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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I have this very strong feeling that 2013 is going to be a great year, and I am hoping that this is for you as well as me, for the world in general — and for Lightroom, too! Thank you so much for helping to make 2012 such a rich and rewarding one for me. I love feeling like I make some small difference in your enjoyment of photography, and I appreciate all the notes and support I have received this year from readers and customers. I wish you a joyful, healthy and creative 2013! Laura    

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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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Lightroom 4.3 Release Candidate Available with Retina Display Support

The Lightroom team has announced the availability of the release candidate for Lightroom 4.3. The release candidate is made available before the official release in order to get broader community testing and feedback. This contains support in the Develop module for the new HiDPI monitors (i.e. Apple’s Retina Display), bug fixes, support for new cameras, and new lens profiles. If you don’t have one of the newer cameras or displays and are not adversely affected by these bugs, I would recommend waiting for the official release of 4.3 (which will also be a free update). Here are the bug fixes and new cameras supported, as quoted from  Adobe’s Lightroom Journal: Bugs Corrected in the Lightroom 4.3 Release Candidate The following [...more]

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4th Blog Anniversary!

It’s hard for me to believe that I started this blog four years ago, just as Lightroom 2 was being released.  I  had no idea how many people would come to read this blog, and how many wonderful thank you notes and words of of support I would receive. I thank you for these, and for visiting and being part of this great Lightroom community we have. If you do enjoy this blog, please share it with your photo friends and colleagues.    

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Adobe Announces Lightroom 4.2 with Performance Improvements and More

Adobe tonight announced the  availability of Lightroom 4.2, a free update for Lightroom 4 owners. This release does not add new features, but it does address some performance issues with Lightroom 4.1, and also adds support for several new cameras and lenses, tethering for more cameras, and several bug fixes. If you open Lightroom 4 and it does not prompt you automatically to download the update, go to Help>Check for Updates. Once the update downloads, double-click on the file to launch the installation wizard. If it is not yet available, you can also click here to download it directly from adobe.com. If you are also working with Photoshop CS6, be sure to also update Camera Raw to 7.2, also released [...more]

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Google Buys Nik

Wow, this was a surprise today (at least to me!) Nik Software, maker of professional photo editing software and the (great) SnapSeed mobile app, has been purchased by Google. According to the New York Times, “it is Google’s latest defensive move against Facebook and part of its strategy to become a photo-sharing hub.”  The New York Times goes on to say that “Google seems most interested in Nik’s mobile and online tools and how they can improve Google Plus. Google declined to say whether or when it would discontinue any of Nik’s other products, like desktop software for professional photographers.” Here’s the complete article.

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Adobe News – Mac Retina Display Support and Creative Cloud Pricing

Mac Retina Display Support Adobe announced this past week that within the next few months they will provide a free update to Lightroom and Photoshop (and some other programs) that will include MacBook Pro Retina Display support  (i.e. high pixel density display support). Until they are redesigned in these updates, certain elements of the software interface will appear jagged when viewed on these higher resolution displays.   Click here to read the announcement from Adobe. Note that if you are planning to get a Mac with the new Retina Display, there is no reason to hold off on account of Lightroom or Photoshop — the software interface still looks very good. Here is an article by Matt Klowskowski on his [...more]

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Lightroom 4.2 Release Candidate Available on Adobe Labs

As is often the case in advance of an official release, Adobe tonight has made available a “release candidate” of Lightroom 4.2, available for download from Adobe Labs. The release candidate has been tested by Adobe testers, but they are now seeking broader user experience and feedback before finalizing 4.2. This RC contains several bug fixes, as well as support for several new cameras. If these bugs are significant issues for you or you have one of these new cameras, I would update to this RC. Otherwise, I would suggest waiting for the official release. For those of you who have been experiencing performance issues with Lightroom 4.1, the list of bug fixes released below does not include any fixes [...more]

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Now Available — Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output – A Workshop on Video

I’m very happy to announce that I have finished this new video tutorial series, on producing great output with Lightroom 4!  For those of you who have been waiting, I appreciate your patience.  My goal with this series is not only to teach you the how-to of the Book, Slideshow, Print and Web modules, but also to give you a strong foundation in output concepts that are critical to your success in producing high quality consistent output. Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output Almost  12 hours of training on 55 videos, for Mac and PC (and iPad compatible!) Section                                                 # Videos              Duration (h:m) Introduction                                               2                                    0:13 Output Concepts                                       9                                    2:28 Getting Started                                          2                                    0:22 Book                                                         14 [...more]

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And the Winner of Lightroom 4 is…

Congratulations to Alexis R. for winning my Lightroom 4 contest! Her free copy is on its way. Thank you to everyone who participated — I wish I could give you all a copy!    

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