Apr 182013

lightroom-5-healing-brush-visualize-spotsWatch my video tutorial below for how to use all of the new features in the Spot Removal tool in the Lightroom 5 beta — including the new advanced healing brush, which is great for both removing objects and doing retouching, and for the new Visualize Spots feature. For me, these new tools alone will be worth upgrading for when Lightroom 5 officially comes out. I will also be making far fewer trips to Photoshop!

(Update 12-01-14: For those looking for Creating a Faux HDR Effect in Lightroom and Save It as a Preset (Lightroom 4 & 5), please click here.

For best quality, after hitting Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

Summary of what is covered +  shortcuts for healing and cloning:

  • 2 types of spots available:
    • Circle spots – the preexisting functionality within Lightroom
    • Brush spots – can be used for arbitrary shapes (retouching: at low opacity)
  • Usage options:
    • Click + Drag – create brush spot
    • Single click – create a circle spot from auto-find source
    • Shift + Click – connect the selected spot with the new spot via a straight brush stroke
    • Cmd/Ctrl + Drag – Create a circle spot from user-defined source
    • Cmd/Ctrl + Option + Drag: Create a circle spot that scales from center
    • Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + Drag: Create a circle spot that scales from anchor
    • Backslash (/) – select new source for existing circle or brush spot
    • Shift + Drag – Constrain brush spot to horizontal or vertical axis Continue reading »
Apr 152013

lightroom 5 betaWatch my video below for highlights of what’s new in the Lightroom 5 Beta. More detailed video tutorials on the new Lightroom 5 features are available at this link.

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

Watch more Lightroom 5 Beta videos.

Read about the Release.


Apr 152013
lightroom 5 betaRelease 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 fewer new features in the beta of Lightroom 5 than we have come to expect.

Click here to go to highlight and detail videos on Lightroom 5 beta features.

Highlights of the release include:

  • A much more powerful Advanced Healing Brush allowing for non-circular click-and-drag healing and cloning (my favorite new feature!); quick identification of spots with Visualize Spots


  • A Radial Filter for off-center vignetting and other elliptical local adjustments

lightroom 5 radial filter

  • Upright in Lens Corrections to automatically straighten photos and fix perspective

lighten 5 upright straighten photos

  • Smart Previews to allow for off-line editing of photos. These are lossy DNG files, stored with the catalog, that can be developed and otherwise used throughout Lightroom, even when the master files are off-line (i.e. on an external hard drive or server that is not available.) This allows for traveling with your catalog and previews on your laptop, without having to take the master files with you. Building smart previews also speeds up “Loading” time in the Develop module, as smart previews can be loaded before the masters.
  • Grid and guide overlays for Library, Develop and tethered capture

lightroom 5 grid guides overlay

  • PNG file support (importing and editing)
  • True fullscreen mode (F) (old behavior: shift-F)
  • Book module: page numbers, saving of page layouts (custom pages), cheaper “standard” paper type available, new Add Text button
  • Slideshow: videos can be included in slideshows; improved synchronization of slides with soundtrack duration
  • Windows HiDPI Support (15o% and 200% resolution)
  • New Smart Collection Criteria:
    • size in megapixels, bit depth, number of color channels, color profile, smart preview status, PNG

Other Miscellaneous:

  • LAB color readout – right-click on the Histogram and select “Show LAB Color Values”
  • Faster entry into the Develop module (individual panels not loaded unless they’re open)
  • Faster loading of photos in Develop (available preview used first)
  • Duplication of adjustment brush, graduated filter, and radial filter masks/corrections by Ctl/Cmd-Alt/Opt-dragging.
  • Shift-Q to switch between heal and clone mode
  • Before/After views in Develop now show current and proofed photo when soft proofing
  • Aspect slider added to Lens Corrections Manual tab for small changes to help improve image’s appearance after corrections.
  • Clipping indicators persistent between Lightroom sessions.
  • Crop Overlay Aspect Ratios: Tools>Crop Guide Overlay > Aspect Ratios. Can be enabled using “O” in the crop tool.
  • New menu item to the View menu called “Lock Zoom Position”.  If the menu item is checked, the zoom position of each image will be remembered, and when switching between images, the loupe view will be centered on the point you clicked last time.
  • •Ability to generate Previews with 2880 pixels on the long edge.  These are Standard sized Previews and are an option within the Catalog Settings.
  • • Keyboard shortcut F12 to trigger tethered capture.
  • • “Direction” field in the EXIF Metadata panel. If the image contains GPS direction, then this field will show the compass directions as one of 8 options (North, Northwest, West, etc.).  The degree value will shown as a tooltip on mouse hover. The “Direction” EXIF metadata field is editable.  The 8 compass directions (North, North-west, east, etc.) are the only values that can be entered in this field.  This field can be synced across multiple images using the “Sync Metadata” button.
  • •New Import option to Preferences.  When ” Show the ‘Current/Previous Import’ collection during Import” is checked, the customer is shown their newly imported photos.  When unchecked, the photos are still imported, but the focus will remain on the last previously viewed images (prior to Import).
  • •A “Set as target collection” checkbox has been added to the Create Collection dialog.
  • •Photos can be dragged directly to Saved Locations and Saved Locations can be dragged to photos.  In both cases, the photo will receive the same location as the already defined “Saved Location”.
  • •New command to verify the integrity of DNG files (Library>Validate DNG Files). Any invalid DNG files will be placed in a special collection. Only DNG files created by Adobe software can be validated (camera-‐created DNGs cannot be validated because they do not contain the necessary checksum).

Minimum System Requirements:

• Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor*
• DirectX 10–capable or later graphics card
• Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8
• 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
• 2GB of available hard-disk space
• 1024×768 display
• DVD-ROM drive (for DVD version of software)
• Internet connection required for Internet-based services

Mac OS
• Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Mac OS X v10.7 or v10.8
• 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
• 2GB of available hard-disk space
• 1024×768 display
• DVD-ROM drive (for DVD version of software)
• Internet connection required for Internet-based services

Click here to go to highlight and detail videos on Lightroom 5 beta features.

Apr 102013

Lightroom HSL/ColorDo you want your skies bluer, faces less red, or other colors in your photo more or less intense or lighter or darker? In Lightroom this sometimes requires painting with the adjustment brush, but it often can be accomplished much more quickly with Lightroom’s HSL/Color panel.

In this video tutorial from my Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond series (10 1/2 hours of training on 55 videos), I show how to use the HSL/Color panel in Develop to get dramatic results quickly. (This tutorial also applies to earlier versions of Lightroom.)

As usual, for higher quality, once you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

Learn more about the complete video series, Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond.

Apr 082013

craft and vision free e-bookJust 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.

Apr 022013

Lightroom 4.4 ReleaseAdobe 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 Rebel T5i / EOS Kiss Digital X7i), Casio Exilim EX ZR700, Casio Exilim EX ZR710, Casio Exilim EX ZR750, Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR, Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR, Fujifilm FinePix SL1000, Fujifilm X100s, Fujifilm X20, Hasselblad H5D-40 and -50, Hasselblad Lunar, LEICA M (Typ 240), Nikon 1 J3, Nikon 1 S1, Nikon D7100, Nikon Coolpix A*, Nikon Coolpix P330*, Olympus XZ10, Pentax MX 1, Samsung NX300, Sony Alpha NEX 3N,  Sony Alpha SLTA58.
* denotes preliminary support
Existing Camera Support Fixes:
  • Correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the XTrans sensor (Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujifilm X-E1, Fujifilm X100S,  Fujifilm X20)
  • Based on user feedback, the default sharpening amount applied to Fujifilm X-Pro1 and FujifilmX-E1 raw files has been increased between the 4.4 RC release and this final release.
  • Correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with theEXR sensor. This correction applies only to raw images captured using the “EXR HR” mode with the following cameras:
  •  X10, XF1,  X-S1,  S200EXR, HS20EXR, HS30EXR,F550EXR, F600 EXR, F770EXR, F800EXR
  • Fix default aspect ratio support for Fujifilm X-E1 raw files.
  • Fix Nikon default white balance for the following camera models:
    • D2X, D2Xs,D2Hs, D200, D40, D50, D80
 For new lens profiles and bug fixes, read the full release notes from Adobe.
Camera Raw has also been updated with parallel changes. Read about Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 here.


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