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Lightroom 6 & Photoshop Elements 13

by on May.29, 2015, under Articles, Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos, Photoshop Elements, Workshops

LR 6 Released on April 21

By now, I’m sure you’ve all learned that LR6 has been released. It didn’t look to be much of an upgrade from LR4 that I’ve been using for the past 24 months and it didn’t disappoint. Sorry to be such a Negative Nellie. Maybe after I’ve used it for a few months, its improvements will become more obvious. The two immediate new features are native support for HDR and panoramas. That means you no longer need a separate program like Photoshop CS, Photomatix, Dynamic Photo HDR or any number of other HDR software. Of course, the reviews I’ve read report, “It’s better than having to go out of LR but not by much.” Lack of fine control seems to be a common complaint. I don’t do a lot of HDR so it’s not high on my list of things to test. As for native pano support, a big whoop! I’ve had that in PS CS4 and PSE for ages. Again, I don’t make a lot of panos so this is low on my list of interests.

So, WHAT IS on my list of interests? Well, “Faster horses, younger women, older whiskey and more money” is close to the top of my wish list but that’s probably not gonna happen with a $119 upgrade to LR6. I’d have settled for faster processing and all the reviews seemed to imply LR6 would deliver. Alas, not on my POS HP laptop with an i7 CPU, 8GB RAM and 2TB of HD space not to mention over 12TB of external HDD. OK, how about new tools in the Develop Module to help me make older models look like younger women? Not a chance! By the time I fought and argued with the Adobe site to get it to take my order, I drank my older whiskey and certainly had less money.

Being a masochist at heart, I decided to go ahead and upgrade Photoshop Elements V9 to V13 at the same time. Here, I got a little satisfaction because the Upgrade Price was $79.95 but the Full Version was $69.95 due to a current promo. I don’t know how long the promo will be effective but, if you’ve been thinking of upgrading, do it quickly HERE. Remember, I don’t sell or get commissions on anything I recommend so this is the Adobe site, not some sleazy reseller. Even B&H, my “bestie” for photo stuff is more expensive than the Adobe site. I guess you can throw your weight around when you’re the 800 lbs gorilla at the party.

So far, PSE13 meets expectations a little better than LR6, mainly because my expectations weren’t very high to start. Starting around PSE9, it seemed Adobe was doing everything possible to cripple PSE so as not to cannibalize PS sales. In the process, they managed to PO a lot of us who had been teaching, using and generally touting the value of PSE. I’ve hardly used PSE over the past few years but, now that I’ve paid for it, I plan to use it more.

The only immediate tip I have for PSE13 has to do with creating an Adobe account to buy and install. Once you have PSE13 installed, go to the Help tab and log out from your Adobe account. I don’t know for sure but I can imagine Adobe using that to track your activities. As for the annoying and creepy eLive tab that automatically connects to you to Adobe’s list of PSE13 resources, I haven’t yet found a way to disable it. It may be a matter of going into my router and blocking that URL, a messy but positive way to keep Adobe from snooping.

The best way for me to learn is by answering questions so if you have burning questions about either LR6 or PSE13, leave a comment for this post. PLEASE, DO NOT email me because I have too many emails as it is. NB – Please, no questions about PSE Organizer since I use LR for all my image mgmt.

Arizona Highways “Capture Your Moment” Symposium

Yeah, it seems a long way off but on November 7 & 8, 2015, Arizona Highways Photo Workshops is hosting 14 top pros from around the country presenting 26 sessions covering a wide range of topics from macro to wildlife to landscape and portrait photography as well as classes in post-processing & workflow and the business of photography. You can also sign up for a portfolio review to have a professional critique your work.

Based on the topics, this event isn’t geared toward rank amateurs who show up with a brand new dSLR still in its shrink-wrapped box but more for amateurs looking for direction in their hobby. The typical attendee will have several photographic areas of interest that they want to improve. Don’t think of this event as “how-to” sessions but more like “where do I learn how-to?”

Photos That Have Nothing to Do with Today’s Post

After all, this is a photography blog so I felt compelled to add some photos. These are from the Arizona Shootout glamour shoot back in April.

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