Hey everyone. Big news today! I’m extremely happy to report that the Lightroom magazine we’ve been working so hard on over the last few months is live. Yep, an entire magazine dedicated entirely to Lightroom. It’s call (appropriately enough) Lightroom Magazine – The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom How-To Magazine. (here’s the link if you just can’t wait)
A while back we realized that Lightroom has become the go-to program for photographers. Up until now, we’ve always included a section on Lightroom in our print magazine, Photoshop User. But after seeing just how passionate people are about Lightroom, we realized it needs it’s own magazine app.
This isn’t our first magazine app though. You may have heard of Light It Magazine which is a magazine app dedicated totally to lighting. Before now, I was actually co-editor-in-chief for the magazine, along with Scott Kelby. But when we decided to do Lightroom Magazine, I realized that I wanted to be a part of it from the ground up. So my co-worker here at Kelby Media Group, RC Concepcion, has taken over my place on Light It Magazine, which let’s me concentrate my efforts on Lightroom.
I’ve gotta tell ya. When we first decided to do the magazine app, I was a little worried about how it would come across visually. Lightroom isn’t like off-camera lighting. With lighting and Light It Magazine, you can have big beautiful pictures that show off each technique since there’s really no computer screen captures to deal with. But with Lightroom you have a ton of tiny little panels and sliders and I was worried that, visually, the magazine would suffer. Well, leave it up to our kick-ass magazine layout team (Felix Nelson and Dave Korman) to totally kill it. They designed what I believe is one of the best looking magazines we’ve ever done.
Here’s a few screen captures from the magazine itself.
First, here’s the cover and Table of Contents in the first issue.
Next, here’s a couple of pages from my 7 Steps To Getting Organized article.
Behind The Preset
I thought presets were really important to cover here too so I created an article called “Behind the Preset”. Basically, I dissect a preset and how it was made. At the end, you can create the preset yourself or download the onces I’ve already made.
The Develop Module
Brian Matiash wrote our first article on using the Develop Module. I plan on including a Develop module based article in each issue.
Lightroom-Photoshop Before/After Video
Since Photoshop is such a HUGE part of Lightroom, I wanted to include it as well. I figured the best way to do that was a video so I included a Before/After video that takes you from unedited Raw file, to Lightroom edits, over to Photoshop, and finally back to Lightroom again. This way, you’ll see the whole process from start to finish.
I begged RC Concepcion (the HDR King) to write an article on 32-bit HDR in Lightroom.
Plug-Ins for Lightroom
I hear a ton of questions on plug-ins and how they work with Lightroom. So we’re including a plug-in article as well. In each issue we’ll look at a new plug-in each time. In this first issue, Rob Sylvan dives into onOne Software’s brand new Perfect Black & White plug-in (which has quickly become my go-to plug-in for B&W).
Printing and Books
Scott Kelby has been known for the awesome photo books he creates so I asked him if he could write an article on it. Not only did he come thru, but he wrote 2 so you’ll see more in the next issue too.
Tips and Tricks
What magazine would be complete without tips and tricks. And who better to bring them to us than Sean Duggan, the tip man himself. He definitely came through with some really cool time-saving little-known tips in Lightroom.
Featured Photographer and Inspiration
And finally, since Lightroom is about photography, we wanted to showcase a photographer and their work in each issue. I think it adds to the inspirational factor you get from looking through a magazine (especially on the iPad). This first issue features Connor Walberg. Connor is an action and architectural photographer out of Colorado, and he’s got some killer work that you won’t want to miss.
Yes, It’s Only On The iPad
The magazine is only on the iPad. And right now, there’s no plans of any other versions any time soon. So if you’re thinking of leaving a comment about why we should have it in another format, don’t (and if you do, don’t say I didn’t warn you
How much? Frequency? And Where To Get It?
The first issue of the magazine is free. Just use the link here to download, or search the app store for “Lightroom Magazine”. You first download the app, and once inside the app, you can download the issues of the magazine. Like I said, the first issue (Nov 2012) is free. Each issue after that is $4.99. Because of the way the App store works, we had to include an in-app purchase right away so that’s why you see two issues there. So you can immediately go and download the 2nd issue right away (well, after you pay $4.99 that is). And you can expect a new issue after that about every 6-8 weeks.
BTW… it’s got a video in it and very large screen captures (so you can zoom in and see everything without squinting), so make sure you give it a good 20-30 minutes to download.
If you’re as passionate about photographer and Lightroom as we are then I really do hope you’ll check out the first issue. And by all means, please let us know if you’ve got any ideas, topics, and writers that you’d like to see in coming issues. Thanks and have a good one!