Photoshop and Lightroom Updates

By Roger (27 June 2014)

Man, how did I get so far behind this week? Here's a short hint: new software tools.

I've been learning some of the new features in Photoshop CC 2014 and Lightroom 5.5. If you're a Photoshop and Lightroom user, you should go get the updates.

First, you receive a brand new program on your computer, Photoshop CC 2014; Photoshop CC is not deleted. Why? This is such a major change, Adobe retained the old program until you had time to digest all the new features. For answers to all your questions, go to the Adobe FAQ that Jeff Tranberry posted here.

For the major new features, I recommend you see the short videos from the Adobe TV site here, or at Julieanne Kost's blog, which we've mentioned before, here. There are content aware improvements; blur effects, including the spinning motion blur; font enhancements; smart guides; layer comp improvements; and much more.

I quickly and easily moved my plug-ins, thanks to a tip from Glyn Dewis' blog. I've had no problems with my Topaz and Google NIK plug-ins and was able to finish off a photo in time for our photography group's show-and-tell, last night.

Juxtaposition. Who says a round peg won't fit into a square hole?  (Processed in Silver Effects from Google)

Juxtaposition. Who says a round peg won't fit into a square hole?  (Processed in Silver Effects from Google)

Lightroom 5.5 has several new improvements, too. They've added new cameras and lenses to their processing lists.  The biggest deal here is that now Lightroom Mobile works on the iPhone, as well as the iPad. They've added star ratings to both devices. Mark did a blog, in April, about the new mobile capability here.

Cropped and colored in Lightroom 5.5

Cropped and colored in Lightroom 5.5

Finally, if you are not a member of the Creative Cloud, this is your time to sign up to get all these great tools. The photographers package is now permanently priced at $9.99 a month, so you don't have to worry that you missed the “special” pricing we mentioned over the last couple of months.

Sorry this is so short. Mark and I will be back, with new photos and blogs, next week. Go out, and have some fun with your camera.

Sunday Links 20140618

By Roger (8 June 2014)

There are certain things that catch our eye when we're out reading or surfing the internet. We want to share these with our viewers. These links will take you to cool events; random thoughts bouncing around our craniums; inspirational pieces; and/or things that amplify what we've recently written about.

Feel free to send me an email – roger@efcubed.com – if you have something you want to contribute to our list or some topic you want us to find out about.

Book

If you like to know the story behind great photos, you'll love the book 50 Portraits, by Gregory Heisler. The photos are amazing, and he discusses the back story, techniques, and mistakes for each photograph. Great stuff. Find it on Amazon here.

Podcast

Want to know more about the photographers you enjoy? Chances are they've been interviewed by Ibarionex Perrello on the podcast, The Candid Frame. Insightful questions and replies are the order of the day on this free podcast. One of my favorites. Find it on iTunes or here.

Web

Petapixel did an interesting story about photographer Andrew George's project, called Right Before I Die. It is a photo series of 20 terminally ill patients, calmly facing death. A very sensitive personal project. Find it here.

D-Day

We certainly couldn't let the 70th anniversary of the D-Day without some mention. The National D-Day Memorial is just a couple of hours south of us, in Bedford, Va. Mark and I visited a few years ago. Put it on your travel list if you can't afford to go to Normandy. Their website is here.

The National D-Day Memorial, Bedford, Virginia

The National D-Day Memorial, Bedford, Virginia

Saturday Links 20140524

By Roger (24 May 2014)

There are certain things that catch our eye when we're out reading or surfing the internet. We want to share these with our viewers. These links will take you to cool events; random thoughts bouncing around our craniums; inspirational pieces; and/or things that amplify what we've recently written about. Depending on our time available, we may not post it every week. 

Feel free to send me an email – roger@efcubed.com – if you have something you want to contribute to our list or some topic you want us to find out about. Mark and I love to get feedback, especially any comments, here on the website.

Memorial Day

Learn the history of the Memorial Day holiday we are celebrating, this weekend, from the Department of Veterans Affairs here. It is much more than a weekend off and the day the pools open.

Podcast

I think I've mentioned the This Week in Photo podcast before. This is a weekly podcast, hosted by Frederick Van Johnson. He is joined by a rotating panel of other photographers from around the world. They discuss photo news; answer a question or two; and, generally, have fun with photography. Find them on the web here or subscribe on your podcasting app.

People Behaving Badly

Apparently, some folks don't understand that posting someone else's work and taking credit for it yourself is a bad thing. The Stop Stealing Photos website (here) would like to warn you that this happens all the time. I'm not sure everyone who comments has the most mature attitude, but I do support the effort to expose thieves.

Beautiful Products

I am a big fan of the work done at Artistic Photo Canvas (here). They have made several canvases for me, and their work is top-notch. Print them large. People love the look of a big canvas print on the wall.

Saturday Links 140517

By Roger

There are certain things that catch our eye when we're out reading or surfing the internet. We want to share these with our viewers. These links will take you to cool events; random thoughts bouncing around our craniums; inspirational pieces; and/or things that amplify what we've recently written about. Depending on our time available, we may not post it every week. I think we'll limit it to about six things each post because anything more would just get onerous.

Feel free to send me an email – roger@efcubed.com – if you have something you want to contribute to our list or some topic you want us to find out about. Mark and I love to get feedback, especially any comments, here on the website.

Software

onOne Software is offering Perfect Effects 8 for you to download. This is not a trial version. Of course, they would like to sell you their other fine products. Both Mark and I have used onOne packages and have nothing bad to say about them. You get download Perfect Effects 8 here. Cost: FREE

Think About It

The Grid, a weekly talkshow about photography, (link) recently had a discussion about unsolicited critiques and the damage they can cause. I thought it was a great topic and discussion. Cost: FREE.

Hardware

Nikon announced a new super-telephoto lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8. This lens would be great for sports, wildlife, and bloggers who have a Nikon camera (hint, hint). You can get the details from Nikon here. Cost: About $12,000.

Inspiration and Information

We are both big fans of Julieanne Kost, the Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist for Adobe Systems (great job title, huh?). We have been lucky enough to talk with her several times; listened to her teach; and watch slide shows of her work. You'll find her website here. Check out her portfolio and her blog; they are well worth your time. Cost: FREE

Fun and Information

This weekend's final entry is The Two Hosers Photo Show. I've been listening to Allan and Adam since they started their podcast. I like their relaxed and humorous style while they are talking about my favorite topic: photography. Every week, they have good tips and give themselves a photo challenge. You can listen to them from their website, here, or subscribe to them on iTunes. Cost: FREE