Lightroom Turns 3 – Public Beta

October 23rd, 2009 by The Laddie

For the last few days its been going about that Adobe are releasing a public beta for Lightroom. Simply called Lightroom 3 its showing off some very useful and advanced features: (quoting form Adobe Labs)

  • Brand new performance architecture, building for the future of growing image libraries
  • State-of-the-art noise reduction to help you perfect your high ISO shots
  • Watermarking tool that helps you customize and protect your images with ease
  • Portable sharable slideshows with audio—designed to give you more flexibility and impact on how you choose to share your images, you can now save and export your slideshows as videos and include audio
  • Flexible customizable print package creation so your print package layouts are all your own
  • Film grain simulation tool for enhancing your images to look as gritty as you want
  • New import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy
  • More flexible online publishing options so you can post your images online to certain online photo sharing sites directly from inside Lightroom 3 beta (may require third-party plug-ins)*

Of course the “improved everything” is going to be awesome but the slideshows as videos and new publishing options have me excited.

So to get your self started you need to do the following things.

Download the Beta

You can find the beta here: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom3/

Note: you will need an Adobe account to access the download and the downloads are 120mb for windows and 68mb for Mac OS. Either way it will be a wait for the download to complete.

Backup backup BACKUP!

Can’t say this enough. This is a Beta kids so there will be bugs in the system and the last thing you want to do is open your catalog of 14000+ images to only have find it reduced to nothing and taking all the changes you made to your images with it.

Install and have fun

Well you don’t need me to explain that huh!

I have not installed the new version yet (downloading as I type) but to be sure I will be giving a review shortly.

Every time a bride cries a photographer gets rightly sued

October 7th, 2009 by The Laddie

Just right on cue since the a thread was opened on the 450D flickr forum “EOS450D Good enough for Weddings?”. A photographer was sued!

Check the link out.

BBC NEWS UK

The photographer had been sued for taking (and to be honest they are) terrible pictures and awful video for a wedding!

Just a lesson to be learned. If your gonna take some one’s money for making photos. Be good at what you do…

Links Friday – 02.10.09

October 2nd, 2009 by The Laddie

In an effort to get back on the wagon blog wise I will post a few links I have seen around for this links friday. Nothing too special but soon I hope to bring this back to par!

  • Digital Photography School has a 5 Tips for Young Family Portraits. This hits quite close to home with me as we still have not taken a family photo yet and time is getting on.
  • Next is a music video by the Cinnamon Chasers for their song “Luv Deluxe”. This is an impressive show of how powerful video on a DSLR is. Granted the guy had a Canon 5D MrkII strapped to his face but it give me hope that with the new Canon 7D out now we will see more high standard of videos from normal people… Hell maybe I can make one? Anyone got 1500 euros? Oh and the song is not too bad either!  You can find the video on Youtube and I do suggest you put it into HD and let it buffer before playing ;-)

“The Giants Arrive” in Berlin.

September 30th, 2009 by The Laddie

Starting October the 2nd, the Royal de Luxe group is bringing their show “The Giants Arrive” to Berlin.

Using heavy lifting machinery they will walk a couple of giants around Berlin.

Normally they don’t give any notice of their shows and just show up and do their thing. But this time they are letting people know that they will be here to celebrate the anniversary of German reunification.

But I have seen the ads around Berlin and to be honest it’s not been directly easy to find information about the event.

Info : http://www.riesen-in-berlin.de/

So if your passing in Berlin between the 2nd and the 4th you should really check it out. You might not have another chance.

Phoenix from the ashes… Well working on it!

September 29th, 2009 by The Laddie

Hey guys!

Long time no see. I am working on getting this site back up and running.

In the next week or so I will have wordpress updated and a new template implemented.

Just to give you guys a taste of the things to come I thought I would upload a little preview of the theme.

Updates and Time Lapse

April 27th, 2009 by The Laddie

Hey there guys,

Sorry I have not been around often. I have been uber busy lately with work and some redesign issues. I am trying to update wordpress 2.7 but it messes with some of my other plug ins so I have had to take it long and slow. But hopefully I will be back to normal soon.

Want to mention quickly… Congratulations to Scalespeeder for buying the 350D – He has released a podcast discussing that!

I wanted to share this video with you about time lapse. I found it at Digital Photography School – An Introduction to Time-Lapse Photography. Its just a interesting look into how to start time lapsing. But the showcase video is from Ross Ching that shows just how impressive time lapse can be! And yes he was tilt shifting while time lapsing… Super impressive!


Eclectic 3.0: The Roads Less Traveled from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

Some rules just change.

March 17th, 2009 by The Laddie

As a long term digital camera user I found a consistent rule that went with bundled software.

DO NOT INSTALL!

The issues that you can potentially get from installing are:

  • It can change all your images to load into a default program and not photoshop like you had it set before.
  • It can on starting up look for all the images in your personal folders and regardless of them being photos you have taken and ignoring your folder structure (if any) and places them some where else in a different folder structure.
  • When you connect your camera or a mates camera it will start automatically and go nuts downloading all your pictures even though you only wanted to look.
  • Takes way too long to load.
  • Takes way too long to download.
  • No upload features (upload to flickr).
  • No support for other operating systems like Linux or MacOS.
  • Key photo manipulating features can be missing.
  • Can be buggy as hell.
  • Your camera will only work in this software even if before you could browse your memory card via windows.

That’s only the things I can think of. I am sure there is more!

So maybe leave your software in the box because you would be better off?

Now for the exception to the rule!

I was talking to my mate ‘S’ from high school about his new Canon 450d and one thing lead to another and I found out that he did not even take the disc out the box. Now addmittedly he runs Linux so he does not need to bother looking if the software is supported.

But it planted the this seed.

What if there is other users that don’t install the default software because of the bad experiences like the ones listed above?

If you have a Canon DSLR then you should install the EOS Utility and here is why.

You can tether your camera to your computer or laptop and have the possibility to control the camera and even use live view! After that you can also set up time lapse or a interval in bulb exposure mode. Not impressed yet?  can take it a step a further by setting up a folder where your EOS Utility could store your photos. Then have lightroom (or potentially any other good photo suite) monitor that folder in your hard drive and automatically have lightroom import anything new from it.

So you get a remote control, mass storage and the editor of your choice! Seamless integration!

There are other alternatives! DSLR Remote to name one but it is not for free. I feel that it is more featured and no frills but it costs too much to warrant buying it unless you are a super pro photographer (then why are you reading my blog ;-) ).

Regardless of the camera you have. Give the manual a look over and also read the reviews. Try to find out if the software is useful and bug free.

Don’t rely on past experiences any more.

“Perspective” Competition Winner

March 12th, 2009 by The Laddie

Congratulations to Yamaneko_ for winning Febuarys “Perspective” competition with the following image:

“Low”

Low

Yamaneko_ has kindly chosen “Science & Technology” for the March competition.

Photography 101: Know Your Camera Part One

March 12th, 2009 by The Laddie

In this post I would like to show you around the Canon 450D and explain in brief (if possible) what each button does. Why I have chosen this camera is simple. First I have it so I know the camera like the manual was written on the back of my hand. Secondly the configuration of the 450D is quite similar to other brands so they might look different yet they share a common ground.

So lets get started.

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Links Friday – 06.03.08

March 6th, 2009 by The Laddie

Its a little silly that its taken 3 months! before I did this again. I am really sorry! I do really need to find a way to store my links so that I can just post them when I get them.

  • Squeeze The Lime released this little gem of a video about “Herlinde’s Fist Photo Shoot”. Bert Stephani shows what he would normally do when braking in a new model. I found though that the video sort of morphed into this less complicated guide to portrait photo shooting. Just simply showing the user position of lights, reflectors and what lenses to use then after that show the result is just simply inspiring! Thanks Bert! –>Click Here<–


LIME008 – Herlinde’s First Shoot from Lime Photography on Vimeo.

  • Check out Vimeo.com. Its a great site that shares flickrs concept of free service but can go pro. Of course its only for video. You get a 500MB a week uploading free which video from those small cameras is more than enough. The processing time is a little long (max I have seen is 1 hour) before your video is live but you can remove that waiting time by going pro. Now pro is not the cheapest thing either but you can upload HD video after that so it really depends on what your doing. Regardless if you join or not take a look at some of the videos. You wont be disappointed. –>Click Here<–
  • Last but not least I wanted to reference Victor W. again! If you have not added this guy as a contact you need too do it now… I am waiting… I said do it now!!! Ok joking aside you really need to keep an eye on this pro photographers stream as he is a real inspiration!  His recent master piece I can’t stop looking at either. Fantastic lighting, great subject and very very original!

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