Images of a Big Island

I Have Seen the Light(room)!

Over the last week or so I have been testing a trial version of Adobe Lightroom 3 and so far I am quite impressed!
Adobe have tinkered under the bonnet quite a bit and revamped the processing engine as well as many other things which I haven’t even got to yet.
Essentially there is better sharpening and a far more flexible noise reduction which makes for smoother tonal gradations and colour rendition. When you put files through the new process which is a one step process, the detail that comes out is quite astonishing. In fact I am re-appraising a couple of older lenses that I hadn’t used in ages. The lenses are not as bad as I had thought which is just as well as my 24-105L has developed a problem!
The down side is that after converting all my panoramic source files, I will now need to go and restitch them all as the difference in quality is like chalk and cheese.
The other nice thing is the import dialogue which is much more user friendly especially if you need to move files around. There is also a neat little export dialogue that allows you to publish images to Flickr or Facebook very easily.
I think I will be buying this at the end of the trial period and it will be money well spent (US$100)
It appears that Jamie Patterson and Andrew Brown will be heading my way sometime next year so here is an image shot on the shore of the famous Hill Inlet to keep them inspired!

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4 responses

  1. Hi Tim,

    We are definitely heading over your way next year. We’ve discussed it and its a happening thing. We just need to work out where and when now.

    I can see myself walking along this beach already!

    Jamie

    November 15, 2010 at 10:02 am

  2. Mate use it all the time, its open now! Not a CS5 replacement by any means, but a very fast way of editing I feel. I work all of my wedding in LR for proofing. The sync feature rocks large as do any presets. there is plenty out there to be downloaded for free.

    Much better noise and sharpening as well. Although my D3s will be here Friday so I doubt I will need that noise thing again!

    If you want I can point you to some cool preset sites.Lots to use and play.

    My latest one on my blog of the old dunny started in LR, then moved to CS5. Great stuff.

    November 17, 2010 at 12:30 am

    • Hi David,
      I have been using LR2 for a while but LR3 is a vast improvement!
      I actually dont use PS that much as I find I can do most things in LR.Thank God for Sync!

      November 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm

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