Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 Release Candidates Available

Adobe has made release candidates of Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 available for download in Adobe Labs.  These versions add RAW file support for the following cameras:

A number of new lens profiles have also been added, along with several bug fixes.  Additional release notes are indicated on the respective download pages for each product.

Remember, these are release candidates, which means they’ve been pretty well tested and Adobe thinks they are ready for full release; however, it’s recommended that you keep production work to prior versions until the official releases drop.  Expect those to come soon though.  Release candidates mean that the final versions are just around the corner.

Lightroom 3.3 release candidate can be downloaded here.

Camera Raw 6.3 release candidate can be downloaded here.

I Have PSD…

The above video, “I Have PSD,” is a fun stop motion short film from Hyperakt, which provides a fun twist on how Photoshop might work in the physical world.

Photoshop dexterity (PSD) is a skillset acquired by proficient users of Adobe Photoshop, the world’s most ubiquitous digital tool for creating visual ideas. Qualities of PSD include supernatural powers of imagination and an overwhelming desire to constantly make the world more beautiful. PSD affects people from different walks of life. In fact, there is a high probability that you have PSD.

[Vimeo via John Nack]

Gaffer Tape 101: Using Optical Slaves While Cheating the Sun

I was outside taking some outdoor portraits earlier this week and had more lights than I had radio receivers to trigger them with.  While all the strobes had the ability to trigger with optical slaves, the sunlight (even though I was positioned in the shade) prevented the optical slave from seeing my command flash (no matter how close it was to the slave cell).

This was one of those oh-crap, on-the-fly moments…

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