Category Archives: Lightroom

Lightroom’s labyrinth

Yes, at Adobe’s offices someone hates us poor photographers…until some weeks ago it was very clear: I had 1 (one) very powerful software for photographic editing..but now? Now I found myself in a labyrinth! 3 (three) versions of Lightroomand a big confusion..

OK, I hope to clarify… first of all the names!

The “old” Lightroom 6 becomes —>Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015.13” and, if we have a license, we can continue to use as a local software without pay anything ( even if we have to register it again! ). The bad news is that Adobe will not update it in the 2018.

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If we want continue to have updates, we have to use the new version: “Lightroom Classic 7.0.1“. The “Classic” is due to the fact that the interface is the same of the Lightroom 6. But the bad news is that we have to pay a subscription.…monthly, yearly … is up to us … but we have to pay! It’s a limited “cloud oriented” software so we pay only for the updates.

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At the end we have the new “Lightroom CC”. Completely new interface…and , this is the bad news, completely different philosophy! We lost (quite) all the Workflow..that was one of the point of strengths of Lightroom, and we lost other tools like the modification history. Like the “Classic” version we have to pay a subscription….this is a very cloud-oriented software and the Cloud has a cost…

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At this point … I don’t know what to do: I have been using Lightroom since the first version…and now I have to decide: find a new software ( that I pay one time ) ? Continue to use the 6 version until I buy a new camera? I think that in the (near) future we’ll have to pay a subscription for every kind of software.. and this is last bad news. Only one question to Adobe: why the old  6 version and the new version have the same name “Photoshop Lightroom CC”?  See the first and last picture..

 

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After my drone in the air…return to the earth: under the sky of East Berlin.

In my last posts I paid attention to my drone…I want to “come down” the earth..and to Street-photography: around the city of East-Berlin. I tried to look for the ancient atmospheres, old colors of the city before the Fall of the Berlin Wall. I used my Fujifilm X100…a very good camera for Street Photography. Lightroom for editing.

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One of my pictures was published on Fujifilm Magazine

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Privacy & Photos: solved!

Some years ago, I mean so many years ago, it was an honor to be photographed on the street. Today it is a very big problem! I mean in Italy ( I don’t know in other countries, but I think it’s the same). There is the hateful, detestable, damnable privacy! Nobody wants to be photographed!! But why? Where is the problem? I mean, if you’re not committing a crime…or you are not whit your ..ehm.. lover 🙂 But anyway, you are in a public place, a street, where everyone can see you..

Some time ago, during my photo exhibition, a man saw the following picture…

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..and he said me: “hey, have you got the photo release? Without it you cannot expose this picture! I know this woman!”… Acc! of course I haven’t!! 🙂 🙂 But my answer was very prompt: “I don’t need it, this woman is my aunt!” ( very ready lie ) and I continued: “You are not the first person that believes to recognize this woman…it seems that my aunt has a twin!”.

 Another man saw the following picture:

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He recognized himself in the photo! He was the man with the white hair. He said nothing to me…but the next day he came again with his friends…He was very happy to be in the exhibition!!! The exception confirming the rule!

But to solve the privacy problem…we can start to photograph the fashion dummies!!! There is no need of the photo release!! And we can obtain very interesting ( and different ) Street-photos! 🙂 🙂

In my little “portfolio” there the dummy in the showroom and at its back there is always a detail of the city ( church, building, palace, wall, window ).  The fashion dummies in their city 🙂

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Great camera means Great photo?

You don’t need a great camera to take a great photo as you don’t need a big paintbrush to color a big painting. I have a question: “how was the giant Goliath killed?”, with a big cannon? No, with a little rock. Last sunday I took the following pictures with a little compact camera, a Sony RX100M3, not with a Nikon D5 or a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

I had a big help: the morning lights! 🙂 But I had to wake very early in the morning..and the “good light” last few minutes… In the evening I edited the RAW files them with Lightroom.

“Take the rose when it’s time, that the time, you know, flying and the same flower that blooms today, tomorrow will wither” ( Carpe Diem, italian poet Orazio)

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Reflection in the lake

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Landscape in the morning

Optimized Classic Chrome Preset ( FujiFilmX ) for Lightroom

A little optimization of the Classic Chrome preset of Lightroom: just a little change on Clarity, Saturation and Tone Curve. At the end of the post the  link to download the template. To install in Lightroom: right-click (win) or ctrl-click (Imac) on user presets and then choose import.

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You can download the template here: Classic Chrome

A little tip..

One of the way to learn how to take a good shot is the following: look for a very bad, ugly, nasty, unsightly, foul, unpleasant place ( in your home too , or in another place ) and try to make it beautiful 🙂 In every place there is a hidden nice, lovely, little side…it’s a very good exercise of composition to find it.

I found in my garden some flowers…Ok, they are not very unpleasant..but I think that they are quite meaningless. So I tried to “transform” the picture in a “pictorial” photo, in a “sort of” painting.

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More contrast, more light and a lot of color saturation ( and a little crop )…Now they are very beautiful flowers 🙂

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