Lightroom 3.4 and Professional Imaging Update

Had a great time teaching here in the Netherlands at Professional Imaging 2011. You can see a behind the scenes video from Frank Doorhof here (link). I’ll post a bit more in depth next week and some shots from a live Compositing and Selections class that I did but overall I had a wonderful 3 days.

In other news, Adobe announced a release candidate of Lightroom 3.4 on the Adobe labs website. It basically includes support and profiles for new cameras and lenses and a few bug fixes. Since it’s a “release candidate” it’s not totally ready for prime time yet but they say it’s very well tested at this point so the full release isn’t far away. Simply put, if you have a camera or lens that you need support for right away (that’s included in the release candidate) then I’d probably download it. If not, I’d just wait for the full version.

That’s it from Amsterdam. Heading out to Paris for a quick vacation with the wife for a few days and then back home. If you have any shooting suggestions please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks!



  1. Chi Pritchard 20 March, 2011 at 11:34 Reply

    Still trying to learn as much as possible and I love the tips you pass along. I’m a long time follower and hopefully someday i’ll be able to catch your in person!!

  2. Andrew Macpherson 16 March, 2011 at 18:54 Reply

    It’s a fascinating exercise to try to get a crowd free shot of the sacre coer I spent 50 mins with my tripod in the same spot with a TS-24 lens just waiting for folks to move enough so that I could get a clean composite. Then I really enjoyed myself and went round the corner to the Salvador Dali exhibition.

    That whole area is rather fun, even if a bit of a tourist trap.

  3. Chris Wrenger 16 March, 2011 at 14:06 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    if in Paris, have dinner at Restaurant Chartier at Faubourg Montmartre. Nice, traditional restaurant with true Paris feeling. It is often crowded but easy to find. And they have a nice website. Enjoy it and say hello to my beloved Paris!

  4. Bryan 16 March, 2011 at 13:35 Reply

    In Paris, check out the roof of the Pompidou Modern Art Center. You’ll need to pay admission I assume, but it’s a fantastic museum anyway. There’s great city-wide views from the roof. Wide and tele shots work here.

    Luxembourg Gardens, the interior architecture at Musee D’orsay, and shots of La Conciergerie from the bridges over the river are good opportunities

    Some examples (unforuntately none are mine):

  5. Ken 16 March, 2011 at 11:45 Reply

    Hi Matt – was just in Paris 2 weeks ago. Definitely recommend you visit Sainte-Chapelle. It’s a chapel very near Notre-Dame, on the same island. It has the most spectacular stained glass, great to see and good for HDR too. You have to wait a bit to get through security but we thought it was worth it. Here’s a shot:

    Also recommend Eiffel Tower of course (best seen by going to Trocadero metro station where’s there’s a big elevated place to see it from). Have fun!

  6. François 16 March, 2011 at 09:31 Reply

    Depending on what you like in Paris, I would recommend going away from the big tourist attractions… And even once there, if you just go a few streets away you can find some pretty amazing places. For example near Montmartre, there would be some more quiet areas like these if you walk towards the West a bit, and also you can actually walk around (again, not just right around, you may also want to go a few streets away), once you are behind it, you can go back down and have some nice moods and not so famous sights of Paris.

    There are also some cool places along the rue de Rivoli (between the Town Hall and the Vosges Square) in blue on this map And of course Boulevard Beaumarchais in green is the street where all the photography shops are (Nikon Pro Services among them…).

    A nice walk to do with you wife if the weather is nice, and given that you will arrive from Gare du Nord which is not far from there would be walking along the “Canal Saint-Martin”.

    If you’re looking for a totally cool grunge location I would suggest “les Frigos” which is near the Bibliothèque Nationale (National Library), also very nice.

    And in case you want to go out and shoot some stuff, drop me an email and I’ll be able to walk you to some nice and not really expected places!


  7. Richard 16 March, 2011 at 08:54 Reply

    HI matt,

    Long time follower ..I am london based photographer heading to paris this weekend also with my wife ..natuarally bringing the camera with and in my paris research I found a french photograher that has some great images and has given me some great photo ideas so maybe it will help you also …included a link to his flickr collections …enjoy your trip ..and when are you coming to london again missed the last trip ?



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