Archive for the ‘Camera Raw’ Category

Camera Raw 6.1 Release Candidate Available on Adobe Labs

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

As expected, following the posting of videos showing the new functionality of Camera Raw, version 6.1 has being released to Adobe Labs today.

New Camera Support

  • Canon EOS 550D (Digital Rebel T2i/ EOS Kiss X4 Digital)
  • Kodak Z981
  • Leaf Aptus-II 8
  • Leaf Aptus-II 10R
  • Mamiya DM40
  • Olympus E-PL1
  • Olympus E-600
  • Panasonic G2
  • Panasonic G10
  • Sony A450

But the biggest new feature is Lens Corrections which is able to apply profile-based corrections to accommodate geometric distortions, chromatic aberration and lens vignette effects. Manual corrections for geometric distortion as well as vertical and horizontal perspective transforms are also available. A handful of lens profiles are included for automatic correction and more can be created by the community with the Adobe Lens Profile Creator.

These features are also coming to Adobe Lightroom 3.0 which will probably be along soon enough.

Camera Support – A Big Fat Reminder

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

With the release of Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Camera Raw 6.0 it is worth a ‘big fat reminder’ that users who choose not to upgrade are not left behind in terms of Camera Support.

Here is something I wrote before as a useful reminder of the ins and outs of upgrades.

Lightroom 2.7 and Camera Raw 5.7 Released

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

After a short time on Adobe Labs, Lightroom 2.7 and Adobe Camera Raw 5.7 have been released.

New camera support:

  • Canon EOS 550D (Digital Rebel T2i/ EOS Kiss X4 Digital)
  • Kodak Z981
  • Leaf Aptus-II 8
  • Leaf Aptus-II 10R
  • Mamiya DM40
  • Olympus E-PL1
  • Panasonic G2
  • Panasonic G10
  • Sony A450

Camera Raw and Lightroom also include updated demosaic algorithms for compatibility with Lightroom beta 2. There are a few issues with what is supported and what is not. Check out Lightroom Journal for more information.

‘The Gloves are Off?’ redux

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Sean McCormark writes The Gloves are Off? on his blog which comments on the Lightroom -v- Aperture debate, which has begun again with the release of Aperture 3.

The Aperture ‘camp’ has certainly been raving about the new version and as part of the mix has been dishing it out to Lightroom. But there seem to me to be some fundamental issues with the two apps which are less mentioned.

Aperture is Mac only. I am a Mac user through and through, but I recognise that enough photographers use a PC in some way, shape or form to make Lightroom a more useful tool since it is cross-platform.

Aperture and Metadata. Aperture has changed the way metadata is written to files in version 3 and David Riecks of Controlled Vocabulary has written about this issue.

Aperture and Quality. I am not convinced from my use of the trial version that image quality is up to the level of Lightroom 3 Beta, let alone what might be released when Lightroom goes release.

Aperture and updates. This is perhaps the biggest issue for Aperture users; how they are treated. Over the last few months there were rumours of either a new version of Aperture or that the product was going to be canned. Of course, this being Apple, there was no word either way. If it had been the latter, then users would have been left with a decision about sticking with 2.0 or migrating (which is not for the faint hearted). When Aperture was released then it was of distinctly ‘beta’ quality. Users had issues over speed (especially with the Faces feature) and an update had to be made.

This is not to say that Lightroom doesn’t have issue with releases – they have had two or three where there had to be a rushed update, but their policy tends to be to put out a Release Candidate for the wider public to test and check that all is OK.

There is also the issue of camera support. With Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw/DNG Converter there are at least 4 updates a year to cater for new cameras, and mostly these are release promptly either as ‘supported’ or ‘final’. Users will always protest that there is a small delay between their getting a new camera and it being supported, but the delay is rarely that long. For Aperture users that is not the case. Camera updates are sporadic, they are system level so it means that the updates have to go through full system grade QA, which takes longer. And many cameras don’t get supported for months at a time. While the general rule of thumb ought to be that you don’t buy a camera which is not supported by your software of choice, that will only wash for a short period.

DNG support is a major advantage for Lightroom users. Support is full, whereas Aperture’s is partial. DNG support allows for backward compatibility for the early adopters who are facing the lack of updates for a new camera with older software.

Sean has written about interface differences and that will always be a personal preference. I am a big fan of Lightroom’s interface, others are not. Use the shortcuts, modify the interface to your preference and I’m sure either one will meet your needs. But you really have to learn those shortcuts in both apps to get the most out of them.

Aperture has done a lot of catching up with 3. But then again it needed to! It does have some features which are the envy of Lightroom users, Books, Places possibly the Light Table (but to me that is from the days of film and not a modern digital metaphor), some aspects of the new Brushes and Backup. But Lightroom’s speed, stability, relative openness, Printing Module, Develop Quality, Graduated filters, Adjustment Brushes, Organisational/Storage capabilities and, in my case, the Interface.

As Sean points out, competiton is good – it will drive the software from all the vendors to new heights (this includes Capture1, Bibble, Nikon Capture and maybe even Canon’s software (!)) and that can only be a good thing.

But a user has to be pretty convinced about a piece of software (or hardware) to make a radical leap especially when the next release (of Lightroom in this case) is coming soon.

Lightroom 2.6/ACR 5.6 released in time for Christmas!

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Lightroom 2.6, Mac and Win and Adobe Camera Raw 5.6 Mac and Win have been released after spending some time as public betas on Adobe Labs.

The following new cameras are supported in this release:

Canon
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EOS 7D, Canon PowerShot G11, Canon PowerShot S90

Medium Format
Leaf Aptus-II 5, Mamiya DM22, Mamiya DM28, Mamiya DM33, Mamiya DM56, Mamiya M18, Mamiya M22, Mamiya M31

Nikon
Nikon D3s

Olympus
Olympus E-P2

Panasonic
Panasonic DMC-FZ38

Pentax
Pentax K-x

Sigma
Sigma DP1s

Sony
Sony A500, Sony A550, Sony A850

Release Notes
1) Camera Raw 5.6 and Lightroom 2.6 provide a fix for an issue affecting PowerPC customers using the final Lightroom 2.5, Camera Raw 5.5 and DNG Converter 5.5 updates on the Mac. The issue, introduced in the demosaic change to address sensors with unequal green response, has the potential to create artifacts in highlight areas when processing raw files from Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and various medium format digital camera backs.

2) The Lightroom 3 beta has not been updated with this new camera support. If you’re working with one of these newer cameras and the Lightroom 3 beta, please use the DNG Converter 5.6 to convert proprietary formats to DNG files that can be used in the Lightroom 3 beta.

3) This release includes improved camera profiles for the Leica M9 and Ricoh GXR.

Lightroom 2.6 and Camera Raw 5.6 available on Labs

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Adobe Labs is now hosting Lightroom 2.6 and Camera Raw 5.6 for you to try out before they are officially released.

The following new cameras are supported:

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon PowerShot G11
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • Leaf Aptus II 5
  • Mamiya DM22, DM28, DM33, DM56, M18, M22, M31
  • Nikon D3s
  • Olympus E-P2
  • Pentax K-x
  • Panasonic FZ38
  • Sigma DP1s
  • Sony A500,  A550,  A850

There are extra release notes which can be found on Lightroom Journal.

Running ACR 5.5 or LR 2.5 on PowerPC?

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Then you will want to check this post by Tom Hogarty out. It seems there is an artifact creation bug in this version of the software which affects Raw files from Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and various medium format digital camera backs.

Lightroom -v- Aperture

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

For the last two years InfoTrends has mapped the tools Professional photographers use for Raw processing.

John Nack has posted the results showing that Lightroom seems to be gaining in popularity over Aperture.

A healthy dose of reality to mention that Aperture is Mac only whereas Lightroom is cross-platform.

Lightroom 2.5 and Adobe Camera Raw 5.5 released

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

These releases provide support for the following cameras:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3000
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ35
  • Panasonic DMC-GF1

There are some issues to note regarding the Panasonic DMC-FZ35, please check Lightroom Journal for the details.

Camera Raw 5.5 and Lightroom 2.5 include a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Bayer sensor cameras with unequal green response. Olympus, Panasonic and Sony are among the more popular camera manufacturers affected by this change. But the demosaic correction provides only a subtle visual improvement to the processing of those raw files.

Lightroom 2.5 corrects for the following problem in Lightroom 2.4. Lightroom 2.4 on Windows continued to display the import dialog when a memory card was detected regardless of the preference setting “Show import dialog when a memory card is detected.”

Lightroom 2.5 is available at: Macintosh | Windows

Adobe Camera Raw 5.5 is available at: Macintosh | Windows

Camera Raw 5.5 Preview Release on Adobe Labs

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

A Preview Release of Camera Raw 5.5 has been posted on Adobe Labs. This has support for the following cameras:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3000
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ35

Camera Raw 5.5 includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Bayer sensor cameras with unequal green response.

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