Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta

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Adobe Lightroom 5 splash screen courtesy of Adobe.com

There’s a lot of talk about some of the new features in Lightroom 5 that are available for preview in the current Beta version. However what’s impressed me the most is the inclusion of editable book templates. Of the features in Lightroom 4, the inability to edit templates when creating books is the biggest drawback and one that constantly sends me back to the Blurb App on my desktop. While the ability to soft proof inside Lightroom 4 using Blurb’s profile is a nicer option than having to install the Blurb ICC profile in Photoshop and soft proof from there when using Blurb’s installed software, it wasn’t enough to win my loyalty in that area. So I look forward to having a true Blurb workflow inside Lightroom 5.

Read the Beta release notes here.

And at the Lightroom Journal here

Adobe release Photoshop Touch for iPhone

Today marks the end of a long wait and the wait has been worth it. Photoshop Touch is finally available for iPhone.

You can read the release blurb at Adobe or download the app at iTunes.

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I’ve put together a quick review on the run and you can read it here.

2012 iPhone Photography Awards

The winners of the 5th Annual iPhone Phoptography Awards were announced today.

A big congratulations to Jimmy Mazur who won the Photographer of the Year with this image of two young boys playing in an old VW.

image courtesy of IPPA

Congratulations to all the category winners and photographers receiving honorable mentions. Although not as lucky as 2011 (Winner in ‘Nature’ and ‘Others’), I was fortunate enough to be included amongst the photographers whose works were selected for honorable mentions in the “Landscape” and “People” categories. You can see my entries here, here and here.

This is an international contest with thousands of entries from over 20 countries. It’s nice to have the work acknowledged in this manner.

A big thanks to the organizers who made it possible.

iPhone Photography Awards 2012

The awards have not been announced yet but it was nice to have an image included in the gallery banner for the home page. The banner/slideshow featured a selection of works form this years submissions. By the look of things it’s going to be another great year for the IPPA. Thanks to all concerned for the inclusion.

Submissions are open for the 6th annual awards (2013). Visit the IPPA website here