Get creative with black & white imagery and Tonality Pro…


My friends at Macphun just released a fantastic new creative application for black and white imager conversion called Tonality Pro. What makes this so unique is the ability for the photographer to add texture, color, vintage film styles, HDR effects, along with controlling feature enhancement through layers, masks, brushes and an extensive set of controls. Macphun makes it easy, you can start with presets (over 100) and easily modify the presets to suit your image. In the photo above, the preset Moonlit Landscape was used to create a beautifully blue toned look. The software is sophisticated, yet simple to use. I’ve been working with Macphun products for a while, and have been thoroughly impressed. I’m happy to share the results of Tonality Pro with you! Officially available today, you can order Tonality Pro for $69. 10% discount DEB2014

Camargue horses

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Key Features of Tonality

  • Professional image quality with proprietary 16-bit RAW processing engine
  • Advanced algorithms and a streamlined user experience for superior results
  • Scores of inspiring professional presets provide a wide range of one-click image styles
  • Built-in organic-style overlay textures, plus user-loadable textures, for incredible creativity
  • Unique adaptive exposure and smart contrast tools for advanced tone control
  • Multiple effect layers, each with separate opacity controls, blending modes and preservation of color data offer true advancements in creative toolsets
  • Adjustable, pressure-sensitive brushes and masking tools for precise selective edits
  • Advanced clarity and structure detail controls yield dramatic results
  • Proprietary grain engine with over 20 emulated film types
  • Selective color using color channel sliders for unique stylistic expressions
  • Glow, lens blur, vignette, photo frame and opacity controls for finishing touches
  • Easy image sharing to popular social networks, and via email, instant messaging, AirDrop and SmugMug
  • Macphun Print Lab services, powered by MILK
  • Runs as either a standalone app or, in the Pro version, as a plug-in to popular image editing software like Adobe®Photoshop®, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom®, Adobe Photoshop Elements®or Apple®Aperture®.

The awesome Sidekick360 smartphone adapter from MeFoto!

Deborah Sandidge with Sidekick360 MeFotoI’m enjoying the SideKick360 Smartphone Adapter from MeFoto, how cool is that? Super setup for smartphone video, timelapse & stills. My friends at Hunts Photo and Video are offering a 10% discount, and they come in many cool colors, mine is purple.  Check it out! — with Raymond Nason and Induro Tripods,Gary Farber and MeFoto. Check it out, mine is purple! What color will your’s be?

Big thanks to the NECCC Conference and Nikon…

Nikon group at NECCC

Thanks to the NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) for inviting me to speak again this year, and a big thank you to Nikon for sponsoring both my talks at the conference in Amherst, MA. I was happy to have a fantastic group of photographers attend my presentations on Infrared Photography, and also Creative Techniques, and I enjoyed our Q&A sessions afterwards. The NECCC conference consistently provides a great event for photography, learning and fun!  It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones. Here in this photo, the Nikon people at NECCC,  Alex Podstawski, Patrick Friedman, Bob Watts, me, Christine Bosworth, JC Carey, and Rob Van Petton, who was also a speaker sponsored by Nikon at the convention. I hope to see everyone once again at a future event!

The white horses of the Camargue…

White horses of the Camargue, France running through water. I’ve just returned from the south of France where I’ve been traveling for the past two weeks with friends. What a wonderful experience! I’ve always wanted to see Provence, and the lavender fields, sunflower fields and most of all, the beautiful white horses of the Camargue. I spent several days in the lovely coastal village of Cassis, which I can’t wait to visit again.  Along the way I photographed with my Nikon D4, D800E, and the essential Induro CT113 tripod. This horse was photographed with the Nikon D4, Nikkor 80-400mm lens which allowed me to photograph the horses from a distance and up close, getting a variety of shots without changing lenses. This was one of the last shots of the evening before losing the light, and one of my favorites! Deb Sandidge The Camargue horses are very affectionate! I made a new friend with Rêveur (which means dreamer), one of the beautiful horses of the Manade Raynaud. This was a wonderful break for the photographer at work, taking more pictures and more traveling! :-)

Now back to work! We just wrapped up the Badlands workshops, and registration is now open for next year. Being invited to be Guest Pro in Croatia and Slovenia with Mike Gulbraa M&M Tours was amazing, and I hope you’ll consider one of these all inclusive tours in the future. This week I’ll be speaking in Amherst, MA at NECCC for Nikon on creative techniques and infrared photography. In November, join me at Nature Visions in Virginia for a presentation on long exposure creativity. If you are attending PhotoPlus Expo, I’ll be speaking at B&H Photo Video Event Space on long exposure, I hope to see you there! Next stop is Iceland, there is a spot open if you would like to join me and Shiv Verma this September. India in January is full, however you can email me or Piper Mackay for any last minute cancellations.  Digital Underground is taking off! Jason Odell and I have fabulous Las Vegas and San Antonio open for registration, filling up quickly. I hope to see you on a workshop or presentation…  Have a wonderful week!

A big thank you to M&M Tours…

Lake Bled

A big thank you to Mike Gulbraa of M&M Tours for inviting me to be guest instructor for Croatia and Slovenia! What a wonderful trip and cultural experience, we did it all with the help of our local guide Luka Esenko. Our great group of photographers traveled from beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia to the quaint city of Ljubljana, Slovenia and everywhere in between capturing amazing photos along the way. This is from Lake Bled, one of our sunrise stops.

Plitvice Lake National Park

We photographed Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia where I photographed these wonderful wooden row boats near sunset. If you are interested in an all inclusive international photography tour that encompasses travel, culture, history and the best photo opportunities, check out M&M Photo Tours.