Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Last week, Adobe announced the availability of Lightroom 2.0 and ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) 4.5. Lightroom 2.0 has several new features which makes it easier to stay in Lightroom instead of going to Photoshop. Here are the features I've found most useful so far:
  • Virtual graduated filter (not only for ND but also do other RAW adjustments)
  • Post crop vignette (so useful when you want to vignette for artistic purposes)
  • Export RAW files to
  • Output sharpening (one of the biggest reasons I keep going into PS)
In addition to these features I also really like the new (beta) color profiles as well as the profile creator (freely available Adobe Labs). I've spoken to many people who have been unhappy with the colors produced by Camera Raw (and Lightroom) from Canon cameras, particularly the reds. The most common complaint is that skin tones have too much yellow in them. One thing that has worked before is to use the ACR Calibrator script to generate hue and saturation calibration values for your camera. However running the script takes a long time and resultant values don't always produce good results (especially as the light source changes).

Well those days are over with the new profiles and the DNG profile creator. With the beta profiles you can now get profiles so that your RAW files can have similar colors to what they would with Canon Picture Styles. Personally I've found the Adobe Standard beta profile to work quite well though sometimes Faithful works better. Skin tone rendering is quite improved requiring less fiddling around to get the right color (even on the 5D).

Technical Specs: Canon 1D3, 500 f/4 IS, f/4, 1/160s, ISO 400.

P.S. I have nothing interesting to say about the apple, just went out to the backyard last night for a quick snap. I do think it turned out quite well considering it was shot handheld.

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