LDP Podcast #68: Lightroom 4 – Can There Be More?

Laura Shoe

When Lightroom 4 hit the virtual bookshelves a couple weeks ago, there was quite a bit of buzz in the blogosphere.  I’ve even talked briefly about it solo here on the blog (albeit in Beta format), but now that the hubbub has all died down, it was great to take a step back and really look at the nitty gritty details of the application with the calculating eyes of Laura Shoe!  For those of you that don’t know Laura – she’s an educator and trainer and has released her own DVD and Video resource manual for everything you need to know about LR4.  I invited her on the show to share some thoughts and insights on a deeper level for everyone.  We talk about our favorite features,and look at the roadmap for the program.  Can there possibly be more?  What has Adobe missed or should we expect to see in the future?  We also tackle a few listener questions, so be sure to get the latest from The Learning Digital Photography Podcast!

Laura Shoe

Show Notes:

Our Five Favorite Updates to LR4 and Why…

1.  Highlight and shadow detail – dynamic range
2.  Adjustments brush and graduated filter – we now have localized White Balance adjustments
3.  Soft Proofing
4.  Map Module
5.  Book Module

Features Features to Hope For

1. Panos in Lightroom
2.  Books plugins
3.  Slideshow Module
4.  Content-aware fill in the adjustment brush
5.  Manage PDF Files

Listener Q&A

Find Laura Shoe:

On Twitter
On Facebook
On her website

Thanks to Laura for taking the time out to sit down and talk with us on the show!  Especially exciting as we enter the last week of the March giveaway too, knowing what’s on deck!  Are your photos in yet?  More is coming up this week, so if you haven’t gotten your photos in yet, be sure to get in soon!

LDP Podcast: #66 – Third Generation Cameras

3rd Gen Cameras

3rd Gen Cameras

The latest and greatest from the podcast laboratory is a discussion with my good friend Kerry Garrison, and we tackle this hot topic of 3rd generation cameras.  Are these for real?  What is the deal?  What to look for,  pros and cons…and a teaser about the DIY Prequel!  All that bundled into a great episode of The Learning Digital Photography Podcast! (Episode #66).

For another bit of maintenance, I was reminded that the January contest ended and I never launched the February contest, so apologies to all who waited so patiently!  Bragging rights for January (and February I guess), go to:

Evelyn B

Evelyn gets to pick the theme for the March contest!  And it’s with great excitement that I share the news there will be two winners for the month of March!  My new friend Joe Farace (fellow photographer and Coloradan, as well as an esteemed journalist and long-time writer for Shutterbug magazine) has contributed not one but two copies of his book titled “Studio Lighting Anywhere”!  You can read reviews and catch a sneak peak of his book over on Amazon, or simply submit your photo to the March contest thread, which is open early!

So, get shooting, and look for the word from Evelyn (hopefully in this thread) on what our theme will be.  Standard contest rules apply!  The thread will go live hopefully by the end of the weekend (this also gives Evelyn some time to both brag about her win and think about the theme!)  Before we sign off for the weekend though, here’s the show notes for the 75 minute podcast with Kerry!

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3rd Generation Cameras

History:

1st Generation digital cameras – characterized by low MP counts,  “jaggies” and major deficiencies in tonal range

2nd Generation digital was/is today’s classification – basically the maturity of the DSLR

3rd generation – what we can expect in the future

Defining the Future

1.No more mirror – Good vs bad?

2.No more view finder – Real time versus almost real time

3.Sensor sizes – non-full frame, how important is it?

4.New lens sizes

5.Frame rates

Models on the market today

1.Nikon 1 Series

a.Cameras

i.J1 – $650

ii.V1 – $900

b.Lenses

i.10-30mm

ii.30-110mm – $250

iii.10mm f2.8 – $250

iv.10-100mm – $750

2.Sony NEX

a.16mm lens

b.18-55mm

c.Nikon adaptor

3.Leica M7, MP, M9 & M9P

a.http://en.leica-camera.com/photography/m_system/lenses/

4. Samsung NX200 NX100, NX10

a.http://www.samsung.com/us/article/samsung-nx-series-a-new-camera-standard

5.Olympus – EP1

Where does that leave the consumer?

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Phew, long post and tons of content today, but hopefully enough to get you through the weekend!  Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here on Monday!  Special thanks again to Kerry Garrison for taking the time out of his schedule to sit in on the podcast, and to Joe Farace for his contribution to the monthly contest series.  You can find out more about them on their website and social media presences:

Kerry Garrison, Twitter

Joe Farace, Twitter

 


LDP Podcast #65: My Conversation with Joe Farace…

Joe Farace Blog

The first podcast of 2012 is now ready for your listening pleasure!  I had the distinct honor of talking with long time photographer and author Joe Farace!  A contributing writer for Shutterbug Magazine, and author of several blogs, it was a great way to kick off the new year!  We had a great chat for about 45 minutes (on the record anyway)…and talked about everything from posing models, to lighting them, as well as some travel photography…heck, we even talked cars for a bit too!

Joe Farace Blog

Thanks to Joe for taking the time to talk too – here’s his info and the show notes:

Joe Farace
Joe Farace Photography Blog
Joe Shoots Cars
I Hate Popcorn
Joe Farace on Facebook
Joe on Twitter

And I thought I was a socialite online!  Joe really takes it to the next level!  And you can hear the passion and excitement in his voice too – he really just loves photography… and life!  It’s contagious too – I’ve got a few seeds ready to sow myself….(more on that later)!

Here’s the rest of the show notes:

  • The ABC’s of posing
  • Corrective posing
  • Adorama learning center –  softboxes versus umbrellas
  • Shoot the centerfold – seminars
  • www.matthewstaver.com

Just a great chat overall, and the nuggets, tips, and insights you’ll pick up are invaluable.  The show should be in your iTunes feeds shortly (if not already), but if you’d like to give a listen inline, here’s the show: