Photographers Turned Product Developers?

Yes, there are certain windows of time in which photographers actually get to step into the shoes of the product development team at Adobe and contribute to a final release. Today, marks the highly anticipated public preview of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta for Mac and Windows – a sneak peek of what’s to come. Lightroom has historically been an application formed from the direct feedback of photographers to address specific workflow needs. During the beta period photographers can actually moonlight as product developers, contributing their reactions, requests and responses to what currently exists in the application.

Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images from one application. Available as a free download on Adobe Labs, Lightroom 3 beta delivers an early look at new tools that will be in Lightroom 3, including more intuitive importing, unparalleled noise reduction and sharpening tools, enhanced slideshow capabilities and direct publishing to online photo sharing sites like Flickr®. Visit to learn more and download the beta. Feedback can be submitted on the Lightroom forums: Users also can connect with Adobe at or, and can add the tag #AdobeLR3beta to tweets about the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta.