Adobe is having Lightroom twins! Some critical thoughts.

In recent weeks I was thinking that nothing much was happening lately in Lightroom in terms of features but any speed improvement would be more than welcome. I had no idea that Adobe would make so radical announcements. The Lightroom CC we know so far is now renamed to “Lightroom Classic CC” and there is a second parallel Lightroom product that now has taken the name “Lightroom CC”. Continue reading

What to do if you love photo editing plugins

Are you one of those heartbroken photographers that consider themselves treated unfairly after having the Nik collection installed for free? Think again. Before Google made the Nik collection available to all for free (the certain sign of death), it cost $100+. And when it first appeared in the pre-Google ownership days it cost a lot more. So who is really unlucky? Irrespective of the outlay, the biggest disruption is to those that heavily really on Nik for their editing. There are diehard fans that fully embraced Nik in their workflow and made it a part of their money making strategy. Many would surely be prepared to pay extra $ to keep Nik functional in the future. Continue reading

Any idea where Nik Collection is going?

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Nik Collection is free. I suppose we all know about Google’s move by now. For many, free is an end in itself and I have to say I cannot complain about this part. But even if it seems like it is the perfect deal, like everything else, there are advantages and disadvantages. As far as things stand right now, the advantages seem to have the upper hand: Continue reading

Lightroom CC 2015.4: Boundary Warp Tool Samples

The new boundary warp tool is evidence that Lightroom CC updates contain a lot more than new camera and lens profiles. From time to time Adobe sneaks in some life savings goodies. The recent dehaze tool is great for fuzzy photos and can be used in multiple ways. For me personally however, panorama and HDR stitching are the most handy tools because they reduce visits to Photoshop to a bare minimum. Generally, panorama stitching in Lightroom provides better out-of-the-box results than Photoshop, with less warp and less need for geometric corrections. Continue reading

A welcome Lightroom CC graphics improvement

 

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A few weeks ago Adobe got itself into trouble by significantly changing – for the worse – its Lightroom import process. As CC Photography membership allows installation of Lightroom and Photoshop on two PCs, I held back on my main editing machine but installed the update on my desktop to see what the it was all about. From the first instant I disliked the new import method, it felt like a smartphone app designed for small screens (is that where Adobe wanted to go?) rather than full blown desktop software. So the backlash was completely correct. But are Lightroom updates a problem? Not really. Continue reading

Why Lightroom is now the center of the photographic universe

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Us photographers always love epic battles between two sides and tend to support one of the two with fierce devotion. Think about film versus digital, color versus b&w, DSLRs versus mirrorless and probably the most well known of all, Canon versus Nikon, the epic battle that still rages on! Thinking about it the other day, unlike hardware, we never had anything similar on the software front. Continue reading

Adobe takes care of Lightroom user fears in case of CC subscription cancellations

Adobe’s CC photography offer has been a huge success, especially if you consider that it was a sudden and radical change from the disc distribution model to a non-physical subscription model. When it became clear that the bought software resides on users’ hard discs but has an expiry date whenever users decide to cancel or cease monthly  payments, the next and indeed most serious worry was what happens to image files and their access. Continue reading

HDR vs pseudo-HDR (part 2)

In my first post on HDR, I mentioned why we need it and also mentioned that we can enhance the dynamic range of our shots to achieve a fake HDR effect (pseudo-HDR as I call it). The following shot is the result of manipulating a single frame in Lightroom to achieve that very effect:

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