Lightroom 2 Video: Adjustment Brush in Action

Our first Lightroom 2 video is now online.  The general feeling I get browsing the Internet, is that Adobe has captivated the hearts of many photographers with the new Adjustment brush.  Videos and comments are cropping up everywhere and the most popular theme seems to be localized adjustments in Lightroom.  Many die-hard Photoshop users will still scoot over to Photoshop to handle the big retouching jobs but I think it was never the intention of Adobe to replace Photoshop (in fact they’ve made the interface to Photoshop a lot better).  It’s just nice to have the option to do some retouching in Lightroom without having to constantly switch to Photoshop.

We’ve produced a 25 minute video showing the kind of adjustments or retouching that is now possible in Lightroom.  We haven’t covered all the bells and whistles of the tool, however we have shown it’s application in your everyday photo work flow.

Click on either the Title of this article or the link "Read the rest …" to go to the video page. Then click on the large image to start the video!

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Lightroom 2: Adjustment Brush and Gradient Filter – New

New Lightroom 2 from Adobe

Lightroom 2 from Adobe has finally arrived. The best photo management software available just got better. Yesterday, Adobe released the newest Version of Lightroom – Version 2. Following a beta program lasting many months, Adobe has managed to once again surprise us with the introduction of two amazing new tools. Everyone knew that localized dodging and burning would be in the final release – but no one expected the sophisicated adjustment brush and gradient filter tools. Adobe has delivered two flexible tools that alone justify the cost of an upgrade. (even though Adobe is treating customers outside of North America in an unfair manner).

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Composition: How to take a profiPhoto – Part 1

How do you take that one photograph that transcends the boundary of a mundane amateur photo into an awe inspiring photo masterpiece? Well it’s not an overnight process …

There are many compositional techniques involved in taking an exceptional photograph. A few good photographers and artists seem to be blessed with an understanding of good composition while many others have learned and mastered the techniques. Most everyone can learn simple compositional rules and with enough practice they will be reflected in all of the photographs you take.

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Lightroom: Professional Photo Management

New Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® software is the professional photographer’s essential toolbox, providing one easy application for managing, adjusting, and presenting large volumes of digital photographs.

If you haven’t yet heard about Adobe® Lightroom® you’re missing out on one of the best photo management software packages available.  In this article I’d like to present a small overview of this feature packed product.

Let’s get started with a Video direct from Adobe.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Additional features of Lightroom;

  • Fine-tune your photographs with precise, easy-to-use tools for globally correcting white balance, exposure, tone curves, lens distortion, and color casts.
  • Robust support for more than 150 camera raw formats.  Experiment with confidence – adjustments you make to images in Lightroom won’t alter the original data, whether you’re working on a JPEG, TIFF, DNG, or camera raw file.
  • Quickly find and select your best shots with flexible display options like the Grid view for groups of thumbnails, the Loupe view for zeroing in on fine detail in a single image, or the Compare view for displaying two or more images side by side.
  • … and a whole lot more.

Why not download a 30 day test version and give it a try.  Click here to continue.

This is the first in a series of articles we will be presenting about Lightroom.  Feel free to make a suggestion for a Lightroom topic you’d like to see covered in a future article.  Simply send us a comment and we’ll do our best to fit it into our schedule.  Until the next article I hope you have fun with Lightroom.

Gravatars: Step towards a friendly Community

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a new feature we’ve incorporated into this site. The comments section now has the ability to display Gravatars. A Gravatar is a globally recognized Avatar for an individual (actually one Email address) in the Internet. Avatars are stored in a central location and displayed next to your name in those WEB applications that support them.

The procedure is simple, you need to set up an account at with your Email address. Then you upload a photo that will automatically be reduced in size if required. The standard size of a Gravatar is 80*80 Pixels. In the next step your photo is linked to your Email address and thereafter automatically shows up on those sites that support Gravatars. Your Gravatar is by no means permanent – you have the option to change your Gravatar image whenever you wish.

Why did we incorporate this latest enhancement? Simply this. Our goal at profiPhotos is to build up a community where people with an interest in photography can exchange thoughts, ideas and engage in lively discussions. To further that end, we believe our users will feel more at home when they can see other users of this site – very similar to when engaging in a “live“ conversation.

To read more about Gravatars click here. The choice is up to you, you don’t need to sign-up for a Gravatar to write a comment here – we’re glad all the same. If you choose not to, your comment will simply show up without a photo like the one shown here.

In the coming months I’m going to be introducing a number of ideas with a common goal in mind – you should feel comfortable here and perhaps make some new friends along the way. As part of this process, I’m building a new virtual photo gallery at Google’s new  “Lively” site. In this 3D Virtual-Reality world you can walk through our gallery, sit down and have a coffee and “chat” with other people from around the globe. So give it a try – it’ a lot of fun!

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