I just got an e-mail reminder from Adobe, which is increasing some of its Creative Cloud plan pricing starting April 16. Announced last October at Adobe MAX, the pricing changes are as follows: Creative Cloud for Individual Single App plans will increase to $20.99 per month (instead of $19.99 per month; $1 increase). This plan is for a single Adobe Creative Cloud app. Creative Cloud for Individual App Apps plans will increase to $52.99 per month (instead of $49.99 per month; $3 increase). This plan includes all Adobe Creative Cloud … [Read more...] about Reminder: Adobe Increasing CC Plan Pricing, Photo Plan Unaffected
While there are a variety of methods available for identifying your favorite photos from a given trip or photo shoot, star ratings remain a popular solution for this purpose. Star ratings are widely supported and somewhat easy to understand. But I actually use a somewhat unique approach to using star ratings, which I thought I would share for your consideration. Redefining the Ratings Star ratings are available in a range from one star to five stars, or of course the option to not assign a star rating at all. It is perfectly logical to … [Read more...] about Star Rating Strategy
Last week, Adobe released Lightroom 6.14, the last perpetual update to the photography organizer and editing tool. Going forward, updates will only be made available for Creative Cloud subscribers, who have access to the new Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC. This begs the question — is now the time to subscribe to the Creative Cloud Photography Plan? Lightroom has been around for just short of 11 years now, and up until this point, you've been able to buy it as a stand-alone product, and most recently as part of a subscription. While … [Read more...] about Adobe Releases Last Stand-Alone Update to Lightroom; Is it Time to Subscribe?
If you're a Time Lapse fan like myself than this is an exciting weekend. Gunther Wegner, creator of LRTimelapse, (arguably the best plugin/tool for your time lapse arsenal on the market), just sent out the press release detailing the specifics of the latest update to LRTimelapse 4.5 including use of some of the awesome newest features in Lightroom CC. New Features in LRTimelapse 4.5 Added Support for the new Local Dehaze in Lightroom 6.2 / CC.2 on Linear, Circular Gradients and the Paintbrush. The number of threads used to generate the visual … [Read more...] about Time Lapse Photography Just Got A Powerful Update
I'm a Lightroom guy. I like to use Lightroom because it's simple and helps my photographs look the way I imagined when I clicked the shutter. However, sometimes I just need the powers of Photoshop to make the best picture possible for my clients, and the number one way I use it is to swap heads in a group photograph. Let me show you how to do it in four simple steps. Oh, and this technique will work in any version of photoshop back to at least CS3. 1. Open As Layers in Photoshop Here's a good example of two pictures that would be better if I … [Read more...] about When to Use Photoshop: Head Swapping
When I travel, I like to share photos from my trip on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Typically I will share one or two photos per day, depending on how much down-time I have and also whether or not I have Internet or data on my phone. But here's the thing: I am usually creating more than one or two photos per day that I would like to share! Because I am an avid Lightroom user, my solution has been to start using Lightroom Mobile as "storage" for the overflow photos that I don't get around to sharing during my trip, so that I can post them … [Read more...] about Using Lightroom Mobile to Share Photos From Your Computer
The Adobe Creative Cloud ("CC" for short) subscription model has been out for some time now, but it seems that there is still some confusion on how the Creative Cloud actually works. Because of this, I thought I would write up a post to try and squash the misunderstandings about "the cloud" when it refers to Adobe. Here's a break-down of how the Adobe Creative Cloud works: The Creative Cloud is a subscription plan I think that most people are aware of this already. Basically, you pay monthly to have access to Lightroom and Photoshop through … [Read more...] about Confused About the Adobe Creative Cloud? Maybe This Will Help
Slightly less controversial than HDR, panoramas are also possible in Lightroom CC. Panoramic images are a series of shots that are stitched together to appear as one large image, that couldn't be captured with a single shot. Typically, a photographer will take one image, turn slightly, take another, and so on. Check out the video below to see how it's now done in Lightroom CC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_wV1Yav6wQ … [Read more...] about Panoramas in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
Whether you love it or hate it, HDR is here to stay, and now built directly into Lightroom CC. For those unfamiliar, HDR, which stands for "High Dynamic Range", is the process of combining multiple exposures of the same scene to produce an image that is more 'true' to what the human eye sees. At least, that's the idea. Too often do we see HDR images that are way overdone. Check out the video below to see how it's now done in Lightroom CC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgApMJR8kZk … [Read more...] about HDR in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
This morning Adobe announced a major update to Lightroom! The new version is called Lightroom CC, and is a part of the Creative Cloud. (For those of you not interested in using the Creative Cloud subscription service, it can still be downloaded as a standalone application, Lightroom 6.) The new update comes with some very much anticipated improvements, so let's take a look at some of the most impressive new feature's inside of Lightroom CC:HDR Merge Yes! Finally! We can merge HDR images inside of Lightroom! Photoshop is no longer a … [Read more...] about Say Hello to the NEW Adobe Lightroom CC!
This past weekend, I erased my MacBook Pro and re-installed Apples latest operating system, Yosemite. It might take a little longer to get up and running, but doing a clean install removes the junk and cache files that slow down your computer. Most of my computers files are on the cloud, so it was pretty easy to get set up. Download Google Drive. Check. Download Dropbox. Check. Download 1Password. Check. Download Adobe Creative Cloud. . . I wanted to reinstall my Creative Cloud apps and it took me a while to find out where to download. To … [Read more...] about Where’s the Download button? How to Install Creative Cloud on a New Computer
Adobe has just announced a bunch of new features for Creative Cloud...but I suspect some of you are still using CC. I think you should consider it again, and here're a couple of reasons. $10/Month for Everyone First of all, the Creative Cloud Photography bundle, which includes the full Photoshop and Lightroom, is now permanently $10/month, and there are no exceptions (previously, it was listed as limited time, and you had to be upgrading). Yep, for just $10/month you get the best tools in the universe for realizing your photographic and … [Read more...] about A Few of Adobe CC’s New Features
Are you interested in video? Welcome to our series on how to edit video using Adobe Photoshop. In this first episode, you'll learn how to set up Adobe Photoshop CC so it's ready to edit multiple video files together. https://vimeo.com/80585979 Over the next two weeks, we'll walk you through the complete editing process. ______ … [Read more...] about Setting up Photoshop to Edit Video
Adobe released a major update to its Creative Cloud apps. Of key interest to photographers will be the updates to Photoshop. They are significant. Here are most of the new feature enhancements in Photoshop CC: Photoshop merged to include Extended The more expensive Photoshop package which includes 3D capability and sophisticated image analysis tools has now been merged into Photoshop CC. Now, there is just one Photoshop. All-new Smart Sharpen Photoshop CC analyzes image data to maximize clarity and minimize noise and halo. A range of new … [Read more...] about What’s New In Adobe Photoshop CC?
Adobe started moving everyone to the cloud months ago and we've covered it extensively on Photofocus. From the very beginning, there's been weeping and gnashing of teeth that has bordered on hysteria. In fact, in some cases, it's mostly faux outrage based on greed, silliness, stupidity, disinformation, mob mentality, entitlement issues and misinformation. Let's set some ground rules. Adobe is in business to make money. How they choose to do it is up to them. If you don't like their business model, move on. Nobody is holding a shotgun to your … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons The Haters Are Mad About Adobe Creative Cloud