Today, Lightroom announced an update to Lightroom that sounds great, but a word of warning… I would not upgrade to Lightroom 7 (AKA Lightroom CC 2017) until we’re sure there are no bugs (as there usually are with Adobe releases). If you upgrade, because of the new file structure, there is no going back to CC 2015. My advice would be to download it and experiment with a fresh catalog before you upgrade your existing catalog.
Anybody who knows me or follows my blog knows that I have an affinity for Think Tank Photo’s great line of camera bags. Their bags a incredibly well thought-out, constructed to take abuse and there’s a bag for every need. Believe me, I have more Think Tank bags than my wife has purses. From travel rollers to backpacks, Think Tank takes care of all my needs. Then, there’s the wants, not needs. Here comes the new Signature Series. Made in two sizes, these bags are absolutely gorgeous.
Available in two sizes, the Signature 10 and 13 are beautifully made shoulder bags that looks great while continuing to have Think Tank’s usual functionality. My Signature 10 is perfectly suited for a night on the town with my Fuji XT-2 and 2-3 lenses. The grey exterior is a handsome, weather resistant fabric that has the feel of extremely nice wool. The shoulder strap and buckles are made of soft, full-grain leather and attaches to the bag with antiqued metal. There’s a two sided pocket on the back which allows you to slip your bag through your travel suitcase handle while navigating through the airport. There’s also a zippered pocket on the back that can hold your batteries or other accessories. Inside, there’s plenty of room for your mirrorless camera and two to three zoom or prime lenses. There’s also another inside pocket that can hold an iPad mini. There’s even a front pocket that can easily hold a novel or Kindle. The padding is covered with a really nice quilted fabric. Extra pads are provided for limitless flexibility.
I can’t stress enough how luxurious and sophisticated this bag looks. It looks more like a really nice travel bag as opposed to a camera bag. I like this because it doesn’t scream “Hey, I’ve got a camera!” which makes it great for travelling as you’re less likely to be accosted for your gear. Also, I’ve found it doesn’t raise suspicion when taking your camera into places that may not be photo friendly. As usual, Think Tank has another winner on their hands. Starting at $249, these bags aren’t cheap, but they’re not meant to be. These are luxury bags for the fashionista. GET YOURS HERE!
If you upgraded your Lightroom and Photoshop today, be aware that there is a bug. When you select the Edit In Photoshop from Lightroom CC 2015.10/Lightroom 6.10 you recieve the following compatibility warning despite having Camera Raw 9.10 installed:
This is an error and you should ignore it and select “Open Anyway” to edit your image with full Photoshop compatibility. Apparently, Adobe is aware of this error and is working on it.
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Well it’s that time again. Here are my top albums of 2016 in no particular order:
Gaz Coombes – Matador
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
David Bowie – Black Star
John Doe – Westerner
Eagulls – Ullages
Pineapple Thief – Your Wilderness
Riverside – Eye of the Soundscape
Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being
Kyle Craft – Dolls of Highland
Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – You’re Doomed. Be Nice
Shearwater – Jet Plane and Oxbow
Sturgil Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
BEST REISSUES OF 2016:
David Bowie – Bowie at the Beeb)
This Heat – This Heat
Budgie – The MCA Albums
Yes – Tales of Topographic Oceans (Steven Wilson Mix)
Sun Ra – The Singles
Public Image Ltd – Metal Box
Big Star – Complete Third
Led Zeppelin – Complete BBC Sessions
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock
John Doe, formerly of the band X, performed a solo acoustic show in the Gathering Space at KEXP last night. It was absolutely fantastic. Everybody was so quiet, even John mentioned that he never gets to play in front of such a quiet audience and he felt like a folk singer at a club in the 60s. A total treat!
If you are not familiar with this band, you should definitely check them out. Finn Andrews is the son of original XTC member and Shriekback founder Barry Andrews. The Veils have an amazing sound. Highly recommended.