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PPS Podcast #84 – Bangs To the MAX or Golden Beauty Flowing Everywhere.

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Today’s Panel... Gavin SeimGokhan CukurovaDennis ZerwasJonathan Bielaski - Mark Tesky.

Gavin and the panel round off the first quarter of 2012 with the hot news and happening from the photo world and digging into discussion on how we can raise the bar and get more profitable in a crowded industry.

PPS #84 Extended Forum Discussions Here..

Main Time Indexes:

  • 00:00 Introductions.
  • 04:55 MK3 vs D800 News.
  • 23:20 Lightroom 4 and CS6.
  • 40:03 The video side of it all.
  • 47:44 EXposed and trip overview.
  • 50:44 Instagram and social stuff.
  • 1:07:30 LRound. Being the Best We Can.
  • 1:27:20 Picks and gadgets of the month.
  • 1:47:50 After show and our title inspiration ;)

News..

LR4 is here. Overall we like it.
Creative Suite CS6.

Black Magic Design Cinema.

5DMK III is good. So is the Nikon D800. You decide. And check out the value of the D3200.

A pack of free LR develop presets for video.

Getting Beyond the Digital File – The Missing Link
Resolution and Printable size.
Learn What the Nail Does Before You Start to Hammer.

Are you still using 500px.com

Pixoto is another interesting one with cash prizes.

A comparison of the Super Moon.

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Lightroom 4 Is Officially Here

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lightroom 4 review Lightroom 4 Is Officially Hereby Gavin Seim: Adobe wasted no time getting out of the beta phase. It seems they wanted cha’ching sounds a ringing.

Lightroom 4 is hitting desktops as we speak. Thankfully Adobe did drop the price a good bit to $149 ($79 for upgrades). Something we can probably credit to the Aperture price drop in 2011. Thanks Apple.

All told. LR4 looks pretty good. Not Earth shattering. But good. Sadly there seems to have been few changes from the beta. There were areas some were hoping would get more features. But LR4 has some new develop tools, some refinements and some new modules that will keep us busy.

A few major things to look for include…

  • Changes to the Develop settings, including Shadow, Highlight, White Point and more.
  • Video playback and basic editing support.
  • The book maker module (limited but interesting).
  • More control over Brush and Gradient settings, including localized White Balance.
  • Built in maps module.

Of course there’s more. I’ll be back with some thoughts soon. For now go check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

More detailed review in the works. This post will be updated… Gav

 

Advanced Video Editing in LR4 – Using Develop Module Adjustments

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by Gavin Seim: With the new LR4 beta now out, I’ve of course been poking around inside. One great feature for us that capture video, is the ability to play and do light edits via Quick Develop and build video clips into our LR workflow.Lightroom Video Quick Dev Advanced Video Editing in LR4   Using Develop Module Adjustments

But there’s something more that you may have noticed. Initially just basic settings are shown available for video, as we can see on the left. Exposure, contrast and the like. Others get greyed out. Also when you attempt to go into the Develop module for more advanced edits, it simply says “Video is not supported in Develop.”

And yet, it seems we can use some Develop settings via presets. I decided to just run a few from Seim Effects presets and see what happened. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the dialog below and that while not all, many of the develop settings are actually available using presets. Settings I was able to apply and export on my clip.

Needless to say I was pretty excited. I didn’t see this shown at the Adobe press conference a few weeks back and as far as I know Adobe has announced no official develop module support for video. But it stands to reason it may be coming.

The Technique for right now is to make Develop presets on a still frame and then apply those settings to video. We can tweak color channels, curves and the like and really gain a great deal of control over video clips in very short order. It’s not perfect: There’s still some settings missing that would be valuable, but we’re off to a good start.

I’m rather excited at the workflow potential. And that I’ll be able to offer presets that can be used for video editing. We’ll see what happens. I plan to experiment further and post some free video presets soon on my blog.. G

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LR tells me that not all settings from the preset are being used and lists what's available before applying the effect. Still a pretty effective lineup of tools.

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Copy Settings showed all available tools currently available on video. Not all, but all these, plus B&W adjustments (not shown in this dialogue) are some of the most important ones. With these we can do some serious effects.

Lightroom4 Beta now Available for Download.

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LR4 Beta is officially available and you can download it free on Adobe labs. I attended a press conference a few weeks ago to see it in action, and while the changes didn’t strike me as mind boggling, there are some nice new. Here’s the highlights…

  • New Highlight and shadow recovery.
  • An actual book design module. This could be great for albums. And yes you can save projects.
  • Location-based organization and location info. Though I’ve been using the JF Geoencode plugin anyways ;)
  • Extended video support. Organizing, viewing and basic adjustments and edits to video clips. Pretty cool.
  • Soft proofing to preview how an image will look when printed with color-managed printers.
  • Localized White Balance brush, as well as a few other brush tools, but not full feature brushes.

Still no full localized control with brushes, sadly no word on network implementation, or improved support for really high res scans / stitched images. Honestly there’s a lot of wish list features I’ve heard mentioned by people that not on the list, but we can’t have it all and there’s some interesting stuff. It’s also still a beta yet. We’ll see what happens in the final… Gavin

Seim Effects Releases Silver Shadows 2.

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v2 banner r4 Seim Effects Releases Silver Shadows 2.The new Silver Shadows 2, black and white toolkit for Lightroom is now available from Seim Effects Photo Tools. SS2 is a complete black and white preset system that’s been refined and rebuilt from the ground up for stunning silver conversions without leaving LR.

V2 contains  over 100 refined easy-to-use black-and-white presets that address the subtleties of digital silver conversion, photographers can easily mix and match, customize and tweak to create artisan quality black-and-white images without leaving Lightroom. I uses the Seim Effects workflow structure that permits both large batches and single images to be processed quickly and accurately without leaving Lightroom.

The cost is Silver shadows is just just over $50 for the entire collection. You can find out more on the Seim Effects website. Silver Shadows 2.

Pro Photo Podcast #80. LIVE Chaos

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Today’s Panel... Gavin Seim (G Pixel)Barry Howel (B Groover) – Dennis Zerwas (ZPower) – Matt Shumate (Schumster)

On this weeks 2nd live roundtable, we get over some technical issues with the live feed and then jump into the latest news and thoughts about what’s happening in photography. A few little debates and some ideas on how we can all get better. And check out the after show for a bit of unscripted fun and a few tips for Facebook.

Podcast #80 forum discussions:

Main Time Indexes:

  • 00:00. News & Errata
  • 33:20. LRnd. Is the photo biz dying?
  • 57:50. LRnd. Is there an art photo market?
  • 1:15:20. Lrnd. Ideas for learning.
  • 1:37:18. Picks of the show.
  • 1:54:38. The after show.

Links to things we mentioned.

The 20MP Samsung NX 200 looks interesting.

Also we neglected to chat about the new Sony A77.
Also check out the Sony NEX7.

Comm photographer gets a 10MP 8×10 digital back for half a million.

July. Photojojo makes an iPhone 4 SLR lens mount.

NEW Pro Photo forums. Come join the conversation.

HDR Magic Video Workshop.

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