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10 Tips & Tricks from the Tasmanian Adventure

By Mary Rotman
October 20, 2008

9780596521011_cat.gifAs some of you may know, one of our authors, Mikkel Aaland, recently returned from a trip to Tasmania with a group of photographers and a team from Adobe. This trip was in similar form to the Iceland adventure of 2006, which led to the release of Photoshop Lightroom Adventure. This time around, the team was taking stunning pictures by day (see the gallery here and beta-testing Lightroom 2 by night. Upon returning, Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure was created, beautifully illustrated and eminently practical.

As Mikkel said,

"The stars aligned perfectly to make this adventure a smashing success. First, Tasmania exceeded all our expectations, and we were like kids in a candy store shooting non-stop for 14 days. Working with Adobe to help improve Lightroom, was deeply satisfying. We truly went to the edge of the world to road test an amazing tool for digital photographers, and Lightroom met and exceeded our expectations. The world-class photographers on the team weren't paid, but they worked their butts off and not only provided valuable feedback to Adobe, but produced stunning images as well.

In addition to the photography which Mikkel returned home with, he brought valuable tips & tricks to apply when using Lightroom 2.

  1. Do try Lightroom 2s new Library filter. It's very useful! Use the / key to hide and reveal it. Be sure "none" is selected if you don't want any filtering.
  2. Use the new Graduated filter to crate dramanitc skies, but also use it to create super vignettes. (For a tutorial on doing this go to http://www.viddler.com/explore/maaland/videos/7).
  3. Use the new Print to JPEG function in the Print module instead of printing to paper. You can send your layouts and files to outside vendors or share them by email.
  4. Use the new Localized Adjustment brush in the Develop module judicially to selectively adjust parts of your image. However, don't forget the intial mission of LIghtroom. It's supposed to free you from the computer so you can spend more time shooting!
  5. Download third party plugins from Smugmug, Digital Railroad, Facebook, etc, and use Lightroom to easily upload and share your photos. Visit Adobe Exchange to download them: click here
  6. Try out the new camera profiles found here: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/DNG_Profiles. These profiles are absolutely amazing and give your RAW files a very special look. (Follow Adobe's instructions on how to load them into Lightroom and access them via the Calibrate pane in the Develop module.)
  7. Create "handmade" video using Lightroom. See my tutorial here: http://blogs.oreilly.com/lightroom/2008/10/lightroom-scratch-making-handm.html
  8. Keep up with the latest Lightroom upgrades for new camera support and performance enhancements via the Adobe web site (http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates). Dot releases are free.

If you'd like to speak with Mikkel more about the adventure or about Lightroom, he will be at PhotoPlus Expo along with many of our other authors. He, along with Bruce Dale, Katrin Eismann (Creative Digital Darkroom), and Peter Krogh (The DAM Book), will be presenting a panel on the adventure on Saturday, Oct. 25th at the conference.

For more information on Lightroom Adventure: Tasmania, see http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/adventure.

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