Laura Shoe

Jul 112014
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Subscription
Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Program subscription for $9.99/month is a great deal in my opinion, based on what you get:
  • Always up-to-date versions of Lightroom and Photoshop (no need to pay more to upgrade to Lightroom’s next major upgrade when it comes out!)
  • Syncing to Lightroom mobile for the iPad and iPhone (and Android sometime this year)
  • 2 GB of cloud storage
  • A pro account
However, potential subscribers and users of Lightroom have had a major concern – if you stopped paying, you could lose access not only to Lightroom, but also to your Lightroom catalog – which contains all the work you have ever done on your photos. Well, no more! Starting with Lightroom 5.5, if your subscription expires and you choose not to renew, you can still use Lightroom – forever. The catch is that you will be locked out of the Develop and Map modules, and you won’t be able to sync to your mobile devices.  While you therefore won’t be able to do additional photo editing other than Quick Develop work, you can continue to organize and manage your photos (even import new photos), and create any kind of output from Lightroom (export copies of your photos, print; and make books, slideshows and web galleries.)

Update/Clarification: You will not lose the Develop work you have done prior to your subscription expiring. If it does expire you will be locked out of doing additional Develop work, but you can create output that has your edits, you can reset your photo to undo your edits, you can refine them with the Quick Develop panel, and you can save them to XMP so that they are available in other programs that read this information (such as Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw.)

This is also the case if you get a free 30-day trial of Lightroom!

Adobe clearly has confidence that their Creative Cloud offering and Lightroom’s Develop editing tools are compelling enough that you will continue to subscribe.

Note that if instead of a subscription you have or purchase the perpetual-license stand-alone version rather than the Creative Cloud subscription you will continue to have access to all modules in the Lightroom version you purchased. Adobe has stated that they will continue to offer these perpetual-license stand-alone versions “indefinitely”.


Jul 032014
Lightroom before and after

In this sample video tutorial from my Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series, I show you all the different ways to view Before and After in Lightroom:

  • Working with the History panel
  • Using the “\” key
  • Toggling on and off specific panel and tool work
  • The Y/Y button

I also show you how to change the definition of “Before” so you can compare any previous step to your current work.

For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.
(For even better quality, consider purchasing the full series.)

Check out Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond for more in-depth expert Lightroom training! Also available in Lightroom 4 and Lightroom 3 versions.

Jun 182014
Lightroom 5.5 mobile iPhone

Today Adobe released Lightroom 5.5 along with Lightroom mobile for the iPhone. Along with the usual new camera support, new lens profiles, and bug fixes, the free Lightroom 5.5 update includes support for syncing with the new iPhone app, and a few other changes targeted at Lightroom mobile and Creative Cloud subscribers. Watch my video below to see the changes in action, or read on below the video for details.

Creative Cloud subscribers: update through the CC app. Otherwise, to install the free update, if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Check for Updates, download the file, then double-click on it to run the installation wizard. If Check for Updates doesn’t find the update, try again later or download the update at the link at the bottom of this page. As with all updates, I highly recommend backing up your catalog before updating.

Video: What’s New in Lightroom 5.5, Lightroom Mobile
and the Creative Cloud Photography Program

For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

What’s New

  • Syncing to and from the new free Lightroom mobile app for iPhone. Functionality is essentially the same as the iPad app (released with Lightroom 5.4.)
  • In addition to picking and rejecting photos on the iPad and iPhone, we can now add and sync rating stars.
Rating Stars Lightroom Mobile

Assigning Stars in Lightroom Mobile

  • Collections in Lightroom desktop chosen for sync: can be directly shared to the web via new context menu options: Continue reading »
Jun 182014
Photoshop CC

Today in a live event Adobe announced the release of new versions of Photoshop CC and 13 other CC desktop apps, plus  Lightroom 5.5 (discussed in another blog post.)

Photoshop CC 2014 new features of particular interest to photographers:

  • Focus Mask, which allows automatic selection of in-focus objects.
  • New motion blur filters in the Blur Gallery (with live preview):

- Spin blur: cusomize an oval or circular motion blur
– Path blur: create motion blurs along user defined paths

  • Improvements to Content Aware Features to allow for better color blending

In addition there are many design-related enhancements, such as smarter smart guides, new text features, improved layer comps and smart object enhancements, as well as other smaller changes.

Note that due to technical constraints, the Oil Paint filter has been removed. If you would like to continue to use it, do not uninstall the last version of Photoshop CC (they can both reside on your computer.)

Watch Terry White’s video on What’s New below:

Continue reading »

Jun 112014

Lightroom Developing - Free Webinar

[UPDATE: COMPLETED!] If you missed this webinar on “A Tour of Lightroom”, please sign up to my Lightroom newsletter below for more information on upcoming free webinars and alerts to new Lightroom video tutorials and articles!

Join me Saturday, June 14, in this free webinar as I  discuss what makes Lightroom so attractive, explain how it works differently from other programs, and give you a tour of the fundamentals of the program (Library and Develop) by importing and processing a photo shoot. Whether you have never seen the program and are wondering if it is something you should consider, or you already have it and wonder if you are leveraging all it can do, this information-packed webinar is for you. (Lightroom 5 will be used, but it is also applicable to earlier versions.)

Saturday June 14

When: Saturday, June 14, 12 pm Pacific Daylight Time (Los Angeles/Seattle) / 2 pm CDT / 3 pm EDT / 7 pm GMT / 8 pm London. 90 minutes.

Mobile Devices: You may also watch the webinar on your mobile device with the
Adobe Connect app from your mobile app store.

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Jun 032014

Lightroom Catalog PanelI get this question frequently, or more specifically,  how to move photos from Previous Import or All Photographs, which are entries in the Catalog panel.  Your photos actually never reside in the Catalog panel – they reside instead in folders, which are displayed in the Folders panel. Therefore it is not meaningful to “move photos from the Catalog panel.”

Lightroom Catalog PanelThe Catalog panel simply has shortcuts to various groups of these same photos, for your convenience:

  • All Photographs: every photo in your Lightroom catalog (in every folder)
  • Current or Previous Import: photos you last imported
  • Quick Collection: a temporary collection of photos
  • Other entries: based on tasks that you have performed, such as exporting photos into a new catalog, importing from another catalog, finding missing photos, etc.

If you have an entry in the Catalog panel selected and want to get to the folder that one of the photos displayed resides in, right-click in the photo and choose Go to Folder in Library. Lightroom will jump to that folder, and it will be highlighted in the Folders panel.


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