Post-production porn: Lightroom 4, and Carousel becomes Revel

Sony NEX-7, 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 | 18mm, 180th, f8

Two very cool things happened today: Adobe released Lightroom 4 beta to the public, and Adobe revealed a little of their intentions for Carousel, renaming it Revel at the same time.

First, Lightroom 4: I think the most important change is the refined ‘basic’ panel in the develop module, which gives you better control over shadows and highlights and does a much better job of targeting either without you having to resort to the local adjustment brush. This isn’t just a refinement – they’ve changed the sliders and introduced a new process version 2012. Continue reading

Adobe Revel versus Apple iCloud Photostream

UPDATE: Adobe Carousel has been renamed Adobe Revel.

Apple and Adobe recently introduced products that sync photographs between your iOS and Mac OS devices. On the surface, Carousel and Photostream may look the same, but they are very different products and you may well find yourself using both.

Let’s start with Photostream. This is a free, Apple-only service that keeps your past 30 days worth of pictures in the cloud and pushes them back and forth between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and iPhoto and Aperture on your Mac. A picture taken on one of your devices will show up in Photostream on the others, and pictures you drag to your Photostream in Aperture or iPhoto will appear on your iOS 5 devices. Continue reading