AbrasiveReducer: The problem with pouring on exposure without clipping the highlights is just that. It's great when you have your D800 on a tripod, mirror locked up, and are meticulously focusing your Zeiss lens. You are crafting the perfect image.
In practice, when doing anything where time is not unlimited, setting the camera to just touch the right without going over will result in the exposure going over, and clipping. At least that's been my experience. Better to expose less and if unavoidable, pull up noisy shadows than try to recover highlights that don't exist.
Of course, I grew up with film, where 400 ASA was fast so I don't use incredibly high ISOs since they're too noisy.
The concerns about clipping are to some extent (pardon the pun) overblown. I've read that the histogram and clipping on most camera LCDs is calculated based on sRGB unless you have changed it to Adobe RGB, which means the histogram on many cameras is conservative either way. This has been true in my experience. If a highlight looks a tiny bit clipped in camera, chances are it is not clipped at all when looking at the raw data in the raw processor.
I agree that to be on the safe side it's a good idea to back off from obvious clipping, but I don't think it's necessary to back off very much because you then start wasting the valuable high bits, which I hope DPReview will talk about in the second article.
graybalanced: Like a lot of giveaways, you must first add this pack to their shopping cart, and then you can't download what's in the shopping cart unless you have or create a VSCO account with your name and email address.
This might matter if you're concerned about leaving behind your contact info for a one-time download.
@Eric Hensel - that was assumed. :)
Hey, I'm not bothered so much by requests for just an email address, that's easy to get around. But when VSCO wants you to create an account, that requires a password. First of all, it's more work. Second, it's one more account database that can be hacked (the other day I received a message that someone tried to take over my account in a vendor support forum that I needed only once, but of course I had to create an account just to ask that question.) Not that big a deal for me, but there are lots of people who use the same password everywhere, and they should be mindful of spreading that password around for a one-time download.
Like a lot of giveaways, you must first add this pack to their shopping cart, and then you can't download what's in the shopping cart unless you have or create a VSCO account with your name and email address.
Michael Uschold: For those of you wondering whether you want to get the CC version or upgrade, here are some numbers. This is most relevant for those who already own a desktop version of LR, like to upgrade regularly and cannot or do not want to pay for a PS desktop version.
LR5 came out June 9, 2013, which is 681 days (22.37 months) before LR6 came out. It was only 461 days or 15.14 from LR4 to LR5.
1. CC: LR + PS $9.99/month
2a. Desktop: LR5 to LR6 average cost was $3.53/month ($79 / 22.37) 2b: Desktop: LR4 to LR5 average cost was $5.21/month ($79 / 15.14) 2c: Deskt op: LR4 to LR6 average cost was $4.21/month ($158/ 37.52)
So if having PS is worth $5.78 or so per month ($9.99 - $4.21) and you like small monthly payments, it may be worth considering PS + LR CC.
I generally don't like subscription software, but these numbers kind of surprised me. I don't happen to need PS, but for those that do, price does not seem to be a significant deterant from getting PS + LR CC.
"But you can't change once you are tied to CC catalog and PSD image formats and your skill set."
I don't agree. If save the catalog data back to the images, they're in IPTC format and (a lot of it, like keywords and captions) can be read by non-Adobe applications.
The files themselves, RAW, JPEG, PSD, TIFF, can be read by many applications. Some even edit Photoshop layers.
Most of the Photoshop alternatives mimic Photoshop, same with the Lightroom alternatives, so it isn't that hard to transfer your skill set.
larryis1: I need to get a boxed version so I get the backup disc as well for the upgrade pricing of $79. Anyone know where to purchase a boxed version of the software?
The download is the installer, so it's always fresh and intact. It saves you the step of having to copy the installer off the disc to back it up.
If you must have a disc, major photo stores like Adorama and B&H are advertising LR6 box availability now.
KingOfAtlantis: Had a little play around in LR CC since I own the subscription. I usually use Capture One Pro. I must admit, I am very novice at LR but first impressions compared to C1 is that I have far less control and all my options are crammed into a side bar that I have to scroll or close and open tabs. The Ui feels unnecessary. More like a Smart TV start screen instead of an editing workplace. I want to be able to use LR CC well though so I will give it the benefit of the doubt for now. I just hope I can learn these weird shortcuts easily. I really thought, being Adobe, the shortcuts would reflect off Photoshop. Why doesn't C crop, why doesn't cmd 1 zoom 100% etc.
SFXR - load up multiple pics in ACR, then click the little menu button thingy to the right of where it says "Filmstrip". That is a pop-out menu with the new commands on it.
Fred K: Doesn't work with Mac OS 10.7.5. Requires OS 10.8 or above. What a pain.
frenchtraveller is correct, the Adobe GPU FAQ says 10.9 or later is required if you want the GPU acceleration.
Sabatia: I started digital imaging more than twenty years ago via scanning slides and film with a high-end dedicated scanner. I loved Adobe because I got so much joy out of creating collages and printing my images on my large-format printers. Now I feel that they've lost their souls, with money being their only reason for existence. I feel sad for Adobe employees.
I think you'll find most people go to work to make money.
moga: I instaled it on my machine as a trial ( windows 8.1 x64) but it doesn't start. Any idea why?
This seems to be widely reported. The fix is apparently to to to the Creative Cloud desktop app, sign out, and sign back in.
GiovanniB: Capture One is the natural successor to Aperture IMO. However, because I use a certain LR PlugIn, I've switched to LR about a year ago. However, the UI of LR is horrible all the way. Thus I'm considering moving to C1 even if this needs more manual work and maybe adding MediaPro.
It goes both ways. There are a number of things LR can do that Media Pro can only dream about, which is what ultimately drove me away from MP. About the only thing I wish LR did that MP does is be able to have multiple catalogs open at once.
I admit that I should take a closer look at Capture One though. From what I hear there is stuff in there I'd like.
summicron: looks great. what do i do with my current 3880 and inventory of spare ink cartridges??
What's the problem? I'm going to keep using my 3880. It works great, and it isn't like Epson is cutting off its ink supply.
This new P800 looks great too, but do you really see much that would cause a 3880 user to switch printers? I don't see any reason for us to buy this new printer as long as the 3880 works and is supported. Did you notice that the new printer is a lot noisier on the spec sheet?
Just keep enjoying your 3880, that's what I'm going to do.
Wurzle: I would try Phase one capture one for a very good alternative to adobes criminal way of making money.
Wurzle: "Phase one let you upgrade without charging the earth"
Lightroom upgrades are around $79 last time I checked. That is less than some people pay for mere plug-ins.
I was a user of Media Pro for years and years. Finally got fed up with its limitations that never got fixed as the program got passed from iView to Microsoft to Phase One (who still haven't improved it), so I moved on to Lightroom where I am much, much happier.
KingOfAtlantis: Photos is a viewer not an editor lol. I don't care about filters :P
There are both basic and more detailed editing tools in it that you can use while ignoring all of the filters. But, that would require reading the article.
Edymagno: Did they fix Mail constantly crashing? if not, They can SIUTA!
I keep Mail up constantly, and I haven't seen it crash much on Yosemite or Mavericks. Better check your system...
straylightrun: What the? What a sellout.
Uh...I'm not clear on which moral principle are they supposed to be supporting by not selling a company that makes money purely based on today's software being too complex to learn out of the box?
RichRMA: Anyone know what the lifespan is for an SSD drive used for continued back-up of files?
@Impulses - Yes, the theoretical max of USB 3 is around 625 megabytes per second but most real world reports seem to be pointing to typical throughput of under 200 megabytes per second for USB 3. That is less than half what my SATA SSD is capable of. I did find a couple reports of 400+ megabytes, but it's clear those are in the minority and you need to pick the right controller to have that happen.
dpfan32: It still like iPhoto wants to import your photos in a different library to double the photos space on your hard drive! Ridiculous in the times of very small sized SSDs in recent MacBooks :-(It behaves like an external app instead of leaving the photos where I put them in folders and know where they are.
And 2.nd: it's all about selling expensive cloud storage for beaming your photos on all devices possible ... No thanx!! I'm using Picasa which takes my folders and displays them as created by myself.
@gesture - If you use Lightroom the right way you can tell it to leave your photos in the folders where they are, and just keep track of them. There is no requirement to dump everything into a common library. There is a database, but photos are not stored inside it.
Peter K Burian: This is supposed to compete with Lightroom????
I use a Windows PC but many of my friends loved APERTURE .... Does Apple believe there's no demand for **advanced** photo editing software??? .......... More likely, they realized that they cannot compete with Adobe. ... Lightroom 5.6 for Mac is available now http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5822
No idea when Lighroom 6 will be available but it should be fabulous http://photorumors.com/2015/02/27/adobe-lightroom-6-hdr-merge-video-leaked-online/
No, Photos was never supposed to compete with Lightroom. Where did you read Apple ever claim that Photos was supposed to compete with Lightroom?
Apple showed their hand months ago when they made a video promoting the Retina 5K iMac used by a photographer. What application do you think Apple used back then? Aperture or iPhoto? No, they were killing them. Photos? Nope. Apple's own Retina 5K iMac video demos the Mac using Lightroom clearly on the screen.http://www.apple.com/imac-with-retina/design/
That was a sign they were telling everyone they no longer had anything to compete with Lightroom.