In case you have not heard yet, Adobe released the Lightroom 4 today with an updated pricing:
There’s a lot of changes from the beta, namely:
- Reverse geocoding now available in the Map Module
- Revamped and improved auto tone in Develop based on new controls
- Increased range of local white balance controls (temperature and tint)
- Updated Develop presets plus added new presets for video
- Maximum Blurb book size is now 240 pages
- Over 800 bugs found and fixed! (Thank you Lightroom 4 beta customers!)
For more information, check out Tom Hogarty’s blog post.
Finally, Adobe also changed the icon for LR4:
In case you want to try out the new version of Lightroom, check out the latest beta at this link: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=labs_lightroom4
Some key changes include videos, maps, books and more!
Also, while you’re at it, check out NAPP’s Lightroom 4 Center.
Adobe just released Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 2.5. The update to Lightroom contains support for the following cameras:
More details are found over at Lightroom Journal.
To download the updates, see the links below:
For those who always use Flickr, here’s a new Adobe AIR application that allows you to view your Flickr Photos inside an interface that looks like Lightroom. And guess what, since it’s Flickr + Lightroom, the app is called Flickroom!
It’s a pretty light download at around 1.3MB.
I installed the app as soon as I heard about it. It has a pretty neat interface (see the image above).It even has a link to twitter so you can send your photos over there. I think it’s one of the nice ways to browse your photos and to browse Flickr because it allows you to view the photos outside the web browser interface.
There’s also an option to change the background color to either black or gray. By doing this, you actually get a better experience in looking at photos because the colors just pop out (because it’s not the traditional white background of a browser and Flickr).
Right now, my only comment is that I can’t seem to find the functionality for me to submit photos into a group inside of Flickroom
Check it out yourself at this site: http://www.flickroom.org/beta/
You can follow the Flickroom blog for more news and updates.
Here’s a video by RC Concepcion on checking logins and getting ready for the Photowalk. In case you don’t want to watch the whole video online, here’s a summary of the things to do:
Make sure your logins work
- To do it, go to http://www.worldwidephotowalk.com and click the sign-in link in the middle of the page
- For our Manila walk, you can go to this URL: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/manila-mm-ph/wp-login.php
- Login using the username and password you used the last time you registered
- Since it has been probably a month ago since you signed up, you might have forgotten your password. If this is the case, the system will generate a new password for you if you click the ‘Lost Your Password‘ from the login page
- In case you get a system-generated password and you want to change it, once you login, go to the ‘Profile section’ on the left side and there should be an option there to update your password.
Remember your city name
For the ones in my group, our name is — manila-mm-ph
Download Lightroom 2
It seems that the World Wide Photowalk Team is pushing for Lightroom as the tool to process your photos afterwards. They might even release a plug-in that will allow you to upload photos from Lightroom. In case you don’t have Lightroom or you are not familiar with it, you can:
- Download Lightroom 2 Trial from Adobe. In case you don’t want to purchase it yet, The download is a 30-day trial, so you have plenty of time from now till the walk!
- Learn Lightroom. I can give you guys tips (if you want) during the walk, but if you want to quickly learn Lightroom, check out NAPP’s Lightroom Center
That’s all for now, folks! Watch out for more updates about the walk.
Some Lightroom new today…
Adobe just released Lightroom 2.4 and Camera Raw 5.4 as free updates in their website. Both applications include support for a bunch of new cameras like the Canon 500D and Nikon D5000. For more details on the camera support and bug fixes, check out the complete details at Lightroom Journal.
Here are links where you can download them:
Lightroom 2.4 (Mac|Windows) and Camera Raw 5.4 (Mac|Windows)
To those who patiently waited, Lightroom 2.3 is now available for download from Adobe.com. Also available is the latest Camera Raw 5.3.
Lightroom 2.3 includes support for the Nikon D3x. More release notes are available at Lightroom Journal.
To download Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw, follow the links below:
Also, a couple of nice Lightroom Presets:
Over the couple of weeks that I haven’t blogged, I found some interesting photography-related links that might interest you guys. Check them out:
- Sloppy Borders from Negative Space: A fellow photographer — Nino Carandang, compiled some sloppy photography borders from the Net. Pretty cool way to add some nice effects on your photos.
- One of the daily sites I visit is Digital Photography School. They recently re-designed their website so it’s worth a visit. A couple of articles from DPS caught my attention:
- Want to see some great coastline photos to inspire you? Check out the tutorial on how to photograph coastlines.
- Also, ever wondered why there’s a black-and-white option in your camera? It might be worthwhile to capture in-camera black-and-white. Check out the In-Camera Black-and-White from DPS for more details.
- Finally, if you’r looking for an online backup, BackBlaze is offering such a back-up service for $5 per month with UNLIMITED DATA. You read it right, UNLIMITED DATA for just $5 per month, per computer! That’s a great deal, if you ask me.
Hope you enjoyed the links! Have fun and take care!
When I got my Lumix LX3, one of the things that I liked about it is that it could shoot in Raw. The bad thing — at that time, Adobe doesn’t have support for the LX3 Raw format.
The good thing is, they announced Camera Raw 5.2 last week and LX3 is now supported! However, since Lightroom 2.2 is not yet out (it should be due soon), you can’t just directly import the LX3 Raw photos into Lightroom because Lightroom 2.1 won’t recognize them.
Here’s a workaround that I tried this weekend – I converted them to DNG first and then imported them into Lightroom. Here are the steps:
- First, download and install the following from Adobe: Camera Raw 5.2 (Mac, Win) and DNG Converter 5.2 (Mac, Win)
- Once they’re installed, open DNG converter and load your LX3 Raw shots from there. Here’s a screenshot of what I did:
- The interface is very intuitive – first, you point it to the location of your Raw photos. Next, you select a target folder, third, determine the file name (I left it to default), and lastly, pick the compression preferences. I just left mine to the default settings (medium size jpeg).
- I also did not change the filename because I knew that I can easily do this inside Lightroom.
- Click the Convert button and wait for it to go through your files.
- You now end up with a folder that has all the DNG files.
- Open Lightroom 2.1 and then import your DNG files. In my settings (see below), I made sure to pick ‘Move images to Lightroom folder’ since I didn’t want to keep duplicate DNG files.
- That’s it! You can now edit your LX3 Raw photos inside Lightroom!
Note, when Lightroom 2.2 is out, you no longer have to do this workaround. If you want to find out what DNG is, read more of it from Adobe’s DNG section.
Just a quick update – Lightroom 2.1 and Camera Raw 5.1 are now available at Adobe’s site. Links are found below.
Links: Lightroom 2.1 (Mac, Win), Camera Raw 5.1 (Mac, Win)
Both releases include camera support for the following cameras:
- Canon 1000D (Digital Rebel XS/EOS Kiss F)
- Canon 50D
- Fuji FinePix IS Pro
- Kodak EasyShare Kodak Z1015 IS
- Leaf AFi II 6
- Leaf AFi II 7
- Leaf Aptus II 6
- Leaf Aptus II 7
- Nikon D700
- Nikon D90
- Nikon Coolpix P6000
- Olympus SP-565 UZ
- Pentax K2000 (K-m)
- Sigma DP1
- Sony A900
Also, the beta versions of the Camera Profiles and DNG Profile Editor on Adobe Labs have both been updated.
If you want more details, check out Tom Hogarty’s post for Lightroom 2.1 and Camera Raw 5.1.