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Lightroom Public Service Announcement Day

Hey folks. Thought I’d give you two quick Lightroom-related public service announcements today:

1) I realize most of you reading probably own Lightroom. If you do, you’ve also probably been telling your photography buddies that they need to get it. Well B&H Photo has Lightroom 3 on sale for $100 off. That makes it $169. Not to shabby huh? Offer ends on June 4 so tell them to download the free 30-day trial. They have plenty of time to check it out, before June 4, to see if they like it.

2) Adobe has issued a warning about a potential JPEG bug in Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4. It’s actually a very rare bug and I haven’t seen or heard any reports of it. I’ll point you to Lightroom Product Manager, Tom Hogarty’s blog for more info but at the end of the post it reads:
“To date we’ve only found one camera that generates these large blocks of private data (which is what is causing the bug), the HP PhotoSmart R607.”
It’s still worth taking a look to see if you’re affected though.

That’s it for today. Have a great weekend.



  1. Brandi Long 7 June, 2011 at 13:03 Reply

    Not sure if this has anything to do with the bug, but after I make changes to my raw photos in LR and export them as a jpeg into the same folder then try and look at them in Bridge or windows photo viewer the pictures that were exported show up as thumbnails with multicolored pixels over most if not all of the pictures. I can open the photos up in PS and they look fine but I can not look at them anywhere else but LR. Just wondering I only have the trial version of LR wasn’t sure if I would like it, I do, but this error creates a problem for me. Thanks for any info you have.

  2. William J Smith 31 May, 2011 at 19:30 Reply

    Went to B&H and bought LR3 and just got it, then went to a link for two free issue’s of PhotoshopUser Mag. but it won’t let me do, I guess even though I’m already a member PSU it won’t get me two extra issue’s with this purchase???

  3. Tim Antler 26 May, 2011 at 15:37 Reply

    I had checked B&H the other day and the price for Lightroom was indeed $169, but I just checked it now and it has gone up by $30.00 to $199.99. You’d have thought they would have left the price alone until after the promotional period was over. Still a good deal, but it was better a couple of days ago.

  4. ed 23 May, 2011 at 21:00 Reply

    can you tell me if it is possible to export a single image as a swf file so that I can post it on my site?

  5. Randy Black 22 May, 2011 at 23:06 Reply

    Apple announced last week a steep, steep discount program for lots of software, especially Adobe software. Lightroom 3 for Mac or Windows is $59.90 ! And that is the full version – no academic software. The full CS5.5 Master Suite is $429.90 instead of $2599 normally. OUCH! So what is going on at Adobe?

  6. Ed Macke 20 May, 2011 at 16:31 Reply

    Don’t forget that LR is available at an academic discount price, too. If you are a student in K-12, or full- or part-time college student, or if you are the parent of such a student, you qualify.

    There are some caveats such as you can only get 1 copy per year, and it’s not eligible for an upgrade (but that’s kind of irrelevant since the academic price is as cheap or cheaper than the upgrade price), but other than that it’s the same honest-to-goodness complete LR you’d get if you paid full price.

    It’s available through Adobe’s “Education Store” for $99 or via third-party websites like

  7. Jake 20 May, 2011 at 12:54 Reply

    Hi Matt. Love your Blog!

    Beside that I have some troubles with Lightroom 3.4 and my brandnew Nikon D7000. I just bought it in the last couple weeks. Before I was shooting with Canon.

    Let me explain the problem; When I import JPEG and NEF files side by side, the JPEGs looks as it looked on the LCD, spot on;-) in term of exposure. The Problem is the NEF file (wich I converted to DNG) looks almost a fullstop (0.7EV) DARKER as the original Jpeg. The histogramm tells me the different.
    While importing I set the importsetting to NONE (No add.adjustment.).
    Even after Import if I select another cameraprofile Standard or Portrait on the dng’s nothing changed in term of exposure or brightness. Is this normal?

    Do you know something about that? What can I do to get my nef files brighter (more close to my jpegs)?

    I did check this in Nikons ViewNX and to my surprise there looked both files (JPEG&NEF) almost identically. Strange or not? I mean this is not a Camera issue it’s ACR.

    Hope to get some answers here…
    Thanks for any help!
    Cheers Jakob

    • Mel in Oz 21 May, 2011 at 23:19 Reply

      I am not 100% sure, but JPEGS come in with the Nikon imposed editing already .. whereas the NEF (or now DNGs) are straight capture info – so you need to use LR to add the “Nikon JPEG editing” – which I think View NX does automatically.. On my D300s photos I do the folowing to the NEF files (mainly for weddings)- change to Camera Standard and then adjsut to +4 magenta for shadows, change brightness to 65 and contrast to 40, clarity to 25, black to 7, vibrance to 8 and saturation to 4 and tehn it pretty much resembles my JPEGS.. You can either do as a preset on importing or sync once you are in there.. Hope it helps 🙂

      • jake 31 May, 2011 at 13:31 Reply

        Hooray. Thanks for your help! I know the Answer: Its all because ACTIVE D-LIGHTING. So thats why my JPEG’s looked brighter. It all make sense now. So I switched that feature off and bothe files (jpeg & nef or dng). This makes real sense.

        Therefore, I didnt want to change my workflow. I love to see what I get. Not to think that I need to lift up the exposure just to get my dng’s brighter.

        Hope this will help some other folks too….
        Thanks again for your thoughts about that topic.

        Sincerely jake


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