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]
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]
I’m a bit late on this news from last week, as I was on vacation with no internet access, but here goes: Adobe announced the upcoming June 17 release of the next version of Photoshop, Photoshop CC, available only through a Creative Cloud monthly or annual subscription. No longer will we able to purchase and own new versions of Photoshop (or other Creative Suite software, which have also all been updated) — users must subscribe, and when they stop subscribing, they lose access to the software. Here are U.S. prices, per month with an annual subscription: This new policy of only being able to “rent” Adobe’s Creative Suite software has caused some outcry throughout the creative community, but much [...more]
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]
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]
Just a quick heads up that Craft & Vision has a new e-book out – and it is free! It is 45 pages, with articles by 6 authors, with 9 unique ways to improve your photography. I haven’t read it myself yet, but based on my prior experience with Craft & Vision books, it is worth much more than you will pay. Click here to check out Craft & Vision 2: More Great Ways to Make Stronger Photographs.