You may not yet have heard of talented young photographer Aaron Grimes, but you’re about to. Though he’s traveled and worked with our very own Russell Brown, most notably on their short film Bodie – from the Sky, there’s no doubt that Aaron has a talent all his own. On a recent trip to Tokyo, Japan, Aaron captured numerous shots in the Shibuya District and meticulously stacked them together using Photoshop CC to create a unique video inspired by traditional time-lapses.
His talent is a frequent topic of conversation here in the halls of Adobe, so I wanted to sit down and chat with Aaron to give you all a behind-the-scenes look at the process he used and the story behind the video IN MOTION.
Some of you have noticed the photography shown while logging into Lightroom mobile on the iPad. The Lightroom team includes many passionate photographers and we’ve used some of their photos to welcome you to this new application. Below are the images, the name of the team member, and their role.
On behalf of everyone on the Lightroom team, I am thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Lightroom mobile, an extension of your photography workflow designed specifically for a mobile experience. Beginning today, you can get Lightroom mobile from the iOS app store and seamlessly connect your desktop workflow to your tablet (you will need the Lightroom 5.4 update for Mac or Windows).
With the explosion of smart phone and tablet adoption, and the addition of new devices and platforms every day, we recognize that your workflows are increasingly fragmented. Smart phones have become a very popular camera choice when a DSLR is not handy, and the experience of relaxing on a couch with an iPad is much more comfortable than hunching over a desktop computer. We developed Lightroom mobile to leverage the convenience, mobility, and connected nature of smartphones and tablets for your photography workflow. Take a look at this short video explaining the concept:
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 of your mobile edits with Lightroom 5 on your desktop
- Easily share your photos
Our team is looking forward to hearing your feedback on how you use Lightroom mobile to unlock your photography from the traditional desktop. This is just our first step; as we’ve done with all previous Lightroom releases, we’re looking to our customers to help shape the future.
You can try Lightroom mobile free for 30 days or purchase it by subscribing to the Photoshop Photography Program for $9.99/month. This program includes Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, Lightroom mobile and a Behance ProSite. If you’re already a Creative Cloud member or Photoshop Photography Program subscriber, you can get started now! For more details and the FAQ please visit the Lightroom Journal blog.
*iPhone version is coming soon.
With each release of Photoshop, our development team needs to do some architectural spring-cleaning. As we modernize our code and add cool new features, we sometimes have to make tough decisions to cull existing features from the herd.
With that said, the following features will be removed from the next revision of Photoshop.
Conceptual portrait photographer Joel Robison has been on an adventure, living what many photographers would describe as their dream job. What began as a gig moderating Coca-Cola’s Flickr community is now a full-time role as photographer and voice of the Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup Tour. Joel tells us his story and shares advice for other photographers looking to work with prestigious brands.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Joel Robison, I’m a 29-year-old conceptual portrait photographer from Cranbrook, British Columbia. I’ve been pursuing photography for the last 5 years but only recently decided to try and make it my full-time focus. I love running and specifically racing in long-distance events. Being alone outdoors inspires me and gives me time to come up with new ideas.
Today’s a big day for Adobe’s consumer team, as we’re announcing a significant update to one of our most popular apps – Photoshop Express for Android.
What you’ll love about this release:
- This version was rebuilt completely from the ground up for Android and is KitKat compatible. We have made every effort to fine-tune the app for Android. As an example, Android users will appreciate accessing and processing images saved on the SD card faster than before.
- We’ve focused on making the app easy-to-use by bringing the most popular features to the top. ‘Looks’ (our word for filters), cropping, red eye reduction, and auto-correct are now all easy-to-discover.
- Our more savvy users will appreciate the Corrections menu with slider controls to fine-tune exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, temperature, tint, etc.
- Under the hood, this release is powered by Adobe’s latest image rendering engine, coming to Android for the first time. This engine greatly improves performance and enables handling of large file sizes.
- It’s still free.
Today we’re announcing the immediate availability of new Photoshop CC features for Creative Cloud members. This update to Photoshop CC (version 14.2) includes many new features, including Perspective Warp for manipulating multiple perspectives in an image, and linked Smart Objects for easier reuse of design elements. We are also delighted to deliver support for 3D printing in Photoshop CC. Now you can design, edit and print in 3D using the world’s best imaging tool.
We want everyone to have a chance to try out these new features, as well as other features like Adobe Generator, which was introduced last September with the release of Photoshop CC version 14.1, and those released in the first version of Photoshop CC (version 14). We are excited to announce that we are resetting the trial clock for everyone today. Even if you have previously tried Photoshop CC and your trial has expired, now you can try the latest version of Photoshop CC for an additional 30 days and test-drive these awesome new features.
For a quick overview of the new features, take a look at the videos below:
Dragonflies with translucent wings, cross sections of conch shells, layered ginkgo leaves or graceful koi with flowing tails…these are the things that Paul Liaw dreams up when he’s not at work.
By day, Liaw is a character sculptor in New York, creating models that are animated for film or commercial purposes. After hours, Liaw takes his passion for sculpture and funnels it into his jewelry design. He’s created a series of cuff bracelets in various metals with great detail and texture that he sells via the online 3D printing community and marketplace, Shapeways. He plans out his designs in Photoshop CC and until now has used a collection of other 3D software to print out 3D prototypes. These 3D printed prototypes help him further refine his designs and understand how they will look in their final form.
To date, Liaw has struggled with the process of taking what he painstakingly designed and turning it into a physical object. He has run into issues with scale or with the prototype printing out too thin and brittle. Iterations can be one of the biggest bottlenecks in his design process.
Just Click ‘Print’
For the past three decades, Adobe has been at the forefront of several publishing revolutions, enabling creatives to easily produce their creations in desktop publishing, web publishing, and digital media and photography. Today, as we announce some exciting new 3D printing capabilities, Photoshop CC revolutionizes 3D printing by radically simplifying the 3D print process for creatives. With this new release, it is no longer difficult to create and print a beautiful, physical object. As part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud, the new 3D printing capabilities available in Photoshop CC enable Creative Cloud members to easily and reliably build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs. All you have to do is click “Print.”
You’ve seen his music video cover of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that was actually performed in space. You’ve marveled at his zero gravity water demonstrations, in which he actually uses his own tears. If you’re Canadian, you may have even seen him on a Canadian $5 bill. And if you’re a fan-boy like me, then all of this has made you nerd-crush on Chris Hadfield…hard.
Hadfield returned to Earth in May 2013 after five months spent commanding the International Space Station. Since returning, he’s released his new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything. He was gracious enough to chat with me about all of these subjects, as well as another one near to my heart: photography.
Hadfield first photographed in outer space during his first mission, STS-74, in 1995. As part of his third mission, Expedition 35, he had the opportunity to capture thousands of photographs, thanks to the advent of digital photography.
“I think I took about 45,000 pictures during my time at the International Space Station,” Hadfield told me over the phone, “and tweeted between one and two-thousand of them.” And he did all that while commanding the International Space Station, too. Slacker.
To capture his arresting Earth portraits, Hadfield used a Nikon D2 and D3, as well as lenses ranging from fish-eyes to 400mms. In some instances, he used Russian lens doublers, resulting in focal lengths of 2,400. (Examples of earlier Hasselblad cameras astronauts used during earlier missions can be found here.)