Saturday, May 03, 2008

photoshop cs3

I have finally upgraded to Photoshop CS3. While we were in Thailand, one of our Canon 5D's completely stopped working, and I took it to a Canon repair center in Bangkok. They ended up fixing it but it took like 2 weeks to order the parts, so we had to buy a Canon 40D to use in the meantime while we traveling in South Thailand. We haven't been able to look at our 40D photos this whole time because they aren't compatible with CS2, so we have a lot to catch up on!
Last night I popped in the CS3 DVD assuming it would be a nice and quick upgrade, but between the DVD and the internet download updates, it took more than 2 hours!

Anyway it's all installed now and good to go, so here is my first photo to go through CS3. Bethany's families house in Michigan is right on Lake Saint Clair so I looked out the window today after a storm passed through, and saw this beautiful rainbow over the water.

I also purchased Adobe Lightroom and it's supposed to arrive on Monday. I've tried it out before but didn't use it for long enough to have a real opinion... do any of you blog readers use it?


Blogger Kevin Keith said...

Sweet rainbow shot Blaine! I use LR and it is great for batch processing a lot of images. I do find that the post processed images aren't always the same as they looked in LR. They lose some of the saturation and contrast. That maybe cause I shoot jpg. instead of RAW. Other then that I like it for running a lot of images. Using actions in LR is super sweet cause you can preview the thumb before you apply the action which speeds processing up. Let me know what you think after you play with LR for awhile. Enjoying your blog bro!

5/03/2008 9:18 PM  
Blogger blaine said...

sweet, thanks kevin!

5/03/2008 9:22 PM  
Blogger Kelli Nicole said...

I love LR! I just got CS3 as well, but was using CS2 with my 40D (I think I just had to get the latest update). Anyway, LR is great for organizing the way I like to organize and batching a lot of pictures with things like curves and color corrections very quickly!

5/03/2008 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lightroom... wow, I'm shocked and horrified that you're not already using it...

The two programs that have saved my life: Photo Mechanic and Light Room. Photo Mechanic for sorting thousands of photos super duper fast, and Light Room for being able to pull a TON more from my pictures than ever before and to do it more quickly than before as well!

Remember back in the day when you were having problems getting your images in Bridge to match your images in Photoshop, well, looks like that's a problem yet again here in Lightroom, they do look different there than they do in Photoshop.

5/03/2008 11:32 PM  
Blogger amancay said...

Hardcore LR usage going on here... I hardly hit back into PhotoShop anymore... still waffling on what version I want to plunk into/if for the monies.

Anywho, yeah LR: rocks my world!
I had originally intended upon using Aperture, but in the end after seeing it in use, I like the organizational features much better, and the preset previews are awesome!

5/03/2008 11:56 PM  
Blogger blaine said...

good to hear so many great things about LR! Can't wait to play around with it now!

5/04/2008 12:24 AM  
Blogger e[a] photography studios said...

Yeah, lightroom is amazing. It will revolutionize your wedding work - soooo much faster and smoother than PS. Also, when you get it, go and download the Lightroom 2.0 Beta - it has a built in brush (that can brush in exposure/tint/etc) and some other really awesome features. I don't open the original LR anymore now... :)

5/04/2008 6:34 AM  
Blogger David said...

That is incredible. I don't think I've ever seen a rainbow like that.

5/04/2008 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blaine, I have been using LR and really wanting to love it but have been having major issues with it in the speed category. I think that is why I see Tim is saying that he uses Photo Mechanic to sort and then LR to process. Honestly LR is marketed and supposed to be able to do the sorting factor. I have started using Aperture 2.0 and love it. They still need presets big time, but you can import more than 1 card at a time, dual monitor support, it is 10x faster rendering and creates some great looking files. Film like in a lot a ways. Anyways that is my 2 cents.

5/04/2008 9:56 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've been using Lightroom since it first came out, and while it took me a bit to get used to it, once I did it has sped up my processing INCREDIBLY! I now only take a shot to Photoshop for major tweaking or fussing. You'll be amazed how much you can get done right in Lightroom. For weddings, I swear it's cut my editing time in half.

5/04/2008 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep... lightroom does lag too much for me in sorting thousands of photos... Photo Mechanic just can't be beat there for my uses.

If you're on an intel machine Lightroom is darn fast, if you're on a G5 or older it's not super fast... even on my Quad 2.5 with 7 gigs ram it was darn slow for sorting pics and not very fast for popping up previews.

We upgraded to the iMacs and now that's fixed, but sorting is still better in PM.

5/04/2008 6:03 PM  
Blogger Ellis Lloyd said...

I love LR, been using it for about 4 months now. Speeds up process SO much! I am still learning all the neat little things it does. I use it for developing off my 40D then export to CS2 if needed, but thats only for serious editing.

Great tools and great batch processing.

It does take a lot of memory up though while running it, so make sure you've got a decent amount I guess. Mine is fairly quick with a 1.5 yr old PC with 1 Gig of memory, but it would be much better with 2gigs of memory.

Good to see your back safe from your amazing trip!

5/09/2008 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CS3 rocks, but Lightroom(LR) is WAY better than the CS3 bridge! Trust'll never go back.

Amy June

6/10/2008 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CS3 is awesome, but Lightroom (LR) is WAY better than the CS3 bridge! You'll never go back!

Amy June

6/10/2008 3:47 PM  

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