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Lightroom 1.0 available in February

Adobe has announced that Lightroom 1.0 is now available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada and will ship mid-February at an introductory price of $199 through April 30th (regular price $299). The beta version of Lightroom expires February 28th.

New features in 1.0 include:

  • New advanced keywording tools
  • An improved import dialogue with more flexible file handling
  • New Key Metadata Browser provides quick access to key information tags with an improved ranking and rating system that now incorporates color labels and a pick/reject system
  • Virtual Copies and Snapshot tools help present multiple versions of the same image
  • Hue, Saturation and Luminance targeted adjustment tool for precise and intuitive image edits
  • Clone and Healing features provide non-destructive edits to eliminate sensor dust across one or many images

We’ve updated our look

The site has just had a slight facelift. The design has been tightened up a little and a few things have been moved around. The archives and latest lens reviews have moved to the footer. The last few posts are now highlighted in the footer as well. I've tested the new layout in several browsers but please let me know if it looks broken to you in your browser.

How to crop a photo for better composition

In an ideal world, every photo you take would be perfectly composed. However, in real life, many pictures could use some improvement. Often, thoughtful cropping can make the difference between a mediocre image and a better one. Cropping a picture just means eliminating or trimming off edges.


Do you need a drawing tablet?

I was cleaning out my office today when I ran across the most unlikely of items---an original Koala Pad drawing tablet! According to Wikipedia, the Koala Pad was the first graphics tablet available for home computers. (That makes me sound older than I'd like but I'm only 34!)

Koala Pad
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Today, I own a Wacom Graphire tablet and I love it. It offers a level of intuitive ease of use far beyond what a mouse can provide for certain operations. As a digital photographer, a graphics tablet might be an important piece of equipment but it depends a lot on your digital workflow.


Easily edit your photo metadata

Microsoft Photo Info is a new, free downloadable software product from Microsoft that lets you easily and elegantly modify the metadata (IPTC and EXIF) about any of your digital photos. The download is for Windows XP and Vista only.

Photo Info


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