I’ve always had a lot of fun challenging myself with creative and/or technical limitations. Like giving myself a photo assignment to spend the day or even an entire vacation with a certain camera/lens combination and a limited shooting style, like to shoot only macro or only black and white, etc. It usually makes me work harder to get the shots, but more importantly, I often come home with photos I probably wouldn’t have if I had taken my best equipment and approached shooting in my usual way. And who knows, what if through an exercise of self-imposed creative or technical limitations, I accidentally “stumble on a style”?! Which is exactly what happened to me and why I’m suggesting you try it yourself!
One of the celebrated improvements in Lightroom CC is the faster performance, said to be up to ten times faster, thanks to the software’s ability to leverage the graphic processor unit (GPU).
A few days after the official release, however, an Adobe engineer shared additional information regarding GPU acceleration and turns out it might not be all that great. Not right now, at least, and not for everybody.
At the moment GPU acceleration is only available in the Develop module, and even then not all editing controls enjoy it.
Additionally, while GPU implementation offers no advantage for some functions, certain others will actually take longer with the acceleration enabled.
This information also applies to Camera Raw 9.0 for Photoshop/Bridge CC.
Adobe has released ACR 8.8 as a final release for both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC users.
For Lightroom users and those using older versions of Photoshop, the company has released DNG Converter 8.8.
It also adds profile support for a list of lenses in Canon, Nikon F, Sony Alpha, Sony E, Pentax, Sigma, Leica, MFT, DJI and Yuneec mounts.
It’s been about three months since its last update, and now the next release candidate for Adobe Camera Raw is here. If you’ve been waiting on support for the Panasonic LUMIX GH4, Camera Raw 8.5 now gives you the opportunity to do so. Along with it, a few more cameras from Olympus, Nikon, and Canon are added into the mix, receiving raw image support in the program; if you’re just getting into photography, editing the raw image files is one of the best things you can possibly do for your photos, so GH4 users out there should definitely give this update a look.
Unfortunately, like the last time, there’s no word on an update coming to Lightroom at all, so we’ll have to wait and see where that goes. Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 RC is now out for both Photoshop and Creative Cloud. Check out what else is featured – including new lens profiles, bug fixes, and software modifications – after the jump.
Slowly, but surely, the worlds of cinema and photography are abandoning film as a medium. In the consumer market, it’s arguable that film is already wiped from existence as a business; film is hard to find and higher in price as a result because of the small market that still demands it. In cinema, it’s endangered. A decent amount of directors still stick to it, but the production companies need to be ready for the budget cut the cost will take.
The problem is that there’s still an interest in film photography, but it simply takes too much effort to pursue for the general consumer. At the end of the day, however, it’s the vintage feel film gives that most people would like to emulate. VSCO‘s been offering solutions for that for a while now. They’ve been selling plug-ins for Adobe Lightroom, Adobe CR, Photoshop CC, and Aperture; each plug-in comprises a variety of filters that literally emulate different types of film. As weird as that sounds, it works. VSCO’s great at what it does, and they just released the newest addition to their film packs yesterday. [Read more…]
Just yesterday, the team at Adobe made their latest updates for Camera Raw and DNG Converter available for Photoshop CS6 and Creative Cloud. For CS6, Camera Raw 8.4 consists of updates in camera support, bug fixes, and lens profile support. For CC, however, there’s a few new features we can look forward to.