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Lightroom 5 – Up To Speed

Yesterday Adobe announced the release of Lightroom 5 and with that announcement also came the release of Craft & Vision’s latest ebook LIGHTROOM 5 Up To Speed. This ebook is written by Piet LR5_Cover_largeVan den Eynde, an Adobe Certified Expert who walks you through all the new features and how to get started using the new tools in LR5. He really leaves no stone unturned.

This 77-page eBook, and the companion videos (50+ minutes), will you get up to speed with what’s new in this revolutionary digital darkroom software.

Topics covered include:

  • Installing Lightroom 5 & Upgrading Older Catalogues
  • The Advanced Healing Brush
  • Straightening Photos with Upright
  • The Radial Filter
  • Improving Your Workflow with Smart Previews
  • Improvements to the Book Module
  • New Features in the Slideshow Module
  • Other New, Improved or Changed Features
  • New or Improved Plug-Ins Since Lightroom 4

Van Den Eynde takes your through the installation process step by step which if you’re upgrading from a previous version is essential to ensure you don’t lose any of your previous catalogues. His instructions are thorough and will make the process seamless.

Each new feature is explained in the detail and the best part of this ebook are the accompanying videos. Each section includes a video tutorial that shows you how each feature works. While I love to read I’m also a visual learner so the videos are an added bonus for me and I think you’ll love them too.

LIGHTROOM 5 UP TO SPEED with the embedded videos is only $5. If you’re new to Lightroom and haven’t read Piets’s  LIGHTROOM 4 UNMASKED Craft & Vision is offering a special LIGHTROOM BUNDLE ($20 – full-time discount) which combines Piet’s latest eBook with his amazing Big Book LIGHTROOM 4 UNMASKED. Click Here to Purchase.

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PHOTOGRAPH – Issue 2 Is Out – A Quarterly Magazine from Craft & Vision

Issue 2 of PHOTOGRAPH is now out and it’s jam-packed with the quality content that I’ve come to expect from Craft and Vision. If you didn’t get a chance to pick up the first issue let me give you a short introduction. Published by Craft & Vision, the same people PhotoIssue2_Cover_260responsible for some of the best photography e-books out there, this is a gorgeous, ad-free magazine full of great photographs and exceptional articles from photographers and authors who excel at their craft.

Issue 2 includes the featured portfolios of Martin Bailey, Andy Biggs and Chris Orwig. This issue’s articles cover both the artistic and the technical with topics such as Without the Camera by David duChemin, Creative Composition by John Paul Caponigro, The Art of the Print by Martin Bailey and Exposure and Metering Modes by Nicole S. Young.

At 122 pages (did I mention it was ad-free) this is an excellent magazine and an incredible value.

You can purchase Issue Two of PHOTOGRAPH for $8 US by clicking any of the images of by visiting Craft & Vision. You can also purchase a one-year subscription for $24, that’s 4 issues for the price of 3.

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LIGHTROOM 4 UNMASKED – A COMPLETE GUIDE TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM by Piet Van den Eynde

Well it looks like Craft & Vision has done it again. Not only have they released a new quarterly magazine – PHOTOGRAPH, and an ebook on Long Exposures this month, but now they’ve just announced a new release that is being referred too as the “Big Book.” This tome can’t only be measured in page count (which weights in at a hefty 312 spreads) but in content as well. 

Whether your new to Lightroom in general or just new to Lightroom 4 or an advanced user then Lightroom 4 Unmasked – A Complete Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a book that should and must be in your library.

  • This Lightroom BIG BOOK is up to date, all the way up to Lightroom 4.2.
  • It’s written by Piet Van den Eynde a Photographer, writer and an Adobe Certified Expert.
  • It’s aimed at both beginning Lightroom users and at more advanced ones. It grows with you as your Lightroom knowledge grows.
  • In addition to the regular text, the eBook features 60 cases, 10 of which are pro-cases for advanced users.
  • It’s ideal for upgraders: text boxes labeled ‘New in Lightroom 4’ immediately draw the attention to things that have changed between versions.
  • Two cases also deal specifically with what’s new in Lightroom 4.
  • The BIG BOOK does not limit itself to Lightroom as it comes out of the box, but points the reader to useful third-party applications and plugins that integrate well with Lightroom.
  • It focuses on Lightroom as an entire workflow application. There’s thorough coverage of ALL the modules, not just Library and Develop.
  • An entire chapter deals with the Lightroom to Photoshop integration.
  • It’s digital so it’s fully searchable and loaded with hyperlinks!

Piet Van den Eynde has left no stone unturned in this very detailed and insightful new book. By the time I made it through Chapter 1 I had made so many mental notes of things I realized I didn’t know about Lightroom that I knew that this was not a book to be read once and put away but a resource that I would be referring to time and again.

The content is thoughtfully laid out starting with a general introduction of Lightroom, what it is and what it isn’t, then moving methodically through an in depth review of everything you want and need to know about LR including the catalog; importing photos & videos; the library module; the develop module; the print module and so on.

The author interweaves cases into each of these chapters which really brings the topics to life (so to speak). As an example, in the chapter dealing with the Develop Module, there are case studies that deal with creating the HDR look in LR; a case study focusing on soft proofing & calibration; a pr0 case study dealing with what’s new in the develop module in LR4. Each of these case studies include step by step how-to guidelines.

Special Offer on the BIG BOOK
LIGHTROOM 4 UNMASKED retails for $20 but for the first seven days only, use the promotional code  LR4FIVE  at checkout and get this incredible book for just $15. This code will expire TUESDAY, November 27, 2012 at 11:59PM (PST). Click Here to Purchase.

Oh and this just in from Craft & Vision….Black Friday Special!

Hold on to your hats! Visit Craft & Vision before Friday, November 23 at 11:59pm (PST) and you’ll find every eBook marked down by 50%. That’s right, we’re moving out the old stock and need to make way for the new (OK, we made that part up…). No discount codes required – we’ve already done it for you. Happy reading!

Exclusions: Big Books and Magazines are not discounted.


Dodge & Burn – A New Craft & Vision eBook

“Dodging & burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” – Ansel Adams

That’s right, dodging & burning is not a phenomenon of the digital age of photography. It’s a craft that was performed in a traditional darkroom with a piece of cardboard placed between the enlarger and the photo paper. Today, in the digital age of photography, we can dodge & burn with steely precision given the software at our disposal.

Today, Craft & Vision released its latest ebook by Piet Van Den Eynde, Dodge & Burn – Leading the Eye with Lightroom & Photoshop. I’ve reviewed ebooks by Piet Van Den Eynde on the this site in the past. You may remember Making Light and Making Light 2 and, as in these 2 books, Piet’s aptitude as a teacher comes right through the page. The proper use of the dodging & burning techniques will add life and depth to your images and Piet takes the reader through  the different techniques he employs to make his images more balanced and visually pleasing.

There’s a lot of information packed into this 90 spread ebook. not only does Piet take you through the techniques using Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom and Photoshop but also using plug-ins such as Nik Software. What’s new for Craft & Vision this time around is they’re offering not only an ebook but an entire package. There are 2 versions to choose from…

Lite Version – This “LITE” bundle features Piet’s custom EasyDodge Photoshop Panel (a set of custom dodge and burn tools for Photoshop) and a matching user guide, all in a convenient .zip file.  The Lite bundle is $5. To purchase the Lite Version click here.

Full Version – The FULL package includes Piet’s custom EasyDodge Photoshop Panel (normally a USD $10 purchase on it’s own) and a matching user guide. On top of that, C&V has included 10 exercise files to go along with the tutorials in the eBook so you can practice on your own or go through the included history steps to see the post-processing unfold right in front of your eyes.  The full bundle is $10, or $8 for the next six days using the discount code DODGE8. Click here to purchase.

Software: The EasyDodge Panel only works with English versions of CS5/CS6, but even if you’re on a different version, the eBook explains the steps to take so you could make your own action set in your own language-specific version).


New eBook – Making Light by Piet Van den Eynde

Craft & Vision has released its newest eBook today, Making Light, An Introduction to Off-Camera Flash by Piet Van den Eynde.

Do you get nervous when you have to use your external flash whether its a Speedlite, Metz or any third party flash?  Does your flash have TTL or manuel controls? By the way…what is TTL?  Flash photography is a process that makes a lot of photographers just a little bit anxious.

In his new ebook, Piet Van den Eynde, puts you at ease with the topic right away. MAKING LIGHT is all about producing beautiful photographs with your off-camera flash. These practical techniques are specific to one remote flash so you can forget about all the fuss of using tons of equipment.

Learn how to fill in harsh shadows, balance ambient light, rescue fading evening light, or substitute for a complete lack of light. With the perfect blend of theory and easy-to-understand exercises you’ll gain the insight you need to rock your triggers and modifiers for both Canon and Nikon flashes. Through 9 case studies you’ll see just how simple and powerful your off-camera flash can be.
Making Light is available now as a downloadable PDF for just $5USD.

Special Offer on PDFs
For the first five days only, if you use the promotional code LIGHT4 when you checkout, you can have the PDF version of Making Light for only $4 OR use the code LIGHT20 to get 20% off when you buy 5 or more PDF ebooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm PST August 21st, 2011.  Click Here to order your copy now.