Luminescence of Nature News

One of the images you'll see in The Photographer's Guide to Digital Landscapes

Here’s a quick update on current events here at Luminescence of Nature Photography

  • The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro remains on schedule for a release by the end of December 2010.  Look for it exclusively at Luminescence of Nature Press.   We’ve also created an online gallery of images from the upcoming Guide. Subscribe to my email newsletter (at the bottom of my home page)to be notified of the official release.
  • B&H is offering FREE 2-day SHIPPING on all Nikon products for a limited time!
  • I’ve also been notified that B&H is now taking preorders on the Nikon SB-700 speedlight.
  • Look for some of my photos tomorrow (Dec. 17) at Terry’s Place, a blog for writers.  I’m no mystery writer, but every Friday is something different over there.
  • Keep warm, and happy shooting!


Coming Soon: The Photographer’s Guide to Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro

Coming Soon from Luminescence of Nature Press

For the past few months, I’ve been hard at work collaborating with my good friend (and awesome photographer) Tony Sweet on a new eBook guide to Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro.  For those of you who haven’t tried it yet, this new Nik plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture makes creating HDR images really easy.  We even describe how you can use HDR Efex Pro as a stand-alone application– useful if you use a RAW converter like Nikon’s Capture NX2.

Obviously, we not only provide readers with thorough explanations of every tool and control in HDR Efex Pro, but we also spend a lot of time explaining how and why each tool should be used.  Tony and I provide lots of example images, and we spent several weeks creating a set of fourteen custom HDR presets that will be included with the eBook.

The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro will be available soon, exclusively from Luminescence of Nature Press.  To be notified of the release date, sign up for my email newsletter at

Cyber Monday Specials from Luminescence of Nature™ Press

From now through Monday, November 29th, you can save 20% off your entire purchase from Luminescence of Nature™ Press.  Use coupon code cyber2010 at checkout to get your discount on my eBooks and training videos, including:

Singh-Ray Announces Vari-N-Trio™ Filter

Blur water to the extreme with a Variable Neutral Density Filter from Singh-Ray

Singh-Ray have released a new variation on their variable neutral-density filter, the Vari-N-Trio.  This filter combines a variable 4-8 stop ND filter, polarizer, and now adds color enhancement filtration.

The Vari-N-Duo (ND plus polarizer) is one of my recommended filters in The Photographer’s Guide to Digital Landscapes; anyone who needs a super-slow shutter speed and polarization while shooting moving water will want to have one.  The Vari-N-Trio will begin shipping in limited quantities on December 15th, with full availability expected early 2011.

You can read more about the new Vari-N-Trio filter at Singh-Ray’s website.