October 28, 2009
As regular readers of this blog will know, I have an interest in Timelapse photography. I’ve had Jeffrey Friedl write a panning script (thanks yet again, Jeffrey!) and I’ve even gone as far as writing a plugin that uses ffmpeg to create video from exported files. But now thanks to Andy Rahn, Lee Jay Fingersh and Matt Dawson, I’ve achieved an even better goal: Timelapse video straight from Lightroom.
October 21, 2009
Lightroom Product Manager, Tom Hogarty has announced the availabilty of Lightroom 3 Beta over at Lightroom Journal. In a similar fashion to Lightroom 1 and 2, Adobe are providing a public preview of the application. In this case it’s much more like the original Beta preview, in that it’s less polished. Hence Adobe warn that it is not to be used as a production tool, but for testing and commenting only.
New features include: Improved Import, Watermarking, better Noise Reduction, Slideshow Video Export, Grain amongst others. Discussion can be had on the Adobe Labs Forum and more information and the download can be had from Adobe Labs.
September 15, 2009
After a short public beta Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom have been updated to 5.5 and 2.5 respectively and are available through the Adobe software update mechanisms or at the Adobe.com updates page.
August 15, 2009
In our ongoing series of interviews with Lightroom users, Lightroom News was delighted to have ‘Within The Frame’ author David duChemin take our questions as he ventured off on yet another trip.
Hi David, thanks for joining us on Lightroom News. Those that know you here are probably most familiar with your excellent book “Within The Frame”. To kick off, can you give us a little background to your photography and how it eventually lead to the book?
Thanks for having me! I think at heart I’m a communicator, so I approach photography as an act of expression. But it took me 20 years to get to that point, like I was learning a language and suddenly understood that that language could be used to tell the stories I was most passionate at telling. It lead to the book because I saw a vacuum in the teachings of photography about why we use photography as an art form and not just how we do so. And then this crazy “hey, what if I write a book?” thing kind of spiraled out of control and here we are.
August 12, 2009
One feature sorely lacking in Lightroom is a good watermark on Export. Using the fabulous 3rd party plugin LR2/Mogrify from Timothy Armes solves this issue for a straight export, but unfortunately post process plugins are not available in the Web Module. So how can we do it?
Well for my recently launched music photography website Muso Foto, I wanted nice (i.e. not the normal Lightroom one) watermarks on my images. Nothing intrusive, but something that doesn’t take away from the image.
Here’s the steps I took:
August 1, 2009
It seems like a lot of the current Lightroom news is Plugin related, and this is no exception. Lightroom support for email is based on adding your mail program as a post process action normally. Seeing a gap in the market as such, Timothy Armes has created a plugin called LR2/Gmail, allowing GMail users to email directly from inside Lightroom.
It is of course dependent on your server having access to GMail’s server. It does include some nifty features like tracking who you emailed a photo to, and accessing your contacts from GMail. All in all a nifty little plugin. Read More
July 23, 2009
TTG Highslide Gallery Pro is now available from The Turning Gate. TTG Highslide Gallery Pro is multi-purpose, and can be used to produce three types of standard image gallery, a client proofing selection gallery with email response options, and two types of shopping cart galleries. It’s the most versatile Lightroom web photo gallery template currently available. The gallery is available to new users for $40.
Those users having previously purchased TTG Highslide Gallery should have received special discount codes via email allowing them to upgrade to the Pro version of the gallery for $25.
A demo version of TTG Highslide Gallery Pro is available from the product page. The demo is a fully function, free download, but limits exported galleries to only 10 images.
Additionally, TTG Highslide Gallery has been upgraded to version 1.3. New features include additional outline types for expanded images, more options for non-English language modifications, UI improvements and a special “Safe-Mode” feature for the minority of Windows users who had been suffering application crashes when attempting to load TTG Highslide Gallery. See the updated product documentation for details on Safe-Mode usage. With the 1.3 update, the introductory price comes to an end. TTG Highslide Gallery is now available at its regular price of $20.
July 17, 2009
It’s no surprise that we are big fans of the Highslide Gallery from Matthew Campagna of theturninggate.net. This fabulous gallery has a wonderful set of features perfect for showing off images to clients. And like all of his current galleries, it is well supported and constantly being improved. Matthew recently announced that version 1.2 was released adding a wealth of new features, including external language options.
Go to The Turning Gate for more details, and to make use of the $10 introductory offer.
July 6, 2009
Timothy Armes has released LR/Mogrify 2.00, with a new, and much requested, compression feature which finds the optimum JPEG compression value to produce the best image quality for a specific output size.
Other features include:
- Watermarks can be scaled to the shortest or longest edge, ideal for same size watermarks on Landscape and Portrait images.
- Annotations now work the same way.
- Unnecessary punctuation will be removed as well.
June 29, 2009
The Edit in command in Lightroom opens files as TIFF or PSD depending on what you’ve set in Preferences. One option you don’t have is to open the original Raw file in another Raw convertor. Seeing this gap in functionality, John Beardsworth has stepped up with an ‘Open Directly‘ Plugin. This open the file in the Raw convertor of your choice.
There are alternate means of accessing the Raw file, but this usually means finding the original file in Finder/Explorer, or Exporting as ‘Original’. The latter makes a copy of the file though. This plugin is free to try until July 7th.