George Jardine’s Lightroom 5 Develop Video Series

Our good friend George Jardine has recently released a series of video tutorials for Lightroom 5. In total there are 23  tutorials which focus on the Develop module and Digital Processing.

In this series George covers the Lightroom raw processing controls from top to bottom. He say’s “No need to purchase a so-called “Advanced Series”…. it’s all here”. Starting from the ground up, George will guide you through a complete understanding of each and every control.

You can watch this online series anytime, day or night, and you will find thousands of tips and techniques that help you master the processing of your digital photos. The complete online series is only $29.95.  For more details, have a look over a George’s Blog.

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Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Beta Previews

 Normally, when Adobe announce public betas of Lightroom and Camera Raw I tend to focus on the later. However, in a break with tradition I’ve chosen to focus on Camera Raw this time. Why the change? Well, this is probably the first occasion were the new features added to Lightroom and Camera Raw differ slightly.  The differences are subtle but do point the way for how things will be as Adobe move forward with Creative Cloud.

In addition to new camera support and a The new features included in Camera Raw 8.2 RC for Photoshop CC ** are as follows:

  • The Histogram is now interactive. This enables the ability to click and drag on the Histogram to adjust the Blacks, Shadows, Exposure, Highlights, and Whites slider adjustments. (Lightroom has had this feature since version 1)
  • A Colour Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel. This helps to reduce low-frequency colour mottling artifacts
  • Separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint controls, which is accessible via the Shift+Double Click on either the Temperature or Tint adjustment sliders. (Camera Raw only)
  • Workflow presets are now available and can be selected on context-clicking the workflow link. (Camera Raw only)
  • Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool:
    • New Feather control
    • Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage
    • Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle
  • Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush:
    • Move brush adjustments by clicking and dragging on brush adjustment pins (Camera Raw only)
    • Right Click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete
    • Control+Alt+Drag (PC) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment Alt+Click (PC) / Option+Click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to delete the adjustment

** Camera Raw 8.2RC is also compatible with Photoshop CS6. However, other than new camera support (see below) the new features outlined above are not available.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.2 Release Candidate

  • Canon EOS 70D *
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR800
  • Fujifilm FinePix HS22EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix S205EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix F805EXR
  • Fujifilm X-M1
  • Phase One IQ260 *
  • Sony DSC-RX1R
  • Sony DSC-RX100 II*

Camera Raw 8.2RC and Lightroom 5.2RC are available for download from Adobe Labs.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Released

 Adobe has just released the shipping version of Lightroom 5. If you’re a frequent visitor to this site then you will likely already have read my Beta Preview in which I summarised many of the new features. Whilst no additional features have been included in this GM version I’ve updated the earlier preview to review status. You can read it here.

A summary of the key features included in Lightroom 5 are as follows:

Smart Previews

  • Lightweight images that can be used in place of the original files throughout the application, including the Develop Module.
  • Reside in the same folder as the catalog and are contained in an lrdata file folder structure (Smart Previews.lrdata) that is located alongside the catalog. This is similar to the existing Preview file structure.
  • Smart Previews will be used in the absence of an original file (e.g. file is offline).  Changes are saved to the Lightroom catalog and will be visible on both the Smart Preview and original image. When original file is reconnected the application will automatically apply any metadata or develop adjustments to the original.
  • Smart Previews are Lossy DNG files and are 2540 pixels on the long side.
  • Smart Preview information is communicated to user in a new status bar between the Histogram and toolbar.

Smart Preview Status

Upright

  • Upright is a technology that straightens pictures automatically. Common use cases include fixing horizons (to avoid “tilted” pictures) and straightening buildings (to avoid the “keystone” effect).
  • Upright’s main advantage over previous methods (e.g. straighten and crop tools, Horizontal and Vertical sliders) is ease of use because it automatically finds the desired correction by analysing the image content. 

Upright controls in Lens Corrections panel

Advanced Healing Brush

  • Two types of spots available:
    • Circlular spots – the pre existing functionality within Lightroom
    • Brush spots – can be used for arbitrary shapes (e.g. removal of power-lines).

Radial Filter

  • Radial Filter appears in the Histogram Toolbar between the Graduated Filter and the Adjustment Brush.  The Radial Filter allows users to apply existing local adjustment attributes to a mask with a feathered falloff.  Users can now create off-center vignettes, among other effects.

PNG Support

  • Lightroom can now import PNGs
  • Edit-in Photoshop workflow is supported. The PNG will be converted either to a TIFF or PSD, based on the preferences that you have set.

Full Screen Mode

  • A true full screen mode, available via a single keyboard shortcut (“F”).
  • Legacy “F” keyboard shortcut behavior is available using Shift+F.

Behance Publish Service

  • A new Publish Service to publish your images directly to Behance (http://www.behance.net/).  In order to use the service, you must first create a Behance account.

Book – Improved Text Creation

  • Transparent Buttons for “Page Text” and if a photo exists on the page, “Photo Text”.  These are linked to the existing Page Text and Photo Text controls and are designed to help make the text experience in Lightroom easier to use.
  • All the text tools available in Lr4 can still be used, this is a simpler way for customers to interact with the text technology.

Videos in Slideshow

  • Add video clips to your Slideshows
  • Improved synchronization of slides with soundtrack duration.

More information on Lightroom 5 features can be found at Adobe.com. Pricing remains unchanged from Lightroom 4 (i.e. full version $149.99/£106.48 or upgrade $79/£60.57). Lightroom 5 will also be available as part of Creative Cloud.

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U.S. Route 66 – Update

photoventuresI’ve just arrived back in the UK after a pretty hectic 19 day trip along US Route 66. My initial plans were to post a small selection of images each day along with a short description of events and places I had visited. Alas, access to this Blog page was blocked due to issues with WordPress.

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

As explained in my earlier posting, the trip began in Chicago, Illinois and took us through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California. We endeavoured to follow the old road as best as possible making stops to photograph many of the historic landmarks and people we met along the way. The trip was organised by my good friend Roger Reynolds at Photoventures (photoventures.net)

All images were edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (Public Beta) and Photoshop where additional work was required. I also used Lightroom 5 to catalog all files, which included applying IPTC metadata, keywords and GPS tagging.

Click here to access the HTML photo gallery created in Lightroom 5

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U.S. Route 66 – The Mother Road

Yesterday was the first day of my latest trip to the US. This trip in which we’ll be following, as best as possible, US Route 66. It will take me from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica beach in California.

US Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926—with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Los Angeles, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). It was recognized in popular culture by both a hit song and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s. Sadly, the route was removed from the US Highway System on 27 June 1985.

Day one began with our arrival in Chicago. So, not wishing to miss the opportunity we immediately made our way to downtown Chicago. There we photographed in and around the Millennium Park. This area was originally opened in 2004 and contains some very interesting pieces of public art. It’s also the place to photograph some of the tallest skyscrapers in the USA.

Cloud Gate (the Bean), Millennium Park, Chicago

This location also provide the perfect opportunity to experiment with the Canon 8-15mm fisheye zoom lens.

Cloud Gate @ 15mm, Millennium Park, Chicago

Another interesting feature of the park is the Crown Fountain. The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of transparent glass brick towers. The towers are 50 feet (15 m) tall,  and use light-emitting diodes behind the bricks to display digital videos on their inward faces.

Crown Fountain, Millennium Park, Chicago

For day 2 we had intended to revisit the Millennium Park area, but the weather wasn’t on our side. So, we spent a few hours photographing in around around the nearby Museum Campus. From hear it is possible to capture the city skyline with its many skyscrapers, the tallest of which is the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).

Chicago Skyline from Museum Campus

Images edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (Public Beta)

** Disclaimer** Above images are quick previews specifically for this blog so that friends and family can see how I’m getting on.

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