Tag Archives: Photoshop

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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A little point

Can a very little point change the meaning of a picture? But, in the world of photoshop, did I add the little black point or did I remove it? 🙂 🙂

Answers: yes it can! Of course I added the little point. It was a “poor” photo but I noticed that the child was looking at the ground…so I thought to add a little black point to give a reason of curiosity 🙂 Now I have a more interesting picture…but did I do well? Did I do the right thing or I should have left it without retouching?

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The fundamental question of (digital) life

JPEG or RAW ? How many times I heard this question!! Who is the winner? And the Oscar goes to ….  the answer is: it depends! There is not a winner. Both of them have pro and cons… I don’t want to publish a bare standard table with pro&cons but I want to speak about real-life samples. Generally speaking RAW has a lot of pro…but..

I.e. I’m a professional sport photographer and during a race I shot hundreds of pictures and I have to choose and send them to a newspaper as soon as possible. So I have not time to convert/edit them from RAW to JPEG (remember that a RAW file is very-very large )…so I use JPEG but I set my camera to give me a good JPG: i.e.  adjust contrast/saturation/white balance/size. Some year ago I attended to a workshop held by Ivo Saglietti  and he said us to use only JPEG: the reason was that we have to concentrate only on the composition of the image and not on the editing.  Here my reportage in JPEG.

On the opposite I have time to edit the RAW…so I want to work in photoshop with the most quality of my pictures. Here the advantage of RAW is that I can edit/correct the file without big reduction in quality. Remember that everytime you save a JPEG file the software , that you used for editing, reduces it!  Yes! It’s the definition of a JPEG file: a compressed file with loss of quality ( also a ZIP file is a compressed file…but the compression is lossles: we can restore the original file). In the case you are using a JPEG file, my suggestion is to to save it in the default format of the software you are using: i.e PSD for Photoshop. So the next time you edit and save it, you will not have quality reduction.

This is not an advertising! I have a Sony RX100M3 and if I want a good JPEG picture I can set  on of  the Default Scene ( i.e. Sport,Landscape,Sunset …. ) or the Superior / Intelligent Auto mode. In my next post I’ll show some pictures in those settings ( versus and edited RAW).

 

Before and after: editing with Snapseed

This is a little elaboration with the app Snapseed ( on Ipad Air 2 ). Snapseed is a very powerful toll to edit our pictures.

I took this picture during the Lucca Comics&Games this year. This is a steampunk couple and to understand better the final elaboration, please read here: Steampunk

Original shot: I used a Fujifilm X100T.

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First step:Drama filter to increases the levels of sharpness, contrast and saturation of the image. In this case a +50 effect and you can see the difference on the face of the boy.

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Second step: Vintage filter to create a muted and vintage look. Have you read the Steampunk definition? 🙂

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Third step: Grunge filter  to have an old picture with a dirt effect caused by the time.

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Last step: Details  to increase the sharpen of the image ( here only +30 ).

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So is this a steampunk-like style? What do you think?

How I did it: imagine and pre-visualized.

I saw, at sunset, this closed beach house ( it’s winter ) … I imagined and I pre-visualized  a “final” photograph…that I realized using Lightroom. But It’s not important the toll ( i.e. Lightroom or Photoshop ), but the final result that you want to reach. Of course it’s important the beauty or the interest of the moment that you want to capture!