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Are You Ready for Photoshop CS5?

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 11:01 am

Adobe announced today that on April 12 it will reveal in a live online event what is new in Photoshop CS5.  You can register for the event HERE.  They have not announced an actual release date for the software yet.

Since I am more focused on Lightroom these days, my initial reaction is “already”?   CS4 is already a great application.  However, if CS5 has content aware healing and fill as demonstrated last fall by Adobe’s research team, I’ll be more than happy to buy the upgrade.  Click HERE for my post and the video on content aware heal and fill.


Adobe Announces Lightroom 3 Beta Version 2

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Almost five months to the day after releasing Lightroom 3 Beta, Adobe has announced a second Lightroom 3 Beta release.  Whether this is only intended as a means to gather and incorporate significantly more user feedback for the final release, or possibly also to buy time to incorporate more new features into the official Lightroom 3 release to compete with the recent Aperture 3 release, only time will tell…  either way, users stand to benefit.

There are subtle changes throughout the program, but here are some of the major enhancements in this second beta:

  • Support for managing video files captured with your camera:  the ability to import, rate, flag, keyword and filter your videos, as well as add them to collections and smart collections.
  • New luminance noise reduction — try it on your high ISO files!  You may want to rethink your plans to buy a third party plug-in for noise reduction.
  • Native tethered shooting support for some Nikon and Canon DSLR’s.
  • The addition of a point curve to the Tone Curve panel.
  • Improved overall performance
  • Various improvements to the import experience
  • Improved watermarking functionality.

See Tom Hogarty’s announcement for more details and a link to the software download.  He says that they are getting closer to the final release, but are still looking for input from all photographers.

You still cannot upgrade your Lightroom 2 catalog to Lightroom 3 — this will not be available until the final release;   it is still recommended that the Beta still be used just for trying out and testing the new new features.   When the final release does come out, you will be able to upgrade your Beta catalog to the official release version.

Here are some additional resources (if they are not available yet, they will be soon):

The Lightroom Queen

Adobe TV

Inside Lightroom

Computer Darkroom


Finding and Adding a Printer Profile

In Uncategorized on March 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm

For highest quality printing results through Lightroom, you will want to use printer profiles.  A printer profile is a paper and printer-specific set of instructions that adjusts your image to be as close as possible in print to what you see on your (calibrated!) monitor in terms of contrast and color.

So where do you get them, and how do you install and use them?  Click HERE to watch a video I have produced answering these very questions.  (Yes, when I click on “OTHER”, it is outside the video screen.)

I may explain in a follow up post more about why you need them and where you can get great quality profiles if the paper manufacture profiles fall short.  This is a quick post before I head out to Austin to teach a 6-day Lightroom for Photographers workshop through Rocky Mountain School of Photography.  This workshop is drawing students from all over the country.  Perhaps I will see you at the next one, in Minneapolis in April  (see

Lightroom Workshops Coming Soon to Austin and Minneapolis

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2010 at 12:47 am

Rocky Mountain School of Photography is taking its Lightroom for Photographers workshop on the road in 2010, and Austin and Minneapolis are our destinations!  Join me for a 6 day workshop covering all aspects of Lightroom, with plenty of time for in-class practice, Q&A and constructive critiques of your work.   Normally you would have to pay airfare and hotel to take this workshop in Missoula, Montana … instead, enjoy the convenience of an RMSP workshop in your own city!

Austin:  March 14-19

Minneapolis:  April 25-30

Information and signups at

I hope to see you there!

PS:  This is a one-year test of this concept of “On the Road” RMSP digital workshops — help me prove they are needed!