Over 35 members attended a presentation by Douglas Wade on the newly released Adobe Lightroom 4. A general overview of Lightroom was presented as well as the upgraded features added in version 4.
Lightroom is organized into modules:
- Library – Organize your photos
- Develop – Tools for adjusting your photos
- Map – GPS info
- Book – Create your own photo book
- Print Module – Export images for printing
- Web – Publish photos to an html or flash site. Export directly to Facebook, Flicker, and SmugMug
Advantages of Lightroom:
- Lightroom brings a lot of organization capability to your photos.
- Lightroom is a database of images, so it is quicker to find your images
- Lightroom shows your metadata
Upgrades now in Lightroom 4:
Adobe has released Lightroom 4 as a major release, adding significant new capabilities and innovations. New adjustment controls maximize dynamic range from cameras, recovering exceptional shadow details and highlights. The software features new and improved auto adjustments to dynamically set values for exposure and contrast, and additional local adjustment controls including Noise Reduction, Moire and White Balance.
In the Develop module, presets fully utilize new processing technology and the addition of soft proofing helps photographers tune images in a destination color space to ensure content looks its best. In addition, you can now email images directly from Lightroom.
Lightroom 4 provides photographers more tools how to create beautiful photo books with text controls and a variety of easy-to-use templates, as well as a direct link for photo book creation from within the new Book module.
A new intuitive Map module displays images already assigned a location, provides location tagging and reverse geo-tagging controls and saved locations for easy assignment of a photographer’s common locations.
New, a native video support gives photographers the capability to play, trim and extract frames from video clips shot on DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones. Video-specific presets and many standard Lightroom image adjustment controls can be applied to video clips, and adjusted videos can be exported or published directly to Facebook or Flickr.
Douglas gave a demo on adjusting photos in the develop module. Members asked great questions and provided additional tips as well. It was a very open exchange of information, enjoyed by all.
Upgrade your existing Lightroom for approximately $100. PSA members can receive a discount on purchasing Lightroom. Check out the PSA website or ask our PSA Rep Nan Carder for details.