Category Archives: Photography

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.4 and Camera Raw 4.4 updates

[[** UPDATE **]]
Currently the Lightroom 1.4 update has been recalled after bugs were discovered all links to the Lightroom 1.4 update are redirected to the older 1.31 update for now. As per the comments from Adobe, you should avoid installing the Lightroom 1.4 update until a newer 1.41 update is availible that fixes these bugs Thanks for bringing this to my attention in the comments.
[[** UPDATE **]]

The Lightroom team have posted an announcement that Lightroom and Camera Raw have both been updated. According to the post the update wont filter through the Adobe Update system until next week, so if you want to get the update early you can find them on the adobe site and download them manually.

download Lightroom 1.4 Update for Macintosh
download Lightroom 1.4 Update for Windows
download Camera Raw 4.4 Update for Macintosh
download Camera Raw 4.4 Update for Windows

The full post detailing the changes in the updates to Lightroom and Camera Raw are here

Renaming 13,000 photographs and XMP Files. LightRoom Wins.

As I mentioned not long ago I have always been a huge fan of Adobe PhotoShop LightRoom (Although its full name can be a real mouthful!). I Love the non-destructive transforms and its great at organising my photos straight from the camera. I read today of a different challenge from the National geographic digital photography blog. The author had been sent the following challenging set of files.

  • I received 13,000 images from a photographer. The files are named incorrectly and many hundreds of images have the same name.
  • All files need to be sorted by the time they were created and renamed from 1 through 13,000.
  • The files are located within more than 140 sub-folders by file category and in no apparent date order.
  • Each of the images has an XMP file containing the caption information and this file needs to be renamed exactly as the file is named.

The Author seemed to think LightRoom is the only program up to the job. Understanding XMP Files, and allowing the user to sort by date. One thing I didn’t see mentioned was its ability to remove suspected duplicates.

Read the full ‘task-off’ over at National Geographic.

Also this evening Ihave fallen on a couple of use full links that offer some free Presets for LightRoom users to make use of.

LightRoom-Extra.com – Has everything from templates, to presets.
lightroompresets.com – Only seems to provide downloads for development presets in LightRoom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Updated to 1.2

I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for all my Image management now, It has made me far more efficient at getting the photos i take into a semblance of order. This evening as I was about to do a hunt for some specific visuals when Lightroom kindly let me know that there was an update.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.2 Update

Listed in the update are the following

The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 1.2 update includes these enhancements:

• Corrections for several issues including XMP auto-write performance, Windows Vistaᆴ grid display errors, and noise reduction for Bayer patterned sensors
• Additional camera support for the Canon EOS 40D, Fuji FinePix IS-1, Olympus EVOLT E-510, Panasonic DMC-FZ18, and more

A more complete list of changes can be found in the readme file.

Download the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.2 Update from the Adobe.com site.

Link to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.2 Updater.

A little rocky on re-entry….

Last night I finally got round to updating my word press install to 2.1.1 . The aim was to get the WordPress Embedded Gallery 2 plugin set up and working (which i eventually managed to do here). In the past this operation has always gone smoothly, my options being to use the auto-magic update button from the Dreamhost.com instant install interface. Or if i am feeling a little braver, the manual option. I followed all the usual procedures bar one…….

Continue reading A little rocky on re-entry….

Adobe Releases ‘Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’ 1.0

Found on the Adobe.com home page is the announcement that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has moved from Labs and beta status to Lightroom 1.0 Release.

I have been using the beta version of Light Room to manage the images from my recent trip (some 3000+ images in various formats) and have really found it an incredibly useful application for organising, sorting and preparing images for print.

The ability to search, filter and sort images via shoot, category and or key words is brilliant. I have also found the simple ‘Develop’ tools great for quick adjustments to Raw images prior to exporting for print.

the full product details are available from the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom product page.

New Image Collections

I have uploaded and updated my flash 8 photo gallery with three new collections. The first is themed around the many images of flowers i have taken. The second is a rather smaller collection of surf focused images. The final collection is themed with sunsets.

Cheesy, definately, but I happen think they look damb nice.

With time these three collection will grow I hope.

The update is simply a test of some changes to the Flash 8 gallery that allows me to simply specify an XML data source that holds the collection or gallery details.

You can veiw the galleries from these links

http://development.bittube.com/photogallery.asp

http://development.bittube.com/photogallery.asp?xD=costarica
http://development.bittube.com/photogallery.asp?xD=flowers
http://development.bittube.com/photogallery.asp?xD=surf
http://development.bittube.com/photogallery.asp?xD=sunset

These links can also be seen on the Photos section of my blog.

Welcome to the Cribbar…

Over here in blighty (England if you will) we tend to get a bit of a rough deal when it comes to waves. When the waves are ok, the weather sux, and when the weather is ok, you can bet your bottom dollar that the waves will suck.

Enter the cribbar. This surf ‘event’ happens once, maybe twice a year. When it works it brings some stellar waves to our shores.

Yeah the weather still sucks, Nah I’ll probably never ride it. For a couple of hours English surfers get to dream of big wave riding. Queue the pics.

Continue reading Welcome to the Cribbar…

Update to Photo Gallery

I have added a small update to the Flash 8 photo gallery I produced. This allows me to specify the XML data source i wish the gallery to load from.

In addition I have done a small amount of tidying up on the server in the build up to categorising some of my photographs, and adding ‘album’ style functionality to the photo gallery application.

And finally in the sorting out, I also uploaded a few new images I found. Its slow progress but I gots to work you know.

Remember the Photo Gallery is a flash 8 file.

Basic Default Gallery

Costa Rica Photos Gallery

For those that missed my previous post, the source code for the photo gallery is here

Of creative suites, nasty sweets, and beer.

Last night was the Adobe Creative suite Launch party. Now I’m not sure i will ever get to use the product itself, is not really my bag, if you follow. But the Suite did look… Brown, now I’m not sure if that was a skin, or a design decision. I’m not saying it was a good or bad thing, but as a non user it’s what stuck out most. So what else can I tell you from the evening?

Continue reading Of creative suites, nasty sweets, and beer.

Images of Costa Rica pt.1

There are some things that hold a beauty that is so natural, innate and simple that once you encounter them you know it will affect you for all time.

Once you have been privileged enough to see and experience even some of the hidden wonder, you are left wondering if there is anything more that can make you as happy as the moment you become aware of what it is you have been allowed to share.

Pura Vida.

A variety of Photos from Costa Rica are after the split. In addition I have produced a Flash 8 photo gallery of these images and some additional photos from Costa Rica. The Flash 8 Photo Gallery can be seen here

Continue reading Images of Costa Rica pt.1

Flash 8 Development

The Fist thing was to transfer my early light site (bittube.com) into Flash 8. The site was originally produced using 90% code with a few classes and obviously the Bitmaps.
Using the new Bitmap capabilities in Flash 8 and some of the filters i was able to drop the processing requirements of the site and also the file size. Not to mention that now the whole Shebang is Code generated, with the exception of the loaded bitmaps of course.

bittube.com Flash 8 version

The next job was to provide a photo gallery that would show the loaded background images from the site in a more user friendly format, (thanks to Sean for the prompt). Again the whole lot is Code generated, so nice and small on the file size and driven by XML, so easy to update.

Flash 8 Photo Gallery

Once I have tidied up the source i will post the classes.

Shots of the Spots pt.3

And no trip would have been complete without some time on Praia do Amado. This time the waves on Amado started pretty small but by Sunday they were growing quite nicely. If it weren’t for the on-shore winds i think there would have been some darn fine waves to play in.

I had some good waves out on the right side of the bay this time. The main peak in the centre of the beach proved a little to full on for the pop-out and I. With the pushing tides, and the on shore wind it seemed to fare worse from the closing out of the waves.

Shots of the Spots pt.2

Friday and Saturday bought a third new break, this again a beach break right in the centre of a huge stretch of beach. There were two peaks that we went out into.

First was to the left of the rocks dead bang opposite where we pitched up in the 4×4. This was the more forgiving of the peaks with a good mix of left and right breakers. We only surfed here for the morning of Friday as the tides came in.

After lunch on Friday and all of Saturday was spent on the right of the rocks, in a much stronger and hollowed wave. Friday afternoon brought some of my best waves in small clean barrelling waves.

By Saturday I was a broken man, both from the surf, but mostly from the excesses of the Friday night barbecue. Mother Nature did a fine job of letting me know I was in no fit state for the growing swell on the Saturday.

Shots of the Spots pt.1

On the second day of training we visited a Left hand point break. The first pick here is actually taken from some distance away from the break on a cliff top, the same point that i took the pictures on my phone.

The others were taken at the break. The beach offered a nice Right hand at one end of the beach, a little beach break in the centre of the bay, and then a left hand break on the left of the beach over some rocks.

This was a double first for me, surfing over rocks, and at a point break. Not only that the constant left hand meant huge amounts of practice on my backside take-offs and turns.

Ponta Ruiva

Ponta Ruiva

Ponta Ruiva

Ponta Ruiva

Wave one of the Waves

While I hunt for the required cables and other assorted paraphernalia to post some of the many, many photos of the various secret spots, waves, sunsets, long faces and drunken parties of the holiday here are a few snaps that I have to hand on my mobile. I have to say for a phone the pictures that come out of this puppy still amaze me.

These were taken on a stop off on the way to a different beach that I will post later on. We didn’t manage to surf this beach in actual fact but the view was incredible all the way along the cost. The journey to some of these places was an experience in itslef; I can vouch first hand to the durability of the Landraover Defender TD5. A very impressive vehicle and ideal surfari ride.

Q the pics.

Surfing and surfing

Well it’s the first day back in the really real world after an amazing week. As every one can see the mobile blogging while away surfing thing ran into some ‘issues’. I will try and document my experience of these later in full but in short there seems to be an incompatibility issue between surfing in glorious sunshine and texting photos from a phone on the beach. It seems you simply can’t do the latter while enjoying the former. Go figure.