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Gary Detonnancourt

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More Than A Snapshot provides online photography education.

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This is the blog for More Than A Snapshot's Online Photography Classes.  In these blog posts I will give photography tips, tutorials, and show images.

Black Friday Deals for Photographers

Gary Detonnancourt

  1. TOMTOP 24-Inch 60cm 5 in 1(Gold, Silver, White, Black and Translucent) Portable Photography Studio Multi Photo Disc Collapsible Light Reflector (Photography accessories) (Collapsible)


2. Amazon Basics DSLR and Laptop Backpack - Orange interior


3. Canon Digital SLR Camera Body [EOS 80D] with 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS Sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF - Black


4. Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II - An Outdoor Sport Backpack for a DSLR Camera or the DJI Mavic Pro/Mavic Pro Platinum


5. Canon Portrait and Travel Two Lens Kit with 50mm f/1.8 and 10-18mm Lenses




7. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens


8. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens


9. Nikon D7200 DX-format DSLR w/ 18-140mm VR Lens (Black)


10. Canon Mirrorless Camera Body [EOS M50] with 4K Video, 24.1 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS Sensor - Black

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday Deals

Gary Detonnancourt

Happy Thanksgiving! I’d like to take a moment to say how thankful I am for all of you that visit my website and support my courses. I enjoy making content for you and I hope you find it useful. I have big plans for the upcoming year, including the release of a new course on about Luminar 2019. This is a program that I have been using quite a bit lately and it has impressed me as a possible alternative to Adobe Lightroom.

Skylum will not be releasing the new version of Luminar until December 8th and my course will not be finished for awhile after this release date. Therefore, I have decided to create a pre-sale bundle where you can purchase the Luminar 2019 course now before it’s even been created at a deeply discounted price. This will help with the development of the course and since I want you to get plenty of value from my courses, I’ve decided to add three of my most popular courses to this bundle as a special pre-sale bonus. This four-course bundle will include:

  • Luminar 2019

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Lightroom

  • F**k the Rules, Your Composition Your Way

  • Learn to Create More than a Snapshot Photography Course

The pre-sale Black Friday price is $50 and you can click here to purchase this bundle.

If you don’t currently own Luminar you can purchase it now during their black Friday deal by clicking here. Since your purchasing it now you will get the upgrade to Luminar 2019 free when it’s released on December 8th. They are also offering many bonuses with this sale that you can check out on their sales page.

If you decide to buy it use the coupon code “SNAPSHOT” to get $10 off.


Gary Detonnancourt

PS if you read the blog post called Topaz Studio Vs Luminar Quick Edits you can get links to Topaz’s Black Friday Deals. I highly recommend the AI Bundle, I think AI Clear is the best new software I’ve seen in a long time.

Topaz Studio Vs Luminar Quick Edits

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In this video, I thought it would be interesting to compare the results from a quick edit in Topaz Studio vs Luminar 2018.

Topaz Black Friday Special

Use the coupon code "SNAPSHOT" for 15% anything in the Topaz shopping cart.

Get the Go Pro Adjustment Bundle (Pro Pack) for $250: Our best deal of the year the pro pack features all 24 pro adjustments available in Topaz Studio for over a 60% off when you buy them all. You won't be charged for items you already own! Learn More here!

Deal on the A.I. Bundle: Our biggest sellers of the year have been our new A.I. Based products, with this bundle you get our Powerful standalone image upscaler A.I. Gigapixel, as well as both of our cutting-edge A.I. Studio adjustments, A.I. Remix and A.I. Clear, Valued at over $220 for $150. Learn More here!

25% off all individual items store-wide: For people who don't want to take advantage of the massive savings for each of the bundles above, they can still save 25% automatically when they purchase any items during this promotion, not including the Pro Pack, or the A.I. Bundle.

Luminar 2018 Quick Edit

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If you want to try Luminar for yourself, check out these Black Friday Specials. The Luminar 2018 special runs from Nov. 21 to Nov. 28.

Click this link

New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $59 plus bonuses. If you use my coupon code "SNAPSHOT" it will be $49 at checkout.

Current users of Luminar 2017 can upgrade for $49 or $39 if you use my coupon code "SNAPSHOT" at checkout.

Also, the new version of Luminar 2019 with digital asset management is coming on Dec. 18. and if you buy the 2018 version now you will get the update for free.


1 year free SmugMug portfolio plan ($180 value)

119 Dramatic & Romantic sky overlays ($30 value)

20% off COOPH photography apparel and accessories

Pre-sale bonuses

View Bug: 3-month membership

Kelby One: 2-month membership

Rocky Nook: Choice of any e-book

Daniel Kordan: Awesome Landscapes Tutorial

Manfrotto & Gitzo: $20 gift card with $120 purchase

Aurora 2019 Deal

Click this link

New users can purchase Aurora 2019 for $99 plus bonuses. If you use my coupon code "SNAPSHOT" it will be $89 at checkout.

Current users of Aurora 2018 can upgrade for $59 or $49 if you use my coupon code "SNAPSHOT" at checkout.


1 year free SmugMug portfolio plan ($180 value)

3 months free Stuck in Customs passport plan ($30 value)

Best Noise Removal Software for Still Images 2018

Gary Detonnancourt

Programs tested:

1. Topaz Ai Clear

Use the coupon code "SNAPSHOT" for 15% anything in the Topaz shopping cart.

2. Nik Dfine 2

3. Adobe Lightroom

4. Luminar Use coupon code "SNAPSHOT" for $10 off.

5. On1 2017

Below you can view the processed images from the test in the video.

Improving Skies with Luminar's AI Sky Enhancer

Gary Detonnancourt

On November 1st, Skylum released a new filter for Luminar 2018 called AI Sky Enhancer. It’s a free update if you have already purchased Luminar. However, if you have not you can try it for free for 30 days by clicking on this link. If you decide to buy it use the coupon code “SNAPSHOT” to get $10 off.

How to Use The New HDR Panorama Feature in Lightroom CC Release 8

Gary Detonnancourt

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Lightroom CC

This course will help you to understand how to use Lightroom for all of your image editing needs. I cover everything from organizing your images to printing to slideshows. Every module is covered. This course is also frequently updated with the latest information and techniques. The course covers Lightroom versions 4, 5, and 6/CC.

This course is almost 100% video lessons with some supporting notes and references. The course has more than 46 lessons and I'm constantly adding new lessons. You will have access to me through Udemy's discussion tab for answering all of your questions and checking out your progress with your image editing.

You should take this course if you are new to using Lightroom or if you are experienced and just need to learn more details about how the program works. This course does start at the beginning but then goes to an advanced level.

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Luminar Libraries & AI Sky Enhancer are Coming!

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Luminar is an image editing program made by Skylum. It is easy to use and quite powerful and could possibly be used instead of Adobe’s Lightroom. Why consider using Luminar, because it’s much cheaper than Lightroom and Photoshop. The main drawback to switching to Luminar has been that there was no way to organize and rate your images. This is all about to change in December of 2018 when Skylum plans to add a Library tool to Luminar and it will be a free update for anyone that owns Luminar 2018. Use my Coupon Code “SNAPSHOT” to get $10 Off.

That’s not all, on November 1st, there will be an update to Luminar 2018 that adds AI Sky Enhancer. This filter was created for photographers who would rather focus on creating photos, and have neither the time or inclination to spend hours correcting their images.

By moving a single slider you can add depth, definition, and detail to the sky without exposing unwanted artifacts or affecting any other aspect of the image.

No one wants boring skies in their photos, and restoring and improving the sky is one of the most important things while creating a masterpiece. We’ve done our best to make this process as simple as it can be -  the new AI Sky Enhancer creates no halos, automatically detects the edges of the sky and recognizes the sky even inside other objects such as bridges.

Please click here to see all of the details and examples of these updates.

Fall! A Great Time to Get Out to the Woods

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Fall! A Great Time to Get Out to the Woods

And not just for beautifully colored leaves. This fall try slowing down and really observing your surroundings. You never know what you’ll see. On a recent trek through a local nature trail I discovered a nice variety of wild mushrooms and learned that they make great photographic subjects. If you can identify any of these mushrooms, please post in a comment below. Click on the images to see them larger.