go to product. Photomatix still does a great job and its ghost selection mode feature shown below is something I really wish Nik would have added to HDR Efex Pro using U-Point controls:

Photomatix_4_2_3_SelectionMode
Photomatix_4_2_3_SelectionModeMenu

I’m finding myself doing more HDR’s now thanks to the Canon 5D Mark III’s built-in HDR feature which keeps the bracketed exposures (in JPEG + RAW if you want) in addition to the file it creates. The in-camera file gives me an idea of issues I might run into at home using software, so I can identify issues in the field that I’d normally miss (i.e., gross alignment issues like the one below):


In-camera HDR is no gimmick – it can help you spot alignment issues in the field

Photoshop CS6’s speed makes it an option for those who are on a tight budget or who enjoy its nasty sliders, but realistically it’s just not for me. It may be fast, but I just take longer to get the results I want with it which negates its performance benefit and I’m rarely happy with the final result.

Special Offer (15% Discount)

Visit my discount coupon code page for the latest code and offer details.

HDRSoft, the makers of Photomatix HDR tone mapping software have extended an offer to readers of this blog for a 15% discount when you use the coupon code RonMartBlog when you checkout on their web site (see picture above). Don’t forget to click the recalculate button after you enter the code to get the discount.

Disclaimer

If you make a purchase using links in this blog then you support this blog and I may earn a commission. Thanks for your support!

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Topaz Labs Simplify for only $19.99 until Feb 28, 2014


Put a whole new spin on your favorite images


Simplify can really transform your landscape shots into art


Pastel effect can remove branding and give a stylized look for ads


From blah to exciting in as little as two clicks


Make everyday snapshots become more exciting

(Saturation can be adjusted to suit your personal taste)


Create pencil art in less than a minute

Conclusion

Every time I find myself needing to do a review of this product I remember how much I love it and what an idiot I am for not experimenting with it more often.

Now’s a great time to get a fun tool to add to your artistic toolkit for not much more than the cost of a family size pizza – you can’t beat that!

Click here to read my full review of Simplify.

Where to order

Get Simplify for only $19.99 when you CLICK HERE and then use the coupon code febsimplify, or use my coupon code RONMART to save 15% off any or all Topaz Labs products.

**** THIS OFFER EXPIRES on February 28, 2014 ****

Other articles you may enjoy

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy these:

Disclosure

If you make a purchase using links found in this article, I may make a commission. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but it does help to support future articles like this.

If you enjoyed this article, please support future articles like this by donating a dollar or saving several dollars by using my discount coupon codes. Either way, your support is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about how this blog is funded.