Firmware & Software

Lightroom 5 Now Available for Download! | PHOTOSHOP.COM BLOG

The Lightroom team is proud to announce the availability of Lightroom 5 as a standalone license and as part of Creative Cloud! Lightroom 5 is now available to try or buy on Adobe.com, and as a free update to Creative Cloud members. A number of you downloaded Lightroom 5 beta, and we are thankful for the valuable feedback that you provided during the last couple of months. Thanks to your input on our public forums, we’ve made more than 400 tweaks since releasing Lightroom 5 beta. It truly was a team effort that we can all be proud of. Thank you. Lightroom 5 has all of your favorite features from Lightroom 5 beta including the Advanced Healing Brush, Upright, Radial Filter, Smart Previews, improved photo book creation, and slideshows that mix video and still images. The final version of Lightroom 5 also contains several new updates including more than 400 bug fixes, the ability to share photos using the Behance Publish Service and an expanded range on the Radial Filter’s feather slider….

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Fujifilm Updates Camera Firmware | Thom Hogan


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Note to Fujifilm: your naming practices suck. I realize that you’re stuck with 8.3 naming conventions due to the absolutely out-of-date DCF specifications that have needed updating for over a decade, but that doesn’t mean you have to be dumb about your names. For example, FPUPDATE.DAT and FWUP0001.DAT. Which of these is for which camera? Plus, why is the lens firmware named the same way (FWUP0004.DAT)? And which firmware versions are these, because the numbers actually don’t tell us? Someone who has both cameras ends up with duplicate and similar file names after downloading several updates and no way to tell which camera or lens the update is for.  How about XP1_204.DAT and XE1_105.DAT, and L18Z_101.DAT and L18F_101.DAT? Think that might help us users figure out what we’ve got if you did that? This isn’t rocket science, but I have to tell you Fujifilm, you’re not even practicing good rock throwing here, let alone rocket science. Yes, this is a rant. But your naming scheme is so 1970′s the rant is probably long overdue…..

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X-Pro1 Firmware Update Ver.2.04 | Fujifilm Global

The firmware update Ver.2.04 from Ver. 2.03 incorporates the following issue

  1. 1.AF speed is improved when used with XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS.

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Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.1 Beta | Adobe Labs

Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.1 (for Photshop CS6) provides new camera and lens profile support for Camera Raw Users. The fresh revision boasts support for HiDPI monitors, new cameras and lens profiles. This is the first time that a major version (8.x) of the plug-in provides update for the previous major build (7.x). However, this ensures continued RAW support for Photoshop CS6 customers.

Keep in mind that the Camera RAW 8 for Photoshop CS6 will not provide users the new features promoted in any of the marketing materials Photoshop Creative Cloud….

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Adobe Creative Cloud Fail | Nasim Mansurov


 
By now you have probably heard about Adobe’s decision to stop development of Adobe Creative Suite (which includes such software as Photoshop and Illustrator) and move to a completely different subscription-only model. In short, Adobe does not want to sell packaged versions of its software anymore and wants you to instead pay for select software packages or the whole Creative Suite on a monthly basis. For example, today you can purchase Adobe Photoshop CS6 for $599 and own the software, which means that you can install it on your computer and use it whenever you want without limitations. With the new Adobe pricing strategy, you will no longer be able to purchase Photoshop that way – you will have to get a $20 per month subscription for using Photoshop alone (or $50 for the whole Creative Suite). There will be no other option. Software will be delivered over the Internet and once you get it installed, it will make occasional requests over the Internet to Adobe.com to verify your subscription level. Creative Cloud will work the same way that CS6 works today, except it will require an active subscription. When traveling without any Internet connectivity, the software will work for a limited amount of time (something like 30 days) before ceasing to work and requiring you to connect to the Internet.Our readers might be wondering what we at Photography Life think about Adobe’s new pricing policy, so here is my personal take. I think this is by far the most arrogant and selfish decision on behalf of Adobe. While I actively use Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom software for my work, I am already considering alternatives at this point. Not because I find the pricing to be too high, but because I think what Adobe is doing is simply wrong. Read on to find out why.

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What Adobe should have done, is give its customer two options – a boxed version with an upgrade path, essentially continuing the Creative Suite line, and a choice to go to the cloud. People that would benefit from collaboration and other benefits of the cloud would choose a subscription model, while everyone else would stay happy with their “owned” copies of the software.

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Which One? Adobe Photoshop CC or Lightroom 5:
An Intro For the Completely New Photographer

With today’s announcement of Adobe Photoshop CC and the previous announcement of Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta, we have a very good idea of who each product is tailored to. However, many people don’t know if they need Photoshop or Lightroom–and many by default just end up purchasing Photoshop. But if you’re trying to figure out which one is for you, here’s a quick guide that won’t get too technical.

For those just stepping into the world of photography, you’ll very quickly get blinded by the term, “I’ll Photoshop it.” While the program allows for lots of work to be done on an image, keep in mind just that–the emphasis is on one image. That is generally good for:

  • A retoucher working very heavily on a set of images but focusing on one at a time.
  • A wedding photographer needing to fully edit 200 images before shipping them off to the couple
  • Commercial photographers working to ensure that their client has the best image they possibly can deliver
  • Working with images where you’ll need to insert text and all.

Remember though, if you’re shooting loads of images, culling through those picture and editing each is going to be a tedious process that will eventually eat away at your computer’s RAM……

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Adobe Teases Lightroom for iPad | Gannon Burgett


While it may have taken around three years to do so, Adobe is finally giving a sneak-peek at some high-end photo-editing software for the iPad. The app previewed – which seemed to be quite in the beta stages – would be something along the lines of an iPad equivalent of Lightroom, obviously a bit limited with editing, due to horsepower constraints. Tom Hogarty, product manager for Lightroom, previewed an early prototype of the application on Scott Kelby’s The Grid.

There’s no promise as to when the app will ship or how it will fit into their current RAW image workflow right now, but for now, I’m sure many – myself included – are happy to see a working prototype. Below is a list spelled out by CNET as to some details Hogarty laid out.

  • The ability to edit photos taken in raw photo formats, including Lightroom develop-module parameters like exposure, clarity, shadows, highlights, and white balance. • Cloud-synchronized editing so that changes made on a tablet arrive on the same photo on the PC. • The ability to zoom all the way to 100 percent for checking photo focus and details.

Another quote worth noting is in reference to his own, personal desire to be able to sort, flag, and/or reject photos within the app. To this, he said “I spend couple hours computing on the train,” he said “I’d love to be able to sort and select images.”

Adobe seems to be stepping up their game more and more, especially since the rise of Creative Cloud and seeing their actually working on apps for organizing and editing RAW images on-the-go is another step in the right direction. One possibility I can think of as to how Adobe can minimize CPU strain on mobile devices (which in turn drains the battery faster) is to utilize a feature they’re implementing into Lightroom 5, which is “Smart Previews.” From our news article on the Lightroom 5 beta:

  • This feature creates smaller, lossy .DNG images of your full-sized RAW files on your computer, keeping them as previews in a cache of sort.

If they were to include this ability in the application, you could edit a smaller, iPad optimized .DNG and once the photos are uploaded to your computer, the .xmp information could be transferred over to the full-sized image. It’s a rather obvious solution, albeit one which Hogarty didn’t quite hit on. It will be interesting to see what features make it and what features are specialized for the mobile workflow. It’s worth noting the images shared within this article are of the prototype meaning little to no UI design is implemented, which is why it looks much more complicated than we can expect the final product to be whenever it does go live.

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VSCO Film 02 x Fujifilm | Visual Supply CO

We’ve updated VSCO Film 02 for LR 4 and ACR 7 to include Custom Camera Profiles for Fujifilm professional cameras, including the X100S, X-Pro1, X-E1, the X100 and the X10. If you are an owner of VSCO Film 02 for LR 4 or ACR 7, this update is FREE. Login to your vsco.co account and re-download the Film 02 pack. If you don’t own VSCO Film 02, it is 15% off till end of day Friday, May 3rd, 2013. Additionally, as an owner of VSCO Film 01, Film 03 and or VSCO Keys, you are eligible to receive an additional 25% off with your VSCO Loyalty Discount. We’ve also updated the Film 01 and 03 for LR4 and ACR 7 to include support for Fujifilm’s outstanding X100S. Login to your vsco.co account and re-download and install the respective pack. For more details on how to update your existing VSCO Film pack with the new Fuji Profiles, check out this article in FAQ. Provided below are a collection of spectacular sample images by Jonathan Percy, a photographer and producer based out of New York. Jonathan is currently an Executive Interactive Producer at the advertising agency BBDO & shares his personal imagery on his blog. All of Jonathan’s images below were processed with VSCO Film 02, utlizing the Fujifilm Custom Camera Profiles.

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Fuji X-Pro 1 Raw Conversions | Jim Gamblin

The other day while going through my blog reading, I happen to come to Lloyd Chambers web site http://diglloyd.com.  Which I must say is a very good review site, albeit a paid subscription is required.  Mr. Chambers had a done a recent review of the new Fuji X100S. It appears Mr. Chambers is not a fan of the Fuji X-Trans sensor, which appears in the new X100S, X-Pro1 and XE-1.  There are plenty of examples in his review showing “artifacts” or smearing of fine detail.  The examples include a piece of worn fabric, a paper label form a bottle and a leafy scene all presented at “actual pixel size”, which I take to mean at 100%.  These appear on the “free”part of his site, dated 23 April. Later on I visited Ken Rockwell’s site  http://www.kenrockwell.com  where I noticed he had also done a recent review of theFuji X100S.  In the review there were also examples, which looked entirely different then from diglloyd’s.  Even though there were some similar examples (e.g. a rope net and a brocade like fabric, both which can be viewed at 100%) there isn’t any of the smearing of fine detail that diglloyd’s has shown. Now let me make this clear, I am an owner of the Fuji X-Pro 1 and I do love my camera.  It may not have the professional build quality of a Leica.  Nor is it the end all camera.  But it is a joy to use and produces some pretty good files.  The X-Pro 1 has been in my possession for over a year now.  So it is safe to say I do know a little about the camera.  As of yet I have not experienced the same effects from “artifacts” or smearing of fine detail that Mr. Chambers has shown.  Really! To try and at least bring to rest in my mind I decided to do a little test.  In thinking about this test, I chose four pieces of material, that I thought would present some difficulty to the sensor’s ability to avoid smearing and or moire effect.  In addition I chose red material as I thought this would also test the sensor. Shot in RAW and Fine jpeg.  For the test I used four different RAW converters; Adobe Camera RAW 7.4, SilkyPix which came with the Camera, Raw Photo Processor 64 and Apple’s newest update to Aperture.  Along with a SOOC jpeg.

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Adobe Lightroom 5 beta released: a review of the new features |
Andrei Nicoara

Adobe has released the first beta version of their popular photo editing and library management tool – Adobe Lightroom, which now reached version 5. This update includes all the features in Lightroom 4, especially the new cameras added in the 4.4 update. I am a long time user of Lightroom, and have used it as my photo editing tool of choice for both my Canon DSLRs and my new Fuji cameras. I really like the integrated approach Lightroom has for both image library management, keywording, image adjustment (the main photo editing module) and printing or exporting. For me Adobe Lightroom has almost replaced Photoshop, for most of my images. I say almost because some image adjustments could only be done in Photoshop. At least until Lightroom 5.

Important updates:

  • upgraded spot removal tool (with brush system)
  • offline images editing
  • auto-adjustments to straighten photos
  • new tool: radial gradient filter – the best thing since, well…linear gradients
  • support for a ton of new cameras, of interest to me being the Fuji X-E1 and X100s

Will I get the Lightroom 5 upgrade? Let’s start the beta test……

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