Adobe Lightroom Beta 3 For Windows

Darren wrote this at 8:29 pm:

Now all those Windows users can see what us Macheads have been raving about for the last six months or so – Adobe has announced Lightroom Beta 3 for Windows. Download it now to see the future of digital photography workflow.

There are a few minor features missing from Lightroom for Windows that are present in Lightroom for OS X, but Adobe is promising that the two feature sets will match up by Lightroom Beta 4.

Some good places to start reading about Lightroom and learning tips include:

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Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop Adventure 2006

Darren wrote this at 3:00 am:

This looks like it will be an interesting adventure to watch – Adobe is sending a crack team of photographers to Iceland, where they’ll travel around taking photographs and using Adobe Lightroom on laptops to manage, process and output their images.

A dozen top photographers overcome the challenges of nature and technology on the assignment of a lifetime…

On the Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop Adventure 2006 Blog, you can follow along with the photographers’ preparations before the event, see what happens during the adventure, and get their perspectives and impressions of how things went afterwards.

This should be a fantastic opportunity to see how a bunch of top photographers manage their digital workflow, before, during and after a big trip.

The photographers include:

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iView MediaPro 3.1 Released

Darren wrote this at 1:41 am:

iView Multimedia has released a free update to its professional media cataloging application iView MediaPro 3.

Version 3.1 provides the following improvements and enhancements:

  • Brand new Notepad feature.
  • Universal Binary compatible (Mac).
  • Added asynchronous toolbar text search.
  • Added feature to automatically extend last defined thumbnail view field if space is available during printing. Field must be more than 1 line high.
  • Added feature to import/export labels in XML file.
  • Added Finder labeling in folder panel (Mac)
    • Folders are now displayed using user icons and labels as displayed in Finder.
    • Pressing keys 1 to 7 will set the label for selected folders.
    • Pressing key 0 will remove the label for selected folders.
  • Included some useful new scripts.
  • General Mac & Windows UI optimization and stability issues.
  • Improved reliability of folder manager in organize panel.
  • LightBox feature renamed to Light Table (for trademark reasons) now supports up to 6 images at once.
  • Incremental downloads (Camera/Disk/URL) now always start with a valid increment (Mac).
  • Corrected ‘manage color profiles’ issues with list of available color profiles (Win).
  • Corrected issue when applying metadata templates to newly imported items.
  • Corrected issues when importing/exporting XML for catalogs containing user defined fields.
  • Corrected issue with color levels editing dialog (Win).
  • Corrected issues when saving one or more files in batch edit mode (Win).
  • Corrected issue when importing HTML files (Win).
  • Corrected issues when creating capture date sets during import.
  • Corrected issue with Description field when “Treat captions as raw HTML” in HTML Gallery didn’t work.
  • Corrected issue with grayscale color matching (Win).
  • Corrected issue when Make Contact Sheet would incorrectly calculate layout metrics.
  • Corrected script issues, including when importing from iPhoto (Mac) and Photoshop Album (Win).
  • Corrected issue with dual monitor slideshow/light table (Win).
  • SlideShow
    • Enhanced Slide Show to support more than 32000 items.
    • Respects “always use previews” catalog setting.
    • Improved size and quality of export movies.
    • Fixed multiple monitor positioning (Win).
    • Added page up/down key navigation.
  • Metadata synchronization, all non XMP compatible file formats are now tagged using 8BIM:1060 resource (Mac).
  • Fixed crashing issue when extracting annotations from m4a media.
  • Fixed double rotation issue with ORF files.
  • Fixed XMP annotation synchronization issues.
  • Fixed long standing bug where some thumbnails were not build when importing hundreds of DCR files.
  • Fixed issue resolving catalog associated folders (download and version control) when sharing catalogs between Mac and Windows environments.
  • Ghostscript for Mac no longer supported.
  • Minimum Mac OS support 10.3.9

iView MediaPro 3.1 runs on both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

If you’re a registered user of iView MediaPro 3, download the 3.1 update now.

Don’t forget, if you don’t already own iView MediaPro 3, we’ve got a special deal lined up with iView Multimedia to save you 15% off the normal purchase price.

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Adobe CS2 and Camera Raw Updates

Darren wrote this at 1:02 am:

Adobe has announced updates for Photoshop CS2 and the Camera Raw plugin.

Adobe Photoshop CS2 Update version 9.0.1:

  • Photoshop no longer hangs for several seconds when using painting tools with quick strokes.
  • A runtime error that could appear when mousing over a high-res document with the Brush tool has been fixed.
  • Documents containing a large number of text layers now open more quickly.
  • Problems related to palettes (slow redraw, palettes go white, possible crash) have been addressed.
  • TIFF files from certain scanners can now be opened correctly.
  • After editing an image in Photoshop CS2 via the TouchUp tool in Adobe Acrobat software, the image no longer gets repositioned.
  • XMP metadata from AI and PDF files is now retained in Photoshop.
  • Slow performance when toggling layer visibility has been fixed.
  • Info palette numbers are now displayed and updated when moving a curve point in Curves via the cursor keys.
  • Problems opening certain TIFF and PSB files greater than 2GB have been resolved.
  • The Merge to HDR command now functions properly when using high-ASCII characters in user login.

Adobe Camera Raw 3.4 Update adds support for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 30D
  • Leaf Aptus 65
  • Leaf Aptus 75
  • Olympus EVOLT 330
  • Olympus SP-320
  • Pentax *ist DL2
  • Samsung GX-1S

Download the updates for Windows or Macintosh.

Edwin’s Wedding Workflow

Darren wrote this at 1:35 am:

Edwin from CameraHobby.com has just posted an interesting article detailing his workflow for when he shoots weddings. (That site doesn’t allow the ability to link to individual entries, so if you’re reading this sometime in the future you’ll need to search his archives for the May 16, 2006 entry).

The workflow he describes is quite suitable for both professional and amateur photographers, and could be applied to any type of event or project shooting, not just weddings. It’s a fairly long article so I’ll summarise the key steps here, adding a little of my own clarifications. I think it’s useful to look at an overview of his process before diving into Edwin’s post for the details.

  • Shoot the event (350 original images)
  • Backup the original files ASAP (external hard disks, DVDs)
  • Edit out misfires and duplicates (250 images remain)
  • Convert RAW -> 16 bit TIFF
    • Use plugins and/or actions to process all images
      • Noise reduction
      • Auto brightness/contrast
      • Input sharpening
      • Color correction (shouldn’t be necessary if you shot things properly to begin with)
    • Review auto-processed images and manually re-process tricky images (10-20%)
  • Review TIFFs and edit images as necessary (minimal – the images are just proofs at this stage)
    • Fixing blemishes
    • Healing and cloning
    • Cropping and resizing
    • Correcting perspective
    • No creative edits yet
  • Final edit and ordering
    • Reorder and/or delete images as necessary to “tell the story”
    • Try to keep in groups of 4, either 4 landscape, 4 portrait, or 2×2 for nicer album display
    • Use a numeric component in the filename to set order (e.g. Wedding001, Wedding002, etc)
  • Batch convert for DVD slide-shows, proof printing, client’s copy
    • 16 bit TIFF -> 8 bit JPG
    • Full resolution
    • Highest quality
    • Tagged with sRGB color space
  • Batch convert for web use
    • 16 bit TIFF -> 8 bit JPG
    • Lower resolution ( less than 800 pixels wide/high)
    • High or highest quality
    • Tagged with sRGB color space
  • Review both sets of JPGs to remove sub-par images and rename/reorder again
  • Print proofs
    • Self
      • Print from TIFF proofs
      • Use Adobe 1998 RGB color space
      • Use Epson 4800, custom profiles, Epson Premium Luster
    • Lab
      • Print from high-res JPG proofs
      • Use sRGB color space
  • Burn proof CD/DVD (200 images)
    • Use something like FlipAlbum Pro to make browsing of images easier
    • Include full-size JPG proofs in a subdirectory
    • Use LightScribe burner for personal touch or print labels directly onto disks
  • Create and burn slideshow DVD (160 images)
    • Use something like ProShow Gold (Windows) or iMovie/iDVD (Mac)
    • Keep to about 6 minutes
    • Set to music
    • Playable in normal DVD player
  • Deliver proof disk, slideshow DVD, proof prints (if required)
  • Wait for enlargement/portfolio orders
  • Handle enlargement/portfolio orders
    • May need to do RAW conversion again with greater eye for detail
    • Do touchups more critically
    • Do creative edits (toning, vignetting, B&W conversion, composites, edge treatments, diffuse glow, etc)
    • Output sharpening
    • Print (Epson 4800 or lab)
    • Mount and frame or prepare album

For the wedding he uses as an example, Edwin shot 300 photos and delivered a 200-photo proof CD, a 160-photo slideshow DVD, a 150-image portfolio album (including two 8x10s), and one 11×14″ enlargement. He spent a full weekend on editing and printing, and required 32 GB of drive space to store the whole project.

A big thanks to Edwin for allowing us to look over his shoulder and peek inside his workflow.

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ACDSee Software Updates

Darren wrote this at 11:19 pm:

ACD Systems has released updates to ACDSee Pro Photo Manager, their professional digital photography workflow software, and ACDSee 8.1 Photo Manager, their personal photo management software.

The ACDSee Pro Photo Manager update includes improved speed and performance in RAW processing.

ACDSee 8.1 Photo Manager includes more than 50 feature improvements to increase performance and productivity and RAW support for several camera models including the popular Nikon D50 and Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.

Both updates are free for registered users, and can be accessed at the ACDSee Support Center.

OpenRAW 2006 Survey Results

Darren wrote this at 8:45 pm:

Back in January I posted a link to a survey the OpenRAW organization was running. They were trying to get some solid data on how photographers are using their cameras’ RAW file formats, what developments they’d like to see in this area, and how they feel about issues like closed/proprietary file formats.

The OpenRAW 2006 RAW Survey results are now online. It’s a very comprehensive write-up containing a lot of detailed information about how all types of photographers, from Sunday snappers to professionals, use RAW file formats. The survey had over 19,000 respondents.

If you’d like to discuss the survey results with others, OpenRAW has set up a dedicated forum.

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Speeding Up Canon Digital Photo Professional

Darren wrote this at 10:08 am:

digLloyd has discovered a great way to speed up batch processing in Canon Digital Photo Professional on computers (Mac or Windows) with more than one CPU: DPP Batch Processing Performance Tip.

Looking at the CPU utilization graph when batch converting RAW files with DPP, digLloyd could see that not all of his available processing power was being used. They then figured out that starting more than one batch process at a time would make better use of the CPUs, processing the same total number of RAW files in less time.

This is a great trick for getting more done in less time, but it’s disappointing that Canon’s software doesn’t automatically make better use of multiple CPUs and/or cores. A little bit of software engineering would go a long way!

Photography Software Updates

Darren wrote this at 10:01 am:

Several photography software packages have been updated recently:

Phase One Capture One 3.7.4

Darren wrote this at 1:40 am:

Phase One has recently updated its Capture One RAW workflow software to version 3.7.4: see Capture One for Mac OS X and/or Capture One for Windows.

Features of this update include:

  • support for additional cameras, including the Phase One P45, P30 and P21, Canon EOS 30D, Pentax *ist series DSLRs, and Sony DSC-R1
  • Universal Binary on Mac OS X, running natively on both Intel and PowerPC processors
  • 15% faster RAW processing on OS X
  • 10% faster RAW processing on Windows
  • up to 200% faster capture rate

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