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Lightroom 5.3 Release Candidate Now Available from Adobe Labs

The Lightroom team has announced the availability of the release candidate for Lightroom 5.3.  Release candidates are made available before official releases in order to get broader community testing and feedback. This release contain bug fixes, new camera support, new lens profiles and a few new Develop shortcuts.  My general recommendation regarding release candidates is for most people to wait for the official release, unless you have one of the new cameras or need a new lens profile, or unless the bugs that have been fixed are affecting you. With 5.3, there are some important bug fixes, so do review the list below. This Lightroom 5.3 Release Candidate is a free (early) update to Lightroom 5. It can be downloaded [...more]

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What’s New in Lightroom 5.2

Adobe released Lightroom 5.2 today, with important bug fixes, new camera, lens and tethered capture support. As has become their practice in the first “dot” release (“.2″ in this case — there was no “.1″), Adobe has also thrown in a few small but welcome new features. Watch my “What’s New in Lightroom 5.2″ video below, and then read on in this article for more information on new camera support, bug fixes, etc. New Features in Lightroom 5.2 1. Color Noise Smoothness Slider The color noise slider previously present has been great at removing pixel-level color noise. This new smoothness slider now also removes larger color blobs that you may find when you brighten very-much underexposed areas of a photograph:

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On the Adobe Horizon: Lightroom Mobile

As I mentioned in my last post on Adobe’s Photography Creative Cloud announcement, at Photoshop World last week Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty demonstrated Lightroom Mobile, an exciting solution now in development that will allow us to seamlessly review and make at least basic adjustments to photos in our Desktop Lightroom catalogs using our iPads or iPhones. This is a component of the future direction of Lightroom that Tom articulated, moving from being just “your Desktop photography solution, to being your (complete) photography solution”. Lightroom Mobile is still very much in development, but Tom demonstrated in Lightroom on his main computer: Putting a checkmark next to collections that he wanted Lightroom to sync to his iPad Logging into his Adobe [...more]

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Adobe Lowers Price for Photographer Creative Cloud Offering

Adobe announced today  at Photoshop World a new more attractive photographer Creative Cloud offering, consisting of Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, 20 GB cloud storage, Behance ProSite membership, and access to online CC training content. This offer will be available the week of September 16 to owners of Photoshop CS3 and newer, for signup through December 31, 2013. Adobe has not indicated whether a similar offer will be available for photographers who are new to Photoshop. The monthly subscription price will be $9.99/month, paid annually. Adobe states that it has no plans to change the price for subscribers of this plan. At Photoshop World today, Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty also demonstrated what is in development for Lightroom (later this year? [...more]

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Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 – Available Now

Adobe announced the release of Lightroom 5.0 today, with essentially the same features made available in the beta version in April. Purchase the upgrade for $79 or the full version for $149 from Adobe here. Note the new system requirements at the bottom of this page — in a nutshell, Windows 7 or newer, Mac 10.7 (Lion) or newer. With a shorter develop time than Lightroom 4, there are fewer new features  than we have come to expect from previous releases, but I am happy with what has been added. Below you will find a written description of what is new. Also check out: Lightroom 5 videos: highlight and feature-specific videos Video tutorial: How to Upgrade to Lightroom 5 Highlights [...more]

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Adobe Kuler Free iPhone App Released Today

The Adobe Kuler iPhone app is available starting today. Kuler is a cloud-based application for making and exploring color themes using an iPhone or your browser. Kuler now gives you multiple options to capture inspiring color themes whenever and wherever you come across them; capturing color inspiration on your iPhone, syncing colors in Illustrator, Photoshop, and other Adobe apps, or using the new Kuler website. I haven’t had much time to play with this yet, but I can already see that this will be very handy. If you find a great color or combination of colors while browsing a website or wandering a store and you want to identify these colors for use in  in a Lightroom slideshow, web gallery, [...more]

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Newsflash: “Lightroom” App Coming to Our Tablets with Cloud Sync

Today on Kelby TV’s Grid show, Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty demonstrated an iPad app still under development that might give us many of Lightroom’s capabilities. How many is unclear, but specifically mentioned as possibilities were basic editing, sorting, picking, and collections management. This app would  not use our original raw files, but the “DNG  smart previews” generated back on our computers with Lightroom 5. Tom kept things a bit vague, but it appears that we would be able to sync our Lightroom catalog across devices via the Creative Cloud. (I have no information on this, but I am hoping that there will be a trimmed down cloud service just for photographers that is less expensive than the full service.) [...more]

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Adobe Releases Lightroom 5 Beta with Advanced Healing, Smart Previews and More

Release Summary Adobe announced the release of the beta version of Lightroom 5 on April 15. Download it for free from Adobe Labs here . Note that for your protection against bugs and changes, you will not be able to upgrade your Lightroom 4 catalog until the official release of Lightroom 5. I would suggest importing a small set of photos into the Lightroom 5 Beta, and experimenting with the new functions. When will the official version of Lightroom 5 be out? History doesn’t offer much of a guide: Lightroom 4 came out 2 months after its beta, and Lightroom 3 came out almost 8 months after its first beta. With a shorter develop time than Lightroom 4, there are [...more]

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Lightrom 4.4 Now Available from Adobe

Adobe has announced that the official release of Lightroom 4.4 is now available. If next time you open Lightroom, it doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Check for Updates. Download the installation package, and then double-click on it to run it. (Many users skip this last step, and therefore in fact never update Lightroom!) This release provides new camera support, additional lens profiles, and bug fixes. Fuji camera owners will see important changes that affect image quality. Unlike with the early “release candidate”, I recommend that everyone go ahead and update to this official release of 4.4. New Cameras Supported: Canon EOS 1D C, Canon ESO 100D (Digital Rebel SL1 / EOS Kiss Digital X7), Canon EOS 700D (Digital [...more]

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Improving Performance in Lightroom 4

I would recommend that anyone who is at all frustrated with Lightroom 4 running too slowly  check out this very useful new page from Adobe on steps you can take to improve performance.   Some relate to upgrading your hardware (such as 16 GB of RAM and moving your catalog to a solid state drive), but others relate to the order you make adjustments, clearing History, not making adjustments you don’t need, and more. These suggestions have come from customers, and have been shown to be effective.  (Also do check out Adobe’s page on more traditional ways to optimize Lightroom performance.) It’s all of interest to me, and I don’t want to repeat the article here, but just as an example, [...more]

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