Ecto Test Post 1

I’m sitting here playing with the latest version of Ecto.

One of the juicy new features is the ability to seamlessly pull a posted photo from my own photo stream and plug it into the blog post in any one of three sizes either by order of my entire stream, from one of my sets, from one of my contact’s streams, from one of the groups that I belong to, or by tag from the whole Flickrverse. Pretty cool. Size choices are:

Small…

Floater 3

Medium…

Floater 3

Large…

Floater 3

Sweet! Effortlessly sweet.

Hmm. I’d better stick with “medium” from now on. 🙂

Two For, One Against… Sort Of

Did you hear that Lightroom 2.0 came out this week? No? Have you been living under a photographic rock?

I am a LR geek. Totally. I’ve been using it since about Beta 2 of v1.0 and have never looked back. In the interest of fairness I have given Aperture a spin once or twice, checked under the hood, and kicked the tires, but I always go back to Lightroom with stars in my eyes and a song in my heart. We were meant for each other.

So this week LR v2.0 came out and I’m sitting here thinking how much I “need” it. But do I? Do I need it enough to justify the cost when I’m on my tightest budget in years and taking about 2 photos per month? (Yeah, I’m exaggerating, but not that much!)

Yes?

Convince me.  John Nack tried and Scott Kelby came close, but I still haven’t actually hit the BUY NOW button yet. What’s even more interesting is that so far even I haven’t been able to convince myself, and anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that that’s impressive!

If only they’d added the option to export slideshows to a QuickTime file… *sigh*

LISTENING TO: “Slave To Love” – Bryan Ferry

"Elements Adds Style" – Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

My thoughts exactly…

If I say “Henri Cartier-Bresson,” and you immediately think “Stoutish fellow jumping over a big puddle,” you’re the sort of high-minded photographer who needs to pop $650 for Photoshop. The remaining 99.98% of you will be more than adequately served by Photoshop Elements, which will run you only $99.

Lightroom Accolades

All I’m saying is that it’s winning major awards and it hasn’t even been released yet…

EUROPEAN PHOTO SOFTWARE
Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom features RAW conversion and high-speed handling of RAW files. The well-organized structure and the clear graphical interface makes working with large RAW files a breeze. The ease-of-use and the supreme quality of the output this software yields is unrivalled, and the expertise of Adobe in imaging is clearly visible in the end result.