Over the last 20 years or so, photographers have faced a slightly Faustian bargain: shoot JPEG & get the benefits of a camera manufacturer’s ability to tune output with a camera’s on-board smarts; or shoot raw and get more dynamic range and white balance flexibility—at the cost of losing that tuning and having to do more manual work.
Fortunately Adobe & Apple have been collaborating for many months to get Apple’s ProRAW variant of DNG supported in Camera Raw and Lightroom, and here Russell Brown provides a quick tour of how capture and editing work:
Join my old friends & colleagues Phil Clevenger & Rick Miller tomorrow for what promises to be an informative online class/discussion. Topics include:
Quick history of the Lightroom UI and its influence on modern software design
The importance of choosing the right color space when editing your photos.
Creating custom camera profiles for your DSLR, cellphone, and drone cameras to achieve the best color fidelity.
The RAW advantage: recovering data from overexposed/underexposed images.
Using the Map module and GPS coordinates for location scouting.
Soft Proofing your photos to determine the most appropriate print color settings
Questions & Answers
About your hosts: Phil Clevenger: Senior Director, Experience Design, Adobe Experience Cloud. Original UI designer for Adobe Lightroom and author on two patents for UI innovations in the Lightroom 1.0 interface.
Rick Miller: Former Sr. Solutions Engineer/color management expert at Adobe Systems (Rick’s name appeared on the credit screens for Photoshop and Premiere Pro), Professional photographer, and currently a professor at USC. Rick previously taught at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Cal Poly Pomona University, and assisted the LAPD’s Scientific Investigation Division in the forensic application of Photoshop.
Knowledge, nerdery, and pizza; what’s not to like?
Sean Teegarden is a Los Angeles-based freelance photographer, specializing in portraiture, still life, and commercial advertising. […]
Shooting projects for editorial and advertising clients calls for a different set of software demands: different user selects/edits, instant monitoring, multi-platform output and delivery, all of which Lightroom can handle beautifully. Come experience an overview of Lightroom using project based catalogs, tethered shooting requirements, client delivery methods, and archiving for the post-production and portfolio conscience.
Pizza and socializing run 6:30-7:00. Sean’s presentation will start at 7:00 and run until 8:00. Please RSVP here.
I’m excited to see the passionate photographers at Nokia helping people not only capture full-fidelity raw files & support open standards, but also use those images efficiently in their photo workflows. Nokia’s Tiina Jaatinen writes,
The DNG format gives you access to pure and untouched visual information, allowing you to do more with your images using the professional workflow you can use with SLRs. […]
A raw DNG image file contains a lot of information about the image such as camera details, exposure settings, date, and so forth. A color profile tells even more information about the image – specifically how Adobe Lightroom should convert the colors of the raw image file.
Check out her chat with Juha Alakarhu, the head of imaging technologies at Nokia, for more details plus download links.
In case you didn’t see the news earlier, I’m happy to say that anyone who owns a CS3 or later Adobe product can get Photoshop, Lightroom, 20GB of online storage, and a Behance ProSite for $9.99/month until the end of February. You can sign up here.
In addition to the new cameras listed below, Photoshop CC users get new features including Auto Levels-like functionality and Auto Straighten. PM Sharad Mangalick writes,
Please note that this is the final version of Camera Raw 8 and DNG Converter 8 that will be available for Photoshop CS6 customers on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Mac OSX 10.6. Impacted customers can continue either update to compatible operating system or continue to use Camera Raw 8.3 for Photoshop CS6.
Photoshop CS6 customers on Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion), Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) will not be impacted and will continue to receive updated camera support through future ACR 8.x dot releases.
Newly added support for Tethered Capture in Lightroom 5.3:
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / EOS 650D / EOS Kiss X6i
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.3 & Lightroom 5.3
Now after a day of shooting, you can pop your SD card into your computer, import the photos into Lightroom, grab your iPad, sit on the couch and go through the photos. Pick out the good ones, reject the bad ones, and share your favorites to Twitter or Facebook.
We are delighted to announce that we are extending the period that the Photoshop Photography Program is available without restrictions to December 31, 2013. The offer is available to everyone, regardless of whether you have purchased a previous Adobe product. […]
Your response to the initial program has been incredible, well above our expectations, and I am thrilled we are able to extend this program so more of you can take advantage of it.
It’s possible that not all pages on Adobe.com have been updated to reflect this change; that should be resolved shortly.
In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne discusses backup strategies for the Lightroom catalog, incremental backup catalogs, photographs, presets, preferences, and additional supporting files. Of course there are many ways to manage files – this tutorial is intended to help you identify the best approach for your workflow.
Julieanne demonstrates how to create a “template” catalog on the computer that she uses on-location. Then, she shows how to retain all of the edits made to images while in the field (including collections, virtual copies, ratings, saved output projects, etc.) by merging the on-location catalog with her master catalog upon return.
On Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13th, I’ll be teaching a free, online, 2-day live course on creativeLIVE! We all know that Lightroom is the ultimate tool for managing and editing images, but getting the most out of this unique program depends on your ability to navigate it quickly and efficiently. In this workshop, I’ll show you how to save time every step of the way, from importing raw images to exporting expertly enhanced photographs — and everything in between.
We’ll take a look at how to streamline the import process, create a simple organizational structure, and edit a shoot efficiently and seamlessly. You will learn the key tools to enhance your photographs, correct color and tonal values, customize your color to black and white conversion, and even add special effects such as selective coloring, split toning, and vintage looks.
I will also demonstrate how and when to move images from Lightroom into Photoshop for further enhancements, and outline how to easily create slideshows, photo books, and templates for printing. By the end of this class, you’ll understand key tools and strategies for streamlining your workflow while creating stunning images.
There’s no catch – it’s absolutely free and you don’t even have to sign up for my mailing list (although you can if you want to). I meet a lot of people on the forums who have ended up in a tangle because they’ve misunderstood the basics, and much as I’d like to meet you, I’d prefer it’s not because you’ve accidentally deleted all of your photos!
I’ve conceived of this month’s meeting specially to punish you. After I subject you to the technical nuances of building custom profiles, you’ll never ask for advanced topics again! Only the most unashamedly geeky among you need attend!
On Thursday evening at Adobe HQ, Ben will break down techniques for building both lens profiles & camera profiles. Pizza & socializing will start at 6:30pm, and the presentation will run roughly 7-8pm, followed by Q&A.
I’m pleased to say that the $9.99/month limited-time offer for owners of Photoshop CS3-CS6 is now available. With it you get:
20 GB of online storage
Behance ProSite (custom site/portfolio hosting)
Access to the online video tutorials in Creative Cloud
Per the original announcement, “To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013.” (That is, the price is not set to rise after 12 months.)
I want to go on a hike, vacation, etc. and toss my iPad in my bag. I want to pair my nice camera (SLR, Micro 4/3rds, etc.) with the iPad just as easily as I could any Bluetooth device. As I shoot (or later), I want to beam my raw files right into the iPad. I want to review those images on a 10″ rather than a 2″ screen. I want to swipe through to pick the good ones & hide the crap. I might want to apply some edits & share the output directly, but when I get home, I want all the images & their edits appear in Lightroom, ready for any further work.
I want that, too. Everyone wants that. Could we finally be getting there?
AirDrop in iOS7 makes it easy to have nearby iOS devices share photos and videos. Will this extend to pairing cameras with iPhones & iPads, particularly if the former support Wi-Fi Direct? I don’t know—but man, my fingers are going blue from being crossed so long. (Meanwhile we’re not just sitting around, either.)
In tangentially related news, it’s rumored that Sony is about to announce “lens cameras” that connect to & augment smartphones, communicating via Wi-Fi. They promise to combine more powerful optics with immediate access to processing & sharing.
It’ll be fascinating to see how all this plays out. Here’s hoping Apple is working to extend the connective tissue & help make things seamless.
Uploading your Raw files can be painfully slow. We came up with a solution that enables you to shrink your files and upload them in a fraction of the time. In this video we show you how to do this and still retain the full quality of your Raw files.
This demo applies to Lightroom 4 (and thus 5), but Smart Previews in LR5 streamline things substantially. Colorati’s Leon Sandoval writes, “Essentially, when we edit the DNGs, we have a series of self-prescribed hoops we jump through to extract a clean, functional set of XMPs that will match up with the client’s full size CR2s or NEFs. Smart Previews [in LR5] eliminate the need for this completely,” making the process significantly easier.
It sounds a little crazy, but George Jardine has found a clever use of Lightroom 5’s Smart Previews feature: you can shrink your files by a factor of 10x, then email them around together with their intact Develop settings. Raw files from his Canon 5D Mark III fall from ~27MB to ~2MB, trading some resolution (from 5760 to 2560 pixels wide). Kind of a funky technique, but neat to know that it works. Meanwhile I’m staying tuned for the day when the underlying tech enables fast syncing among desktop & mobile devices & the cloud.
The new Develop video series for Lightroom 5 is ready to go. This time I’ve expanded the series to 23 videos with over 6.5 hours of instruction, music, and great examples to help you master the new Develop controls.
Tiny machines like the MacBook Air are great—just not for storing a lot of raw files. Julieanne Kost shows how Smart Previews in Lightroom 5 let you save a huge amount of disk space while continuing to work on your images.
We’ve made over 400 tweaks since releasing Lightroom 5 beta, many of which are directly attributed to your feedback in our public forums. Thank you.
Lightroom 5 is now feature complete and final. Lightroom 5 will be available for $149 (for those new to Lightroom) and $79 (for Upgrade and Student/Teacher editions). As with previous version of Lightroom, Lightroom 5 is a perpetual license.
Lightroom 5 has a great new non-circular spot removing/healing brush. However, theres a feature that many will over look for using the tool for what it was originally intended for. It’s always been great at removing dust spots from dirt on your lens or sensor dust as long as you could see the spots in your images. Now with the new Visualize Spots feature you can find them much easier.
[Hogarty] wouldn’t promise when it would ship or what exactly it would do, but he did demonstrate some features on prototype software running on an iPad 2, and he did offer several details about its features:
The ability to edit photos taken in raw photo formats, including Lightroom develop-module parameters like exposure, clarity, shadows, highlights, and white balance.
Cloud-synchronized editing so that changes made on a tablet arrive on the same photo on the PC.
And without promising anything, he also said he’d like to see some of Lightroom’s library-module features such as sorting them into categories or flagging picks and rejects. […]
Adobe will use technology called Smart Previews in the new Lightroom 5 beta that creates a version of a photo that’s takes up many fewer megabytes than the original. The full gamut of raw editing controls can still be used on Smart Preview images, though, and the editing instructions synchronized back with the original files.
Image and color correction are not a mystery, but mastering them does take time and practice. The goal of this new series is to help you become fluent in correcting your own pictures—as quickly as possible. We accomplish that by guiding you toward a complete understanding of the tools, in both Lightroom 4 and 5. (With a healthy does of Photoshop thrown in for good measure, in the portrait tutorials.)
The new series is 20 videos, with over 5 hours of content. Flash and HTML5 versions are ready now, as well as online streaming for the iPad.
I’m slow on the draw in mentioning it as I’m traveling this week, but you can see Julieanne Kost’s favorite new features demoed in these quick videos:
Upright (Automatic perspective correction) – Discover how to automatically fix common problems such as tilted horizons as well as converging verticals in buildings using Lightroom’s new Upright controls for perspective correction.
The Advanced Healing Brush – Discover the new enhancements to Lightroom’s advanced Healing Brush including the ability to heal and clone non-circular brush spots as well as remove easy to miss sensor dust with using the new Visualization slider.
The Radial Filter – Learn how easy it is to apply any and all of Lightroom’s existing local adjustments including dodging and burning, adding vignettes, selectively sharpening and more to one or more completely customizable, non –destructive, circular Radial filters – anywhere in your image.
Lightroom 4.4 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 4. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.
New cameras supported:
Canon EOS 1D C
Canon EOS 100D (Digital Rebel SL1 / EOS Kiss Digital X7)
Canon EOS 700D (Digital Rebel T5i / EOS Kiss Digital X7i)
Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
Casio Exilim EX-ZR710
Casio Exilim EX-ZR750
Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000
LEICA M (Typ 240)
Nikon 1 J3
Nikon 1 S1
Nikon Coolpix A
Nikon Coolpix P330 (preliminary support)
Sony Alpha NEX-3N
Sony Alpha SLT-A58
In addition, the new release improves demosaic* support for a range of Fujifilm cameras, adjust the white balance for a number of Nikons, and squashes a variety of bugs. See the LR Journal post for complete details.
*Not “demoniac,” but thanks for the suggestion, Mac autocorrect!
Having come from the world of Web design & gathering client feedback, one of my first efforts on Photoshop was to ship templates for the (now deceased) Web Photo Gallery that enabled viewers to comment on images. Now The Turning Gate offers a much more sophisticated tool for Lightroom:
The Client Response Gallery facilitates communication between the photographer and client following a shoot. The photographer publishes a web photo gallery of images from the shoot, and the client marks images as selects by ticking a checkbox for each image to be kept. Selected images are then submitted to the photographer’s email address as a comma-separated list, which may be copy-and-pasted into Lightroom’s filters to quickly isolate images in the catalog for processing.
Check out the site for many, many more details (e.g. how it works on mobile devices). The tool costs $25.
Timothy Armes has created an interesting looking new LR add-on:
The Touch is a new way for Mac users to work with Lightroom using either a trackpad or an iPad. At the heart of The Touch is its ability to allow you to develop your images without having look away from your work. A set of simple and intuitive gestures allow you to instantly grab the correct slider or puck and move it with precision without having to spend you time finding these elements on the user interface. Even if the slider in question isn’t visible on the interface The Touch will scroll straight to it.
Lightroom 4.4 is now available as a Release Candidate on Adobe Labs. The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The final release of Lightroom 4.4 may have additional corrections or camera support.
New cameras supported:
Canon EOS 1D C
Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
Nikon 1 V3
Nikon 1 S1
See Terry’s post for a list of bugs fixed in this release.
Whether inspired by the clean, commercial look of films like Fuji FP 100c or the sun-drenched vibe of Polaroid 690, VSCO Film 03 for Lightroom 4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7 represent the most diverse VSCO Film pack yet. With over 115 presets, VSCO Film 03 is overflowing with both present day film stock, as well as expired vintage films. The pack also includes a custom Toolkit specifically created to help you emulate the varying looks of instant films. This is not an update or an upgrade. It is a completely new VSCO Film pack with completely new film emulations and tools.
I use Lightroom to publish to folders in Dropbox via the built-in Hard Drive Publish feature. This is also one of the ways I go from Lightroom to my iOS devices.
In this latest update to FolioBook, FolioBook Now “Syncs” with Dropbox. That’s right! Real syncing. Simply choose the folder on your Dropbox.com account that you wish to sync with as a gallery in FolioBook and it will “sync” the new photos to FolioBook and remove the old ones. Hooray!
The Lightroom team maintains a page of tips on how to get maximum performance from the app. I’ve personally had great success keeping the app & its catalog on my laptop’s SSD (small, fast) while importing images to my traditional hard drive (big, slow). [Via]
Our old friend George Jardine (formerly Adobe’s pro photography evangelist) has recently posted a variety of interesting pieces:
In A Workflow Story, he’s posted 12 new video tutorials on the Lightroom location workflow & catalog management. “Watch these videos,” he writes, “and you will gain a complete understanding of effective Lightroom Catalog Management.” The series costs $29.95, and the video on updating folder locations is a free sample.
In response to yesterday’s post, a few people commented that they’d like to see more direct integration between Lightroom & WordPress sites. Dan Gerber of the Lightroom team notes that Adobe’s Terry White has posted some tips in which he recommends the LR/Blog plug-in, available for £8 ($12.86). I haven’t tried it, having settled on using LR’s built-in Flickr uploader. (I like that Flickr serves up a rich display dynamically using Flash or HTML depending on my viewers’ playback capabilities.)
In addition to Photoshop Touch, Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom app was also named to the Mac App Store Best of 2012. Lightroom was named as one of the “Best Apps of 2012,” and is currently averaging a 4.31 out of 5-star user rating on the Mac App Store.
Thanks to all of the fans who have supported Photoshop Touch and Lightroom for the past year. Recognition like this wouldn’t come without the support of our customers. We’re looking forward to another great year in 2013!
I’m pleased to say that updates to Lightroom (version 4.3) and Camera Raw (version 7.3) for Photoshop CS6 are now available. Choose “Help->Check for Updates” from within each app to download the updates.
Camera Raw 7.3 adds support 20 for new cameras, including the Canon 6D, Nikon D5200, and Sony RX1. The full list is below.
In addition, Lightroom also includes HiDPI (Retina display) support within the Library and Develop Modules. Camera Raw does not yet include this support. (Unfortunately I don’t have an ETA to share as the PMs are out of the office.)
In this Episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates the advantage of setting up presets in Lightroom to simultaneously export images to multiple file types, sizes, compression settings etc. You might find even find this method more powerful than Photoshop’s Image Processor!
Stu Maschwitz is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer. He has overseen visual effects on films from Star Wars to Sin City, and has directed numerous TV commercials. He designed the Magic Bullet color correction tools for Red Giant Software, and pushes Lightroom’s capabilities to their limit when processing his still photos. Maschwitz will demonstrate his advanced Develop module workflow for achieving a cinematic look.
We will meet at 6:30 for pizza and socializing, and the presentation will begin at 7:00. Limited parking will be available in the Adobe garage. Hope to see you all there!
What do you think? It’s great-looking, but I remain a bit skeptical about using touchscreens (which obviously lack the physical variation of a keyboard or dedicated hardware controller) in this way. If you’re a Photoshop user with an iPad, are you using Adobe Nav–and if not, why not? I suspect the problem is that one has to keep glancing over at a touch screen, whereas one can navigate a keyboard (or physical jog wheel, etc.) simply by feel. Yet the concept remains alluring, so I’m curious about others’ assessment.
[Via James Cox]