It’s been a long time, almost fourteen years since I shot my first RAW file. And thanks to Lightroom 4, suddenly some of thouse images shot with obsolete cameras look a whole lot better. I just may be putting a few “retired” images back in the book soon! Looking at the images above and details below, you might just think a little adjustment in Photoshop is all the difference between them but it isn’t so. The image on the left spent plenty of time in processing and was limited at the time by moire patterns and ugly color artifacts when you tried to zero it in. In print (CMYK) it looked pretty good, but on the monitor, no comparison.
A couple weeks ago during Photo Expo, I was sitting in a seminar on Adobe Lightroom, a product I know like the back of my… well, maybe my head? Really, I’m quite proficient with it but these days without a good solid manual to read over all the features, you’re just guessing that the latest release is better as you occasionally find a feature here or there. Oh yeah, the point, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, the guy running the seminar, mentioned that lightroom 4 algorithms are so much better than the previous versions that you should go back and reprocess your portfolio. Being that I am not the heaviest Photoshop manipulator and prefer to do not much more to an image than you might have done in the darkroom of yesteryear, it seemed like a good idea. now, two weeks into the project, I’m saying, maybe I should be more selective with my edit! Crap, hate to not have all the finest be as fine as they might be but really, this is taking forever. Below is a selection of what I have worked on the past few weeks. Even with uber powerful super duper Macintosh running LR4.0, its an ordeal searching a library of a quarter million images spread over a bunch of drives. So, Josh, you’re looking even finer in those panties these days thanks to LR4.0. What can I say, Victor’s Secret was one of my most hilarious series, hated to see the files become obsolete, and really had no desire to do that series over again… unless someone wants to jump up with a checkbook!