Below is a list of some of the software and gear that I use to create my images.
Software and Textures:
For software for which we are able to offer discounts, we are affiliates. This means that for each purchase made through our links, we get a nominal commission. In addition to these companies, we have also included other software packages we feel are invaluable to our creative processes. In all cases, this page features only the software we use.
Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom
In addition to Photoshop CC, you also get Lightroom 5. These two programs would seamlessly together. For example, from your Lightroom Library, you can select a series of images, taken with the intent to create a panoramic image, and open directly with Merge to Panorama in Photoshop. The images will stitch and when you are done editing, the final image will be saved and shown back in your Lightroom Library. This same technique can be applied to bracketed images to create HDR images in Photoshop.
We are not affiliate of Adobe, however, we recognize Photoshop as an invaluable tool in our image processing workflow, as it not only allows us to use our favorite software plug-ins noted below, but we can use the masking/layer features to build dynamic, creative images.
For a 15% discount on any of the Topaz Labs products, including the Complete Collection, use our discount code: roadrunner
All Topaz products are available for a 30 day trial.
Click here to visit the Macphun Software website. Macphun software is for Apple users only. The Macphun team develops software that inspires photographers of all levels to create the most stunning pictures ever. Our favorite plugins are Tonality Pro and Intensify Pro. Tonality Pro can be used to create stunning black and white images, which Intensify Pro offers precise control of contrast, structure, detail and sharpening across different tonal ranges delivers high quality results every time. Intensify Pro also includes special algorithms to: prevent the creation of image artifacts; allows image layer stacking with opacity control; includes dozens of professionally created presets; use of adjustment brushes; RAW image support; and create vignettes. Macphun has the ability to run as a standalone or as a plug-in for popular host applications.
If you have used NIK software, you will find these plugins familiar and easy to use, as Macphun was founded by the original NIK developers! For a discount on their products, just use our discount code: ROADRUNNER.
Alien Skin Software
Recently released! Snap Art 4!
Snap Art 4 transforms your photographs into beautiful works of art (oils, watercolors, and more) and has never been easier to use.
Snap Art 4 lets you experiment with multiple artistic styles via a simple, sleek user interface.
In addition to Snap Art 4, Alien Skin offers Exposure 5 – creative effects that simulate the film days (I’m a big fan), Eye Candy 7 simulates creative effects such as fire and chrome, Bokeh 2 provides a wide range of focus effects such as soft blurs and vignettes, and Blow Up which renders crystal clear enlargements. They also sell all 5 of their amazing programs as a software bundle!
Please use our discount code RRPT
Alien Skin Plugins will work in trail mode for a limited time.
Click here to visit the onOne Software website. The Perfect Photo Suite 10 is a complete photo editor and includes all the tools you will need to enhance, retouch and stylize images, replace backgrounds, and create high quality enlargements. Perfect Photo Suite is available for a 30 day trail.
Have you ever photographed a high contrast scene? If so, you know that even the best exposure gives you blown out highlights, flat shadows, or both. The solution is High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing:
- Take multiple photographs at varying exposure levels (brackets)
- Merge the photos into an HDR image
- Choose a style, from natural to painterly or surreal, and adjust settings to get the look you want
For a 15% discount on your purchase, enter ‘RRPT’ in the Coupon Code field!
Totally Rad Software
In addition to simple to use software to enhance your images, Totally Rad also provides Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets to increase the efficiencies of your workflow!
I use Dirty Pictures by Totally Rad for selecting and importing textures into Photoshop.
In addition to amazing textures, Joel Olives also offers membership in their Texture Club. This is a great deal! For $100, you will get a year’s worth of texture and overlay downloads.
For a 20% discount on any of the Joel Olives Texture packages or Texture Club, use our discount code: DENISE20
For a 15% discount on any of the Flypaper Textures or Preset packages, use our discount code: donr
The companies below represent leaders in the field of photographic gear and we proudly use their products.
Lensbaby makes Creative Effects lenses that allow photographers to create unique images in camera like no other lens on the market. Mostly widely known for the crisp clean focus point and soft blurred edges, Lensbaby’s creative optics enhance any type of photography, from landscape to portraits. The possible creative effects to be achieved are endless!
10% Discount code is available to our workshop, tour and meetup participants on request. Please use our Contact Page.
Life Pixel Infrared Conversions
Infrared photography will expand any photographer’s photographic opportunities! No longer will hot midday sun be a detriment to getting out and shooting landscapes. Infrared conversion will encourage you to explore the amazing world of infrared light. Life Pixel offers a number of different infrared conversion options. Check out their website, watch their informational video, and pick the conversion that fits your style!
PhotoCraft in Burke, VA
Click here to visit PhotoCraft’s website. PhotoCraft is a family-owned business that was started in 1978. Its foundation is one based on Excellent Customer Service and even Better Prices. Their motto “We strive to offer our customers the very latest in merchandise, at the very best prices, and all with the way we would want to be treated ourselves.” PhotoCraft is a 100% full Authorized USA Dealer of everything they sell. Whether you live here in the Washington DC Area, or you live on the other side of the country or even the world, PhotoCraft can serve all of your photographic needs.
Hunt’s is a great retailer for photographic and videography needs. Gary at Hunts is a strong supporter of the Photographic community and always ready to help you get the gear that you need!
Light weight, durable, tripods and monopods. MeFOTO also offers an array of size, weight, and color options. When size and weight matters MeFoto is the gear I use.
Really Right Stuff offers all types of gear to enhance the photographic experience. From tripods and ballheads, to L-Brackets and Panorama rigs. When stability in the field is a must, Really Right Stuff is the gear that I use.
I believe Singh-Ray makes the best filters available. Singh-Ray makes a variety of filters that will help take your imagery to the next level! From 10 and 15 stop Mor-Slo filters that will let you slow water and clouds to create that ethereal soft look in the middle of the day to polarizing and warming filters that enhance the saturation of color. Road Runner clients receive 10% off, just use the discount code “ROADRUNNER10”.
Click there to visit the thinkTANK Photo website. and as a special offer, when you order $50 or more of Think Tank gear online, at checkout you will be able to select a gift to receive for free.
thinkTANK is known for its amazing camera bags, but also offers a variety of products, such as: Beltpacks, Harnesses, Holster Bags, Rolling Bags, Rain Covers, and more! We highly recommend the StreetWalker series; durable, lightweight, and amazingly comfortable to weigh due to its thin profile.
Click here to visit Mindshift. Mindshift Gear is a thinkTANK company and we feel that Mindshift is “the” leading bag company in the market.
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