July 08, 2006

Lightroom Podcast #8: Color Geekery & Wry Observations

Recorded in the Ann Arbor, MI, home of Ruth and Thomas Knoll, the latest Lightroom conversation features color master Bruce Fraser, Adobe engineers Mark Hamburg, Thomas Knoll, and Zalman Stern, and photography evangelist George Jardine discussing color science, asset management, and selective editing in Lightroom–not to mention such esoteric bits as “BastardRGB,” “creamy software,” using Perforce for asset management (!), and “Trash with Extreme Prejudice.” George writes,

In this discussion, we talk about color space choices made in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, tone curves, and colorimetric vs. perceptual mappings, before wandering off into a somewhat cynical look at more esoteric subjects such as software development at Adobe Systems, the role of image management in Lightroom, and other inconclusive ramblings. I probably would have edited much of this second half, but for the sake of honesty, I’ve included most of it. It serves to highlight how complicated many of the decisions are that have to be made when designing a new piece of software in a rapidly changing space, and I so think it actually adds quite a bit of value for listeners who wonder why we make the decisions we do.

The podcast is available via this RSS feed, by searching for “Lightroom” in iTunes, or–by popular request–as a straight MP3 file via George’s iDisk. And Jeff Schewe at PhotoshopNews has a photo gallery from the event.

Posted by John Nack at 4:14 PM on July 08, 2006

Comments

  • Stu — 11:48 PM on July 08, 2006

    John, I really enjoyed this podcast. The frank and unapologetic conversation about the nuances of color space choice in LR was great. I love hearing the guys talk without censoring themselves the way it seems they’ve been conditioned to do when users are in the room.
    I quibble with what felt like the general consensus that image management is a seperate problem from making LR great. To me, LR has much the burden of Superman on Earth — now that he’s here, he has no choice but to rescue us. Like it or not, LR has an obliation to become a great image management tool. Sorry LR team, you’re victims of your own success.
    -Stu

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