Articles categorized under Photography

Get Out There and #CreateNow

There’s inspiration everywhere, but we tend to miss it in the chaos and speed of our daily lives. So, we set out to create Random Acts of Creativity around the world, partnering with artists to generate moments in public that get people to stop in their tracks.

Artists have done a handful of Random Acts but this was just the kick off – there’s so much more we can do, and we can’t do it alone. To make a real impact, we need your ideas. And maybe with a little help from us, we can work together to make them happen.

Share your Random Acts of Creativity ideas with us. Leave logistics, such as funding needs, off the table for now. What would you beautify in this world? Where would you do it? No idea is too big or too small. Tell us your concepts and we may surprise you with creativity starter kits to get you going. We may also help sponsor a random act that you’d like to see come to life in your local communities.

It’s easy to get started. Simply share your ideas using #CreateNow on your social network of choice – i.e., tweet us your idea, share an Instagram of your inspiration, etc. – by Friday, August 1.

Already doing a Random act of Creativity? Tag your project on Behance with ‘createnow.’ We’re curating a Collection of the Random Acts and want to include yours.

Creating Meaningful Change through Photography

Yasser Alaa Mobarak lives in Egypt as an AYV program alumni and a 2014 AYV Awards Photo Essay Judge. He has been a contributing photographer to PBS NewsHour and has won photography awards from The International Federation of Photographic Art, National Geographic Egypt, Photographic Society of America and Youth Journalism International. You can find more of his work in his Flickr gallery here.

Photography is a powerful tool that captures not only moments, but can spread ideas and create meaningful change. While I have worked with digital media for many years, it wasn’t until the Egyptian Revolution in 2011 that I first picked up a camera and started to pursue a career in photography. At the time, I was angry with the local media for misrepresenting the facts of what was really happening in my country. I soon realized that I had the power to share the truth and make a positive impact through my photography. It became my personal mission to photograph the truth and share it with the world.

Photograph by Yasser Alaa Mobarak

Photograph by Yasser Alaa Mobarak

Creating a meaningful and positive impact doesn’t just involve documenting events, it can be something as simple as spreading joy and hope within a community. One of my favorite projects has been through the non-profit, Help- Portrait, an organization that helps photographers to share their skills in their local community through pro-bono work. One of the main initiatives of the program is to provide portraits for people and families who normally wouldn’t be able to afford them. I believe that the value of capturing these moments is priceless and I enjoy bringing this happiness and meaning into the lives of the people I photograph.

Photograph by Yasser Alaa Mobarak

Photograph by Yasser Alaa Mobarak

As I continue to use photography to share my voice, spread ideas and create change, I’ve noticed that others are doing the same. This year I had the honor to participate in the AYV Awards as a judge of the Photo Essay category. I was amazed by the extremely talented pieces of artwork that share a unique vision for making a positive impact in the world. One of my favorite pieces was Privileged because it presented a powerful message about poverty in a simple and direct way. I look forward to seeing the winner announcements on June 16th. It gives me great hope to see others using digital tools such as photography to share their voice for the purpose of making the world a better place. I encourage all photographers young and old to define success not by the awards you receive or the places you’ve been, but by putting yourself out there, creating change through your work.

Photograph by Yasser Alaa Mobarak

Photograph by Yasser Alaa Mobarak

Photo Essay by Angelo Merendino, Professional Photographer and AYV Awards Judge

Each year, Adobe Youth Voices hosts the AYV Awards, a global competition that recognizes young people from all walks of life for their extraordinary projects created to change our world for the better. Together, we’re inviting you and our international panel of judges to help us to determine the 21 winners.

All month long, we’re sharing photos, videos, and blog posts from our AYV Awards judges that provide a sneak peek into the life of a creative professional. Today, we kick the series off with photographer and AYV Awards Photo Essay Judge, Angelo Merendino. You’ve likely seen Angelo’s work before – his photo-documentary, The Battle We Didn’t Choose – My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer, provides a look inside the day-to-day life of a young couple facing breast cancer together. In the blog post below, Angelo shares his hopes and dreams for the work he has created – to help people follow their dreams and never let go.

Today, students around the world are raising awareness for issues that matter to them. You can help them pursue their dreams by casting your vote for your favorite AYV finalists from now until May 30 (up to once each day).

This blog post was originally shared on Angelo’s personal blog on May 9, 2014. Our thanks to Angelo for allowing us to repost it here.

Patricia Cogley is senior program manager, Adobe Youth Voices.

Closing Exhibition at The Salt Institute

By Angelo Merendino

From April 4 to May 2 my photo exhibition, “The Battle We Didn’t Choose: My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer,” was on display at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, in Portland, Maine.

Salt_Blog_Image_1[1]

The day before the closing event my brother Frank and I made the 12 hour drive from Cleveland, Ohio, to Portland. We faced a bit of rain but the sun ultimately made its way through the clouds…Sunshine and The Clash helped the miles to pass.

Salt_Blog_Image_2[1]

The next morning we woke up rested and ready to explore Portland. After eating a delicious breakfast at Hot Suppa we headed out to see the coast. Waves were crashing, catapulting over rocks, reminding me of Mother Nature’s great strength. Humbling indeed.

Salt_Blog_Image_3[1]   Salt_Blog_Image_4[1]

As we prepared to go to the gallery I thought about seeing these photographs hanging on the wall, the life Jen and I had together, and the emotions that would surely pour out of me. It still feels unreal that all of this even happened, that Jen isn’t physically here any more…that I can’t hold her. Sure enough, the minute I walked into the gallery I felt that feeling in my stomach – the reality that Jen passed.

Since Jen’s death I’ve been blessed in many ways. People have responded to our story with incredible kindness and Jen’s legacy is growing into something beautiful, something that is inspiring people all over the world to embrace life. These are two of the biggest reasons why today I am not a complete mess.

As I watched people looking at our life I wondered what they were feeling. My hope is that people see beyond cancer and death; that after seeing our story they will hold their loved ones closer. I hope people will see the beauty in life, the simple things that make difficult moments bearable. I hope more than anything that people will see that these photographs are about love and life, about following your dreams and never letting go…no matter how hard life gets.

Salt_Blog_Image_5[1]

Lightroom Goes Mobile with New iPad Solution

NOTE: This is cross-posted from the Creative Cloud blog.

LRMobile-300x292We’re thrilled to announce the availability of Lightroom mobile, an extension of the photography workflow designed specifically for a mobile experience. Beginning today, you can get Lightroom mobile from the iTunes App Store and seamlessly connect your desktop workflow to your tablet (you will need the Lightroom 5.4 update for Mac or Windows).

In Lightroom mobile you can:
• Edit and organize images anywhere, anytime on your iPad*
• Enhance everything from smartphone photos to raw images from DLSRs using powerful and familiar tools
• Automatically sync all mobile edits with Lightroom 5 on your desktop
• Easily share your photos

Lightroom mobile is available to Creative Cloud complete, team, student and teacher members, and to members of the$9.99/month Photoshop Photography Program. If you’re already a Creative Cloud member or Photoshop Photography Program subscriber, Get Started Now. For more details and the FAQ visit the Lightroom Journal blog.

With Lightroom mobile, your photography is going places.

*iPhone version is coming soon.

Adobe, Behance & 99u

When Adobe bought Behance in December 2012, some folks – ok the lily-livered naysayers that commentate negatively on every tech announcement, no matter who the company – predicted doom and gloom for the world’s leading social community for creatives. Adobe would come in and stamp a big red “A” over a vibrant space where creatives showcased their work and looked for inspiration from their peers. It would soon become a bland corporate wasteland or some such. Somehow this didn’t happen.

photo

I’m not sure, during our due diligence (I’m guessing “yes” since I know our legal team) if we dug deep into Behance’s 99u conference but 10 months after Behance became part of the Adobe family, all indications are that the community and conference Behance created is going from strength to strength. Today 99u held the first day of a sold-out “Pop-up School” in NYC that attracted a few hundred creatives. This was a new initiative. The theme of day one was career development and illuminating talks from Behance founder Scott Belsky and Columbia University’s Heidi Grant Halvorson kicked things off.

Creatives often don’t think about managing their careers and Scott urged everyone to take an inventory on what could make them, their companies, their products and services stand apart from the competition. Standing apart means admitting to yourself what you are bad at and concentrating on where you can excel. However, it’s not enough to stand apart because as soon as you do, the competition will follow. So constant iteration and refinement is needed.

Heidi followed with some big thinking on motivation. Being good at something is bad thing! The important mind trick is to want to get better. If you believe you’re good at something, it’s a downward spiral because you are always in competition with others to be the best and if someone doesn’t like your work, it is a personal attack on your own self-worth. And that can be a dark space. If you change your mindset to want to “get better” at something, in your work or in your personal life, then suddenly set backs are learning experiences and the only person you should judge yourself against is your past self. Despite, or because of your experiences, am I a better designer, writer, manager than I was a year ago? That’s the real test. I’m simplifying but you get the picture.

A lot of this thinking is captured in the new 99u book, Maximize Your Potential. And if this all sounds a bit cultish….I can assure you it wasn’t.  :-)

99u also saw our Project Mighty and Napoleon product folks show off their wares during the “playground” sessions and their wee booth was packed with interested parties.

photo[1]

The Adobe comms team was in NYC with our Experience Design (XD) friends to give a sneak peek of Mighty & Napoleon to media and it was an overwhelmingly positive response. I think we may have a hardware hit on our hands!

Thank You for Joining Us on this Journey

When we launched Creative Cloud, we shared our vision to build a platform for creativity that removes friction from the creative process and makes it more productive and connected, allowing you to do your best work.

Today we announced an important milestone – over one million premium members worldwide have joined Creative Cloud. To all of you – as well as the millions of other creatives who are part of our extended network through Behance, Typekit, Kuler or through a free Creative Cloud membership – we would like to say thank you! You inspire us every day through your creations, and we’re thrilled to be part of such a vibrant creative community.

A Broader Canvas for Innovation
Embracing the cloud has given us the ability to think differently about our role in the creative world, and gives us a much broader canvas for innovation. New technologies such as cloud, social, and mobile have changed the creative landscape dramatically, and we are fully embracing the opportunity this gives us all.

Our product teams have been very busy since we launched Creative Cloud. We’ve added hundreds of new features across all our major products, added sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities; and integrated Behance, the world’s leading online creative community where members can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure.  And today, I’m happy to announce the immediate availability of the Lightroom 5.2 update and the new Photoshop Photography Program, a special offer for our loyal photography customers.

Projects Mighty (pen), Napoleon (ruler) and Parallel (app) for the iPad

Projects Mighty (pen), Napoleon (ruler) and Parallel (app) for the iPad

But we’re just getting started. Creative cloud is still in its infancy and we have a lot more to do.  And thanks in part to your feedback, the year ahead should be fun and exciting as we continue to execute on the vision we laid out at MAX – to build a creative platform with fully integrated software, services and hardware.  And as a great example of that, Adobe is moving our cloud pen, Project Mighty, and our digital ruler, Project Napoleon, from a technology exploration to planned products. If you saw our exploration demo at MAX, you already know that this is part of our commitment to making the art of creation easier, wherever and whenever you feel inspired.

So again – thank you all for making the last year truly remarkable.  Together we’ve taken Creative Cloud from an idea to more than a million premium members in just over a year.  We are honored that you’ve joined us on this journey and are working very hard to get innovative ideas in your hands faster than ever before.  To those of you who have not yet joined Creative Cloud and are still considering if it is right for you, I hope you will join us at one of our upcoming Create Now World Tour events. We have a lot to share and hope to see you there.

David

Twitter: @dwadhwani

Adobe Introduces New Photoshop Offer For Creative Cloud

Today at the Photoshop World trade show in Las Vegas, Adobe introduced a breakthrough program for photographers who want to access the latest Adobe digital imaging technology through Creative Cloud: Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, Behance ProSite and 20GB of storage for $9.99 per month.  To qualify you need to own Photoshop CS3 or later and sign up for a year membership.

Adobe_deal_equation_650px_proof6

This is a limited time offer.  To get more details, see what Winston Hendrickson, our vice president of Products has to say here.  Visit our FAQ to learn more and follow Photoshop on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to join the conversation and find out when the offer goes live.

Get Schooled at the 99U Pop-Up School in NYC

99U Pop-up School in NYC

For anyone who truly wants to make ideas happen, ongoing learning is essential. As philosopher Eric Hoffer said, “In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.” That’s why we’re launching an incredible new event in New York this Fall: The first 99U Pop-Up School, which will take place this September 18-20th in New York.

Just in time for back to school, we’re curating a killer program around three skill sets that should be in every creative’s arsenal: career development, entrepreneurship, and brand + digital strategy. Each day will feature an incredible lineup of talks and master classes from creative visionaries like Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Adobe’s own Scott Belsky, Facebook designer Ben Barry, bestselling author & entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, and former Apple VP Marketing Allison Johnson, among others.

But it’s not just about listening, it’s also about getting hands-on with learning. To achieve this, we’re building out an incredible interactive space called the Playground that will feature a hand-crafted lineup of mentorship sessions, skill-building booths, interactive workshops, and creative tool demos with partners like R/GA, Tattly, Red Antler, XFund, Pantone, and many more.

Find out more about the event here, and take advantage of a special offer for Adobe friends and family. Register with this promo code, “adobeschool99code” to get 30% the regular ticket price. Offer ends Wednesday, 9/4, so register now.

Major Update to Creative Cloud Now Available

Holy cloud computing Batman.  Adobe has released a big, huge, enormous update to Creative Cloud this early summer evening (it’s summer here in California, Southern hemisphere folks).  We have 15, count ‘em, new desktop applications – now branded CC to signify their future as connected, socially-integrated apps.  That’s Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver and many, many (ok, twelve) more.

CreativeCloud_Logo[4]

And no, that doesn’t mean you have to be connected to the Interwebs to use them or that Photoshop is now “in the browser”, as I overheard some tech guru tell someone the other day. Adobe evangelist, the great Terry White, busted those myths a wee while back, here.  The CC apps are just part of what we have to offer, with new community and publishing services integrated into the Creative Cloud experience.

Check out what the creative cloud team is saying, here.

Thanks again for using Creative Cloud. If you have any questions or comments, please post them in our forums, where we are continuing the conversation.

 

 

 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Now Available

LRMobile-300x292Adobe announced the availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 for Mac OS and Windows today, offering intelligent photo editing features, solutions for remote workflows, and extended sharing and publishing capabilities.  As the digital photography landscape has advanced and evolved, Lightroom has kept pace, offering powerful new features and gaining recognition as the essential photography application for busy professionals and creative amateurs to get the most out of their digital images.

Among the powerful new photo editing tools included in Lightroom 5 are:

  • Advanced Healing Brush – helps fix imperfections with the precision and flexibility of a fine brush
  • Upright Tool – analyzes and automatically straightens objects such as buildings
  • Radial Gradient –  subjects stand out by applying off-center and multiple vignettes in a single image

Smart Previews allow photographers to make edits to their images offline with edits.  Changes made to Smart Previews are automatically applied to the original images when they are reconnected.  Additionally, new video slideshows can combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow that can be viewed on almost any device, while updates to the Book module allow users to create, personalize and print beautiful photo books from a variety of tailored and easy-to-use or customer-specific templates.

Lightroom 5 was initially released as a free, public beta in April 2013. Since beta testing, a Behance Publish Service and more than 400 bug fixes have been incorporated into the final release. More detailed information about the updates in Lightroom 5, in addition to pricing and availability, can be found in the full press release here.

Customers can also connect with the Lightroom team directly on Facebook, via Twitter, or on the Adobe Lightroom blog. For Lightroom how-to videos, visit our YouTube channel.

About this blog

Adobe

Welcome to Adobe Featured Blogs, a one-stop information and conversation destination for virtually anyone interested in what's going on at Adobe. Here you'll find the latest company and product news from Adobe's multiple lines of business. We value your perspective and encourage comments that are on-topic and add value but that do not spam, denigrate or offend. Read more