Lightroom 5.7 released

Adobe has released Lightroom 5.7. This update which brings brings new features , new lens profiles and bug fixes.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II finally gets support, along with over a dozen other cameras., while the Nikon D810 and D4S gets tethered capture support.

On the lens profile front, there are now profiles for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Go Pro Hero 4 cameras, and a long list of other new lens for Leica, Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras.

There’s also a new plug-in that allows for the importing of Aperture and iPhoto libraries on the Mac (handy given that Mac is discontinuing support for Aperture).

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Behind the Camera: ‘Fire Flower’

There are a lot of fireworks shots about, so I thought I’d try something a little different here and stack a few shots.

Over a period of about 20 minutes I shot some 2,200 images (I was reminded of that quote from Aliens “Look at those ammo counters go!”) and ended the night with only space for 240 on the card I was using. But taking a lot of shots meant I had plenty to work through, and the odds were good that I’d get some nice captures. It also meant that I had series of images captures of explosions, and that meant I could stack them.

The stack process is simple – Select the images in Lightroom and open them as layers in Photoshop and them select all the layers and change the blend mode to ‘Lighten.’ This makes the light from all the layers show through, giving this timelapse effect.

The end result is something that looks a little different.

I was shooting from some two miles away from the display, so I was using my 70 – 200mm lens at 200mm F4.5, ISO 1,250 and a shutter speed of 1/8th of a second.

Behind the Camera: ‘Melting Mist’

The mist melting over Loch Garry.

This shot was taken from a very popular roadside pull-off spot on the A87. There were dozens of cars and a handful of coaches in this spot, and literally hundreds of people milling about.

I’d never been to this spot before and I’d expected it to be quiet – after all, it was just a roadside layby – but in the Scottish Highlands even the oddest and most out of the way places that are accessible by car can be insanely busy, especially when the weather is anything but the dreariest. And if the spot is marked on a map as a viewpoint, then you should expect anything ranging from bedlam to mayhem.

Do not roll up to one of these spots expecting to have it all to yourself at any time. You might get lucky, but don’t count on it. To avoid frustration always assume that you’re going to have people milling about the place, and that you’re going to have to work to the best spot slowly and methodically. If you try to go against the flow, you’ll just feel frustrated, and this will show in your work.

This shot was taken with a 70-200mm lens at 70mm. I wanted a good depth of field so went for F16, and at that worked out well. If it wasn’t for the trees in the foreground – which were quite close – I could have chosen any aperture as beyond the infinity point of the lens, depth of field is irrelevant. You can shoot landscapes at F1.8 like the great Moose Peterson does here. Bit I wanted the trees and the distance in focus, so had to go small.