Monthly Archives: April 2011

Final versions of Adobe Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Released

Adobe have today released the final versions of Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4. Lightroom in particular includes a hefty number of bug fixes (see below), new lens profiles, and support for recently released  cameras. The updates also include a few additional bug fixes to those previously included in the earlier release candidates for both products. An update for the free DNG Converter application is also available on Adobe.com

New Supported cameras include:

  • Canon        EOS 600D (Rebel T3i / Kiss X5 Digital)
  • Canon        EOS 1100D (Rebel T3 / Kiss X50 Digital)
  • Fuji            FinePix S200 EXR
  • Fuji            FinePix F550 EXR
  • Fuji            FinePix HS20 EXR
  • Fuji            FinePix X100
  • Hasselblad H4D-40
  • Kodak         EasyShare Z990
  • Nikon         D5100
  • Olympus     E-PL1s
  • Olympus     E-PL2
  • Olympus     XZ-1
  • Samsung    NX11

New Tethered support for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon EOS 550D (Digital Rebel T2i/EOS Kiss X4 Digital)
  • Nikon D7000

    More details on Lightroom 3.4, Camera Raw 6.4 and DNG Converter 6.4 can be found on the Lightroom Journal page.

    Photosmith iPad Mobile Companion for Adobe Lightroom

    It’s been a while coming, but alas it isn’t Adobe who released it. What am I talking about?

    A new Apple iPad app called Photosmith. This app is designed to work with Adobe Lightroom, hence my interest. However, as mentioned above, it wasn’t developed by Adobe. No, Photosmith was developed two seasoned programmers (and avid photographers), Chris Horne and Chris Morse. This is what they have to say on their website.

    Photosmith offers photographers on-the-go tools that haven’t been seen in apps before. Full RAW viewing capability, including 100% zoom on 20+ megapixels cameras. Uploading images and tagging to Flickr, Facebook, and Dropbox. IPTC tagging, rating, keywording, all with full sync from the iPad to Lightroom, using the free plugin for Lightroom. Photosmith is poised to change the landscape for digital photographers. For less than half of the price of Apples iPad Camera Connection Kit, Photosmith completes the mobile digital workflow.

    I haven’t had much time to work with it yet, but the UI is fairly simple to follow. Here are few quick thoughts and screen grabs to wet your appetite.

    The Grid view is the main view in which the application displays thumbnails of your current images and any collections you may have created.  The collection list, on the left, has a number of special collections (All Photos, Last Imported, etc), which are automatically created and populated for you. It’s also possible to create your own collections (Garron Head in example shown below) by dragging the thumbnail image across to the Collection bar. You can create as many of your own collections as you like.

    Grid View – Collections

    While Grid View is useful for seeing everything at a glance it’s loupe view that allows view the image at mostly-full-screen. It also gives you a panel for managing the metadata. In this view, you can:

    • Rotate the photo
    • Auto Advance (so a single tap moves to the next photo)
    • Reject
    • Label (red, yellow, green, blue, purple)
    • Star (1-5; or whatever system works for you)
    • View the EXIF metadata – shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc
    • Edit any of the IPTC fields (Creator, Location city, state, zip, etc)

    Loupe view – Keywords and Metadata

    Full screen view

    It’s also possible to view raw files at 100%, but the rendering can be a tad slow, at least it is on the first generation iPad. Over the next week or so I’ll see how it performs in the real world. In the meantime, more details on Photosmith and where it will be of use to Lightroom users can be found on the developers website and Apples iTunes App Store.

    Arizona and New New Mexico 2010

    photoventures I’ll shortly be leaving on a spring photo shoot in the canyon lands of Arizona and Utah in USA.  So, I thought I’d freshen up the home page images. During this exercise I realised that I had forgotten to upload the formal gallery from my trip to the US last November/December. Anyway, it’s posted here. Hopefully, it was worth the delay.

    Note, most of the images have been hosted on my Flickr site for some time.

    Black and White conversion – A video tutorial by George Jardine

    Hot on the heels of his recent series of video tutorials on Adobe Camera Raw, George Jardine has released a completely free tutorial in which he discusses Black and White conversion. The video tutorial runs for around 37 minutes and  contains lots of useful tips and examples of the various methods of converting a colour image to black and white in Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom. More details on how to obtain the tutorial can be found on George’s website.

    Band White Conversions