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Adobe Lightroom 2

7 August, 2008 (18:36)

Just downloaded (bought) and installed Lightroom 2. So far so good. What’s nice is that it automatically creates a new catalog from the old one, so you can easily go back. I’ll just back up the old one onto something and continue with the new one.

There are a lot of reviews already of it so I’m not going to do that here. I’ll just keep some notes about it in this post as I go along.

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I had such a horrible nightmare last night. This is true. In the dream, I had been hired to do a big shoot, something that had to do with the political race. Someone had just been elected president and they had chosen me to take the official white house portrait. On the way up in the elevator, surrounded by secret service guys, I looked in my bag to find that all I had were two Leicas.

The boss guy was telling me that I’d have ten minutes with the president. No more. I began to try and load the film but was fumbling around, you know the way you do when you first load a Leica. It was all very anxiety producing and I was cursing myself for not bringing the 40D.

Finally, I was on the main floor and introduced to the new president - but I was still fumbling around with the camera. People were watching me and I dropped the take up spool and was hunting around on the floor for it. The dream just went from bad to worse as the spool rolled down the stairs and I went tumbling after it.

Well, with that in mind - here’s a quick show I did after I had breakfast with Matt.


Hopefully he won’t mind me posting it. I just wanted to fool around with the LR galleries a bit. And note the shirt. All his photographs - which may still be sold at Macy’s. A clothing company made a lot of them and they all sold out.

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I had been doing my sharpening for the web with a plug-in. Lightroom now allows you to export to the web or wherever and set the sharpening for that media so I don’t need to go through the extra step anymore.

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The brush feature in Lightroom 2 is fantastic, except for one thing, I’m not sure my PC is up to it.  I added a larger cache for LR, but so far there’s a long delay between when I paint my mask stroke and when the change appears.  Anyone else run into this yet?

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Comment from Craig M. Nisnewitz
Time: August 7, 2008, 8:16 pm

Sounds like your conclusion is that version 2.0 is worth getting.
I have been using 1.4.1 for about 2 months and love it. I still go back to CS for some stuff but overall the bulk of the stuff is done in Lightroom.
Matt looks like an expert at loading Leicas.

Comment from Christoph Hammann
Time: August 7, 2008, 9:18 pm

Matt is fast in changing film in his Leica, as proved by the pictures of Volcano Man passing by.

Comment from Stephen BRAY
Time: August 8, 2008, 8:44 am

I read somewhere you can shoot with Leica lenses on Canon Digitals. Unfortunately not the M series lenses, but those for the R with an adapter.

Shooting with legacy lenses on digital is quite interesting. The quality is definitely different, and to my mind more film-like. You need to play more in processing using whatever your favourite tool happens to be, Lightroom I guess in your case.


Comment from John Setzler
Time: August 8, 2008, 3:59 pm

I’m diggin’ matt’s shirt more than his Leica… That’s really cool :)

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