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A month later than normal, I am announcing year seven of my Badlands Photography Workshop series. This year, well, it’s complicated. My ongoing work with Adobe complicates my workshop schedule this year. To that end, I will not be holding the annual May workshop for Spring Scenic topics. Then, there is my Iceland expedition. Iceland falls right in the middle of the Badlands Night Sky workshop normally held in September. This year, circumstances are going to require me to limit Badlands to a single winter workshop.
Winter Workshop: December 2-6, 2017
Complete information can be found at the Badlands Photography Workshop website.
Sign up sooner rather than later. The previous six editions of this workshop have sold out and I expect this one to do the same. Early signup pricing is available until 8/31/2017 but typically this workshop sells out by June 1st. Linger at your peril.
We would love to see you in the Badlands in December!
Rikk Flohr © 2017
One of the great things about applications on the web is that they can iterate faster than a mobile device application and much faster than a desktop application. That is why you often see advances moving more quickly in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ™ for the web than you do in ‘for mobile’ and ‘for desktop’. For the bolder folks in the crowd, Adobe offers the ability to turn on Technology Previews where you can kick the tires on various features before they are released to the masses.
If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, you have access to Lightroom for web. Go to http://lightroom.adobe.com and log in with your Adobe ID. All of your previously synced pictures will appear along with some other goodies. (1) if you click on the Lightroom icon in the upper left, you will see a menu with options appear. (2) Technology Previews appears on this list. Click it.
Here, you will find a list of available Technology Previews you can activate and test out in your mobile workflow. On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Adobe made available a new web-based feature called Suggested Crop. Click on the box and then on Apply Changes. Now, when you invoke the edit command on an image in Lightroom for web, you will get the Suggested Crop feature.
Here’s a quick screen grab showing the location of the new tool in the web interface.
Zooming in, you can see that a group of suggested crops appear. Clicking on them will modify the existing crop on your image. Sometimes, more than one crop will be available at a particular aspect ratio so remember to click each button a couple of times. This is a new technology that is analyzing your image and attempting to give you aesthetically pleasing crops following classical rules while matching the aspect ratio you need. You can still crop as you have always done but now have this new tool as an alternative.
Because it is a work in progress, your feedback is very important. On the Technology Preview activation screen is a place to leave feedback. Please do so!
While Suggested Crop might not give you a better result than your careful tweaking and retweaking, it is worth considering for quick down-n-dirty crops to fit a specific ratio. Give it a try.
Rikk Flohr © 2016
Featuring a new Crop-related tool for the
Creative Cloud subscribers: Guided Upright!
Along with the normal updates for new camera support, new lens support, bug fixes and the like, there are a couple of important changes to Lightroom with his update.
A New Develop Panel:
Both the Perpetual License holders and the Creative Cloud subscribers will notice there is a new panel in the Develop module.
Transform now appears, tucked neatly between Lens Corrections and Effects. The Upright functions have been migrated from the Lens Corrections to the Transform panel. The Manual tab adjustments from the Lens Corrections panel have been moved to the new Transform panel as well. The Lens Correction panel is now simplified from four tabs to two leaving Profile and Manual as the only tabs left. Lens correction adjustments and chromatic aberration reduction are the primary functions of the Lens Correction Panel now.
A New Tool:
For those of you in the Creative Cloud family, there is a new tool in addition to these changes: The Guided Upright Tool!
The Guided Upright tool lives in the upper left corner and gives you the ability to draw straight lines on your image. Simply use the tool to click and then drag along a line in your image that should be vertical and release. Drawing two vertical correction lines will cause Lightroom to automatically correct your scenes perspective. Use Aspect to fine-tune your image’s apparent width.
As you can see in the example, two lines correct the perspective of this shot by forcing what I want to be vertical, to vertical! You can draw two lines for vertical correction and two lines to correct horizontal perspective.
In this example, I’ve used four lines to correct the four sides of the door frame – two horizontal and two vertical. In addition, you have the ability use the Transform tools to tweak your automatic corrections via either Upright or the Guided Upright tool.
You are limited to four guide lines: two each, horizontal and vertical.
Anytime you correct for distortion or perspective you are removing pixels from the rectangular final image format: the essence of this tool’s exposure in Holy Crop! You can either use the Scale slider in the Transform section of the new Transform panel or click the Constrain Crop option with which Lightroom users are so familiar to remove the excess empty space spawned in these types of transformations.
One of the coolest parts of this new tool is that you can zoom in to apply it. How often have we wished the Level tool in the Crop panel would allow us to zoom in on an image to use it? The Guided Upright guides can be inserted, deleted and tweaked all while zoomed in on your wonky image.
In the image above, the image is zoomed 1:1 to allow for more precise placement of the guides.
All in all, this is a great new tool for wide-angle photographers, particularly those whose subject matter skews architecturally. The ante has been upped for correcting perspective in Lightroom. A tool like this was long overdue and very welcome.
Rikk Flohr © 2016
I have finally done it. I have taken the plunge at Fine Art America. Many people have asked over the years where to buy copies of the photography I post here and on my social media. In response, I now have a gallery of some of my favorite and best selling images from previous galleries and other on-line fulfillment sites.
Stop by. Browse. Buy something!
On a side note, thanks to all who made my blogs successful in 2015. I wish you the best for 2016!
Rikk Flohr © 2015
If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber (perhaps to the Creative Cloud Photographer’s Program) and you have synced your images for use with Lightroom for Mobile on your Android or iOS devices, you now have access to Lightroom for Web too! That may be old news but…
New in Lightroom for Web are the develop tools you need to start fine-tuning your images.
For you Cropists in the crowd, you can now sync a file from your Lightroom for Desktop catalog to your Lightroom for Web. When you bring up an image in LR4W, you now have the option to edit these files within a web browser. Those edits will sync back to your desktop master catalog and all of your synced devices. How cool is that?
As you can see, my favorite tool, the Crop tool is now at your browser-based fingertips! Crop from anywhere and sync it throughout your Lightroom ecosystem.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
Holy Crop! No more forced square crops – ever!
One of my biggest beefs about Instagram was the draconian forcing of my carefully composed and meticulously cropped image into a stupid – squared and centered form before I could share it on my Instagram channel. Well, Instagram has finally seen the light and will now allow portrait and landscape orientations in their postings to the popular image sharing network.
Here’s the press release from Instagram: No Square Crops
Although the filter previews at the bottom remain square, the preview area shows the Landscape image (and portrait as well) are in play! Compose well, compose correctly, share as your vision saw fit. Finally.
Rikk Flohr © 2015