A Review of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0

Adobe has really pulled out all the stops to come up with a really good photo workflow management tool that is unsurpassed in the market at the moment. I find that managing digital photos and the digital photography ‘workflow’ (i.e. image capture, editing, sharing) is a tedious task.

There are not many software tools out there to help manage your digital photos yet provide in-depth editing capabilities.

Adobe Photoshop Elements provides some capabilities, but it is essentially a ‘lightweight’ program that is more suitable for novices. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 compares well with ACDSee, which is a more ‘prosumer’ image editing and digital photo workflow program.

1. Introduction
What is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? Well, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is ‘a tool to simplify photography from shoot to finish’. At least that is what the sales literature says. On the whole, the software does a good job in fulfilling that promise. With modules like Library, Develop, Slideshow, Web, and Print, you can do basically anything you want to a digital photo in the program. The Library and Develop modules are the meat of the program, while the rest are more secondary features.

2. The Library Module
The Library Module in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 is the part of the program where all images are displayed and managed. If you want a bird’s eye view of all the digital photos in your system, this is where you lay it all out.

This is a good feature, but I do find it slightly less intuitive than Apple’s iPhoto – which is first-class in its ability to navigate thousands of photos at once. The Library Module allows you to use multiple monitors to display photos if you so wish.

3. The Develop Module
If you’re interested in non-destructive editing of JPEG, TIFF, PSD, DNG (and more than 200 camera RAW formats), then Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the tool for you.

One thing good about Adobe’s products is their intensive integration with Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is no exception – you can easily search and find images, then edit them with full integration to the larger Adobe Photoshop editing program. Lightroom lets you very easily edit images with some built-in functions of its own. But for more heavy duty image editing and layering effects, you should still use Adobe Photoshop.

4. The Slideshow Module
What good is a digital image workflow program if it does not allow you to create photo slideshows to share with others? Well, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 allows you to easily do that. You’ll be amazed by the simple point-and-click way in which you can set up a bunch of digital photos to be incorporated into a slideshow. You can then burn those slideshows onto CD or DVD if you wish.

However, I do find that the slideshow capabilities not as intuitive and simple as Ulead CD & DVD PictureShow (which is THE tool I use on a day-to-day basis to cut out quick DVD copies of my photos for my friends and family).

5. The Web Module
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom also allows you to send your digital photos off to the web to show a client (or anyone else) pictures online. This is a good way to share your photos if you’ve got an broadband access to the Internet. Of course, nothing beats setting up your own domain and setting up a digital photo website or getting an account with a professional photo sharing community like Smugmug.

6. The Print Module
Ok, the final module we will look at in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the Print Module. The Print Module allows you to print out your photos in a variety of layouts. In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0, print quality and versatility are improved over version 1.0. You can also print photos to JPEG format and there is a print sharpening system to create better looking prints. Of course, make sure you get a good photo printer for printing those pictures.

Conclusion
Well, and that’s it! I hope this article has given you some good insight into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 and how it helps you as a digital photographer. Until next time, good luck to you and have a good time taking pictures!

Review: Real world Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS

Photoshop CS is no doubt the most momentous Photoshop progress which complements digital photographers. Real world Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS discusses exciting new features for general users, web designers, video editors and digital photographers. This book is authored by Bruce Fraser.

Bruce Fraser is a noted author having co-authored the penultimate Photoshop resource book Real World Photoshop from Peachpit Press. He is also a contributing editor for Mac World plus a regular contributor for CreativePro where he wrote his “Out of Gamut” articles. Fraser is also a co-author of Real World Color Management from Peachpit Press. He has also made a study of human vision and how it relates to reproducible color in photography and photomechanical reproduction. Bruce is a regular speaker and presenter at notable trade shows and conferences as well as Seybold and Thunder Lizard’s Photoshop Conferences. He has also consulted for an extensive series of major photographic and digital imaging companies.

Adobe Photoshop CS is the new version (Version 8) of Adobe Photoshop. It is a part of the newly announced Adobe Creative Suite which combines new versions of Adobe Photoshop CS with ImageReady CS, Adobe illustrator CS, Adobe InDesign CS, Adobe GoLive CS, Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional, and the new “Version Cue” file version manager, which lets you track integrations quickly and locate files easily.

Camera RAW part of Photoshop 7 Adobe Photoshop Camera RAW & JPEG 2000 Plug-in Bundle is now an integrated part of Photoshop CS. This has added substantial power to Photoshop CS. JPEG 2000 delivers superior quality for the same compression ratios. Conversely, since no camera support JPEG 2000, support is available through a separate plug-in that ships with the software.

Depending on the camera brand, Raw may come in different flavors. Adobe Photoshop CS covers most RAW formats available today. However, RAW data may not be always read accurately. For example, the white balance of Nikon Coolpix 5000 images may have unnatural result which is not a case with Nikon Capture 3.5. To fix the white balance, click in a non-specular white area followed by a minor tint adjustment. Supplementary adjustments can be made through the advanced “Calibration” tab. The “Adjust” tab controls exposure, shadow, brightness and contrast sliders. Albeit Photoshop CS features now a new Histogram Palette, the RAW dialog box also features live histograms.

Noise reduction is not a problem with Photoshop CS. It has the color noise reduction and luminance smoothing sliders which allow you to reduce colors and luminance noise. Luminance noise should be use with caution because it can lead to an artificial “water paint” effect. The noise reduction performs very well and preserves the image detail and sharpness.

To remove chromatic aberrations, apply a local desaturation in the corresponding color channels. The Lens tab of the Raw dialog box provides effective ways of eliminating these aberrations.

To have additional knowledge of Camera raw with Adobe Photoshop CS, purchase a copy of this book. It will sure enlighten the dark areas of the subject matter.

Adobe Photoshop the Perfect Tool For Photographers

Photos that were taken beautifully speak for themselves. It will catch the people’s attention and it will definitely make you famous at what you do. Today, digital photos are now the type of camera used by photographers. It is much simpler to use and it also provides better quality photograph. Whether you are a professional or an amateur photographer, you may want to know about Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop is basically a software program that is used by a lot of people to edit and enhance digital photos. With this particular software, you will be able to touch up the photos you take and give it that professional look and feel.

Basically, Adobe Photoshop is used by photographers’ world wide to enhance, edit, restore, and touch up dull looking photographs and turn them in to something elegant looking with vividly sharp colors that would be good enough to post in magazines and newspapers.

These days, you don’t really need to be a professional photographer to produce high quality photographs. You donâEUR(TM)t even need to learn about shutter speeds, film speeds, exposure compensation, white balance, and other photography jargons. All you need to do is point, shoot, upload, and print. You don’t even need to have an SLR camera to take quality pictures. With a regular digital camera, and Adobe Photoshop installed in to your computer, you can easily produce high quality photos. The great thing about this software is that it will allow you to correct color saturation, light balance, and exposure compensation after you take the pictures.

What this means is that even if you take a picture in a poor lighting environment, you will still be able to edit it with Photoshop and even make it look as if the photo you took was taken in the best possible lighting condition.

Photos that don’t stand up to the test of time can also be edited in Adobe Photoshop. Old faded, yellowed, torn photos with water damage can still be repaired with Adobe Photoshop. All you need is a scanner which will create a digital copy of the old photograph. The faded picture can be repaired as well as other damages, such as water damage, and tears. With Adobe Photoshop, you will be able to turn old, faded, and damaged photos in to something that looks as if it was taken and developed moments ago.

There are also times where you will need to take headshots. What headshot means is that you will need to take close up pictures of someone from the neck up. Now, you can be sure that someone will complain that they look too old in the photos or that they look too pale. Some will even say that they hate their headshots because of a zit or pimple in their face. With Adobe Photoshop, you will be able to solve all these problems.

You can edit all these photos. You can make wrinkles disappear, make the face look thinner or fuller, make the zit disappear, and even add a healthy color to a pale looking face. In fact, you can even make someone look as if they just went to the beach for a tan.

There are so many tools in Adobe Photoshop that you will be able to use. As a photographer, you will definitely love Adobe Photoshop as one of your tools in photography. You can be sure that you will have lots of fun with this software and also be sure that you will be able to produce high quality photos.