REVIEW: onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 5.5

Per my post yesterday of Hacklebarney – Infrared…I post processed the shot and used my new software onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 5.5.   I have now had it for almost a week now and must say I love this software.  It opens so many more processing  options to me…which is a great thing to us photographers!!

I love photos that have that soft tone to them and thanks to Photo Tools 2.6…I processed the shot above using a preset!   What comes in the suite:

1) Perfect Resize 7: powered by Genuine Fractals—is the industry standard for image resizing. It is renowned across the photographic and printing industries for its ability to increase image size well over 1000% without the loss of sharpness or detail that you would normally expect. The patented, fractal based interpolation algorithms works like nothing else and the results speak for themselves. Perfect Resize works as a plug-in to Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and as a standalone application.

2) Photo Tools 2.6: is the fastest and easiest way to add a professional look to your photos in Photoshop. You get hundreds of professional-grade photographic effects, all wrapped up in an easy-to-use Photoshop plug-in making this the fastest and easiest way to make your photos stand out from the crowd.  PhotoTools works only as a Photoshop plug-in.

3) Perfect Layers:  is the fast and easy way to bring a layered workflow to Photoshop Lightroom. With Perfect Layers you can create and edit multi-layered Photoshop files directly within Photoshop Lightroom or Apple Aperture. Use it to change skies, composite images and even create layouts. Perfect Layers works as a plug-in to Lightroom, Aperture or as a standalone application.

4) Photo Frame 4.6: Add the perfect finishing touch to your images with PhotoFrame 4.6. It features hundreds of design elements like film edges, borders, textures, backgrounds and adornments. It even has complete layouts where you just drop your image in and you are done. It’s the perfect way to add a realistic darkroom touch with a film edge or to create beautiful album or scrapbook pages. It includes all the tools you need to find the perfect design elements, add them to your image and control things like size, color and opacity. You can even stack multiple elements to create your own designs and save them as a preset you can use in a single-click inside of Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture.

5) Focal Point 2:  You control the focus with FocalPoint 2. Create realistic selective focus, depth-of-field and vignette effects that tell your viewers right where to look. With the intuitive FocusBug controller it is just like using a tilt-shift or selective focus lens right inside of Adobe Photoshop. Set your area of focus and then select a lens to simulate or create your own by controlling the amount and kind of blur, even in 3D. With the new FocusBrush tool you can paint sharpness or blur right where you want it. Finish things off with an elegant vignette. It has never been easier or faster to focus your viewer’s eye and minimize distractions. FocalPoint works as a plug-in to Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and as a standalone application.

6) Mask Pro 6:  Removing backgrounds or making complex selections has never been easier. With Mask Pro 4 you can select the tough stuff that you never thought was possible like hair, smoke and glass and maintain all the detail and transparency. Mask Pro works based on color; You select colors to keep and colors to drop and then just paint away backgrounds to keep only what you are interested in. Mask Pro works only as a Photoshop plug-in.

7) Photo Tune 3:  optimizes the dynamic range, color and sharpness of your image without the need to know all the complicated controls in Photoshop like levels and curves. If you photograph people you can also tune your images by clicking on skin tones to guarantee accurate skin color. Pro users get access to all the controls for tone, color and sharpening. Better images are just a few clicks away with PhotoTune 3. PhotoTune works as a plug-in to Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and as a standalone application.

Those are some super plug-ins!!!!  The whole package is available for $499.00 or you can buy them individually if you like.  Check the onOne website for prices.

Some of my thoughts….I use Photo Tools 2.6 and Photo Frame 4.6 the most.  Photo Tools has soooo many presets!   Check this link out for more info…Photo Tools 2.6.  There is this sharpening preset that is awesome!  It actually blows away my NIK Sharpener .  Great for portrait and landscape photographers!!!   The Photo Frame 4.6 is awesome!  I made this fun shot for a BDay party recently…just in one click!!

Such great stuff to work with here!   So enlarge images to any size, make professional photo effects, add layers, frames, instant bokeh, replace backgrounds and improve the color of your images!   You can do it all with the amazing suite!!  I will give it  a 10 out of 10!   Kudos onOne!!!   I love this software!!!!  My landscapes and portraits will now have some extra kick!!!!  Check it out….try the trial for free and see how you  like it!!

News: 50 Terrific Travel Photography Blogs – Places 2 Explore is included!

Guide to Art Schools has just released its list of the Top 50 Terrific Travel Blogs in the world.  Places 2 Explore made it in at number 21!  Thank for the inclusion GTAS!!  It is an honor to be included!!  Click the link here to check out the list…Guide to Art Schools.    Thanks for visiting Places 2 Explore!!

News: 2011 Calendar Giveaway & For Sale!

2011 is almost here!   It is time for the 2011 Talke Photography Calendar giveaway!!!   Just type “Yes” in the comments below and you are entered!  I will pick the winner out of a hat on Dec 24th!!  Good luck and happy upcoming holidays!!

The calendar is now available for sale!!  $34.99 includes shipping and handling (sorry only US customers only).   They are made by Apple and the quality is fantastic, thick quality paper and wire binding!  Click here to check the entire calendar out and order your copy today!   2011 Calendar

Places 2 Explore News:

Hello everyone!  I took this past week off for the first time since starting my blog in March of 2009…after 602 posts and now over 600,000 visitors, I have decided to keep Places 2 Explore running..but with one BIG change.  Instead of my 6 days a week posting…unfortunately, I am going to switch it to a Saturday (only) post…1 day a week.  I have been shooting many portraits recently and even shot a banquet!  This has kept me very very busy.   My original goal was to start my portrait business one day and one area must suffer…that will be my landscape shots.   So I will begin my portrait learning process immediately.  After a few shoots, I see I have lots to learn! Please come back and read P2E on every Saturday!  Have fun!   Thanks for all your visits and comments!   Cheers, Pete


News: Austin SMUG Meeting – Oct 20th (Infrared Photography w/Pete Talke)

Mark your calendars for this month’s Austin SMUG meeting…I will be speaking about IR Photography!

Date: October 20th

Location: AT&T Executive and Education & Conference Center

Time: 7 PM – 8:30 PM

I plan give an overview on IR and utilize my new upcoming eBook “Infrared Photography for DSLR’s” . Click this link to sign up and RSVP!   Austin SMUG Hope to see you there!!

The Photographer’s Right

I always try to catch up and read my friend’s blogs.  Dave Wilson has “News and Views from Dave Wilson“.  He had a great post yesterday about Security Guards and having issues with a tripod taking photos of a building.  Dave, I agree with you 100%!  I have had my share of security run ins.  After reading Dave’s comments, it gets me fired up.  For those that may not know…there is a PDF out there called “The Photographer’s Right”.  It is posted below.  I always keep a copy in my camera bag.  If you want to get a copy, just click the photo.  As more people are buying DSLR’s, taking photos has become more difficult around town for security reasons.  Throw in a tripod and you are a target for all security guards.  I understand that certain areas should not be photographed…Military and Government Installations, but  I am always curious as to why certain Churches will not allow photographs using a  tripod without permission?  This issue can be dragged out forever.  I just wish one day, it becomes easier for us photographer’s…not worse!!   Sadly, the outlook does not look good.  At least Disney allows tripods!!  =)  

NEWS: Infrared Photography eBook Update!

Just a quick update on my upcoming eBook on Infrared Photography for DSLR’s!  It is coming along great! Last nite I passed Page 50.  It is looking like it will end up around 80-95 pages!   Its a simple and straight forward book…I will not bore you with details on super technical items in regards to IR.  This eBook will just give you an overview and my thoughts on settings and tips.  Plus my last 30 pages will be 3 to 4 photos step by step post process details!  If you are interested in IR…look for it soon!  I will plan to have it completed by Mid October!  Keep ya posted!  A sneak peak is above!!

NEWS: Infrared Photography ebook (Coming soon!)

I started work on my first ebook…Infrared Photography.  I hope to have it completed by Mid October!   I will let you know when it is available.  I’ll make sure to keep it under $10.00.  It will be a nice resource for anyone wanting to learn about and see how I process my Infrared photos!   – Pete

NEWS: PhotoVision – Portrait DVD’s

September 30th the special ends for PhotoVision!! If you are thinking about or want to learn about Portrait Photography…these DVD’s are great!  I just watched the latest DVD on my plane ride home the other day!   Standard price is $149.00…you can get a 1 year subscription (6 DVD’s) for the price of only $39!!!   (Save $110!!).   This months DVD contents are noted in the photo to the left.  Click the link above and use promo code PVFAN

NEWS: Stolen Work

Thursday I received an email via Flickr from a fellow member noting a potential usage of my photo (Grace Cathedral HDR).  I thank him very much for his time and effort to inform me.  In his message, he even copied the link to this DevianArt site location and he noted my picture with my Flickr link.   I immediately checked it out.  It was my photo in a pencil style replica.  Exactly!  Just photoshopped.  It had received somewhere around 900 views and 168 comments congratulating this robber of his work.  He had some lame story that he penciled this work and it took him 3 years!  What a load of BS!!!!  I took this picture back earlier this year.   I immediately reported it to DevianArt and made quite a few comments about how he had no approval for usage of my photo.  Yes, I am creative Commons, but one is not allowed to take my photo modify it and post it elsewhere for sale!  Totally Illegal.  This is the second time, this has happened on this DevianArt site.   It is always sad to see people stealing work and claiming it as theirs…especially when it is your own work.  Within 1 hour he took it down and wrote a negative comment directed to me…he noted all I did was snap a photo.  Blah, blah, blah.  What a world sometimes.  I am in contact with DevianArt…if he made any profit on my photo….legal action will be taken.  Feel free to check out this guys site and comment on his work…if it is even his?? Thanks again to that wonderful Flickr Member!   We have to watch out for each other!