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December 16, 2014
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“Match Total Exposure” May Be the Coolest Lightroom Setting You Didn’t Know About

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This may be one of the coolest Lightroom 5 features you didn’t know about. I never stumbled upon this one. But it is definitely cool, and a big time saver too.

Watch Matt Kloskowski walk you thru a LR feature called “Match Total Exposure” that is as easy to use as it is powerful. Let’s say you have some wrongly exposed photos, as in a bracketing sequence because you forgot to deactivate bracketing (that’s the example in the video). You can auto-magically adjust the exposure of these pictures simply by selecting them, and then selecting a photo with the right exposure. Then clicking on a menu entry and the magic happens. This works not just for bracketing sequences. The video lasts 5 minutes, don’t miss it because is a lot of good tip for the short time you have to watch.

[DIY Photography via Reddit]

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December 15, 2014
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Adobe Lightroom 5.7.1 Available, Adds Support for Canon Lenses

Lightroom 5.7.1

Adobe Lightroom 5.7.1 is available for download (Mac | Win) as a final release. Bug fixes, and support for new Canon lenses (EF mount).

Canon EF Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
Canon EF Tokina AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX

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November 27, 2014
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Lightroom Tips and Tricks Round-Up

Time for another round-up of Adobe Lightroom news and useful tips & tricks.

Multi-Photo Poster Layout in Lightroom – Lightroom Killer Tips

A Few Reasons to Switch to Photoshop from Lightroom – Photo Focus

How to Transfer Mobile Photos to Lightroom using Dropbox – Photo Focus

Dropbox Lightroom Catalog Sync – How To Set it Up – DIY Photography

How To Achieve the Film Look Using Lightroom – Fstoppers

Using Adobe Lightroom’s Radial Filter To Emulate Traditional Japanese Art Look – Kayview Gallery

How to Remove Sensor Dust With Lightroom – Digital Photography School

Custom Camera Calibration in Lightroom – Photo Focus

Speed Up Lightroom by Clearing Previews | The Why and the How! – Photo Focus

Why You Need A Tablet & How It’ll Transform Your Lightroom Workflow – SLR Lounge

How to Show the Focus Points in Lightroom – Andrew Gibson Blog

Seven Tweaks to a Better Lightroom | Customizing Your Workspace – Photo Focus

Adobe Shows Off Features for Changing Time of Day Lighting and Removing Fog – PetaPixel

A great video showing Lightroom mobile in use in Iceland (below)

Adobe Lightroom 5: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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November 25, 2014
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CPN Published Part 4 of Inside Lightroom & Photoshop CC Workflow (Lightroom Mobile)

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Canon started bundling Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography program to the EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D DSLRs, and then the PowerShot G1 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X. Since then, the Canon Professional Network published a tutorial series titled Inside Lightroom & Photoshop CC Workflow. Part 4 “Lightroom Mobile” has just been posted. The tutorial comes with video and text.

Lightroom Mobile can be dowloaded for free but needs a subscription to Lightroom & Photoshop CC program or a 30 days trail period. Adobe’s Lightroom & Photoshop CC program is $.99/€12.29 per month.

Inside Lightroom & Photoshop CC Workflow: part 1 | part 2 | part 3

November 19, 2014
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Adobe Lightroom 5.7 and Camera RAW 8.7 Now Available (support for 7D2 and G7 X)

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Adobe released Lightroom 5.7 ( Mac | Win) and Camera Raw 8.7 and DNG Converter 8.7 (Mac | Win), with added support for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Powershot G7 X.

The new release updates some features:

  • Synced collections now show a more prominent share button at the top of the Toolbar.  This allows you to quickly share your synced collection with friends, family, and clients using Lightroom web (http://lightroom.adobe.com).
  • Comments and likes left on Lightroom web now sync to the Lightroom desktop catalog.  Comments and Likes will be shown in the “Comment” panel for synced collections.
  • Images with comments and likes will display a badge indicating that there are comments and a colored badge to indicate that there are unread comments.

Integrated a utility to import images from Apple Aperture and Apple iPhoto libraries into Lightroom:

  • Previously available as a separate and downloadable plug-in, this utility has now been integrated into Lightroom 5.7

Corrected bugs:

  • The crop overlay displayed an intermediate step when progressing through images in the filmstrip with overlay displayed.
  • The lens profile for the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 would not auto-select when using Lens Profile Corrections.
  • ICC profiles resulted in incorrectly clipped shadows and blacks in Lightroom.  Note that this is related to the issue identified here and only occurs on Mac OSX 10.9 and later
  • Fixed crash when rapidly adding corrections with the Spot Removal tool.
  • Fixed bug that prevented the Filter Brush cursor from displaying while changing brush size when the Graduated and Radial Filter overlay is turned off.
  • Improved quality of Camera Matching color profiles for the Nikon D810. Fixes visible banding issues with the Camera Standard, Camera Vivid, Camera Landscape, and Camera Monochrome profiles.
  • Context menu (right click on PC or control+click on Mac) was disabled for images contained in Lightroom mobile collections.
  • Fixed issue that prevented Lightroom 5 from reading Photoshop Elements 13 libraries.
  • Cover images set by Lightroom mobile were sometimes incorrectly reset by Lightroom desktop.
  • Sync with Lightroom mobile sometimes stalled when asset is added to same album on both LrM and LrD and later deleted
  • Resolved issue that caused Lightroom to crash when creating a Print and saving it to a mounted DVD directly inside Lightroom.
  • Publishing images to Behance using the Behance Publish Service has been restored.

New lens profiles were also added:

Canon EF SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Canon EF SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014
Canon EF Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8
Canon EF Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 ZE

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November 15, 2014
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Canon Pro Network Publishes Part 3 of Lightroom & Photoshop CC Workflow Tutorial (RAW filter)

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Canon Professional Network posted part 3 of their ongoing tutorial series about Lightroom & Photoshop CC workflow. The third part is all about RAW filters. Previous episodes: part 1 (smart objects), part 2 (composite images).

Adobe now offers a Creative Cloud Photography bundle that includes Lightroom editing software and Photoshop CC for photographers who want to organise, edit, enhance and share their images via desktop or their mobile devices – this package currently comes bundled with Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D DSLRs. In a four-part CPN series of articles and video tutorials Richard Curtis (a Principal Solutions Consultant in Digital Imaging for Adobe UK) will examine the workflow between Lightroom software and Photoshop CC to give you a good understanding of the benefits of working with both in tandem. In Part 2 of this series Richard Curtis focuses on the advanced use of Smart Objects for creating composite images within the Lightroom and Photoshop CC workflow and, in a special video, he explains how to create such composite images. Please click on the play button in the window above to watch the video.

Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop CC costs $9.99 per month.

November 1, 2014
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Canon EOS Utility, Tethering, and Mac OS X 10.10 (aka Yosemite)

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The current versions of Canon’s tethering software packages EOS Utility 2 and EOS Utility 3 (for the 1Dx, 5DMK3 and 7DMk2) and their RAW processor Digital Photo Professional are not compatible with the latest version of Mac OS X 10.10 aka Yosemite. I’ve spoken to several Canon technical representatives and public relations people who are quietly aware of the issue. They report they have no information about when these applications will be updated. The workaround for those who tether is to use Lightroom.

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