Alien Skin Blow Up 2 Review

Alien Skin Blow Up 2

Alien Skin’s Blow Up 2 is a Photoshop plugin designed to help you create images that are larger than the native resolutions coming out of your camera.  Alien Skin provided me with a review sample of Blow Up 2 and mentioned words like “presets”, “single-click” and “take the complexity out.”  I took them up on their claims and gave it a spin.

While I don’t enlarge many prints beyond 8×10, I have, on occasion, used Photoshop’s bicubic image sample method to enlarge prints up to 20″ x 30″.  I have always thought that this capability in Photoshop works pretty well.  That was, however, until I saw the results from resizing using the Blow Up 2 plugin. [Read more...]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.6.1

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.6.1

Adobe has updated Lightroom 2 to version 2.6.1 and is specifically directed to Leica M9 users.

The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2.6.1 update includes one important correction that is only relevant for Leica M9 users. This release of Lightroom fixes a bug that caused Lightroom 2.6 to crash when processing certain M9 images. The bug was introduced in the final version of Lightroom 2.6 in the course of making image quality improvements to Leica M9 processing based on customer feedback. There is no need to update to 2.6.1 if you aren’t a Leica M9 user.Adobe.com

You can download Lightroom 2.6.1 via the following links:

Lightroom 2.6.1 for Windows

Lightrooms 2.6.1 for Mac

7 Tips for Shooting in Troubling Lighting

Leeni at the Blip Festival
If you’re an event, wedding or concert photographer you know the pains of shooting in low light all too well. Some of the main problems are focusing, white balance issues, high ISO noise, and ensuring that you capture the correct motion. All of this can be pretty tricky, especially if you’re trying to get a variety of angles to ensure that your shots don’t all look the same. Here are some tips for shooting and how to save your work in post process.

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Adobe Camera Raw 5.6 and Lightroom 2.6 Release Candidates Available

Adobe has made release candidates of Lightroom 2.6 and Camera Raw 5.6 available for download in Adobe Labs.  These versions add raw file support for the following cameras:

Canon EOS 7D
Canon PowerShot G11
Canon PowerShot S90
Leaf Aptus II 5
Mamiya DM22, DM28, DM33, DM56, M18, M22, M31
Nikon D3s
Olympus E-P2
Pentax K-x
Panasonic FZ38
Sigma DP1s
Sony A500
Sony A550
Sony A850

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 2.6 release candidate can be downloaded here.

Camera Raw 5.6 release candidate can be downloaded here.

Lightroom 3 Beta has not been updated yet.

Windows 7 Photography Solutions and Applications

Windows 7

If you haven’t heard already, Windows 7 is here and available everywhere.

If you use Windows Vista on your computer, you may be more than ready for the upgrade.  Microsoft has been hyping Windows 7 as a better solution for a long time.  What follows are some of the latest developments for photographers, along with a brief look at what casual photographers can expect out of Windows 7 for helping organize and edit images. [Read more...]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta Now Available – for Free!

Lightroom 3 Beta

All you Lightroom users out there, get ready.  Adobe just dropped the beta version of Lightroom 3 out onto the Interweb, and it’s packed with all sorts of new bells and whistles.

Improved efficiency, Flickr integration, overhauled developing engine and more are served up in this revised processing powerhouse.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go download the Lightroom 3 Beta now.  The beta is schedule to expire in April 2010, so you should continue to use your current version of Lightroom for serious work until this is for real.

There’s more details in the press release below for you over-analytical types. [Read more...]