Don and Denise would like to share with you some information on the software and gear we use to create our 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
Adobe is currently offering its Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 as a package for $9.99/month! This is a great offer.
This amounts to $120/yr for the best photography processing tools ever made. It is unlikely to EVER be cheaper than this. As part of this package you will also receive access to Adobe’s creative community for photo sharing community, Behance, as well as 20 GB of cloud storage. The cloud storage would be used for when you travel and you want to upload items to work on in the field or to transfer large images. When using Adobe’s Creative Cloud Suite, your content/images are NOT stored in the cloud, NOR do the programs run from the cloud. You download the software, like you would any other and you work on your computer, save on your computer, etc.
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.
Here at Road Runner we believe in lifelong learning. One way we stay up to date with not only Photoshop and Lightroom, but photography in general is through our membership with KelbyOne. As a member you are eligible for discounts on events like Photoshop World, but you have access to an enormous library of online training as well as digital magazines on Lightroom and Photoshop.
These filters are our go to filters in the field. We carry 3, 6, and 10 spot X4 ND filters. These filters are lightweight and super thin can be used individually or combined as they are threaded and are stack-able. The best part, they do not create a color cast!! Amazing but true! So when you get to your post process, you don’t have to deal with color cast or revert to black and white. We never leave home without these!
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The RRPT Team swears by this stuff!
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.
Photo Gear – PGD Tracker Kit – Sighting Scope
The PGD Tracker marries optical reflex sighting technology, developed originally for firearms, to telephoto action photography. Utilizing the ESM-1 mount created at Photo Gear Designs, the customized PGD Tracker sight can be easily and quickly mounted to ANY camera hot shoe with repeatable precision.
Instead of trying to follow a moving target looking through a lens with a narrow field of view and mirror – shutter blackout, the photographer uses both eyes open to the scene and merely keeps the projected sight reticle on the subject. Can be used hand-held or tripod mounted.
Who is this tool for:
- Wildlife photographers… easily track birds in flight, animals on the run
- Sports photographers… track hard to follow balls in flight to where the action is
- Motor sports…
- Any moving subject that is hard to follow at high focal lengths
- Great for prepositioning long telephotos on hard to locate distant subjects
Road Runner clientele are eligible for a discount on the PGD Tracker. Type ROADRUNNER in the promo field code.
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 (Don is 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!
Alien Skin Plugins will work in trial mode for a limited time.
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! If you would like to get a discount on their products, just use our discount code: ROADRUNNER.
The OnOne Photo RAW is their flagship product with a lot of very powerful features. PhotoRAW 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. OnOne Photo Raw 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!
For a 15% discount on any of the Flypaper Texture packages, use our discount code: donr
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!
Don uses Dirty Pictures by Totally Rad for selecting and importing textures into Photoshop. .
The companies below represent leaders in the field of photographic gear and we proudly use their products.
Here at RRPT we use and recommend DJI Arial Platforms, or if you prefer drones! We have a Phantom 3 that we use for shooting closer to home and we each have a Mavic Pro that we use when traveling.
PhotoCraft in Burke, VA
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 has the latest equipment or services available at really great prices. Whether you want the hottest new camera, a 30×40 poster-sized print, or even your old family movies transferred to DVD, PhotoCraft has the technology and the know-how to make it happen.
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.
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!
If you prefer the convenience of ordering and having gear shipped to your home we recommend Hunt’s Photo and Video. Please email Alan Samiljan at asamiljan (at) wbhunt.com and tell him that Road Runner sent you! To check out Hunt’s website click here.
Really Right Stuff offers all types of gear to enhance the photographic experience. From tripods and ballheads, to L-Brackets and Panorama rigs that will aid in straight horizontal plane.
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 ROADRUNNER10 for the discount code.
Click there to visit the thinkTANK Photo website. With our code you will be eligible for 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. Denise recently switched to a Mindshift Gear pack and Don plans to switch in the very near future.
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