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Lenscraft in Focus October 2018


Welcome to the Lenscraft in Focus newsletter for October 2018.

I’m going to start this month’s newsletter by explaining this is joint issue with November. I don’t like doing this, but I have a personal commitment which will prevent me from publishing November’s issue. Rest assured though, I will be sending December’s newsletter at the start of December. For the time being, I hope you enjoy this latest issue.


Problems with Lightroom Presets

Recently I needed to install a set of Lightroom Presets to my computer. Unfortunately, this simple task lost me a lot of time and created lots of frustration. You see in April 2018 Adobe changed the format of Lightroom Preset files. But they also changed where you install the files AND how you install them.

I can understand why Adobe decided to improve the file structure but why make some of the other changes? Some of the changes mean that the most popular method of installing presets have stopped working. As more people move to the latest versions of Lightroom CC, and want to install presets, they’re going encounter this problem.

From personal experience I can tell you that it’s very frustrating as almost all the advice on Google shows methods that don’t work. That’s why I’ve updated the tutorial on Lenscraft explaining how to install Lightroom Presets and included a video to explain everything.

Even if you don’t currently need to install Lightroom Presets, it’s worth knowing about this as you can help others who encounter the problem. You can read the article here…


Three Adobe Lightroom Alternatives

Something that appears to be a growing trend amongst photographers is the dislike of the Adobe licensing model. More and more people are turning their back on Photoshop and Lightroom to search for viable alternatives. In this article I explore three possible alternatives you could use to replace the Library and Develop modules of Lightroom.

Read the complete article on Lenscraft.


Camera Club Presentations

I would like to thank the members of Llandudno and Rhyl Photographic Societies for their hospitality. The presentations went well despite a few timing issues (of my own making).

My next club presentation will be on the 18th December 2018 at Chester Photographic Society.

From Around the Web

It appears a lot of you enjoyed Jack Curran’s photography last month. It was great that so many of you visited his site. I received a very nice email from Jack thanking me for all the visitors he had received. Well-deserved in my option.

Interesting Photography

For this month’s interesting photography, I need to say thank you to Fred Pratt who has introduced me to the Landscape Collective. This is a group of 14 Landscape Photographers, some who I knew but others that are completely new to me. There’s some very interesting and creative landscape photography on the site. It’s well worth a look.



Alien Skin Exposure X4

Whilst I was drafting this newsletter Alien Skin launched the Exposure X4 software. Although there are enhancements to the development tools, they have also added a few features to help you manage your images. I’ve been asked a few times in the past to produce something explaining the workflow to use in Exposure, I thought this would be the ideal opportunity. You can watch my video on YouTube.

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Book, Course & Video News

What I’m currently developing.

Affinity Photo Tutorials

I’m back working on the Affinity Photo book, although due to other commitments I’m not going to be able to finish it this year. Currently I expect to publish in January or February 2019. Hopefully my Affinity Photo Tutorial series below will help make up for this.

I will be publishing the first video in the series on the 11th October. As with my Nik Bitesize Tutorials, these are short videos that build into an effective resource for learning Affinity Photo. I start with the basics to help you understand the software and tools before tackling more advanced features.

A lot of people I speak to like Affinity Photo but struggle to understand it. That’s not surprising as it’s quite like Photoshop with a similarly steep learning curve. I’m hoping this new video series will help a lot of users take advantage of its power.

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Discount Reminder

Don’t forget to use the discount codes if you’re purchasing books or courses from Lenscraft. You can find the discount codes on the Members Discounts page.

There won’t be a newsletter in November due to other personal commitments. I will publish the next newsletter on the first Saturday in December.

Robin Whalley

Landscape Photographer

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