Jul 312013
Adobe Announces Lightroom 5.2 Release Candidate - Available Now

Adobe announced today the immediate availability of a release candidate for Lightroom 5.2. This has been tested internally, but is released to the Lightroom community early for additional testing and feedback ahead of the official release. You can download Lightroom 5.2 RC on Adobe Labs here. As I usually suggest, if you have no immediate need for the features and the bug fixes and new camera support don’t affect you, I would wait for the official version to be released. However, note that some of the bug fixes are substantial this time. Lightroom 5.2 RC includes a few small new features, bug fixes, and new camera support. New features: In the following video, I show you the new features: And […more]

Jul 272013
Essential Development: 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 5

Sean McCormack’s Essential Development: 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 5 is out! An update to Sean’s Lightroom 4 e-book, it focuses exclusively on developing photos, and is full of great techniques and tips. For only $7, you receive not only a very generous 130+ page e-book, but also 100 of Sean’s develop presets.  Sean is an Adobe Community Professional and a professional photographer, specializing in headshot, fashion, music and editorial photography. He also does beautiful landscape photography.  I have picked up some great tips and techniques from both the Lightroom 4 and Lightroom 5 versions of Sean’s e-book, and I believe most of you will too, regardless of your experience level. It is quite a challenge for an author to […more]

Jul 132013
Mosaic: Online Photo Backup and iPad/iPhone/Web Photo Viewing

You may know that Adobe has indicated thatthey are working on a way to sync our Lightroom catalog to mobile devices via the cloud. But did you know that you can already do this – or at least if you are using a Mac? Mosaic, a New Hampshire company founded by Gerard Murphy and Andy Young has been “on a mission to make digital asset management easier for photographers, while enabling the anywhere access that we have come to expect.” While their current offering is just for Mac users, they also have a Windows version in development. UPDATE 7/17/13: The Windows version has been released! There are two components to Mosaic’s offering: 1. Online photo backup, to back up your […more]

Jul 012013
Lightroom Questions? Here's Where to Turn for Answers

I am very happy to report that Victoria Bampton’s exceptional reference book, Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ, is now available!  Victoria is a fellow Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom,  the founder of lightroomforums.net, and one of the most knowledgeable Lightroom experts I know.  She therefore understands what questions Lightroom users have, and has organized her book around these questions. The book is well-written, well-organized, and well-illustrated with hundreds of screenshots and photos, and is full of practical advice about what really matters. You can purchase either the e-book only (includes PDF, Kindle/Mobi & ePub formats), or the e-book together with a black-and-white paperback. I love the e-book format — I can search the […more]

Jun 262013
Where Are My Lightroom 4, 5, 6 or CC Develop Controls and What's That Lightning Bolt Below the Histogram?

If you have upgraded to Lightroom 4, 5, 6 or CC  from Lightroom 3 or earlier (even if you came via Lightroom 4), when you look at photos in the Develop module that came from Lightroom 3, you will see a lightning bolt below the histogram if the histogram is open, or to the left of the panel name if it is closed: The equivalent symbol in Lightroom 4 was an exclamation point below your photo: The lightning bolt  is a signal to you that the photo is continuing to use your settings from the old (pre-Lightroom 4) processing technology. The photo therefore should look the same to you as it did as you had left it in the earlier version […more]

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