An Overview “Smart Previews”, a feature new with Lightroom 5, are editable preview images. These lossy DNG files (2540 pixels on their longest edge) are created from the original raw files and are stored in a folder at the same location as the Lightroom catalog.
You can Develop these “Smart Previews” when the original images are not available (when your master files are stored on an external drive that is off-line). When the hard drive is re-attached to your PC, any Develop adjustments to the “Smart Previews” are applied to the original files. As first this doesn’t sound like a big advantage but let’s take a closer look.
Why Smart Previews Read more…
There are big changes coming to the way we use Photoshop and Lightroom.
Seems like there will be no more Photoshop as we know it after version CS6. Photoshop will move to the “cloud” starting in June 2013 available only through a monthly subscription fee. It will reside in Adobe’s “Creative Cloud” as “Photoshop CC”… no more upgrading versions of PS – no differentiating PS from PS “Extended, just one version with continuous updating of the program on the cloud. Much has been posted already and I am sure there will be much more.[Click Here for the Adobe press release] [Click Here for Adobe’s spin: “A Break from Tradition”]
The focus of this post… its effect on our Photoshop / Lightroom / Camera Raw workflow. Read more…
“Auto-Toning” with PV2012 is a perplexing dilemma.
According to Eric Chan, “Auto-Toning” addresses “Basic” Tone sliders from the “Top-down”. This takes full advantage of PV2012 enhanced “adaptive” processing (Jeff Schewe/Tom Knoll). There is no questioning the superior image quality of PV2012, however, using “Auto-Tone” produces inconsistent results. The inconsistencies are hard to predict but on the whole, “Auto-Toning” of the older PV2010 produces better results. Read more…
With the release of Lightroom 4 Beta (LR4b), Adobe introduced a new process called Process Version 2012 (PV2012). There seems to be significant improvement in the quality of the final image as Adobe claims “to extract all of the dynamic range in a single capture”.
This new process comes with some major changes to our Develop workflow… the “Tone” sliders in Develop’s “Basic” panel have changed from LR3’s (PV2010):
– a new “Highlights” slider was added
– some sliders have different names BUT SIMILAR functions !
– one slider “Exposure” has same name BUT CHANGED function !
– only one slider “Black” has same name AND SIMILAR functions!
We have a lot to observe, learn and adapt to with this new process – this will come with time and experience.
I observed an interesting relationship with the sliders in LR4’s (PV2012) vs, the sliders in LR3’s (PV2010) Read more…
Upon downloading and installing Lightroom 4 beta, Adobe provides assurances that the installation will not affect any of your existing catalogs. Then, they continue with a lot of disclaimers on its use:
• Intended to be used for testing and feedback purposes.
• Develop settings applied in Lightroom 4 beta are not guaranteed to transfer correctly to the final version
• While data loss is not expected, this is an early ‘beta’ quality build and you should always work on duplicates of files that are securely backed up.
…So how do we proceed? Read more…
Biggest LR4b Surprise
On Tuesday Jan 10th, Adobe announced a new beta version of Lightroom. It has been a few days and I am still trying to put my arms around this new version of Lightroom 4 Beta [LR4b]. LR4b is not just the explosion of new capabilities but the expansion of existing tools for nondestructive digital image processing. I have been viewing videos, reading blogs, taking notes, pulling and poking sliders in LR4b all with the thought of trying to distill this new version’s features and their effect on real-world digital image processing.
To say the least, LR4b is a very exciting release… it not only expands the scope of our processing capability but will change how we process and work with our digital photos. In this post, I offer my initial Most Exciting New Features, Biggest Surprise, initial video and blog links to explore along with considerations when using LR4b.
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In a recent training when discussing color and presenting the color wheel of complementary colors (left) – my client responded,
“…that’s not the color wheel I remembered as a child.” (right). I continued…
With my many years in photography (Polaroid R&D Emulsions; Nikon; US Patent in Color Printing; Olympus; teaching; etc.), the single biggest evolution in photography was not Film to Digital but the non-destructive processing of digital camera raw image capture. (a.k.a. Parametric Image Editing – P. I. E.).
There are many aspects to consider in the digital image workflow (exposure considerations, raw data converters, etc.) which I will address in other articles. In this post,I will address the single biggest evolution – the non-destructive processing of the digital raw image data. I will chart the 4 distinct phases of processing the digital image and the parallel steps to B&W film processing. And, at the end, I will show an example with the digital processing applied for each of these 4 Phases. Let’s begin…
It is become apparent to me that there are distinctly 4 Phases when processing the digital image: 1. Import 2. Global 3. Selective 4. Expressive
Yet another 7 section “Auto-all, Hand-Held” panorama! Here is a view of Sebasco Harbor Resort with Harbor Island in the background photographed from Mount Merritt, Phippsburg, Maine.
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I used a Workflow similar to that mentioned in my previous “hand-held-auto” panorama post. [Click Here] to see that post.
1. Shot 7 segments for panorama overlapping Read more…
I created this image below after watching Julieanne Kost’s Photoshop HDR Video Tutorial.
It was easier to create (and with less ghosting) than using NIK HDR Pro. An additional advantage using PS “HDR Pro” is the ease to save the preset so I can repeat the effect (if I really liked it) on the original large camera files. I also included my notes (with times) to Julieanne’s very informative video… worth viewing. Read more…