Lightroom 3 beta 2 released (updated with commentary)

LR3beta2 is out! Here are some noteworthy points: • Speed is greatly improved. • Importing has been improved and refined. • Tethering for popular Nikon and Canon cameras is now supported. • Watermarking is improved (although still not ideal). • Luminance Noise Reduction has been added to complement the new demosaicing and color noise algorithms. • New Vignette styles. • Adjustment Brush and Gradient tools can now be stacked to strengthen the effect. • New Print Layout capabilities with Rotate to fit and Rotate Cell options. • Video files can now be imported from DSLRs along with…


Lightroom 3 second public beta to be announced today

Adobe is releasing the second public beta of Adobe Lightroom 3 today. LR3beta1 users won't be disappointed as there are a significant number of noteworthy features in the new beta that were not in the first. You will be able to download it from the Adobe Labs Lightroom 3 Beta2 page for details. I'm going to play nice and hold my tongue on the new features until it's officially released. Checkout Adobe's video demonstrating the new features in LR3beta2.


Happy Birthday Photoshop

Today is our beloved image editing application's 20th birthday. Many of us have spent more time with this little app than we have with our own kids. As much as I have loved using Photoshop over the last 20+ years, I look forward to the day that I can retire it. I say this not because I'm tired of Photoshop, but because I'm excited about the future. Parametric workflows, like those available through Adobe Lightroom, Express Digital Darkroom and Apple Aperture are clearly the way of the future and offer huge productivity advantages over one-image-at-a-time, pixel editing workflows like…


Apple gets hip to night photography (updated 2x)

You know night photography has become mainstream when Apple uses a night image for the default background image on their newest device. Note the star trails near the top! I would guess this is a ~25 minute exposure not too long after sunset considering the daylight glow along the horizon and gentle lighting on the foreground. If anyone knows who's image is used on the iPad, please let me know. Update: The iPad background image is licensed from RIchard Misrach. Update: See this in-depth article about the image and Misrach at ARTINFO


Calumet Photo of the Week

I'm thrilled to have Calumet choose my "Texas Love Bus" image for their photo of the week. Texas Love Bus is a 2 hour and 8 minute exposure made from 2 to 4am in West Texas. It was a moonless night so the bus was "painted" entirely by flashlight for several minutes. A pack of coyotes howled and played in the foreground during the exposure as I sat and listened in my car a few feet away. They didn't show up in the final image because they weren't illuminated on this pitch black night. I was grateful they didn't bump the tripod as it would have messed up the long star trails I was going for in…


Full Moon Night Photography in Mono Lake

August 22-25, Mono Lake, Californialed by Lance Keimig and Scott Martin Lance Keimig and Scott Martin team up to present a four day and night photography workshop at Mono Lake, California. August is a great time to visit this remote location that is a favorite among photographers for its unique geological formations. Mono Lake’s signature monolithic rock structures that extend upward from the lake are ideal for night photography. Other photographic locations may include the dramatic granite moonscapes of Tioga Pass in Yosemite, the Travertine Hot Springs, the town of Bridgeport, and the…


private workshops on demand

for intermediate and advanced printmakers and photographersby appointment on location or in San Antonio, Texas As an exhibiting artist I know the challenges involved with making creative images while simultaneously mastering the technical aspects of workflow, exquisite printmaking and the polish of final packaging. I strive for an even balance of these qualities in my own work, and I enjoy helping others achieve better equilibrium between inspiration and presentation. Sharing my passion for photographic excellence has been driving my training business for over 16 years now. For 20 years,…


Photographic Muse:Austin

November 6-11th, 2011, Austin TX presented by Penny De Los Santos, Lynn Johnson and Scott Martin Penny De La Santos, Lynn Johnson and Scott Martin are combining their talents to present a seven day intensive photography workshop in Austin, Texas. Austin is located at the edge of the Texas hill country and is known for it's live music scene, progressive atmosphere, swimming holes, green spaces and inviting South Congress neighborhood. This week is an ideal time to see Austin through the lens. Temperatures should be perfect ranging from the mid 50s to the mid 70s with moderate to low humidity.…


Photolab Silver Halide Color Management

I've been managing color on Lightjet, Durst, ZBE Chromira, Agfa, Kodak and Noritsu machines since the mid-nineties. As a color management consultant with a background in photo lab work, this is close to my heart and an area of specialty for me.  I've traveled across several continents consulting with some of the most demanding photo labs in the industry. I've also enjoyed a close relationship with Noritsu for over 10 years and have lectured, consulted and trained with them internally. So perhaps I am in a decent position to respond to some comments that I am surprised to hear people make on…