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Lightroom 2.x

13 August, 2008 (14:55)

I’d just like to repeat something… Lightroom version 1 was great. Lightroom version 2 is better. I used to be a programmer. Sometimes, software comes out that you just have this warm and fuzzy feeling about. Not that it’s perfect - nothing is perfect - but that the people who are producing the product have a clear vision.

They think about how you, as a photographer, work. And rather than forcing their workflow ideas on you, the program is built around how you work. I’m not going to do a full review because I don’t have the time - and there area tons of reviews around.

What I want to say, is that the additional features, the masking through the brush, the graduated filter, the improved search mechanism, and especially (for me) the additional tweaks to the print module - make this a fantastic program. In other words, every once in a while I do fall in love with a program - and whereas I was infatuated with version one - I still found myself jumping into Photoshop for a bunch of things. Now that is very rare.

In brief - I’m sitting here facing about ten 12 x 18 prints. Some of them need slight burning or dodging here and there. I don’t have to hop into Photoshop to do these small things. I don’t need to hop into Photoshop anymore to deal with sharpening.

It’s just a pleasure to use.

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But nothing is perfect.  ISSUES:

The biggest issue is that you must need a pretty powerful cpu or cpu’s to work with the brush masking tool on a large area.  After a while, depending on the size and how complex the masking is, the thing really slows down.  I’m working on an AMD DUAL-CORE 64X2 MHz with 2 GIG of ram.  It’s been enough for everything else until I ran into the brush masking tool.  LR is setup to use a 4 GB cache on a raid drive.  But, unless there’s a memory leak in the brush masking tool - this thing slows down to the point where I have to draw something, and wait a few seconds for it to appear on the screen.  And like I say, this is a shame because the brush tool is just so nicely designed.


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Comment from Shay
Time: August 13, 2008, 6:31 pm

This has nothing to do with Lightroom, but I was hoping you would be able to fix your RSS so that your images appear in them. I’m sad that I’m missing your work because my Google Reader can’t see the photos.

That was all. Carry on.

Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: August 13, 2008, 6:41 pm

I need more info - since the feed appears in other RSS readers - for example the little blog widget on the home page is just a straight RSS feed from the blog.

So, tell me more. What reader are you using. I’ll install the same one (if it’s free) and see if I see the images. Also - PC or Mac - and what operating system.

Oh, and what feed are you using. It should be: http://www.davebeckerman.com/blog/feed/rss2/

p.s. I see the images fine in the google rss reader.


Comment from JPH
Time: August 13, 2008, 7:43 pm

FYI: I am always able to see your photos in your RSS Feed… I am using Apple’s Safari, and the browser’s own reader. The only thing I ever encounter with your feed, is when I click to read the story here on your blog, and it is not there, and just see your custom error message note of saying that you don’t know what happened to it either…. the most recent that occurred, was with your photo of people on a whirly ride, and you talking about how you loved them as a child, etc., posted after your downpour photos, and before your Lambert Castle shots (I think)… there in your RSS feed, but nowhere to be found on your site/blog. I just assume you change your mind on posting it and take it down, and I just happened upon it’s ghost in the RSS feed netherworld :-)

Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: August 13, 2008, 8:24 pm

Jeff - yes, sometimes I post something and then delete it later on. The blog to me is sort of a like a big board where I’ll pin something up just to look at it - and then maybe remove it, or plan to post it another time after I’ve done some work on it… So off it goes into “the rss netherworld…” usually to appear some other time in different guise.


Comment from Craig M. Nisnewitz
Time: August 13, 2008, 9:46 pm

I intend to upgrade to 2.0

Comment from Elliot
Time: August 14, 2008, 8:55 am

FYI, your RSS feed appears to be borked. Nothing’s been updated in at least 2 days, either in my desktop feed app (NetNewsWire for the Mac) or via my.yahoo (in which I supplied your link).

Comment from Elliot
Time: August 14, 2008, 8:58 am

Also, to reply to this thread, the BIGGEST problem is no softproofing, something Aperture has had for over a year. Makes a world of diference to those who print.



Comment from peter
Time: August 14, 2008, 2:04 pm

How are you able to fully use all of these applications so quickly? All self-learning or is it more an issue of accumulated knowledge? Cheers, P

Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: August 14, 2008, 2:28 pm

Peter - dunno. A very long history with personal computers (i.e. I began programming with the introduction of the Kaypro, before the IBM PC came out). Worked with precursors to Photoshop. Experimenting with printing b&w with inkjets - back to the days when it was impossible to get good b&w inkjets. Lightroom is pretty recent for me but it made sense immediately.

Comment from Eugene Z.
Time: August 14, 2008, 5:02 pm

if LR needs 4GB cache then it sounds that brush masking tool is I/O-bound rather then CPU. For about $100 you can add 4Gb of RAM to avoid swapping to disk. Take a look at http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category.aspx?Category=17&name=Memory

Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: August 14, 2008, 6:57 pm

Thanks Eugene. I remember when I bought the computer - 2 GB of ram seemed like more than I’d ever need; but now I think that I need as much as I can afford. Not only for Lightroom, but I’m working on larger and larger files, i.e. 40 x 50 inches, and it would be useful for that as well.

Comment from jamesbird
Time: August 15, 2008, 2:46 pm

Hey Dave,

FYI, I also don’t see photos with the rss feed, just the text for the link of the photo (google reader/ PC/ Firefox or IE).

Not easy to get a horse to hold still for 10 seconds…

addthis_url = ‘http%3A%2F%2Fwww.davebeckerman.com%2Fblog%2F2008%2F08%2F15%2Fhorse-infrared%2F’;addthis_title = ‘Horse+-+Infrared’;addthis_pub = ”;

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Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: August 15, 2008, 2:57 pm

Uh - anyone know how to get wordpress images to show up in readers? Something special I’m supposed to be doin’?


Comment from jamesbird
Time: August 15, 2008, 3:46 pm

Not sure if this would be helpful but the image ‘Top Spin’ Coney Island does show up, since and before they don’t though. Weird. Anyway, just wanted to let you know, I am so used to visiting your site often I am not sure I could break the habit even if the rss thing did work with images ; )


Comment from Luke
Time: August 15, 2008, 8:27 pm

Everything is fine with your feeds. Images show up fine. Google Reader and My.Yahoo both show all the blog entries complete with the photos.

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