Are You the Next Photoshop Evangelist?

Photoshop Evangelist

Adobe has launched a contest to pick the next Photoshop Evangelist.

All you have to do is submit a 2-minute Photoshop video tutorial that demonstrates why you should be the next Photoshop Evangelist.

The winner gets “a copy of Creative Suite 5 Design Standard, a trip to Photoshop World (Spring 2011), the chance to demo their tutorial at the conference, roundtrip coach airfare, lodging and meals.”

More details and rules at

Topaz DeNoise 5 Announced

Topaz Labs has announced the upgrade of its popular DeNoise plug-in to version 5.  Topaz Labs claims that DeNoise 5 is twice as fast as the prior version.  DeNoise 5 works with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Aperture, iPhoto and Lightroom.

DeNoise 5 is available on the Topaz Labs website and is a free upgrade for existing DeNoise customers and retails for $79.99.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Lightroom 3 Noise Reduction: To Be Used in Moderation

Yesterday, I showed off a little of what Lightroom 3′s noise killing prowess could do.  And then, I started looking back at some of my basketball photos from this season, most of which were shot at ISO 3200.  Some of them could use a little help from Lightroom 3′s noise reduction panel; however, some looked just fine, even with a little bit of grain. [Read more...]

Extreme ISO Settings With the D3s, 1D Mark IV and Lightroom 3

I’ve been digging into Lightroom 3 for a couple of days now.  I’m a big fan of the improvements – happy to see my video files, love the tethered shooting capability, as well as the improved speed. Last night, however, I decided to dig up some of my photos from the Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3s ISO comparisons and take a closer look at the improved noise control that we’ve all heard so much about.

While I experienced a taste of what was to come in the Lightroom 3 beta, I was not prepared for the magnitude of improvement that I saw in the images as I wiped my Lightroom 2 adjustments and made new adjustments in Lightroom 3′s noise control panel.

I could go on and on about it, but you really need to see for yourself. [Read more...]

Alien Skin Exposure 3 Plug-in Now Available for Photoshop CS5

Alien Skin has released the Exposure 3 plug-in for Photoshop CS5 with full 64-bit support, and tight Lightroom integration that does not require Photoshop. Exposure 3 retails for $249, and owners of prior versions of Exposure can upgrade for $99.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Adobe Lens Profile Creator Prerelease 2 Available

Adobe has made a second prerelease version of the Lens Profile Creator available in Adobe Labs.  As you may know, the Adobe Lens Profile Creator is a utility designed to work with Photoshop CS5, Camera Raw and Lightroom that allows you to build custom profiles for lenses in your kit.  These profiles “describe[] the types of optical aberrations that exist in a particular lens and prescribe[] how to correct the lens distortions in an image captured from the same lens.”

More details and download instructions over at Adobe Labs.

Lightroom for iPad? Adobe says: It’s Hard to Make It Work

Over on his blog today, John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop,  briefly spoke about the huge demand for a Lightroom App for the Apple iPad and how hard that it is to make it work right.  Adobe’s Terry White had previously given us a wink and a nod that we might see Lightroom soon on the iPad, and Nack’s brief commentary suggests Adobe is hard at work to make it happen. However, citing Camera Bits’ troubles, it looks Abode is running into similar road blocks that other app developers have faced when it comes to making a truly worthwhile app for photographers.

Head on over to John Nack’s blog to see his thoughts, and speculate as you see fit.