Monthly Archives: June 2008

Lightroom Podcast #53: Martin Evening

Adobe Pro Photography Evangelist George Jardine has posted episode 53 in his Lightroom podcast series.  George writes,

 

This podcast was recorded on Friday, March 7, and Monday, March 10, 2008 in London. It gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the photo shoot for Martin’s upcoming book on Lightroom 2. In this video, Martin shares his inner thinking on the model selection, lighting, camera angles, along with hair and makeup, and how each plays a part in creating the final look for the book assets.

 

The podcast (labeled "20080310-2 Video Podcast – Martin Evening Book Project") is in the Public directory of George’s iDisk.

 

With that, I’m sorry to report that this podcast concludes George’s great series.  After 2+ years and more than four dozen episodes (linked with descriptions here), he’s retiring his microphone & cameras.  On behalf of everyone who’s enjoyed the content, thanks, George!

Punking tourist pix

Here’s a bit of brilliance for your Monday: "The Image Fulgurator is a device for physically manipulating photographs. It intervenes when a photo is being taken, without the photographer being able to detect anything. The manipulation is only visible on the photo afterwards."  In other words, it watches for the flash of someone else’s camera & projects an image onto what they’re photographing.  Check it out in action. [Via]

 

On a related note, Wired surveys cameras shaped like guns, cameras on guns, and more. [Via Ellis Vener] For other projected guerilla fun, see previous about Applied Autonomy’s “Streetwriter.”

Hot image science o' the day

Pravin Bhat & friends at the University of Washington have put together a rather eye-popping video that demonstrates Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene.  I think you’ll dig it.  (The removal of the No Parking sign is especially impressive.) [Via Jeff Tranberry]

 

The work builds upon research by Adobe’s Aseem Agarwala (who was instrumental in bringing Auto-Blend to Photoshop CS3).  Adobe Senior Principal Scientist (and UW prof.) David Salesin is helping facilitate more collaboration between Adobe teams & academia, recruiting full-time hires like Aseem & sponsoring visiting researchers like Hany Farid.

(Note: As always, please don’t take my mentioning of various tech demos as a hint about any specific feature showing up in a particular Adobe product. I just post things that I find interesting & inspiring.)

Previously:

New AIR-based kuler desktop talks to the Suite

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned SwitchBoard, a Flex library that lets Adobe AIR desktop apps communicate with Creative Suite applications.  Now there’s a new version of the AIR-based kuler desktop app that can send color swatches to Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.  Here’s an annotated screenshot.  To take it for a spin, first download SwitchBoard, then install kuler desktop (linked from the right-hand nav area of kuler.adobe.com). [Update: Here’s the direct link.]

Photoshop vids of interest

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Photoshop ninja/uncannable rhyme animal Deke McClelland puts his skills to the test, dropping 101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes.  As he says, "It’s bold, it’s brash, it’s ridiculous. It’s a podcast with serious issues. Enjoy."  The KBSC geek (and occasional Nada Surf fan) in me certainly did.
  • "Have we created an unattainable image of perfection?" Diet.com explores The Photoshop Effect and the Photoshop guns hired to tune up celebrities.  (The video has racked up nearly 900,000 views in just 10 days.) [Via Steve Johnson]
  • Photoshop gets used in a music video–not just in the production, but in the video itself.  (Hey, gotta love the use of those CS3 video layers.)

Camera Raw 4.5 RC now on Labs

Lightroom/Camera Raw PM Tom Hogarty has announced that the Camera Raw 4.5 and DNG Converter Release Candidates (RC) are now available on Adobe Labs.  He writes,

 

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.  Lightroom customers who would like to use the new support provided for the Olympus cameras can download the DNG Converter release candidate and convert your raw files to DNG before importing them into Lightroom 1.4.1.

Photos: Smoke, fire, floods, & weirdoes

  • People as smoke: the simple tricks of long exposure produce a ghostly presence.  [Via Marc Pawliger]
  • The Big Picture showcases the wrath of nature:
  • Vintage photo manipulation:
  • Doing their own thing:
    • Phillip Toledano has created a photo essay of phone sex operators–a surprisingly articulate, diverse, and self-aware crew.  (Fair warning: The photos are tame, but some of the blurbs beneath them are fairly frank.) [Via]
    • Return of the ’70s Weirdos features 1978 & 2008 photos of a group of early Microsoft employees.  [Via]  Referring to aging dudes working for MSFT these days, a friend of mine calls the shuttle bus from Seattle to Redmond "The Ponytail Express."
    • You never know what you’ll find via the American Gothic tag on Flickr. [Via]

Quick Tips: Shuffling presets, flattening Bridge

A couple people have written recently to request features in Photoshop and Bridge, not knowing that what they’re seeking is already there:

 

  • A digital painter named Gracie Rafferty asked for the ability to reorder brushes.  To do so, choose Edit->Preset Manager, then rock out.  The same goes for gradients, patterns, swatches, etc.  You can delete individual items by Opt/Alt-clicking them, which also works in the Brushes palette.
  • Eric James Wood would like to move from iView to Bridge and asked for a way to see the contents of multiple folders at once.  That’s possible in Bridge CS3, but the UI is quite subtle. Open up the Filter panel in Bridge, then click the little "no folders" icon at the top of it. That’ll instruct Bridge to show you the contents of the current folder & all the folders nested within it.  From there you can select, rate, rename, hand off to Photoshop, etc.–everything you’d do with files that live in the same folder.

Saturday Science: Great photos of Earth, Mars, & beyond

Boston.com’s new feature The Big Picture dispenses with traditional peanut-sized Web photos and showcases great images in the news.  Site designer/developer/writer/photo editor Alan Taylor talks about his brainchild and how it came to be. [Via]  Lately they’ve been harvesting the best photos that billions of tax dollars can buy:

 

  • The Sky, From Above features gorgeous shots of the Space Shuttle at liftoff, as well as of thunderstorms over the American Midwest and more.  [Via]
  • In Martian Skies, you can view panoramas from Mars and watch dust devils skittering across the Martian landscape.
  • The site also features a retrospective of some of the great images sent back home by the Cassini space probe over the past four years. [Via]

On related notes, apparently the Mars Phoenix rover is broadcasting via Twitter.  Also, NASA’s new space suit design looks rather trim & buff.  I kind of miss the human Jiffy Pop bag look, though.