Lightroom 5.4 is out, now with an iPad version...

So the latest version of Adobe Lightroom 5 is out. We're now up to version 5.4. With this brings the ability to edit RAW files in a number of new cameras including the Fuji X-T1. My normal RAW workflow can be returned!!!

Interestingly there is now an addition to the Lightroom desktop version. You can now download the Lightroom app for iPad so editing can be made "on the go". For me I don't see this becoming part of my workflow at present as I like the control and flexibility afforded by using the desktop application. Also iPad's are limited somewhat in space so a larger collection of images could be tricky to edit on, not to mention the fact that there's only 1GB of RAM available on the iPad so I'm slightly skeptical of the performance. One final caveat is that personal presets are not yet supported.

Adobe have decided to make the iPad app free for all current Creative Cloud (CC) Lightroom Subscribers. Those of us yet to jump on the CC services are expected to pay an extra fee for this app. Like I said before, for me this is not going to be particularly useful at the moment. Either way there will be plenty of excited people when they hear the news! You can check out more information by following the link below.

http://www.adobe.com/au/products/photoshop-lightroom.html#nerolimedia_split_lr-marquee-708x510.jpg

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4


The Fujifilm X-T1, first jpegs..

Today i managed a short trip out up to the forests of Mount Coot tha, overlooking Brisbane. My plan was to see how the jpegs turn out from the new Fuji X-T1. As it happens they are just as beautiful as the previous line of Fuji X cameras that have the X-Trans CMOS II sensor. I'm really surprised how good they are and it's even made me contemplate shooting jpegs more often instead of RAW files on work that is not so critical. You can see some examples below of the type of quality that you can expect from the Fuji X-T1 jpegs. All of these images used Fuji's Velvia jpeg setting which is designed to mimic the Velvia film that was produced prior to the digital revolution. Velvia is designed to be more vibrant and is ideally suited to landscape and nature photography. Click each image below to see it in a nice lightbox format.

New Gear, the stunning Fuji X-T1

So this week I've just picked up a second body for my Fuji X System gear. I've been very excited since I first heard about the arrival of the beautiful Fuji X-T1, a change in design from a rangefinder style to a camera with more of a DSLR style. This is the camera that i think is going to persuade a lot of people, who have so far been reluctant, to give the X series gear a serious go. The many reviews have been excellent so I'm looking forward to being able to give this camera a good test over the next few weeks. I'll post a some thoughts on it once I've spent some real time with the X-T1 in my hands. Just holding it and making just a few photographs, I can tell this is a very special camera indeed.

As my X series collection grows I'm finding more and more the joy of being able to do everything that I've done in the past on a smaller, compact system. I love the photographs that I can make with the Fuji gear. The image below was taken last night on my X-E2 at the beautiful location of Lake Samsonvale, just NW of Brisbane.

Fuji X-E2 with XR 18-55mm f/2.8 lens - 22mm / F11 / 20secs / ISO 200

Fuji X-E2 with XR 18-55mm f/2.8 lens - 22mm / F11 / 20secs / ISO 200