May Day Protest, May 1, 2010 – State Capitol Building, Phoenix Arizona.

Photo gallery below; images also available in the flickr set “May Day 2010

“STOP HATE”(select image for gallery view)

Photoshop CS5 Available For Download

The beast has been set free.  As of today, you can download trials of CS5 software (as well as, one would assume, order online-delivery purchases of CS5 software).

To jump-start into CS5:

Photoshop CS5 Extended trial page

CS5 Master Collection trial page

Photoshop CS5 Comparison page

Lightroom 2.7 and ACR 2.7 released

Adobe update page / LR Bllightroom-logo-300x300og page

Lightroom 2.7 – Windows / Mac

ACR 5.7 – Windows / Mac

Highlights from release notes:

* Camera Raw 5.7 includes an updated demosaic algorithm designed to provide compatibility with settings applied in Lightroom 3 beta 2.

* Lightroom 2.7 also includes the same updated demosaic algorithm. The updated demosaic algorithm will appear as a subtle shift in noise characteristics at default values.

* By default Camera Raw will display the image adjustments exactly as performed in the Lightroom 3 beta 2 develop module.  However, at this time Camera Raw 5.7 is unable to support further adjustments to the following settings or tools:
 – Highlight Priority and Color Priority post-crop vignette
 – Enhanced Luminance and Color Noise Reduction
 – Grain effects
 – Process Version


Known issues:
* Burning exported images to disc is not available for the Lightroom 64-bit Windows application.
* Upgrading a Lightroom 1 catalog during a catalog import can create multiple temporary copies of the catalog while upgrading
* Lightroom performance can be impacted when the Window’s Recycle Bin contains thousands of files
* Lightroom may not automatically launch an import dialog when a memory card is attached to a Windows Vista computer. Please select the Import button in the Library and select the attached card reader to begin the import.
* Lightroom 2.7 will not automatically migrate plug-ins located in the following directory: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2\Modules\. Any plug-ins in this folder should be moved to:
XP: C:/Documents and Settings/{your_username}/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules/
Vista: C:/Users/{your_username}/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Lightroom/Modules/

Bugs fixed: 
* Slideshow playback on Windows could cause Lightroom and/or the computer to crash.
* The camera raw cache limit was increased to 200GB


New Cameras:
* Canon EOS 550D (Digital Rebel T2i/ EOS Kiss X4 Digital)
* Kodak Z981
* Leaf Aptus-II 8
* Leaf Aptus-II 10R
* Mamiya DM40
* Olympus E-PL1
* Panasonic G2
* Panasonic G10
* Sony A450

FREE Photography Seminar – Art Wolfe – The Creative Eye

CreativeTechs (now CreativeLIVE) is at it again — another FREE photography seminar with Art Wolfe is coming up, running April 20 – May 4, 2010.

General info

Who is this guy?

Art Wolfe web site
Travels to the Edge (Art’s PBS show) web site
wikipedia article on Art Wolfe

Photoshop CS5 Launch Event

It’s the big hoo-doo where you doo that pixel voo-doo…  Okay, it’s CS5.  The big event is scheduled for the morning of April 12th. 

What features made the final cut? 

Will content aware-fill be in the inital release? 

Will Apple and Adobe make friends and place nice? 

We’ll all find out together…  CS5 Launch Site