June 30, 2008
All reportage photos © Jeff Schewe
Earlier, in March this year, George Jardine from Adobe and Jeff Schewe came over to London to help document a fashion photo shoot that I shot specifically for the next revision of my Lightroom book. The background to this is that the publisher, Peachpit and myself thought it would be a good idea to carry out a studio photo shoot in which I could use the photographs that were taken on the day to illustrate a complete Lightroom workflow, using the latest version of the program. As well as capturing some great looking images, I also hoped to find a new cover image for the book, and in addition to this, Adobe have also requested to use some of these pictures as demo assets for Lightroom and other Adobe product presentations. Incidentally, the finished book will now be ready to go on sale as soon as Lightroom 2 officially ships.
You can find out more about the shoot itself by checking out the video George Jardine made while he was in London, which shows the progress of the shoot from concept, through to model casting and creating the finished looks. There is also a separate video podcast that George produced which shows me going through the pictures at the editing stage and discussing which shots worked best and why.
June 27, 2008
Source: George Jardine on Lightroom and digital photography
Author: George Jardine
George Jardine has just posted a video podcast of photographer, Martin Evening at work in his London studio, using and discussing how Lightroom fits in with his studio workflow. It shows all the steps in a typical fashion shoot from discussing the brief to looking at the finished shots, as well as discussing his upcoming book on Lightroom 2.
June 26, 2008
A recent ISO accident led to the creation of this little video tutorial on noise reduction in Lightroom. While it doesn’t offer as much control as dedicated software like Neat Image or Noiseware, it’s still quite usable. The one great thing about it, is that once you’re happy with the results on one image, you can batch it to the rest of the shoot, far quicker than with the dedicated packages. Click here to watch the MP4 video.
June 25, 2008
Tom Hogarty has announced that Camera Raw 4.5 and DNG Converter are available on Adobe Labs.
The Camera Raw 4.5 and DNG Converter Release Candidates (RC) are now available on Adobe Labs. The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that the plug-in is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe.
This release includes new camera support for the Olympus E 420 and E 520 camera models.
Please provide feedback on your experience with the Camera Raw 4.5 plug-in and the DNG Converter on the Camera Raw User to User forum
For Lightroom customers who would like to use the new support provided for the Olympus cameras, download the DNG Converter release candidate and convert your raw files to DNG before importing them into Lightroom 1.4.1.
(Via Lightroom Journal.)
June 24, 2008
Michael Clark has an excellent article on Film Scans in Lightroom, over at O’Reilly’s Inside Lightroom blog. He discusses everything from film choice for scanning to scanner setup, to final tweaks in Lightroom. It’s a well balanced article that should be encouraging to any film buff looking to start using Lightroom with their slide or negative collection.
Read the article.
June 22, 2008
With browser makers starting to see the light about colour management, we can finally see our colours as intended online. Safari has been doing this forever, but now Firefox 3 is colour managed. Except, it’s not on by default. So here’s how to do it.
In the address bar of Firefox, type in about:config.
Scroll down to gfx.color_management.enabled. By default it’s set to false. Double click on it to change it to true. Restart Firefox. Viola.
Version 3 is much faster, which of course is another bonus. Your Lightroom galleries and exports will now look better online.
June 10, 2008
When you look for plugins and addons to Adobe products, most users would be encouraged to go to the Adobe Exchange site. This is where developers would add and advertise their product, be it free or commercial. Up until recently this wasn’t possible for Lightroom users, but now we finally have a Lightroom Exchange.
The featured product there currently is SlideShowPro for Lightroom, but there are many others there from such well known figures ase Matthew Campagna and Jeffrey Friedl. As a user, you should check out what’s available. As a developer you should be adding your product to the list. I know I will be.
June 5, 2008
Matthew Campagna, owner of The Turning Gate, and 3rd party Web Gallery developer for Lightroom, kindly agreed to be interviewed for Lightroom News. Matthew is a prolific creator and very involved in the Lightroom Community, in such forums as the User to User forum and LightroomForums.net The interview is an informal affair and I hope you enjoy it.
Hi Matthew, You’ve been around the Lightroom Community for a while. Can you give us a little background for the readers?
Hi Sean, and thanks for the opportunity to appear on Lightroom-News.
To begin with, some background information that factors into some of my answers to your questions, and which explains some of what visitors will find at The Turning Gate. Since 2002, I’ve split my time between living in the U.S. and in Seoul, South Korea. I’ve been working in Korea for a total of five years as an ESL kindergarten and elementary school teacher. Between stints in Korea, I’ve done various things.
June 3, 2008
In an interesting change from the norm, Matt Kosklowski has posted a new type of free Preset: Keyword Sets. For those not aware of Keywords sets, I’ve a detailed post about them in the archives of Lightroom-blog.com.
The presets Matt has for readers today are ‘Children’ and ‘Baseball’. Head over to Lightroom Killer Tips to pick them up, along with instructions on installing them.
One good thing about them is that it might get you thinking about Keywording. A photo that you can’t find has no value, to you, or anyone else. In fact, if you can’t locate it, you may as well not have taken it. Keywords really help when locating files. As is Good captioning. So remember to include them when you’re managing your files!
(Via Adobe Lightroom Killer Tips.)