Adobe has always been good about releasing betas for Lightroom. Today they released Lightroom 5 beta. The three new features that they are highlighting are an advanced healing brush, a radial filter, and a perspective transforming tool the call Upright. From the video demos, the all three new tools seem great and I would definitely make use of them.
It’s Friday the 13th and I decided to start a new 365 project. This will be my fourth. I think I will focus on pushing my creativity more while still honing my technical skills. My last 365 really improved my understanding of lighting. I have no idea where this project will push me, but I know it will. Here is my first shot. I set up my strobe lighting and everything. You can check it out on my Flickr and let me know what you think.
P.S. I edited this and another photo with the new Lightroom 4 beta. I am loving it so far. I will probably write up a short post on it this weekend. In the meantime, you can download the beta yourself and play around with it.
Last week, I decided to process some photos that I took a few months back at Como Zoo. They were taken with my Canon 5D using a 24-105mm. When I first looked through the photos, I was disappointed that a lot of them were flat, lacking contrast. I was not surprised by this being that a lot of the shots were taken indoors with low florescent lighting. Instead of not publishing these shots or even just publishing boring photos, I decided to take this opportunity to push Lightroom a little further than I usually do.
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Don’t miss the first ever OMGLGWATPAS. “What’s that?”, you say. It stands for “OMG, let’s go walk and take photos and stuff”. Maybe it won’t be the final name. Basically, I’m organizing a photowalk for next weekend (August 14th or 15th) here in the Twin Cities. The final date is still up for voting. It’ll be a super casual and unstructured. I literally just want to hang with some photographers and take some photos. All you need is a camera. I’m not organizing a photowalk for pros being that I’m not one so bring your DSLRs, your point and shoots, your film cameras, or your camera phone. All are welcome. Heck, if you wanted to just sketchwalk with me, that is fine too. It will probably be a small group. It will be late afternoon on either Saturday or Sunday. Location is also up for voting. We will be shooting until we feel like stopping. Like I said, super casual.
Leave a comment here if you are interested in joining me. Make sure you tell me which afternoon you’re voting for and if you have a location to suggest. I would like to lock down a time and location by the middle of this week so that people can plan for it. If you don’t want to comment here, you can find me on twitter at @JavaJunky.
Update (Aug 10): So with all the crazy storming this week, I think I’m going to set a solid time for Sunday at 4pm since it may rain on Saturday. I’m still taking votes on location. I have one general vote for Saint Paul. I’m going to toss out some possibilities: Downtown Saint Paul, Minnehaha Falls, Uptown, U of M West Bank. Feel free to add your suggestions. Vote here or reply to me on twitter(@JavaJunky).
Update (Aug 13): I decided to make Downtown Saint Paul the location for the photowalk. We can meetup in Mears Park in Lowertown. If you can’t meet at 4pm, contact me ahead of time so I can give you my number so you can join up later. You can email me at email@example.com or on twitter as @JavaJunky.
Mears Park in Downtown Saint Paul (map)
4pm Sunday, August 15th, 2010
I get a lot of people asking me about my lighting setup in my photography. I find it hard to explain my setup because I don’t really have a single, rigid setup. Instead, I usually just apply the basic theories of lighting that I have learned over the years and apply them to the scene at hand. I’ll say it now. Lighting is easy. Let me be more accurate. The basics of lighting is easy and learning a couple concepts will get you along the way to mastering lighting your scenes.
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I have decided to start up my 365 project again on my Flickr. This will be my third. You can view my first photo on Flickr here.