Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tutorial: Getting great B&W through Lightroom + Silver Efex Pro

Google + Adobe = photographic coolness; seems rather up my alley, eh? Via PetaPixel:

The tutorial will show you how to take a RAW file, prep it in Lightroom, convert it to black and white in Silver Efex Pro 2, and then finish it up back in Lightroom. And although it’s meant specifically for images shot with the Fuji X-T1, it’ll give anybody who wants that grainy, filmic black and white look — which is particularly well suited for street photography — a great place to start.

If this is up your alley, check out more tutorials on the Google Help Center.



Lytro makes life more interesting—again

If you care about the future of photography—how it’s captured, processed, experienced—check out David Pierce’s thoughtful piece on Lytro’s new Illum camera.

What Lytro plans to do is not just change how we take pictures, but to make the very pictures themselves mirror the way we see them in the first place. We interact with the world in three dimensions, touching and moving and constantly changing our perspectives, and light-field photos fit perfectly.

Photographer Kyle Thompson (who at 22 is kind of a badass) notes, “You don’t have to focus exactly on one certain point in the photo, but you also have to remember to try and keep all points of the photo interesting.”

This is the future… [L]ight-field photography — the notion that the future is about turning the complex physical parts of a camera into software and algorithms… — seems almost obvious. Why capture one photo, from one angle, with one perspective, when we could capture everything? When I can explore a photo, zooming and panning and focusing and shifting, why would I ever want to just look at it?

What do you think? Gimmick or game changer?

Practice your typography skills with Typekit Practice

A neat idea from Adobe’s type-serving arm:

Fonts are great, but using them well can be hard. Volumes have been written about typography, yet every good designer will say there are no rules; there is no magic formula for success. Typography simply takes practice. Typography is a practice.

So today, we’re launching a new website: Typekit Practice, a place where novices and experts alike can hone their typographic skills. We hope it will help students learn, help teachers teach, and help professionals stay sharp.