Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is out!

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 now available featuring a new selective editing tool and advanced healing/cloning tool, automatic image leveling and perspective correction, and the ability to edit files that are offline.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 10, 2013 — Adobe today announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5 for Mac OS® and Windows®. The product is available as an individual license or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud™. Designed for both photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom 5 adds critical photo editing capabilities and creates groundbreaking workflows. Lightroom 5 was initially released as a free, public beta in April 2013.

"Lightroom was originally conceived through the requests of Adobe customers, and this feedback continues to drive each new iteration," said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. "As the digital photography landscape advances and evolves, Lightroom is the best solution for photographers and passionate hobbyists who want to get the most out of their digital images."

New Features in Lightroom 5

Lightroom 5 adds powerful new editing tools to help photographers create better images faster. . . . read more

Adobe releases Lightroom 5 beta, is it finally time to kick Photoshop to the curb?

Adobe Lightroom 5 Uproght level horizon feature before and after

For me, yes, the new 'Advanced Healing Brush' and the Horizon leveling thingie do the trick nicelly. From the Adobe Photoshop Blog:

"We’ve been working hard on the next version of Lightroom, and now we’re giving our customers a chance to try out some of the new technology available with the release of Lightroom 5 beta. Since the initial Lightroom public beta release in 2006, we’ve learned a tremendous amount through a collaborative dialogue with our customers, and I’m excited to continue that collaboration to receive feedback on the Lightroom 5 beta. . . . read more

Lightroom 4.4 Now Available, Finally with proper support of the X-Trans Sensor

Fujifilm's X-Trans sensor has an originally developed color filter array with a highly random pixel arrangement. It eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter, which is used in conventional systems to inhibit moiré at the expense of resolution. The X-Trans sensor produces very sharp and noise free images but there was no "proper" RAW file support by the major program manufacturers. A year after the release of the first X-Trans sensor camera, the Fujifilm X-Pro1, Adobe corrects the demosaic algorithms of Lightroom and adds full support for the X-Trans sensor cameras. 

The new update extends the support to the latest cameras and lens profiles, as well as several bug fixes. In detail:

Lightroom 4.4 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 4.  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Changes to Existing Camera Support:

Lightroom 4.4  includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor. This specifically impacts the following cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-Pro1 (*)
  • Fujifilm X-E1 (*)
  • Fujifilm X100S
  • Fujifilm X20

Mastering Lightroom: Post-Processing Portraits, by Romanas Naryškin at Photography Life

In this installment of the excellent 'Mastering Lightroom" series, Romanas deals with the tricky portrait processing issue in Lightroom:

"The portrait we will be working on, thankfully, doesn’t require too much editing. We will not be playing with Spot Removal Tool, nor will we use any External Editors. The steps we are going to take are quite simple and thus quick. Quick is good – the less time you spend processing your work, the more time you have for photography. Some light usage of Local Adjustment Brush as well as HSL Panel will be needed, and neither one of these have been covered in our Mastering Lightroom series yet. Bear with me if you’ve never used these tools before – I will make sure every step taken is explained in enough detail. In-depth articles about these and other features are to come soon, too. . . . read more

Adobe posts Lightroom 4.4 and ACR 7.4 release candidades, promises proper Fujifilm X-Trans sensor support at last. Also, bug fixes and some new cameras and lenses supported.

It is not every day Adobe goes back and changes the de-mosaicing algorithms for previously supported cameras, but this time they've done it, and the first preliminary reports are in. DPreview's Amadou Diallo runs some tests with a couple of X-Pro1 raw files: 

"Capture One Pro 7 produces more crisp results than ACR with contrast and saturation defaults that more closely mimic the in-camera JPEG. Having said that, however, ACR 7.4 RC avoids the edge halos and even more obvious aliasing patterns that exist in the Capture One Pro 7 renderings of our real world and studio test scene. Overall, the ACR 7.4 RC files deliver more realistic, natural results in areas of organic low-contrast detail like the foliage in the street scene above and the fuzzy balls in the studio scene below." . . . read more

DPreview's Chaps and Lads turn into Homies and Dudes: Raw Converter Showdown time Capture One Pro 7.02 VS. DxO Optics Pro 8 VS. Lightroom 4.3

Yo Phil, that place ain't what it used to be, eh? The move from London to the Wild West may have dented the lingual footprint of the site, but cultural fusion can have some wonderful effects too: Here comes a comparison SHOWDOWN of epic proportions, showing off some nice reviewing skills by Amadou Diallo. I would really have liked to see what Bibble-in its new 'Aftershot' persona, is up to nowadays, but this review is very large as it is, spanning 6 pages that share tons of information between them. Some snippets:

"For my money, Capture One Pro 7 produces more realistic skin tones for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Nikon D600 shots seen above. DxO Optics Pro 8 delivers more faithful results in the Olympus EPL-3 and Sony SLT-A57 images. I'd rank Lightroom 4 the most accurate in the Canon EOS T4i portrait. This is an admittedly subjective ranking, and the differences are fairly subtle.

DxO Labs have released DxO Film Pack 3.2.3 that now officially supports Windows 8 and integrates with Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

The Dxo Film Pack is a plug-in that gives several 'film-like' renderings of your images, like negative or positive prints, black & white, cross processing etc.

Dxo Press Release

DxO FilmPack v3.2.3 now fully compatible with Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 11

DxO FilmPack v3.2.3 now integrates automatically with Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 11 to instantly and faithfully . . . read more

In Depth: Mastering Lightroom 4 Virtual Copies, by Romanas Naryškin at Photography Life.

I try to post about most comprehensive Lightroom tutorials out there, and this is the best one when it comes to Virtual Copies in LR4:

"As the name suggests, Virtual Copies are copies of an image file created virtually. In other words, they are copies created within Lightroom environment only. Creating a Virtual Copy does not copy the source file physically. Lightroom only stores editing information within its catalog. Among other things, such an approach also saves disk space (you only need to store information about the adjustments, not both that and a copy of the RAW file itself). . . . read more

Lightroom 4 sharpening tips and tutorial at EPZ

"If you're a Lightroom user you may not have considered the sharpening tool as a serious feature, just dragged the amount to the right and never given it a second thought. Well it's a much more powerful tool than that and here we explain how to get the most out of it. As Lightoom is none destructive the sharpening changes you make do not appear on the original file. And you can have two or more variations of sharpening for each photo - one for printing and one for web viewing, for example. When you've adjusted the sharpening to the desired settings save as a snapshot (Develop>New Snapshot or ctrl+N). Then no matter what you do you can revert to that version by clicking on it in the left Snapshots  . . . read more

Really Nice Images launches Instagram filter presets for Lightroom, will charge a juicy $20-per set.

Really Nice Images Press Release:

Another Instagram presets for Lightroom? Not really. What makes it so special? Two things: We created the first and the only one product in the world emulating not only the latest Instagram filters but also those from Instagram v.1.0. So we offer both: the true spirit of old filters and the most up to date look of new ones. Which set to use? It's up to customer. Approach and precision. We use our unique colour/tone matching technology to achieve the best matching result (see samples).
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3 cool tips for better Black and White conversion using Adobe Lightroom 4, by Darlene Hildebrandt at Digital Photography School.

Ever wondered how the professional photographers get those dreamy black and white or sepia toned images? Wonder why yours come out looking dull and flat looking?  I’m going to give you 3 tips to help you do better black and white conversions using Adobe Lightroom, and solve that problem!
Today’s cameras are pretty smart, and many of them offer a black and white setting or shooting mode. I recommend using those to start, especially if you’ve never done any black and white (B&W) or if you are not currently doing any post processing or image editing on your files. BUT, if you have some experience with b/w photography, and you are
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Fujistas, Rejoice! Capture one 7.02 final version to be released today.

Happy news for fujifilm X-E1 X100 and X-pro1 owners!

Set Yourselves free from Silkypix Crappy interface, and Lightroom's crappy rendering of Fujifilm RAF files, Patrick from Fuji Rumors (and others) reports: "Here is the email I received yesterday from Lionel of the Capture 1 team: Let’s see what the final version of C1 can get out of the X-Trans RAF files.

“Dear Beta Customer.
The beta of Capture One 7.0.2 has now ended. The terms of the beta will terminate on Monday Jan 14, 2013, at 14.00 CET, where Capture One 7.0.2 will be officially released. Thank you all very much for the participation in making Capture
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Lightroom Video: Fooling Lightroom Presets To Create Cool Effects, by Matt Kloskowski at Lightroom Killer Tips.

Neat! Also check out their other recent videos with tutorials about Lightroom 4 working aspects.

"Hey everyone. Got a new video for you. A question or comment I hear quite a bit about is the fact that you can’t save Adjustment Brush settings into a preset in Lightroom. Now, don’t confuse this with saving adjustment brush presets – that you can do (say you have a favorite brush setting for softening skin or whitening eyes). But if you paint something on to the photo you can’t save it. There is a semi-workaround though. It uses the Graduated Filter in Lightroom, and . . . read more

Pop Photo workshop: How To Edit Video in Adobe Lightroom 4, by Debbie Grossman.

Fix exposure, tonality and color using Lightroom 4, By Debbie Grossman.

You can't do that, can you? Well, to some degree yes, Debbie Grossman has some workarounds for many of the limitations, and includes lots of how-to videos in the tutorial:

"Select your captured frame, then click Develop to work on it. Here’s where the magic happens: You can change white balance, add contrast or vibrance, go black-and-white, or even adjust curves. Work your still the way you’d work any other RAW file. (Not all of the tools work. Because video is a time-based medium, you can’t make adjustments such as . . . read more

Latest Capture one beta vs Lightroom on Fuji X-Trans raw conversion: Two steps forward and one step back.

A user at the Serious Compacts forum has posted raw conversion samples from the latest Capture one beta that is supposed to relieve Fujifilm owners of X-Trans cameras from SilkyPix hell. The results are encouraging, but not in all cases:

"This evening I installed Phase One Capture One 7.0.2 beta and ran some test with Fuji X-Trans RAW files in comparison with Adobe's Lightroom 4.2. The test was simple, I grabbed an existing RAF file, imported and exported it in LR4.2 and . . . read more

A comprehensive tutorial on Split Toning in Adobe LightRoom By Alex Wise: If you're too lazy to ready it, Alex has also made some nice split tone presets for you.

how to to use split toning in adobe lightroom 4.xx

"Split toning has become quite popular thanks to Adobe Lightroom making it easy for photographers to experiment and add duo-tone  sepia and film effects to their photographs. But split toning isn’t anything new and actually dates back to the late 1800′s. The technique was used by photographers including Ansel Adams to add a colour to either the highlights or shadows to a black and white photograph (as they were at the time). Ansel would occasionally add a very subtle purple to the shadows of his stunning photographs. . . . read more

Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and DNG converter/Camera Raw 7.3 final versions, lots of fixes, lots of new cameras added, lots of disappointments for Fujifilm X-Trans sensor users.

Adobe Lightroom 4.3 final and Adobe DNG converter 7.3 final released

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 4.3:

The following bugs that were part the Lightroom 4 releases have been corrected. The team appreciates the very detailed feedback the community has provided on Lightroom 4 and we’re excited to correct a number of issues experienced by our customers. These issues have been FIXED:
Autolayout produces a Book with the correct amount of pages but without any images added. Please note that this only occurs when the filter is set to “Unused”. . . . read more

onOne Software Announces Availability of Free and Premium Editions of Perfect Effects 4 Suite for Windows and MAcOS

Onone perfect effects 4 blending mode demonstration

OnOne Software Press Release

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative, time-saving solutions for professional, advanced amateur, and hobbyist photographers, announced the availability of Perfect Effects 4 Premium Edition and Perfect Effects 4 Free Edition. Both software programs offer a library of photographic effects and powerful tools for image enhancement and creative stylization. Each may be used as a standalone application, as an external editor for Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, or as a Photoshop plug-in. . . . read more

How to Enhance Landscape Photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, By Nasim Mansurov.

Photoshop Lightroom 4 before and after screen.

"Graduated Filter – this is a very powerful tool within Lightroom environment. Essentially, Graduated Filter allows you to selectively post-process parts of an image and adjust all kinds of settings, such as Exposure, White Balance, basic Sharpness, Clarity and so on. I will discuss this vastly capable tool in much more detail in upcoming tutorial. For now, I only need to adjust a few settings with two separate Filters. In order to apply Graduated Filter, click and drag anywhere on the photograph to define where you want it to affect your image. Best way to see how it works is to set extreme settings first (Contrast and Clarity to +100, for example) which you can then tune down. . . . read more

Adobe ireleases Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 release candidates

"Adobe Press Release:

Adobe Announces HiDPI Support in Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 Release Candidates

Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 release candidates on Adobe Labs. . . . read more

Adobe Lightroom 4.1 Rc2: Still buggy according to many users.

After yet another update to the LightRoom 4.xx installment, some bugs persist and new ones rear their ugly head. The most peculiar of them is what appears to be a color rendering issue that many users have noticed. There are many threads on this issue on the interwebs, here's one, and another one. Also. . . . read more

Adobe Announces Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate 2

This release adds the best defringing tool Adobe has ever produced, support for many new cameras, and some bug fixes.

Adobe press release

Adobe Announces Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate 2 . . . read more

Advanced Dust Correction in Lightroom, at the Digital Photography School

"As we all know, dust spots on our images can be quite a annoying little pests to deal with. Just when you think you have them all corrected, you print out a beautiful 20×30 print of your image and say, “oops, I missed one.” While there are basic tools we can use within Lightroom to remove these dust spot (i.e. the Spot Removal Tool), many times there are still dust specks on the image that are harder to spot. . . . read more

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 final released, at a more affordable price.

A few new cameras are supported in this final version:

Canon" EOS-1D X, PowerShot G1 X, PowerShot S100
Fujifilm: FinePix F505 EXR, FinePix F605 EXR, FinePix HS30 EXR, FinePix HS33 EXR
Nikon: D4, D800, D800E  . . . read more

[Breaking News!] Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 final to be released March 6th, 2012

Amazon posted, and then quickly removed the page about Lightroom 4 regular edition. However, they forgot the student/teachers edition page, and we totally ripped it off, for your pleasure. Price will be $149/$79 for regular/student editions.

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How to Create Contact Sheets in Lightroom at Digital Photo School

Customize the Contact Sheet

The template contact sheets are a starting point but you do not need to strictly adhere to their design if you don’t want to and they can be easily customized.

For example, from the layout panel if you click the Keep Square checkbox you will find that in some layouts your images may . . . read more

Curves in Lightroom 3 explained, at Beyond Megapixels.

The most powerful, but sometimes feared and misunderstood tool of Lightroom gets explained in this small tutorial:

 

"When you shoot in RAW and import to Lightroom, Lightroom automatically applies a “medium” amount of contrast to your photo. To quickly adjust the contrast of a photo, simply choose one of the presets in this panel. Next to “Point Curve” at the bottom of the panel, click on . . . read more

How to Reduce Moiré in Lightroom 4 by Nasim Mansurov.

The weaker antialiasing filters become on cameras (and it IS a trend) the more important moiré handling in software is:

 

"As you may have noticed, I used the word “reduce” instead of “remove” in the header of this article. That’s because the moiré pattern often cannot be completely eliminated with a non-destructive editing application like Lightroom (except for mild cases of moiré), especially when moire . . . read more

Editing Video in Lightroom 4 @ DPB

Yes, you can edit video in Lightroom now, but its a very crude kind of editing. 

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Topaz labs reveals Star Effects

Topaz Labs Press Release

Topaz Labs Announces Topaz Star Effects(TM), a Lighting Enhancement and Star Creation Software
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