For those trying to decide whether or not Lightroom 3 should be part of your stock photography workflow, do not bother.
Not that Lightroom 3 is not a great product created for photographesr, rather than designers workflow for cataloging, developing and exporting digital photos, its just that the latest version of Lightroom, Lightroom 4 is released tomorrow!
The new Lightroom promises to have improvements in hightlight and shadow recovery for more dynamic range as well as photo book creation, enhanced online sharing integration, video publishing and video support, location-based image tagging, white balance, noise reduction, and moiré-removal brushes and advanced black and white conversions.
If you haven't tried Lightroom before but use Photoshop you'll want to know that...
Pricing - Lightroom at first seemed priced for professional photographers. Three times the price of Photoshop Elements. I managed a student version myself to make it reasonable.
Maybe now Abobe is realizing that this product is better suited for all digital photographers and should be marketed (and priced as such). IMO most photographers out their just want to tweak their photos and don't need off of the manipulation capabilities of Photoshop.
I am a great fan of Lightroom 3. Honestly, the more I use it the more I learn and discover and the more I enjoy it. The best way to combine the results of Photoshop and Lightroom is to use Lightroom together with Photoshop Elements.
Thanks to the buyer of this image of a horse stable. This photo was taken at a friend's house in Vermont. We were headed over for dinner and I had asked if I could take some photos of their beautiful piece of property.
We left the house a bit later than we had planned and on the drive over I was watching the setting sun cast a beautiful glow on the mountains. I knew I wouldn't have much time to get some shots before the sun set.
When we arrived I jumped out of the car with my tripod and started running around the property. I left my wife to greet our friends and make up for my rude behavior. ;-)
I managed to get several shots of the barn/stable from various angles including this inside the stable shot.
So far this image has sold 5 times. I think that having a...
Remember back in high school when the seniors voted for most popular and most likely to succeed? Where are they now right? The most popular has been married four times and the most likely to succeed works at the supermarket bagging groceries. But that nerdy kid everyone picked on started his own Internet company and is married to a supermodel. You never can tell what the future may bring.
Looking at my earning recently I was struck by how little my most popular image has made. This background image has sold seven times so far but every sale was a subscription sale. Indeed the word background and images for backgrounds are in demand stock images. They are also not likely to be the end product after the designers finish with them.
Good point. I have some photos that sell pretty much every day - here and elsewhere - but when I add up the earnings they are not always as much as photos that have sold less but are more unique. Taken as a whole my background images have done quite well, but when taken as an individual images, not as well as some of my travel and editorial images, although these two, my most popular, have done well even on an individual basis. [imgl]12939076[/imgl] [imgl]http://www.12939076[/imgl]31 sales here) [imgr]12939080[/imgr] (28 sales here - has made a about 10% more that the first one). Actually, I thought that concept images where I used unusual props and my travel images had done better. But that's taking my entire portfolio into account (I'm not an exclusive). Here on DT these two background images are my best earners overall - I took them and several others the first day I got my lensbaby - and that set of about 10-15 images have paid for the lensbaby already - good thing since I don'...(More)
I have the Lightroom 4 upgrade on order. Meanwhile I'm looking forward to watching the upcoming CreativeLive streaming class on Lightroom 4.
CreativeLive streams its photography classes for free for those who register and sell videos of the classes later if you want to watch at your own pace. They offer great vantage point into the world of professional photographers in which you gain all kinds of tips you might otherwise miss in books or online.
I recently watched one on studio lighting and one on posing. Very valuable. The courses were three days long but unfortunately I didn't have that much time to spend with them. Nice thing is you can stream the course as you wait for your images to get reviewed. ;...
I don't think too many people saw the new Easter Bunny game on the message boards. Check it out its going to be a lot of fun. If you have an Easter Bunny image, post it on the message board along with the current number of downloads. The winner of the game is going to be the photographer's whose image receives the most increase in downloads at the end.
Click here to join in the fun!
Don't have an Easter Bunny image? Plan ahead for next year by setting up a motion triggered camera with an empty basket as bait. ;-)
I just figured out something that I should have figured out long ago. But never late then never.
The problem was that I just couldn't figure out why the thumbnails of my images always seemed darker on Dreamstime. I thought it was something in way DT processed the images, but other contributors didn't seem to have this problem.
I use a color calibration device on my monitor. And I export into sRGB as suggested. But still my thumbnails always seemed darker than what I was developing in Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop.
The solution I discovered was that LR and PS are color managed programs while the browsers used to view web pages are not always color managed.
"Color management is the technique of achieving consistent colors across various imaging-devices. So, whether you are editing the...
I've always been told to use the Adobe RGB color space, not sRGB but it seems like more and more printers and people want the smaller sRGB space. I color manage my photos but I'm sure many pepople purchasing a license for them and those viewing them propbably don't have color calibrated monitors. Goood hint on Google Chrome - I haven't tried it yet - do you find it bettert than Firefox?
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