Apr 302013

Lightroom 4 SaleAmazon U.S. currently has Lightroom 4 on sale for $40 off ($109.99). I do not know how long this will last.

Adobe has Lightroom 4 on sale for $30 off through May 11, 2013 in the Adobe store with coupon code SPRING 30. (At the moment the discount code is not working online, but from your shopping cart page you will see a number to call Adobe – they will give you the discount over the phone.) This discount code is also valid for Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11, and is valid on all retail sales (not just commercial sales, as the website suggests.)

Keep in mind that Lightroom 5 is due out sometime fairly soon — the beta version is out now, and expires June 30. Speculation has its limitations, but this suggests that the official version of Lightroom 5 might  be out before June 30 — unless Adobe decides to release a second beta version, which they did with Lightroom 3.

Dec 062012

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, Adobe recommends that to maximize performance, your editing steps be done in the following order (quoting from the article):

  1. Spot healing (performing spot healing first improves the accuracy of the spot healing, and ensures the boundaries of the healed areas match the the spot location.)
  2. Geometry corrections, such as Lens Correction profiles and Manual corrections, including keystone corrections using the Vertical slider.
  3. Global non-detail corrections, such as Exposure, White Balance, etc. These corrections can also be done first if desired.
  4. Local corrections, such as Gradient Filter and Adjustment Brush strokes.
  5. Detail corrections, such as Noise Reduction and Sharpening.

Oct 232012

As I have written before, I find myself still discovering cool hidden features of Lightroom. This one I picked up from Sean McCormack’s new Craft & Vision e-book, Essential Development (which as I wrote in my last post, you should definitely check out).

The traditional way to set the size of the spot removal circle is to use the slider in the spot removal options panel. However, I have always found it to be faster and more convenient to use the scroll wheel on my mouse to set the size. Here’s an even faster way, to both set the size and apply your fix at the same time:

  • Select the spot removal tool.
  • Hold down the Ctl key on a PC or the Cmd key on a Mac.
  • Click and drag in your image to define the circular area you want to fix.

Removing the Crow: Ctl/Cmd-Click and Drag to Define the Circular Area to Remove


  • Let go of the Ctl or Cmd key and the mouse button.
  • Adjust the source circle as needed.



For those of you who need more of a foundation in using the spot removal tool, or who are looking for more great tips for getting the most out of it, watch below the Lightroom 4 version of my video on using the spot removal tool. This is one of the 55 videos in my  Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond series, available now on DVD or by download. (Note that this lesson applies equally to Lightroom 2 and 3!)

(For best quality, once you hit the play button, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right, and choose 720 HD.)


Read More About Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond — 10 1/2 hours of training on 55 videos.

Oct 182012

lightroom-craft-and-vision-sean-mccormackImagine being able to purchase a 120 page e-book full of great Lightroom Develop techniques and tips from talented professional photographer and Lightroom expert, Sean McCormack, along with 85 of his Lightroom presets, for only $6. Once again, Craft & Vision has made the unimaginable real, in this new release from Sean: Essential Development: 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 4. (At this link, scroll to the bottom of the page to get the bundle with presets if you prefer this to just the PDF.)

There’s no way Sean can cover the entire Develop module comprehensively in 120 pages, so I don’t consider this to be a substitute for the core training you’ll find in my Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond course. However, I am a great advocate of learning from different instructors — we all have different perspectives and experiences, and  emphasize different things. I personally have picked up some great tips and techniques from Sean’s e-book, and believe you will too. It is full of practical high-impact advice, and is very well-designed. It is quite a challenge for an author to take such a huge topic as Lightroom development, and boil it down to something relatively short and yet useful and impactful, and Sean has done a great job at this.

Here are the 20 topics covered:

Understanding the Histogram, Back to Basics, Camera Profiles, Making White White (White Balance), Beauty Retouching, Dodge and Burn for Beauty, Cross Processing, Achieving a Filmic Look, Image Toning, Cropping Inside and Outside the Image, Straightening Photos, Fixing Skies in Lightroom, Tilt Shift, Effective Sharpening, Reducing Image Nosie, Correcting Lens Issues, Drawing Us In: Vignettine, Presets: Making, Using and Saving, Presets as Building Blocks; Fixing More Than One Photo; Edit in Photoshop.

The price on the package of e-book + presets is $7.  If you prefer just the e-book, without the presets, it is available for $5.

Bottom line: this purchase is a no-brainer for me personally. Just one tip (amongst many)  I picked up was worth a lot more than $7 to me.  I haven’t made it through the whole book yet, but I plan to put mine on my iPad, so I can read it anywhere.

 Click here to view more details. (At this link, scroll to the bottom of the page to get the bundle with presets if you prefer this to just the PDF.)

Aug 122012

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 OutputLightroom 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                                   2:54
Slideshow                                                  7                                    1:40
Print                                                          13                                   2:34
Web                                                            8                                   1:35


While I recommend that you purchase the whole series, you can choose to purchase just Book or Print (both of which include the Introduction, Output Concepts and Getting Started sections.)

Note that other than the Book module portion and the section on soft-proofing in the Develop module, this series is also applicable to Lightroom 3.

Between Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & Beyond, and now Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output, you can now get over 22 hours of high quality training on all the modules of Lightroom! And if you purchase both together, you can save 10%!

Click here for more information and to purchase.



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