Weekly Worth-a-clicks

Here’s some interesting links I’ve found in the last week:

• Photoshop CS4 Now has a trial version available so you can try before you buy.

• An interesting article called 4 Quick Ways to Boost Lightroom Performance

• I’ve been big into Facebook lately and just re-found this LR Facebook Export plug-in that’s very cool.

• Sean McCormack has updated his set of Lightroom Graduated filters to version 2.

• And finally some inspiration for the day. Actually I’ve got two sites.

1) First, check out Paris (no, not Hilton – the city!) through HDR eyes.

2) Also, check out Photography By Jolene. I don’t know why but I always have a soft spot for candid children and family photos and she captures some great moments. Enjoy!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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15 Comments

  1. That export to FB looks cool. I just wish there was a way to have LR overlay a .png logo in the bottom instead of just text.

    Nice HDR link. That some killer stuff. I love shooting HDR. I wounder how long till 32 bit dynamics are built in camera.

    Gav

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  2. I’ve been using the FB plug in and its very useful. I think these export plugins for LR are potentially very useful. FB is a great way to get your photos “out there”.

    Kevin

    PS – when are you and/or Scott heading over to the UK for some tours?

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  3. Hi Matt,

    great HDR pics – thanks for the link.

    I have a question that you might be able to help with – colour calibration. I use a 24″iMac and have recently been reading more about calibrating my monitor.

    In the calibration in System preferences there are various profiles including Adobe RGB which is the profile that my camera uses and apparently what my Canon MP600 also uses. At the moment the monitor profile is set at the Apple default – should i change it to Adobe RGB, or should i use a hardware calibration ?

    Your advice would be most welcome.

    I also added your Facebook profile as a “friend”.

    Many thanks

    Julian

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  4. @Julian: no, leave your monitor profile as it is (Apple default) because the Adobe RGB color profile is *not* a monitor profile but a printer profile…in my experience with the Apple iMac *24* inch screen it is almost not worth the money and trouble to use hardware calibration (the smaller screens might need it, though)…i think the improvement is marginal for a 24 inch one…i’d only advise it if you’re a real pro and need to get everything out of the original photos color-wise…the only thing i did with my Apple 24 inch screen was to lower the brilliance a tiny bit…

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  5. Thanks Patrick,

    I also have a Macbook Pro but at the moment don’t use it for lightroom. If I start to, would it be useful to calibrate on that?

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  6. @Julian: …i have no first-hand experience with the screen of a Macbook Pro (it’s on my wish-list for Santa…lol) but I would guess the quality comes close to the 24 inch monitor of the iMacs…

    …of course, hardware calibration (like colormunki a.o.) will always give you the best result, but one comes a long way by using one’s own eyes in a dark(ened) working environment…when you start using LR on the Macbook Pro, simply put it next to your iMac, dim all ambient light, wait 20 seconds for your eyes to become adjusted to the dark, be sure the brilliance/contrast of both screens is set at the same value (you could for example display a grayscale like the one on my web site and compare both screens), then start up LR, display a good photo with a nice range of colors and tones (one of your own or one that you can find on sites like Adobe’s), dim the “lights” in LR (press the L-key twice), and again simply compare the photo on both screens…

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  7. Dear Matt,

    tku very much with the link you did on my web site http://www.photoserge.com
    It is all HDR, but I must say that I have been learning all from you since 2 years now. I’m also training a new photographer and all I use is kelbytraining.com and your’s and scott blog. I have a lot of sucess with my photos and you have been very key in that sucess so thks again, I would love to meet you in person, never planned to do a seminar in paris ?

    Serge

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  8. Matt, I feel like we’re old friends by now ;-) ‘cos I viewed just about all of your lessons at Kelby Training (great stuff on CS4 and LR2), I bought your Layers book (fantastic) and used it !, and I subscribe to Lightroom and Photoshop Killer Tips on iTunes (you can relax, I live in Australia) BUT I recently upgraded to CS4, and I really like LR 2.1, so my question to you is ….. what do YOU use in your work flow, now that CS4 pretty much as all the ‘bells & whistles’ that LR 2.1 has (plus a whole lot more) ? Just curious ?

    Rightly or wrongly, my work flow is … import into LR2 for basic adjustments, then use CS4 for local adjustments and fine tuning, and then back to LR2 for printing (I find it ‘easier’ than Photoshop).

    Regardless, great blog :-)

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  9. Matt,
    Why can’t I see the camera profiles in the calibration panel?I had them before, but now I can’t see them. I tried to download them again, to no avail.

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  10. Hi Matt,

    If you love the candid photos of kids for inspiration you should check out http://www.lilyblue.com – everytime I feel that my photo’s aren’t hitting the mark I go there for my inspiration fill up.

    Of course there’s always Zack Arias as well. http://www.zarias.com – not kids just very cool photography. You guys rock in the digital world. this guy rocks in the taking the picture department

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  11. Hey Matt or anyone, This question goes back to the adjustment brush color swatch video. How do you get a dark brown- as in eye color, bark of tree and such? Cranking the saturation doesn’t help. So how do you get those darker values? Thanks anyone, Cindy

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  12. Hello,

    I know very well this photographe of HDR photos of paris, serge ramelli, Im staring on photos and LR and he has been helping me to do some hdr which you can check out :

    http://www.robindavid.com

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  13. Do you have an export-preset for Facebook? I think you had a tutorial about this on Photoshop user tv, but that was before I startet to follow the podcast.

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