Many Adobe Lightroom followers will be familiar with the excellent video tutorials for the Lightroom Library and Develop modules produced by George Jardine (samples of the tutorials are available from the links). Now, George has put his talents as a tutor to the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop CS5. In total, there are 15 video tutorials amounting to over 6 hours of in depth discussion on Camera Raw. While the tutorials cover the same topics discussed in the earlier Lightroom tutorials it’s important to note that the features are discussed in much greater detail and with new examples. In short, if you want to better understand how the sharpen or noise correction controls work then these tutorials are an excellent way of going about it. Likewise, controls such as white balance, HSL, split toning, black and white, and even camera calibration. So, even if you have already purchased George’s Lightroom tutorials the Camera Raw versions are still worth the $s.
Adobe have announced Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates on Adobe Labs. An updated version of DNG Converter is also available for download. As in the past, the “release candidate” label is used to indicate that these updates have undergone internal testing but would benefit from additional user testing.
These updates included support for the following recently recent cameras:
- Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i / Kiss X5)
- Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3 / Kiss X50)
- Hasselblad H4D-40
- Olympus E-PL1s
- Olympus E-PL2
- Olympus XZ-1
- Samsung NX11
A small number of additional lens profiles have also been included.
The following bugs that were part of previous Lightroom 3 releases have been corrected:
- Lightroom encountered issues presenting double-byte character metadata after the image was edited on Photoshop.com.
- Publish collections did not work properly if the sort order is set to descending. (“Z to A”).
- Using the up/down arrow keys or the mouse wheel to adjust a parameter while the graduated filter is activated caused increments of plus or minus 100 instead of 1.
- Interlacing artifacts, and a slight magenta cast in the deepest shadows could have appeared on some high-contrast edges of Canon mRaw files.
- A magenta color cast could have appeared on Nikon D7000 images if the multi-exposure feature was used with raw capture.
- Video files were allowed to be added to a SmugMug publish collection not capable of supporting video uploads.
- Folder creation caused an expanded folder hierarchy to close unexpectedly in the Library Module.
A small number of bugs found in Camera Raw 6.3 have also be fixed. They include:
- Camera Raw did not allow write-back capability for the EXIF GPS properties
- The DNG File format did not support XMP Media Management
- A JPEG file with a specific characteristic was found to have a pink cast
- The undo command (Command Z) was failing to undo crop adjustments
- Single images marked for deletion were not moved to the trash
- A magenta color cast could have appeared on Nikon D7000 images if the multi-exposure feature was used with raw capture