HiDPI display support will significantly enhance our relationship with photography

After spending 6 hours with Lightroom's new HiDPI Retina Display Support, let's me just say it's incredible. A giant step forward. It's like seeing all of your images in a whole new light. Looking at images on a ~300ppi screen with the same clarity and resolution of a fine print is a long time dream of mine that I know would someday come true. We've been living in the dark ages with our ~72ppi displays. We've been seeing not the true nature but a facsimile of our images. Things like sharpness, noise and grain just don't look right on a low res screens like they do in print. With HiDPI…


Tips for upgrading to Lightroom 4

Every time we upgrade Lightroom we have a great chance to get a fresh start, shed bad habits, and tweak our workflow. Customizing one's process in Lightroom and reducing dependency upon Photoshop is the key to having a smart, efficient workflow that minimizes our time at the computer and maximizes time spent making images. I've been spending the last few months visiting with pros in their studios, auditing their workflows and getting them started on the right foot with Lightroom 4. Here's are some of the common suggestions that I'm encouraging people to do:


Workflow Audit with Lightroom CC Training

I've spent over 20 years traveling internationally visiting with pros in their studios, reviewing their process and getting them started on the right foot with modern workflow procedures. Choosing software, training, calibrating equipment, lighting implementation, paper choice, print presentation, image critique and setting up one's work environment are all a part of this process. Smart workflows allow people to spend more time making images and less time at the computer. I encourage image-makers to reduce their dependency on Photoshop and rely more heavily on


i1Pro 2 "Raven" Review

I have been testing the new i1Pro 2 (codenamed "Raven") since May of last year. Xrite's spectrophotometers have evolved considerably since the original i1Pro, so with this next generation device they've completely redesigned it from the inside out, and all of the accessories that go with it. It's a versatile, handheld device that has a lot of advantages over it's predecessor. With dual light-sources, the i1Pro2 is capable of taking measurements with or without UV information. i1Pro People will particularly love using the new LCD display adapter with it's comfy beanbag counterweight. The…


Using i1Profiler for QTR grayscale measurement and profiling

Recently I wrote an article on "Using ColorPort for QTR grayscale measurement and profiling." Today I'd like to talk about using i1Profiler v1.3 for QTR grayscale measurement and profiling. I've been using i1Profiler's new "Measure Reference Chart" feature and the new i1Pro2 "Raven" device for a year and now that it's officially released I can tell you about it. i1Profiler is XRite's new professional level application that anyone can download for free at XRite.com. While some of the features require a purchase or dongle, the "Measure Reference Chart" feature that we will use for this doesn't…


Using ColorPort for QTR grayscale and alt-process profiling

ColorPort is free utility from XRite that allows users to make and measure profiling targets with a wide variety of spectrophotometers, including the versatile 1Pro. This software and hardware combination is the modern day equivalent to yesterdays densitometer that provides much more information and functionality. I’ve been using ColorPort on a daily basis since 2005 and love it’s flexibility and versatility. If one is savvy enough to hack color patch spreadsheets and XML files, one can design beautiful targets for nearly any profiling purpose. I’ve preferred ColorPort over MeasureTool for…


Workshop: Precise Photography Workflow with Adobe Lightroom

February 16-18th, 2012, 10am - 4pm in Xalapa, Mexico with Scott Martin This 3 day workshop takes an intense look at optimizing photography workflows from capture-to-print using Adobe Lightroom. As a special treat, this workshop will be held at one of Mexico's finest printmaking studios, Izote Editions. Day 1 - Capture and organize Optimizing exposure for RAW development An overview of all RAW software available today The story behind Lightroom and it's direction The DNG format and how to incorporate it into your workflow File Management (several scenarios including transitioning between…


Student Work: PhotoMuse Austin Workshop

I had the privilege of teaching an unusual photography workshop last week with two fantastic photographers I admire - Lynn Johnson and Penny De Los Santos. Our PhotoMuse workshop helps people find their inspiration and photographic eye through self-assigned photographic projects - finding their muse, if you will. We push participants outside their comfort zones and encourage them to make work they've never made before, and more importantly, to engage in the process of making images differently and more fully. This can be difficult. Sometimes people say they don't want to be pushed, but we…


Night Portraits of Night Photographers

I think it's important to show your work to your peers and get feedback, especially when it's new work you're experimenting with. In this spirit, I thought I'd share a few night portraits I've been experimenting with. At this year's Night Photography Festival in Mono Lake, CA, I had a blast teaching an advanced class and making images side-by-side with so many people. But it was all the guest speakers, instructors and fantastic night photographers all in one place that was so unique about this gathering. Lance and I reserved Bodie State Park for two nights instead of one this year so that our…


New Stack-A-Matic script now optimized for night photography image stacking

Night Photographers use a process called "image stacking" that allows us to (among other things) make extremely long, 1-8 hour exposures that would otherwise be impossible due to overexposure. We take several images that are "stacked" or combined into a single, composite image. Over the years I've used a variety of applications to stack these images together including Keith's Image Stacker, Startrails,exe, LR/Enfuse, "Open in Photoshop as Layers" and older versions of Dr. Brown's Stack-A-Matic script. Limitations of these processes were frustrating and super slow which made it difficult to…