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Adobe Camera Raw 6.4/Lightroom 3.4

The final (not beta or release candidate) versions of Adobe latest raw conversion engine are now available. There are no significant enhancements for Sony files, as the latest RC version was already up to date with all required camera raw filetypes. No new Sony lenses have been added to the Lens Profiles, but we would . . . → Read More: Adobe Camera Raw 6.4/Lightroom 3.4

NEX, A33, A55 support – new ACR 6.2/LR3.2 final

The final release of Adobe Camera Raw 6.2, DNG Converter 6.2 and Lightroom 3.2 includes raw conversion support for the Alpha 33 and 55 models as well as the NEX-5 and NEX-3, Alpha 290 and 390 which were included in the Release Candidate versions. These August 30th releases are final version, RC versions are a . . . → Read More: NEX, A33, A55 support – new ACR 6.2/LR3.2 final

ACR 6.2 and LR 3.2 RC released – for NEX

Adobe has announced the Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 Release Candidates, available for immediate download on Adobe Labs. The updates extend raw file support to 12 new popular camera models including the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5, Alpha 290 and 390; improve on several of the lens correction profiles introduced as part of the Lightroom . . . → Read More: ACR 6.2 and LR 3.2 RC released – for NEX

Alpha 550: sky noise, exposure and Auto ISO

My review of the Alpha 550 has caused controversy because of the blue sky noise. I might as well say that over the last week, I’ve used the 550 in a wide range of conditions – some very bad conditions included – and its failure to match ISO 100 finesse would not worry me at . . . → Read More: Alpha 550: sky noise, exposure and Auto ISO

Lightrom 2.3 and ACR 5.3 final release

Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3, available immediately for download at www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/. The Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3 updates, originally posted as release candidates for community testing on Jan. 23, provide raw file support for the newly-released Nikon D3X and Olympus E-30 cameras.

The Lightroom 2.3 update also provides support . . . → Read More: Lightrom 2.3 and ACR 5.3 final release

Faking a polarizer using RAW

Here’s a question which came in to my email just now:

“Could I process a RAW file in Photoshop to achieve a similar effect as if I had used a Polaroid lens filter? Or would I be better just using the Polaroid filter?”

The answer is that you can never imitate the effect of polarizing . . . → Read More: Faking a polarizer using RAW

A700, 6400 ISO, seven raw processors

There’s a lot of controversy right now about whether or not the image structure of the Alpha 700 files at very high ISO – mainly 3200 and 6400 – is as clean as raw processed results from other comparable cameras like the Canon 40D (does not offer ISO 6400), the Olympus E-3 (does not offer . . . → Read More: A700, 6400 ISO, seven raw processors

Apple Aperture 2.0 processes A700 raw

Apple’s Aperture 2.0 is a tedious program to test, with all its creation of ‘projects’ and ‘libraries’, ‘albums’, ‘vaults’ and nonstandard GUI, and it isn’t fast in processing files or passing them to Photoshop (which it does in 16-bit form, just another step to reverse before saving as far as I’m concerned). However, it’s handling . . . → Read More: Apple Aperture 2.0 processes A700 raw