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A free Lightroom book

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Photofocus are offering free copies of their new ebook Get Organized in Lightroom until 14 February 2016. If you use Lightroom, or plan to start using Lightroom, you’ll probably want to grab a copy.

Find out how to get your own copy of the book

A Brief Introduction to Lightroom

lrAn article from Digital Photography School

Since the first version was released over eight years ago, Lightroom has become the go-to software for many photographers, both hobbyist and professional. But if you’re new to Lightroom you may be wondering exactly what it does, what you would use it for, and how it differs from other well known programs like Photoshop.

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How Do I Save My Lightroom Work?

lightroom-photo-collection-save-workLaura Shoe blogged,

For those new to Lightroom, naturally you want to understand how to save your work. You’ll notice that the File menu in the menu bar suspiciously does not have “File Save” and “File Save As …” options. The short answer is that as you work in Lightroom – adding keywords, stars, flags and other metadata; developing your photos; creating collections and more, your work is being saved automatically, so there is no need to do a “save” before you wrap up your session.

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Updating your camera’s firmware

Tools, Hammer, SpannerOne of our members asked how to do camera firmware upgrades.

First a caveat. Updating firmware carries a slight risk of malfunctioning that could render your camera inoperable. It is therefore widely accepted that you should only install a firmware update if it specifically corrects a problem you have or provides a new feature or performance increase you can benefit from. If your camera is working fine now then you may just want to skip updating the firmware.

There is no generic way to describe how to install firmware updates as this will differ from manufacturer to manufacturer and can even differ from device to device from the same manufacturer.

It is my experience (from using many electronic devices, which is what DSLRs are) that wherever a manufacturer provides firmware updates they will also provide explicit instructions on how to install them. It is very important to follow these instructions to the letter or risk "bricking" the device. If this happens you will at least need to have a service centre return the device to its factory default state, and there might be cases where a device needs to be returned to the factory to have this done. In isolated cases there might even be no way provided for the manufacturer to do this, meaning the device will permanently be nothing more than an expensive paper weight. However this is unlikely to be the case for digital cameras and usually affects cheap devices where manufacturers ignored this need to cut design and manufacturing costs.

If you think there may be a firmware update available for your camera here is what you should do.

Visit the support section of the manufacturer’s web site and look for a section that provides downloads. Once there you may find a list of available downloads to look through, or you may have to enter or select some choices to narrow down the camera you have.

As most of our members have either Canon or Nikon cameras, I have provided some specific info on this for these cameras. Bear in mind that these refer to web sites that may change in future, which could mean these no longer match what they are at the time of writing.

  • Canon – select your country, product and model in the For you section and click the Go button. On the next page select the Firmware download type (click the circle so it gets a black dot in it) and a list of available firmware for your camera will be displayed. Find the latest update available for your camera, paying attention to whether there are different versions for Mac and Windows computers and click on it. You will now see a page with details of what has changed, a legal disclaimer and a button to accept and download the update. The download file is a ZIP archive that includes both the firmware update and instructions on how to install it.
  • Nikon – page through the list to find the latest update available for your camera. Click on it and you are presented with a page explaining what features have been changed, how to verify which version you currently have, instructions for upgrading, a legal disclaimer and buttons to download the updates for either Mac or Windows computers.

If you feel uncomfortable with performing such an upgrade yourself you should approach a specialist camera store such as Orms who will be able to advise and possibly assist you. If they are unable to perform the upgrade for you they should be able to refer you to a service centre that can.

4 High Quality Photoshop Alternatives For Editing Your Photos

gimpthumbOn Photoshopgirl, Kelly Anne Wills writes,

While this site is heavily focused on Photoshop, there are some alternatives out there to explore if you can’t get your hands on a copy of the world’s top photo editing software, or maybe just want to try something different or less daunting. My friends have asked me several times in the past about what else they could use for common photo editing tasks without plunking down a small fortune for Photoshop, so today I’m going to list some other capable applications that can suit your needs. In addition to the products I have listed below, there are lots of very impressive online photo editors available that have been picking up popularity, so don’t hesitate to give those a try. It’s amazing how fully-featured some of them are!

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GIMP Is Now Available as a Native App for Mac OS X

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OS X: GIMP is a fantastic free alternative to Photoshop for all desktop operating systems, but on Mac it was a bit of a pain to set it up, because you needed to install X11. Gimp now, however, comes with a standard DMG installer.

Find out how to get it

ImageMagick: a simple, scriptable tool to convert, edit and compose Images

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There lots of software for customizing image files, but most of them are not simple and user-friendly. So if you’re looking for a simple and free customizing tool for images, check this one out. ImageMagick is a tool that can convert, edit, and even help you create image files, and supports tons of image formats including jpeg, gif, png, tiff, and many more.

I have been using ImageMagick for a number of years for various tasks, both by running the tools directly from the command line, and via scripts that I use to automate image processing tasks. I have been considering writing a script that you can use to automate resizing your images for submission to the club. Please comment and let me know if you would find this useful.

Visit freewaregenius to read more about ImageMagick