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By Raffy Paredes

Luminar, the popular photography software by Macphun that was previously available only on Mac will soon be offered for Windows. In the meantime,Windows users can already try the public beta version of Luminar for Windows for free.Luminar is a powerful photo-editing program currently competing with Adobe Lightroom. Certain features of the Mac version of Luminar are still a work in progress and aren’t available in the beta yet. These include workspaces, plug-in support, object removal, noise reduction,and some others. Addition features will be added to the public beta until the full Windows version is released later in 2017.You can download the free Macphun Luminar for Windows beta (206MB) at https://macphun.com/beta by entering your email address (source: PetaPixel).

  • Falling Asleep (Bien O. Bacarra Jr.)

  • Ascent (Karlo Hombrebueno)

  • Sun Sets in Paradise (Mhikie Manzanares)

  • My Super Lola Lydia Marquez Manipol (Krenil Miclat)

  • Gerbera (Walter H. Guillarte)

  • Floral (Sidney Po)

  • Blessed Morning (Bernard Miranda)

  • Bangka Store (Christian Flores)

  • Waiting & Sharing (Richard Malaque)

  • Sunset Hangout (Christian Quilalang)

    You still have six days to enter your photos in the IPA Philippines Competition. Deadline for entries is on July 31. The winning IPA Philippines Photographer of the Year will compete for the coveted Lucie statue and $22,500 in cash prizes.For the Philippine competition, prizes are: Photographer of the Year, cash prize of $1000.00; Best New Talent, cash prize of $500.00; Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year, cash prize of $500.00. The top three winners of the competition will compete for larger cash prizes and the Lucie statue at the annual Lucie Awards Ceremony taking place at Carnegie Hall, New York City in October 2017. They will also receive complimentary tickets to The Lucie Awards Gala.All winners and honorable mentions can print their own press releases and winners’ certificates online.

    A Chrome extension makes it possible to create GIFs from your favorite YouTube videos. Just install GIFit! Go to your YouTube video. Click the GIFit! icon in the toolbar. Set a start time, end time, and other configuration options. Click the big red GIFit! button. When your GIF is ready, click the “Save GIF” button!And you have your GIF. Know that GIFit! works only when you have YouTube in HTML5 mode which is the default mode in Chrome.Some videos on YouTube use the Flash player by force. GIFit! does not work with these videos.

    And now to our featured readers with two new photo contributors.

    Christian Flores shares his photo titled “Bangka Store” taken during a company outing in Zambales. Christian works in a travel agency in Quezon City.

    From Zamboanga City, Western Mindanao State University fifth year industrial engineering student Christian Quilalang sent in the black-and-white silhouette photo, “Sunset Hangout.” The photo was taken with a smartphone.

    Other photos come from regular senders and previously featured readers.

    From Walter Guillarte is the macro flower photo, “Gerbera.” Walter says that due to the weather conditions, he has been limited to shooting macro photos of flowers.

    The photo, “Blessed Morning” comes from Bernard Miranda. Location of the shoot is Alligator Lake, Laresio Resort & Spa, Los Baños, Laguna.

    Sidney Po shares “Floral” which won him first place, Floral Category of the 2017 IPPAwards / International iPhone Photo Awards recently (www.ippawards.com). “Of the thousands of entries submitted from 140 countries around the world, we were lucky that one winner came from the Philippines,” proudly writes Sidney. “As an MB Picture Perfect loyal reader and regular contributor, I share this award with all of you guys there!”

    Bien Bacarra Jr. submitted the photo, “Falling Asleep.” “The photo was captured when I passed by a group of young kids doing acrobatic acts along the baywalk of Laguna lake,” relates Bien.“I waited for the right moment when the kid was positioned parallel to the bed. It is like that he is falling from the sky and sleeping at the same time.”

    Richard Malaque contributed the photo of three boys sharing a smartphone titled “Waiting & Sharing.” He shot the photo while on a trip to Thailand.

    “For this shot, I had to patiently wait for the snail to crawl all the way to the top,” relates Karlo Hombrebueno on how he took his photo, “Ascent.” “It is kind of reflective of a person’s life journey. Sometimes it takes too long to reach our goals. The process reminded me of a quote: ‘Even a snail will eventually reach its destination’ – Gail Tsukiyama, The Street of a Thousand Blooms.”

    From Mhikie Manzanares, a teacher at Jose Rizal University is the photo titled “Sun Sets in Paradise.” Mhikie shares that this photo is special to him. “I have seen and shot a lot of sunset shots but this one is just so majestic,” he writes. “The serene water undisturbed by the chaos caused by people and the sun that sets, painting a beautiful goodbye to a day that has come to past are all so perfect to behold.”

    Concluding contributor for today’s page is Krenil Miclat with “My Super Lola Lydia Marquez Manipol.”

    Readers may now view issues of Picture Perfect including this column at www.mb.com.ph. For comments, suggestions or just to share an image or idea, email throughalensclearly@yahoo.com or rfyparedes@yahoo.com.

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