Monthly Archives: March 2012

Adobe Lightroom 4 Video Tutorials

George Jardine has released a new series of video tutorials for Adobe Lightroom 4. This series is a complete rewrite of George’s original Lightroom 3 Library tutorials.

The tutorials are a ground up guide for any serious photographer—professional or passionate amateur. As you progress through the tutorials George will take you deeper into nearly every Lightroom Library feature, gently leading you to a solid and complete understanding of the entire professional workflow.

The new video titles and timing are as follows:

  1. The Library Structure Overview   –  14:45
  2. The Lightroom Catalog Overview   –  7:43
  3. The Lightroom User Interface   –  21:32
  4. The Pro Workflow Overview   –  37:02
  5. The Lightroom Import Dialog   –  17:31
  6. The Library Module – Part 1   –  27:51
  7. The Library Module – Part 2   –  42:21
  8. The Keywording Panels   –  19:31
  9. The Metadata Panel   –  27:52
  10. File Renaming   –  22:06
  11. Editing Methods in Lightroom 4   –  34:19
  12. The Lightroom Filter Bar   –  14:36
  13. Collections & Virtual Copies   –   24:38
  14. The Export Dialog & Publish Services   –  35:46
  15. The Lightroom to Photoshop Workflow   –  17:09
  16. Photo Library Backup Strategies   –  22:00

The complete series is available form George’s Mulita.com website and at $24.99 is great value.

Adobe Release Photoshop Lightroom 4.0

It’s just under 2 months since Adobe released a public beta of Lightroom 4.0. In general the feedback has been very positive and many users are keen to get their hands on the final release version. Well, now’s their chance because Adobe has just released the GM version.

With previous versions Adobe tended to hold a few headline features back for the final version, but with Lightroom 4.0 this isn’t the case. Sure, we’ve got a new logo and a few mini features have been added, and in response to user feedback a few of the features first shown in the public beta have been tweaked a little. So, what has changed?

New since the public beta is Reverse Geocoding. When the feature is activated (Catalog Settings>Metadata) Lightroom will automatically fill the ITPC fields for Country, State/Province, City and Sub location using information gathered from Google Maps.       

Also, new to the Library and Develop modules is an improved Auto Tone adjustment button. Yes, I know, we had one in all previous versions, but it was disabled in Lightroom 4 public beta. The new auto tone includes all of the PV2012 basic panel tone adjustments (exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and blacks).

The big surprise isn’t features, it’s price. For the first time in Lightroom’s history Adobe will be changing the price. The full version Lightroom price will be lowered from $299 to $149 with upgrades and student/teacher editions listed at $79.

Lightroom 4.0 also has some additional camera support:

  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100V
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X-S1
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E

A comprehensive overview of the new features to be found in Lightroom 4.0 can be read in my feature review.

Adobe Camera Raw 6.7 and DNG Converter 6.7 Available

Camera Raw 6.7  and DNG Converter 6.7 are now available as a Release Candidates 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 Camera Raw 6.7 and DNG Converter 6.7 may have additional corrections or camera support.

New camera support in the Camera Raw and DNG Converter 6.7 Release Candidate includes the following:

  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk III
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100V
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X-S1
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E

Camera Raw 6.7 are required for full compatibility between Lightroom 4.0 and Photoshop CS5

Camera Raw 6.7 and DNG Converter 6.7 are the first Adobe products to support the raw files from the Canon EOS 5D Mk III. Lightroom 4.0 does not have support for the camera at this time.