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Two Lightroom Plugins on Adobe Labs

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

There are a couple of Plugins on Adobe Labs, which may not have been spotted by everyone. Adobe DNG Flat Field plug in and Adobe DNG Recover Edge plug in.

The former corrects an optical phenomemon called shading/lens cast. The latter recovers data which can be lost when you use an in-camera crop mode.

More information can be found on Adobe Labs, and feedback can be given in the Labs forum.

The Nik Collection by Google

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Google recently bought Nik Software, primarily, it seemed, for Snapseed, the iOS photo editing app.

Today they announced that the Nik Collection by Google is available, and there is a dramatic drop in price over the old Nik Software suite. The entire set of plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture are now $149 (previously $499). Current users will get a free upgrade, and customers who bought the software in the last 30 days will get some sort of a refund.

The Nik Collection contains

  • HDR Efex Pro 2 – for HDR Photography
  • Color Efex Pro 4 – filters for color correction, retouching and creative effects
  • Silver Efex Pro 2 – for black and photography
  • Viveza 2 – adjust the color and tonality of your images
  • Sharpener Pro 3 – pro sharpening
  • Dfine 2 – noise reduction

15 day trials are available for all the products.

Lightroom Plug-in: LensTagger

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Petapixel reports on a new Plug-in to manually add EXIF Metadata to Lightroom for manual/old lenses. Created by Dirk Essl, it solves the issue that EXIF data from manual/old lenses won’t be recognised by Lightroom. Previously you had to use EXIFTool to enter such information.

LRB Preset Pack Vol 1 Released

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Sean McCormack has released LRB Preset Pack Vol 1 containing some of his most used effects. It ranges from Black and White to heavily processed colour looks for people photography. The Presets borrow from current fashion trends, but equally apply to bands, portraits and fashion.

They come with a full-colour user guide and are available for the introductory price of €10 (+ VAT in the EU).

For more info visit the LRB Plugins site.

Photosmith for iPad

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Photosmith, the iPad mobile companion for Lightroom has been released on the App Store for $17.99 (£10.99, €14.49). It is a beautifully designed app which allows you to organise, rate, tag and label your photos while you are out on location, then when you are back with your main computer, sync back to Lightroom.

Photosmith

Photosmith offers photographers on-the-go tools that haven’t been seen in apps before. Full RAW viewing capability, including 100% zoom on 20+ megapixels cameras. Uploading images and tagging to Flickr, Facebook, and Dropbox. IPTC tagging, rating, keywording, all with full sync from the iPad to Lightroom, using the free plugin for Lightroom.

The Lightroom Plug-in, which allows the syncing of data from the iPad to Lightroom is available here.

The Perfect Layers hype machine

Monday, April 25th, 2011

OnOne Software have announced a public preview of a new ‘Plug-in’ for Lightroom, called Perfect Layers, which promises to be a quick and easy external editor for Lightroom. It is designed as a quick and easy method of quickly retouching an image using Layers.

“Its features include:

  • Inspired by and designed with Scott Kelby
  • Combine multiple images from Lightroom into a single, layered file
  • Perfect Layers 1.0 will include Aperture and Bridge support
  • Adjust layer size, position, blending mode and opacity
  • Use layer masks and masking tools to blend multiple layers together”

To that end it could act as a replacement for Photoshop Elements or Adobe Photoshop. However if you have either of these applications, then you won’t need Perfect Layers.

The hype machine around this app was stoked by a post entitled ‘Breaking News: Imagine having Layers in Lightroom. Well, OnOne Software Just Did it!!‘ by the aforementioned Scott Kelby.

Bear in mind that the app does not allow layers in Lightroom, it is an external editor which renders the image and after editing writes it back to Lightroom as a bitmap file. So the headline and content of the article is over the top and just plain silly.

This has been called out by an unhappy Jeffrey Friedl, and by John Beardsworth in their blogposts. For all the good Scott does for the industry (and he does some) this sort of hyperbole does him a huge disservice. As of 6pm April 25th, he has not corrected the obvious falsehood, just added a comment to his post, explaining that the app will have its uses.

To any readers of this post who think that the Easter Day miracle occurred and Layers are now alive in Lightroom, they aren’t!

 

 

 

LRPAD – the multitouch controller for Lightroom

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

LRPAD looks like an interesting method of controlling Lightroom via an iPad. It consists of a $9.99 application for your iPad and a beta Plugin for Lightroom (which is free to download). You also need to connect via WiFi.

Develop panels are controllable using the iPad’s multitouch interface, pressing and pushing discrete modules until you get the look you require.

It is probably more interesting as an example of what is possible with the iPad rather than as a hugely useful tool, but there might be occasions where you wish to be with a client away from the computer and manipulating images.

I think a lot of Lightroom and iPad users would secretly prefer a version of Lightroom for the iPad!

Update: Phil Mabey from iPad Creative (@philmabs) pointed me at Photosmith, which is going to be a travel sized companion to Lightroom. It is great to see developers are looking at the possibilities, since the iPad has all the makings of a valuable in the field companion to a shoot.

Update 2: a quick review of LRPAD by Séan McCormack

Plug-ins Roundup

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Several Plug-ins have been updated/released in the last week, here is a quick round up of some of them.

John Beardsworth has formally released OpenDirectly. It allows the original image to be opened in other applications. SearchReplaceTransfer is up to 1.22. SearchReplaceTransfer allows you to :

  1. Search and replac text like a word processor
  2. Append text before or after existing text
  3. Transfer text between fields
  4. Create smart collections based on the current item’s metadata
  5. Transfer metadata from iView/Expression Media to 18 custom fields
  6. Check you’ve entered data in fields like the title, caption and keywords

Syncomatic 1.23 synchronises Library metadata and Develop adjustments (except the crop)

  • between pairs of files whose names are identical (or have a suffix like “-edit”) but where the file types differ
  • from the top item of a stack to the other stacked items

Jeffrey Friedl has released Photosafe, this allows the user to mark an image as not for deletion. Metadata Viewer allows you to easily view the metadata in the master image file of a photo or video in Lightroom’s catalog.

The Photographer’s Toolbox hosts a number of these and other Plug-ins, including those buy Timothy Armes and is also well worth a visit if you are looking to extend Lightroom’s capabilities further.

Plug-in News

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

While I have been away a few Lightroom Plug-ins/Galleries have been updated.

Mark Wilson has released Nature Data LR, a Lightroom 2 Plug-in for adding species data fields on your photos.

The fields provide a formal and structured approach to organising your images of natural subjects such as birds and mammals.

The plug-in adds a new metadata panel to the library module, a new dialog to manage the additonal data and an export action to add the data to keywords on exported images. Updates are available through an RSS feed or via Twitter.

Mark’s other Plug-ins are available on his site.

John Beardsworth has just updated BeardyReplace to a Release Candidate which Searches and replaces metadata text; appends text to metadata fields and transfers text between metadata fields

Sean McCormack’s LRB Portfolio has now been updated to version 2.51. There are a lot of plumbing changes which should help efficiency. Some new features include:

  • A Text Width slider that allows the user to set the width of the text in the Home, About, Contact and Blank pages.
  • An ID Plate Offset Slider that allows the user to nudge the ID Plate for better alignment
  • The non Gallery pages now use a separate header file to prevent an error in IE.
  • The code is now W3C valid. For the record, it’s possible to have useless valid code, but as some people are bothered by this, it’s done.
  • Fixed an IE bug where the ID plate could be hidden by the menu

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport offers a stand-alone camera DNG profiling and RAW workflow solution for use within a RAW file editor. It consists of a pack of Creative Enhancement Targets, Classic Targets and White Balance Targets.

It comes with a Lightroom plug-in. The process allows you to shoot a color target, convert/save as a DNG, drop it on to the ColorChecker Passport software and create a DNG profile. This can then be applied to an image, a preset created and then applied to many images within Lightroom. (That is the quickest and simplest description of it!)

This seriously useful piece of kit has already been reviewed by Michael Reichmann on both his Luminous Landscape site and in the latest Luminous Landscape Video Journal and a video is available on the X-Rite site describing how to use it.

What is really nice is that you can register for, download the software and use it with existing Gretag Macbeth charts all for free. You will, of course, benefit from far more by buying the whole package, but as a try before you buy it is well worth it.