An Introduction To Lightroom


Can’t decide if you really need to use Lightroom? Are you happy with Photoshop and don’t understand how Lightroom can improve your workflow?

Then check out Richard Curtis’s introduction to Lightroom.

Tidbits for June 2013

This is something I started last month. I will do one a month but with a twist. I’ll continue to add tidbits to this one page for the entire month.

June 29, 2013

Best DSLRs And ILCs Cameras For Under A $1000?

I get this question all the time. The truth is I’m not interested in a new camera so I haven’t a clue what’s good or bad currently. I only start looking when I get the urge for a new camera. So here for your enlightenment is someones idea of a list of good cameras for under $1000.00.

From The DPRview Article:

Good-quality DSLRs and interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) typically provide plenty of manual controls, comfortable ergonomics, and support a legacy of lenses for years to come. But Old or new, getting hold of a quality digital camera still requires you to put down a decent chunk of change. In this article we’re going to look at ten of the best DSLRs and ILCs available for under $1,000. We’ve included current cameras that we really like, and last-generation bargains, too.

For the list see this page.

June 29, 2013

Purchase a 20-page custom photo book for only $13

Create a 20-page photo book of your family, or 4th party, or whatever for only $13 dollars. Purchase a voucher from Amazon and then you have until October 8, 2013 to redeem your voucher. I’m going to make a 20-page photo book of my 4th of July visit to my brother’s place. Maybe. If not that I will do something with it.

If you’re interested then go to this page.

June 27, 2013

Good To Know

Google has an online guide on quick tips and how-to’s that explain what you can do to stay safe and secure on the web. It’s at

Using a free Wi-Fi connection down at the hamberger-joint and not sure if it’s safe? Read this page at Good To KnowUse Secure Networks.

June 27, 2013

Your own spy copter, Phantom Quadcopter, with GoPro Hero3 White Edition.

Samy’s Camera is selling the Quadcopter and the GoPro together for $850. That’s a savings of $30 if purchased separately.

This price was in the Samy’s Camera LA Times ad for Thursday, June 27, 2013, page A5.

June 22, 2013

The New Wi-Fi Standard – What Is It?

Next-generation Wi-Fi routers, using 802.11ac technology, will be able to accommodate more devices and provide better coverage in a home or office space. Here’s a report from c|net explaining the new Wi-Fi technology.

Should I go out and get the new router right now or wait? Personally I’m going to wait until next year before I upgrade my router. From the LA Times:

A second wave of “ac” routers should reach stores by early 2014, bringing the price of the earlier ones down. But the best time to buy might be the middle of next year when prices for the second batch are expected to drop to about $100. One of the key metrics consumers should look at is the number of simultaneous users a router can handle. Known by the acronym MU-MIMO, the technology allows a router to send data to multiple devices more efficiently.

June 21, 2013

Photographing A Supermoon

On Sunday,June 23, 2013 the Moon will be at its closest point for the year and it will be a full Moon. Thus making it a Supermoon. Here’s an article from CNet Australia on photographing this Supermoon. Enjoy.

June 17, 2013

MetaRAW Plugin Extends RAW Editor For Older Versions Of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Update your RAW editor for older Photoshop and Photoshop Elements with a new Plugin from The Plugin Site. Have you purchased a new digital camera and your version of Photoshop or Elements doesn’t support it? Problem solved with the MetaRaw plugin. More info at the Plugin Web Site.

June 10, 2013

Photo Contests Come With Risks

Many photography contests are simply photo grabs. The idea is to get a bunch of amateurs to enter their contest so to get free access to good photos. Photo Attorney explains in this post.

June 10, 2013

Two tips for the price of one.

1. Lightroom 5 is now on sale. Currently only the full boxed version is for sat at B&H Photo Video is taking orders even though they haven’t received any copies.   At Adobe’s website you can purchase the upgrade version but I don’t see any link to purchase the full version. And you can only order the download version. No boxed version yet.

2. Here are some videos for both experienced Lightroom users and those just starting out. All the videos are from Abode and feature Julieanne Kost. she is probably the teacher, instructor out there for both Lightroom and Photoshop.

Lightroom Develop Module

Note: I am now trying to start an Adobe Lightroom SIG. Since I have an existing BLog for the Beginning Digital Photography SIG I will be using this BLOG for both SIGs. SIG leader John Krill 3160.

The primary module of Lightroom is the Library. You will live or die by how well you use this module. But for the individual picture the Develop module is its master. The problem is this is the place we all are probably the weakest in skill. Where to start in learning the Develop module is a good overall tutorial from someone who is well verse in the product and is a good speaker. I don’t know how many of these online video lectures I’ve watched that ends up being a disorganized presentation is far to many too count.

Then there is Tim Grey. His presentation on the Develop module, Optimizing Photos in Lightroom, from B&H Photo Video is the first video I have seen that explains what is available in the Develop module and how to use it tops anything I’ve seen to date.

I’ve embedded the video here but you can also watch it on Youtube.