Enfuse For Real Estate Photography

Simon Maxwell has recently released an incredible 145 (!) book on using Enfuse, and in particular LR/Enfuse, for real estate photography. I highly recommend it to all users of this plugin, whether they user it for real estate photography or for other subjects. Areas covered include:

  • Chapter 1 The Problem: Limits Of A Single Exposure
  • Chapter 2 The Solution: What Enfusing Can Achieve
  • Chapter 3 Shooting Brackets
  • Chapter 4 Creating Enfused Images – With LR/Enfuse
  • Chapter 5 Batch Processing – With LR/Enfuse
  • Chapter 6 Advanced Methods
  • Chapter 7 Enfuse-Flash Hybrid
  • Chapter 8 An Enfuse Shoot From Start To Finish
  • Lightroom Presets

Happy reading!

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Arctic Whiteness release Final Cut Library Manager

I’ve just released a new application (via Arctic Whiteness) that will appeal to those of you that also do video work using Final Cut Pro.

Final Cut Library Manager is a great utility for running housekeeping tasks on Final Cut Pro X libraries. It’ll immediately find all Spotlight-indexed libraries and display them in one window so that they can easily be sorted and searched. Libraries may be cleaned to recover gigabytes worth of space by quickly and safely removing render files, proxies and optimized media files (users can rest assured that we don’t remove the optimised media if we can’t find the corresponding original media files).

Another small but oh-so-very-useful feature is Open Alone which will open a library by itself in Final Cut Pro to avoid having to manually close all the other libraries first. Finally!

To celebrate the release of this product we’re offering the full version for a promotional price of just €4.99 (just under $6.00 for those outside of the Europe)!

You can download Final Cut Library Manager here :

http://www.arcticwhiteness.com/finalcutlibrarymanager/

And you can see a mini tutorial video here :

http://www.arcticwhiteness.com/finalcutlibrarymanager/minitutorial/

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The Touch 1.20 released – 50% promotional offer for limited time!

We have just released version 1.20 of The Touch.

For those who haven’t yet discovered this utility now’s a great time to have a look since there a promotional offer of 50% for a limited time, taking the price down to just €9.95!

The Touch is a great way for Mac users to add useful gestures to Lightroom, either using a trackpad or an iPad. It makes developing your image a real pleasure…

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LR/GMail 1.40 released

A few users of LR/GMail have recently reported problems with the plugin no longer connecting to Google’s servers.

Fear not, I’ve been working like a madman to find a solution. The latest version of LR/GMail now uses an entirely new way of connecting to the server that should solve these issues, and a number of other ones too.

Now, you may be wondering why people would use a plugin to send emails rather than using the built-in support that’s been available since Lightroom 4. Well, LR/GMail provides a number of niceties you don’t otherwise get:

  • The plugin also accesses your contact list to provide auto-completion of your contacts as you add them to the To, Cc and Bcc fields.
  • The plugin stores information on which images have been sent via LR/GMail (so that you can filter them).
  • The plugin stores a list of recipients to whom each photos has been sent (accesssed from Lightroom’s metadata panel). This gives you tracabilty for future reference.

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Photographer’s Toolbox is now under the “Arctic Whiteness” umbrella

Following a slight reorganisation the Photographer’s Toolbox is now officially part of my software development company Arctic Whiteness.

This change will have no affect on existing or new users other than the fact that payments are now invoiced in Euros rather than UK Pounds, and you’ll be send to Arctic Whiteness’s PayPal page for payment processing.

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The Touch – a new way of controlling Lightroom

Hi,

Some of you may have noticed that it’s been rather hard to get my attention for the last 4 months. I’m sorry about that. Here’s the reason:

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Happy New Year (and an announcement)

Happy New Year to all! We hope that 2013 brings you all much photographic satisfaction….

We have some great news to start the new year off: Sean McCormack is now distributing his popular Lightroom galleries via the Photographer’s Toolbox. Welcome aboard Sean!

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Faster, more reliable downloads…

We sometimes have comments from users who are unable to download the latest version of their plugins from within Lightroom. Often the download is very slow, other times it fails half way through. The problem principally affects users who are located out of Europe (where our server is located).

This distance-related problem also manifests itself when asking the Enfuse plugin to download our copy of the Enfuse binary application.

To solve these problems we’ve now experimenting with an infrastructure change that should provide you all with more reliable plugin updates. As we move forwards plugins will be stored on a global “Content Delivery Network” hosted by Amazon, which is a fancy way of saying that the files in question will be stored much closer to your physical location, and should thus be much quicker – and more reliable – to download.

Since this represents a major change for us we’ll be rolling out the changes slowly. We’re going to start with LR/Enfuse to ensure that all’s well, and new versions of our other plugins will be updated over time.

We’d love to hear from users of LR/Enfuse who had experienced these problems before to know if this solves the issue for them….

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List View 1.60

I’ve just released ListView 1.60 with a series of significant changes and improvements:

  • Easier to change data displayed
    • Click the triangle in the column header
    • A new dialog box replaces the previous long drop down lists
  • Display and output Develop fields
    • Slows down performance (there’s no batch access)
    • Freely mix Develop data with
    • Sort by Develop data
    • Save sorted items to a collection (the sort is in the “user order”)
  • Display and output various other fields
    • Video
    • Folder paths
    • Pick flags
    • Edit count and time
  • Completely new floating “File Info” panel (shown right)
    • Only available in Lightroom 4
    • Displays info about same 10 fields as List View
    • Floats, so you can move from file to file in grid view or the filmstrip
    • Display more EXIF info while you’re working in Develop
    • Put it on a second monitor
  • Two additional panels for Metadata
    • A File Info panel including folders, file size
    • One bringing together copyright and other minimal data entry
  • Save export data to location other than the desktop
    • It’s a preference in Plug-In Manager
  • A lot more logging
    • So much more that it really slows things down
    • Switch it on when (if) you need it

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Keyboard Tamer – a GREAT tool for Mac Users

Hot on the heals of version 2.00 of Keyboard Tamer I’ve just released version 2.11 which adds support for adjusting the development sliders for images under Process Version 2012.

I have to thank Peter Karlsson from Svarteld for driving the recent updates to Keyboard Tamer, and this screenshot is a reminder as to why this is such a useful plugin, not only for users of non-US keyboards, but also for all Mac users, as we’ll see below….

Lightroom doesn’t provide any keyboard shortcuts for the development sliders, and so Keyboard Tamer does something slightly tricky to solve this issue. By creating menu items to adjust the various development sliders Mac users can use the System Preferences to assign keyboard shortcuts!

However, that’s not the best of it. The really great thing is that these shortcuts work everywhere – from every module. No more switching to the Develop module to make a quick change to an image!

Thanks for that inspiring screenshot Peter!

I’ve also improved things for Windows users. By default those menu items will no longer be visible in the menu, so you won’t have to be bothered be something that serves you much less purpose that it would to a Mac user…

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