Luminar – a new Photo-Editing application pre-order offer

Luminar‘ by macphun is a new Photo-Editing application that can be used by novices and experts alike. It packs a whole load of power and control for a very, very affordable price. Offering non-destructive editing, layers, masking, blending modes, cloning and healing, a history palette, a RAW converter, de-noise, customisable workspaces, adjustable editing brushes, pre-loaded customisable presets and the ability to create your own – all packaged together in a simple, (mostly) easy to use interface.


  • New Customer Pre-Order Price: $59 Includes Pre-Order Bonuses!
  • Current Users of any Macphun Software, including Aurora HDR Price: $49 Includes Pre-Order Bonuses

Pre-Order Bonus Items will be revealed Nov 2

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A Close Look At UK’s Fishing Industry & The Fishermen’s Life — Edge of Humanity Magazine

Photographer Joanne Coates is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. These images are from her project ‘The Plight Of The Fisherman“. To see Joanne’s projects click on any image. See also: Liznojan […]

via A Close Look At UK’s Fishing Industry & The Fishermen’s Life — Edge of Humanity Magazine

Luminar > all-in-one photo editing solution for Mac is Coming Nov 17th


 Innovative Adaptive User Interface

The Luminar user interface is built around the idea that every photographer is different, and therefore their photo editing needs are different too. Users can choose from 4 default interface variations, designed for: quick image fixes, photo enhancement with presets, an intermediate level of control, and advanced editing.

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I had the opportunity for a very quick visit to The Isle of Arran recently – I’ve visited there a few times before, but never with my camera and/or the time to properly explore it as a seascape photography location. Although not as dramatic or as atmospheric as many of the other Scottish islands, but – if you are in Central Scotland – much easier to get too and definitely worthy of consideration for a trip. The coastal landscape is subtle, there are no rock-stacks or obvious ‘classic location’ shots that will excite the ‘shot-baggers’ (if you’ve followed any of my earlier posts you’ll know my impatience with people who rush around all the well-worn and often photographed places without taking the time to explore the glory they might just have hurried by) and you’ll have to work hard, but there are many beautiful images to be found if you take the time to patiently seek them out.

The landscape changes often with Goatfell the highest point and an undulating , mostly narrow and curving road around the coast with ‘The String’ connecting Blackwaterfoot to Broddick through the middle of Arran – will get you around the island as long you’re not in too much of hurry.

Corrie and Whiting Bay on the east, Kildonan and Blackwaterfoot on the west plus the walk to Glen Rosa are all cracking places to visit. I enjoyed my visit so much that I intend to go again as soon as I can.

A ‘Post’ Post

‘Post-production’ in digital photography is an interesting term. Sometimes frowned upon by some photographic purists who might embrace traditional darkroom endeavour. For me the digital darkroom is little different from anything I used to do in the traditional darkroom. When I shot film – I had usually chosen my film before heading to a location and would already have experimented with developers/films combinations and printing papers I’d use, or knew the colour characteristics of my film stock and how it reacted to different colour temperatures of light and how I may have to filter if required. With digital, the process – while a little different and sometimes easier – is just as critical. Continue reading “A ‘Post’ Post”

but it’s not sharp……

I had the absolute pleasure of listening to a talk by Warren Richardson last July – during a private viewing of the World Press Photo of the Year at the Scottish Parliament last July. He discussed his series of photographs documenting refugees crossing the border from Serbia to Hungry – if you haven’t seen these images please have a look. Not only did I find his work truly inspiring, but his dedication to record the sad events happening around him was a deeply humbling experience. I consider Warren a true photojournalist – in that he seems compelled to produce images that try to educate and hopefully change opinions.

But why the headline ‘but it’s not sharp’ –  because it doesn’t matter a flying feck.

Warren was quite literally often shooting in the dark – working quickly in dark conditions. Pushing the capabilities of his camera to the limits and beyond – many of the images are unsharp – with obvious movement. Does this lessen the images – absolutely not in my opinion. If anything it makes them more compelling, dynamic and honest.

Please read his stories and study his work – I think you’ll learn much.



2017 Scotland Calendar

Limited Edition 2017 Scotland Calendar now available to pre-order.

The calendar features twelve of my favourite black and white images from my travels and wanders around Scotland and is issued as a limited edition print run of one hundred copies.

As always please feel free to share 🙂



Some of my work

Slide show 1 from ronnie baxter on Vimeo.

If the images are not your bag, then just close your eyes and enjoy the track.

Music ‘Theft, And Wondering About Lost’ by The Cocteau Twins from the album  ‘Four Calendar Cafe’.

Advice to young photographers from a master of photography.

“If you’re young and have the time, go and study. Study anthropology, sociology, economy, geopolitics. Study so that you’re actually able to understand what you’re photographing. What you can photograph and what you should photograph.”

Sebastião Salgado


Much has been written and discussed regarding the work and career of Sebastiao Salgado – take the time to listen to him and form your own opinion. If you haven’t watched Wim Wenders’ ‘Salt of the Earth’ documentary then please do. I doubt very much you will be disappointed.



Aurora HDR 2017 software – pre-order offer.

If you know me you’ll have heard my thoughts on HDR photography. You’ll know its something I’m not terribly fond of. With too many HDR enthusiasts over-zealously using this technique, often with poor post-production, saturated colours rarely seen in the real world,  image ghosting and clarity sliders cranked up beyond the pale – the end results can be upsetting to the sensitive eye.

I will sometimes blend sky and foreground elements for my landscape photography and will use HDR for architectural and interior shots when time or necessity won’t allow me to use lighting and the results mostly work well. Subtlety and integrity of the original scene is the key – If the slider goes to 100% it doesn’t mean that’s where you must take it, but that’s only my opinion. Continue reading “AURORA HDR 2017 PRE-ORDER OFFER”