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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 13, 2010 / 3 Elul, 5770

Let there be Lightroom

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On my better days, I do like to imagine myself a creative person, even in terms of my photography, which, in reality, is amateurish at best.

Now I've stumbled on to something that threatens to take me to another level: the latest release of Adobe Corp.'s Lightroom photo management and manipulation software. It's called Lightroom 3 (and version 3.2 is waiting in the wings) and it's well worth the $299 retail price if you're at all serious about doing neat stuff with your pictures.

As mentioned here about a year ago, (http://bit.ly/17ONkd), Lightroom's first great strength is its ability to help you organize and catalog your digital pictures. Some explanation: Unlike earlier days, when we'd shoot a roll of 36 exposures and end up with 20 or so that are "keepers," today's digital photography lets you keep on shooting with practically no limitations. If you have a large enough memory card, you can capture hundreds of shots and drop them onto your computer, disc space permitting.

Of course, having the ability to keep all these photos on your computer doesn't mean they'll be organized. Right now, I've got 7,799 photos on my computer - the equivalent of approximately 216 of those old 36-exposure Kodachrome rolls. Lightroom 3, as with its predecessors, will round up your photos and group them quite nicely. You can tweak and refine the groupings, of course, and if you're one of those blessed with the organizing gene, the cataloging can never stop. What's essential to know here, though, is that you CAN do all this -- breaking down categories, creating albums or files - and that it can be done easily. That's a big plus.

Another plus, as I'd mentioned last year, is that Lightroom 3, likes its predecessors, runs on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh platforms. Feature sets are, so far as I can tell, identical. Both are important facets, of course, but the cross-platform feature is most important, particularly for heterogeneous computing environments.

If all Lightroom 3 did was to arrange and catalog your photos, it might not be worth the price tag. But wait - as they say in infomercial-land - there's more: In Lightroom, you can perform some basic, and some not-so-basic, operations with a photo that would require a fair amount of technical skill otherwise.

Take the picture illustrated here. It's a tree I've snapped on Skyline Drive in Virginia. But where the original is a rather standard color shot, apply the "B&W Creative- Selenium Tone" effect and you get a something which might have been taken when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt inaugurated Skyline Drive nearly 80 years ago. I'm seriously thinking about getting (and then framing) an enlarged print, maybe something on canvas.

What I appreciate about Lightroom 3 is that making this adjustment was not only a one-click process, but that everything is so well arranged. The effects are easy to find, right in the "Quick Develop" menu on the right side of the program's workspace, and easy to undo: click the "reset" button and you're good to go.

Also made easy is the process of scrolling through a photo collection, since all of one's pictures can be accessed in a slider along the bottom of the workspace. Quite nice and very useful.

As it did last year, Lightroom 3 outpaces Apple Inc.'s Aperature on a couple of points, as well as in the cross-platform race. With a list price $100 less than Lightroom, Aperature remains a good buy for many Mac users. But for photographic professionals, Lightroom continues to set - and raise - the standard.

Details at www.adobe.com

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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