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Lightroom 3 On Sale Today at Amazon.com

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Lightroom 3 is in Amazon’s Gold Box of great deals today, and today only, for $119!  List price is $299.  Click here.

Lightroom Update 3.4.1 available

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

Adobe has released an update to Lightroom, 3.4.1.  According to their website it includes:

 Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Canon Rebel T3i, Nikon D5100 and Fuji FinePix X100
• Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom 3
• The Lightroom 3.4.1 update includes an important correction for a bug introduced in the Lightroom 3.4 release

If you have jpegs in your catalog, installing the update is very important, as the bug can corrupt a jpeg as you work on it/add a lot of metadata to it (it is rare, but why risk it).

If you open Lightroom and it doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Check for Updates and download.  Once it is downloaded, double-click on the folder to open it, and double-click on the installer program file to launch the process. 

So that Lightroom prompts you when future updates come out, go to Edit (Lightroom on a Mac)>Preferences, and on the General tab, check the box “Automatically check for updates.”

Fixing Flash-Filled Animal Eyes

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Is anyone still out there?  I think it is time to revive this blog.  I chuckle when I think about how I titled it Digital Daily Dose, but I think that many blog writers can relate to my early enthusiasm.

Recently a colleague of mine, Kathy Eyster, wrote an article in her award-winning blog, Essential Digital Camera, on how to fix flash-filled pet eyes using Photoshop.  The red-eye tool won’t fix them, as it simply takes red out, and pet pupils don’t turn red.  Kathy points out that there are two steps, first turning the pupil almost black, and then painting back in a catch light.  Reading this led me to attempt the same in Lightroom with the adjustment brush.  Kathy was kind enough to lend me her photo.   

My conclusion is that both techniques work equally well, and are equally as straightforward (assuming you know each program).  

Here’s the Lightroom approach:  (If you don’t know how to use the adjustment brush, watch my video here.)

1.  In the adjustment brush, as a starting point set exposure to -4.00, brightness to -50, and saturation to -65.  Zoom in and paint both pupils with a fairly soft-edged brush.  Do not use auto mask — the edges will be too harsh.  After painting, go back to the sliders and adjust brightness to get the right amount of darkening (it depends on how dark the pupils were to start with).  Adjust saturation so that most of the color is taken out.

2.  Click on “New” at the top of the adjustment brush panel to start a new adjustment.  Set Exposure to +4.00.  Paint catch lights in both eyes.  If for some reason they are not bright enough, also increase the brightness slider.

The round adjustment pins may get in the way of painting.  If so, type H to temporarily hide them, then H to get them back again (or in the toolbar below the picture, change Show Edit Pins temporarily to Never).

Before

After

 This is also a hint to you that anytime you want to turn something in your photo black (like a background), extreme negative exposure and brightness will do it.  Occasionally you will need a second extreme adjustment on top of the first to get enough darkening, but it can be done.  Of course the opposite can be achieved as well — turn something white by painting with extreme positive exposure and brightness.

Do check out Kathy’s blog!  She has lots of excellent articles.