Free Saturday Focus Sessions – July – August

Focus sessions are free and take place in the Westwood store from 9:30 am – 10 am and our Englewood location from 10:30 am – 11:00 am. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about.

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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

July 7 – Shooting a Baseball Game from the Stands

July 14 – How to Take Great Party Pictures

July 21 – Lightroom 4 in 30 Minutes

July 28 – Sensor Cleaning

August 4 – Critique Your Images

August 11 – Shooting at The Beach

August 18 – “Blue Hour”/Time Exposure – Shooting at Dusk

These are free events – bring a friend along if you’d like. Share with your friends on Facebook – Click the Like button below. Hope you can join us!

Lightroom Version 4.1 update now available

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to download and install the latest Lightroom 4 update released on May 29th. If not, now’s the perfect time to get all the latest functionality and fixes. Lightroom 4.1 has several improvements; the ability to work with HDR TIFF files, new camera support, various bug fixes and more. The new features listed below is from Adobe’s website.

Adobe downloads can be found on Adobe’s website.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.1

The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4.1 update includes these enhancements:

• The ability to process HDR TIFF files. (16, 24 or 32-bit TIFF files)
• Additional Color Fringing corrections to help address chromatic aberration.
• Save photobooks created in the Book Module to JPEG
• Publishing photos to Adobe Revel is now accessible via a Publish plugin
• Additional camera support for several new cameras including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Fujifilm X-Pro1, Nikon D800, and Olympus OM-D E-M5.
• Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom

To get the update: Inside Lightroom just click on Help –> Check for Updates

The download is 700MB+ – Once downloaded you can complete the installation.

Lightroom 4 Beta Released

10 years after Lightroom made its debut we have a new beta version from Adobe Labs, Lightroom 4! Lightroom’s history is outlined on this Wikipedia page. Beta software is not for everyone so be sure to backup your work, and understand this beta software should be used for learning features, testing and tinkering. The final release may or may not be compatible with what you do in the beta so keep this in mind. Lightroom 4 beta will be available for download until the products expiration on March 31, 2012. We’ll post our impressions just as soon as we have a chance to test it out.

Download the Lightroom 4 beta

Here’s a quick look at the new features from Adobe’s website

New Features in Lightroom 4 Beta

  • Highlight and shadow recovery brings out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights.
  • Photo book creation with easy-to-use elegant templates.
  • Location-based organization lets you find and group images by location, assign locations to images, and display data from GPS-enabled cameras.
  • White balance brush to refine and adjust white balance in specific areas of your images.
  • Additional local editing controls let you adjust noise reduction and remove moiré in targeted areas of your images.
  • Extended video support for organizing, viewing, and making adjustments and edits to video clips.
  • Easy video publishing lets you edit and share video clips on Facebook and Flickr®.
  • Soft proofing to preview how an image will look when printed with color-managed printers.
  • Email directly from Lightroom using the email account of your choice.