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We just completed an intensive two-day Lightroom workflow workshop in Marin. Take a look at the slideshow above to see samples of photography done in the workshop and the resident mascot who slept through most of it. By all accounts, the workshop was a huge success. Lots of information detailing digital workflow with Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom was shared along with good food, strong coffee, and at the end of the day,  fine wine. And even though the majority of the students were sitting in leather recliners, no one nodded off. Comments from the students best sum up the experience:

“Jay, thank you for sharing your expertise with me. You are so patient and kind and generous with all your wisdom.”

“What an amazing program”

“The best – most comfy class I’ve attended. Great hosts.”

“Loved it all. Small group really helped. Set up around big screen TV was very easy to follow. The outline and agenda you followed was very logical and made a lot of sense.”

“You are so nice and patient and Eileen is so gracious to be accommodating to our needs.”

…… and … What parts could we improve on? Answer: “More Chocolate :)”

I’ll be following up this workshop with a one-day tune up session on Saturday, March 3rd. It’s open to anyone who has attended any of my workshops and will be $185 for the day including lunch….and a comfy seat.  I’ll also be scheduling more two-day workshops in the coming months. In the meantime, if you’d like to schedule any one-on-one Lightroom tutoring, send me an email. Thanks to all who attended the January workshop – really great work. I look forward to seeing you soon.

 

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Along the Way

 Lightroom 4 is now available for public beta testing. It looks like the final version will be available this spring.

The big news is that Lightroom 4 has some great new features, including two new additions to the Module Picker strip – a Map Module and a Book Module.

The Map module shows where your photos were taken if your camera is GPS-enabled. If it’s not, you can select the spot on the map where the photo was taken and the coordinates will be added to the meta data of the photo. Pretty handy for anyone who wants to manage files and keep track of when and where their photos were taken.

The Book module is very sleek. It enables you to make a Blurb book within Lightroom; you don’t have to leave the application. This means you can design an entire book, from choosing the book trim size to the type of cover you’d like (hardcover, softcover, ImageWrap) to selecting layouts (lots to choose from) and picking paper (Standard, Premium, or ProLine). As you make your choices, the estimated price of your finished book is displayed, making it really easy to get from photos to finished book quickly and efficiently.

Photo-editing in your book is easy too. If you need to adjust any images, the changes show up in the book as they’re made. Once you’ve designed the book (including adding text if you’d like), you can either export it as a PDF or send it to Blurb for printing … and you’ve never had to leave Lightroom. Nice. I’ll be making even more books now.

Lightroom 4 is definitely an upgrade you’ll want to get. I’ve just started playing with it, but I really like what I’ve seen so far.

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Early morning run through the Cypress trees in the Presidio

Ritual

First up, thanks to all who came by Open Studios last weekend. It was great to see you. For those of you who couldn’t make it, I hope to see you at 2012 Marin Masters or if you’d like, you can always call or email me and come by.

During Open Studios, I got lots of questions about Lightroom and my workshops. There are two more spaces in the January workshop. I also teach one-on-one sessions if you’re interested.

I wanted to pass along this great post from the Blurb blog. It does a good job of summarizing the differences between Lightroom and Photoshop. Full disclosure here: Eileen, my wife, works for Blurb. But even if she didn’t, I’d still choose Blurb over any other bookmaking platform for their quality and their plug-in for Lightroom and Blurb BookSmart (it makes bookmaking seamless).

On that front, I also want to share this promo code for getting 25% off your order at Blurb. It’s good until December 14 and can be put toward books you make or buy in the Blurb online bookstore (you’ll find our recent book Along the Way there, too.). Just type in NOCHIMNEY at checkout and the 25% discount will be applied to your order total.

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October’s Adventure: Eileen and I hiked about 120 miles of the ninth-century medieval pilgrimage Camino de Santiago Compostela, or St. James Way, in northern Spain. We started in St. Jean-Pied-de Port, France and continued through the Pyrenees to Logrono, Spain. Eileen was diagnosed with breast cancer in January, 2010. It was discovered in the very beginning stages and successfully treated. It was suggested by one of the many amazing people that helped us through this period that we do an adventure/pilgrimage/retreat to help come to terms with the ordeal. Now seemed like the perfect time so we started our trek on October 5, 2011. We’re excited to have Along the Way published!

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