We have a Winner!!! Day 1: Photosmith FREE Giveaway

Hi Folks.
Well with a total of 75 entries on Day 1 of the Photosmith FREE giveaway I’m pleased to announce that our high tech random number generator has chosen comment number 54 by ‘Gwenn‘ as the winner (actually I just called a friend up and asked them to pick a number from 1 to 75)

Number 54 ‘Gwenn’ has been emailed a promotional code so that they can now download a FREE copy of the App that everybody is talking about…Photosmith.

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for Day 2 of 3 and another chance to win your own FREE copy,
Enjoy:)

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Photosmith…The Wait is Finally Over Plus win a FREE copy!!!

Well, the wait is finally over…Photosmith: The iPad Mobile Companion for Adobe Lightroom is available TODAY from the iTunes App Store [Link]

So what exactly is Photosmith?
Ok so just take a few moments to imagine the following scenario…

You’re out on a Photo Shoot filling up a number of memory cards with valuable image files and when you’re all packed up you get out your iPad Camera Connection Kit and backup all the images onto your iPad for safe keeping. Now, wouldn’t it be really cool if whilst you’re grabbing a coffee and doing a bit of ‘chimping’ you could then look through all of these backed up images and at the same time sort through and tag all the ‘keepers’ and rejected files, maybe add a coloured label or a star rating, add some descriptions and copyright information and then create and arrange them into folders. Then…when you get back to the studio or home all of this sorting, labelling and organising on your iPad wirelessly syncs with Lightroom on your computer whilst you get on with the important things like catching up with your loved ones.

Sound too good to be true? Well with Photosmith that’s exactly what you can do plus alot more and it really is as simple as it sounds…

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Photosmith brings Lightroom synchronization to the iPad

Photosmith introduces sorting and tagging to photographers on the go
(All images provided by Photosmith)

Atlanta, GA. April 26, 2011 – C Squared Enterprises, Inc has released Photosmith for the iPad. Photosmith brings the ability to manage photos using collections, keywords, tagging, ratings, EXIF, and IPTC metadata. Photographers no longer need to wait until they get back to their main computer or drag a laptop to sort through photos or show clients their latest results. With Photosmith, photographers can load their photos directly on the iPad, filter, sort, rate, and keyword while in the field/studio. When they get back to Adobe Lightroom on their Mac or PC they can sync all photos from the iPad to Lightroom and all of their tagging and rating will also transfer with no need to duplicate effort.

Photosmith improves the photographer’s digital workflow, especially flows with RAW images. Photosmith offers viewing of full RAW image data from the latest dSLR cameras in full fidelity and up to 100% zoom; even on 25+ megapixel images. Photosmith offers a grid view for quickly sorting through thumbnails and collections, a loupe view for viewing individual images and tagging, and a full screen view to maximize use of the screen. Users can assign a rating, choose a color label, view the basic EXIF data (shutter speed, ISO, f/stop, and more), or edit the title, caption, or a number of other IPTC fields. All these settings are synchronized with Lightroom using the free Photosmith plugin. Future changes made in Lightroom are saved back to the iPad during a sync as well. See more at: http://bit.ly/PhotosmithTour

Photosmith assists photographers on the go with sharing their photos too. Photos can be sent to Flickr, Facebook, Dropbox, or email. Those sent to Flickr and Facebook maintain their titles and keywords, allowing pros to quickly share and get feedback from their clients, or allows the causal photographer to share photos while on vacation.

Photosmith is the culmination of 24 months of effort and development continues to add new features over time. Users are encouraged to submit feedback and suggestions to help drive the future of the app.

The app is available on the Apple App Store, and is available worldwide for US$17.99 (or the approximate equivalent).

For more information please visit http://www.photosmithapp.com

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* All images in this post are courtesy of Photosmith *

Images that appear in Photosmith can come from a number of sources i.e memory cards by using an Apple Camera Connection Kit, email, Dropbox and so on…basically any images that you have on your iPad that didn’t get there by being synced with iTunes.

Sorting through your images, tagging, adding colour labels, star ratings, descriptions and copyright information is extremely quick and easy thanks to the layout of the interface…

To help streamline the process Photosmith makes use of multi-gestures so for example, images can be ‘picked’ by tapping on them once with two fingers…

Creating a Collection is real easy; simply name the new collection and then press onto one of your ‘picked’ images and then drag it across and drop it ontop of the collection name. To add more than one image at a time all you need do is click on one of your ‘picked’ images and when you drag across, Photosmith brings over the other ‘picked’ images too…

The interface is incredibly easy to navigate around. For example the different layout options i.e Loupe, Grid, and Full Screen are selected from the top left of the screen…

Syncing with Adobe Lightroom
Once back at your main computer to enable Photosmith on your iPad to sync with Lighroom on your computer you first need to download a FREE Lightroom Plug In from the companies blog [Link]

Once installed the sync process works incredibly well. Your image files complete with all the tagging, labelling, descriptions and in their respective collections etc are transferred into your Lightroom catalogue via WiFi leaving you to get on with other more important things. I can’t give you an accurate breakdown of how long it takes for your image files to transfer over into Lightroom because I’ll be honest it’s not something I’ve timed. What I will say though is that I shoot in RAW and transferring files over hasn’t taken that long at all; obviously this all depends on how many files and what size they are but personally speaking I found it surprisingly quick and during the testing I experienced no crashes or issues with the transfer process at all.

Syncing your images with Lightroom isn’t all you can do either; images can be upload directly from the App to Facebook, Flickr and Dropbox plus they can be attached into emails…

Summary
Photosmith works and works extremely well. It is as the description says, a companion to Adobe Lightroom as opposed to an iPad equivalent and with that being said during the time I’ve been using it I’ve found it to be an extremely useful tool.

Sorting through images, labelling, adding descriptions and copyright information isn’t the most stimulating of past times; if I’m in front of my computer with images on the screen I want to be editing rather than doing what I would call the ‘tedious’ tasks. However as odd as it may sound these previously ‘tedious’ tasks are actually made quite enjoyable using Photosmith on the iPad. Maybe one contributing factor to this is because I feel like I’m making better use of my time i.e. rather than just backing up my memory cards, drinking coffee and chimping at the end of a shoot I’m doing something else constructive that’s going to save me time when I get back to the studio/home.

Highly Recommended

Photosmith is available now from the iTunes App Store [Link] priced at $17.99 (£10.99)

Photosmith on Twitter [Link]
Official site: http://www.photosmithapp.com
Support site: http://support.photosmithapp.com

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*** UPDATE: Competition Day 1 has now closed…check back tomorrow for Day 2***

Get yourself a FREE copy of Photosmith

So…how’d you fancy getting a copy of Photosmith for FREE? Well this week I have 3 promotional codes to give away so for today here’s what you need to…

Simply post the following into the ‘comments’ section below:

“I can’t wait any longer…I really want a copy of Photosmith: The iPad mobile companion for Adobe Lightroom”

…and before tomorrow’s post goes live I’ll randomly select a winner and email you a code, oh and don’t worry if you miss out this time…just check back tomorrow for another chance to win.
Enjoy:)

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  • April 26, 2011 - 2:35 pm

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    Hi Glyn, this certainly looks an ace app. Nice to see things hotting up on the photographic apps front for the iPad – anything that helps our workflow is greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    David

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    Thanks for the great blog post.

    Cheers

    Jonathan

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Photosmith Launch date PLUS Win a FREE Copy!!!

Hi Folks
Just a little note to say that tomorrow (Tuesday 26th) is the official release date of Photosmith: The iPad Mobile Companion for Adobe Lightroom [Link]

I’ll be posting a full review to coincide with the launch PLUS this week I have 3 promotional codes to give away so that you can download yourself a FREE copy of this incredible iPad App, so be sure to stop by tomorrow for more details.

Enjoy:)

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Book Review: Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques by Scott Kelby

If you ever find yourself sat infront of your computer screen staring at some portrait shots you’ve taken, Photoshop open and saying “Now what?” or quite simply you want to make your portrait shots look their very best, then I can’t say it any simpler than You Need This Book!

Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers using Photoshop’ is the latest book by Photographer and Photoshop Guru Scott Kelby and in my own opinion this time he’s out done himself and produced what I predict will become the Retouching Bible! Seriously…the book is that good!

With what appears to be an infinite supply of Photoshop books out there lining shelves in book stores it can be incredibly difficult knowing which ones/s to get especially when each and every one promises to ‘share the secrets of the pros’. The risk of possibly wasting your hard earned cash on a book that you’ll glance through disappointingly and then never pick up again is real, and one that I’m sure most of us have done on more than one occasion.

However, this latest book changes things. We now have a book that not only gives us techniques that are easy to follow and apply but a book that eliminates the feeling of ‘What do I do now?’

This new book is full to the brim of techniques that work and work extremely well and what’s more they’re written and explained in a way that makes them easy to understand and then apply to your own work.

If you’re familiar with Scott’s Digital Photography Book series [Link] and the one page, one tip style then this is kind of written in the same way. Now obviously I don’t mean that each technique takes just one page to explain but what I do mean is that the techniques don’t drag on and confuse the heck out of you; Scott gets to the point and in a way that feels like he’s there with you…“Do this, now do that…there you go!” Simple!

Some folks have ‘complained’ in the past about Scott’s humour in his writing but I think even ‘they’ are going to be impressed this time. I don’t know if it’s an intentional decision on Scott’s behalf but this latest book does seem to be written in a way that’s slightly different to what we’ve become accustomed to, but that’s definitely a good thing. Personally I like Scott’s writing style…I’m a very visual person so for me to read, I need to be entertained as well as informed but this latest book will definitely appeal to all.

So what does the book cover?
The book is made up of 7 Chapters each covering a different area of retouching and on most occasions showing more than one technique to achieve the same/similar result so you can choose which fits in best with your way of working…

Chapter 1: Retouching Eyes

  • Increasing Contrast in the Iris
  • Darkening the Outer Rim of the Iris
  • Adding More Life to the Eyes
  • Enhancing and/or Creating Catch Lights
  • Brightening the Whites of the Eyes
  • Removing Eye Veins
  • Changing Eye Colour
  • Reducing Dark Circles Under Eyes
  • Making Eyes Larger (or Smaller)
  • Swapping One Eye for the Other
  • Enhancing Eyelashes
  • Creating Beautiful Eyebrows
  • Making Fuller Eyebrows
  • Darkening the Eyebrows
  • Sharpening Eyes to Make Them Sparkle

Chapter 2: Retouching Skin

  • Removing Blemishes
  • How to Avoid Plastic-Looking Skin
  • Basic “Quickie” Skin Softening
  • Softening Skin While Retaining Texture
  • Softening Skin & Adding Texture Back In
  • High Pass Skin Softening
  • Softening Skin Using Channels
  • Reducing or Removing Wrinkles
  • Removing Hot Spots
  • Balance Skin Tones
  • Reducing Stubble
  • Applying Digital Makeup
  • Creating Porcelain-Looking Skin
  • Sharpening Portraits

Chapter 3: Reshaping Facial Features

  • Reshaping the Face and Head
  • Making Features More Symmetrical
  • Sculpting the Face by Dodging & Burning

Chapter 4: Retouching Hair

  • Adding Highlights to Hair
  • Removing Stray Hair Strands
  • Fixing Gaps in Hair
  • Changing Hair Colour
  • Darkening a Part Line
  • Hiding Roots

Chapter 5: Retouching the Lips and Mouth

  • Making Lips Larger
  • Creating Glossy Lips
  • Applying or Tweaking Lipstick
  • Changing the Shade of Lip Colour
  • Repairing Teeth
  • Whitening Teeth and Reducing Yellowing

Chapter 6: Slimming and Trimming

  • Overall Slimming
  • Slimming One Person in a Group Shot
  • Reducing a Double Chin & Thinning the Face
  • Thinning Arms or Legs
  • Getting Great Abs
  • Fixing Clothes (Lumps, Bagging & Folds)

Chapter 7: My 5-, 15-, and 30 Minute Retouches

  • Retouching Checklist
  • My Five-Minute Retouch
  • My 15-Minute Retouch
  • My 30-Minute Retouch

Now this Chapter is the icing on the cake! Sure it’s ok to know all these different techniques but when do you apply them, and in what order and more to the point how do you decide what needs doing anyway?

In Chapter 7 Scott goes through 3 retouches from start to finish…each more involved than the next; a 5 minute, a 15 minute and a 30 minute retouch covering techniques explained throughout the book and what’s more there’s an included ‘Check List’ that you can use during your own retouching that goes through the kind of questions you should be asking yourself and that will help you to decide what to do.

Summary
As Photographers we should all aim to get the best ‘out of camera’ images we can but it doesn’t stop there! The money and time we’ve all invested, and continue to do so, to improve our skills still doesn’t take away the fact that EVERY image requires some form of editing…even if it’s adding a little more contrast and some sharpening.

Being proficient in Photoshop is all part of being a photographer just as knowing what to do in the dark room was in the days of film and this book will give you all you need to finish off your portraits and show them off at their very best.

No matter how proficient you may be in Photoshop you will DEFINITELY learn some valuable techniques amongst the books 384 pages, oh and although the book is written in such a way that you can dive into any section you want, be sure NOT to skip the introduction as there’s some valuable hints and tips plus details of the book’s accompanying website that includes downloads for you to use too.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Professional Portrait Retouching Technique for Photographers using Photoshop by Scott Kelby
ISBN-10: 0321725549
ISBN-13: 978-0321725547
Currently priced at £18.50 from Amazon UK

UPDATE: You can now catch the webinar with Scott Kelby & Matt Kloskowski discussing the book and showing some of the retouching techniques here [Link]

Tune into ‘The Grid’ or else…

Well, we’re now unpacked and settled in our new home so it’s time to catch up on a few days blogging so I thought I’d kick off with a little reminder…

If you’re a photographer, you like photography, you’ve got a camera or what the heck if you like looking at photos then you’ll definitely want to check out the ‘The Grid‘, a ‘live’ weekly discussion show about Photography and Photoshop. Hosted by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski, and with special guests the show has quickly become the show to watch.

You can catch the show live [Link] as it’s broadcast on the internet on your computer, iPad and iPhone and post comments/questions to the presenters via Twitter using the #thegridlive hash-tag.

This is definitely a show not to miss…believe me:)

Since we’re talking of Scott Kelby, he’s recently released a new book “Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers using Photoshop” …

To give you an idea of what the book covers Scott will be joined by Matt Kloskowski for a live webinar airing today at 3pm EDT (8pm UK) which you can watch over at: www.kelbytraining.com/webcast

Also, tomorrow I’ll be posting up a review of this new book which I must say is a killer! Trust me if you ever find yourself looking at your portrait shots on the computer and thinking “Now what?” you need this book!

Right that’s all for now so I’ll catch you later,
Enjoy:)

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