There was one major reason for the redesign of The Light's Right site. I wanted to a community site. I spent a lot of time building the site in Drupal, adding forums, adding support for comments and ratings, etc.
I also wanted to give voice to others. A handful of Photoshop gurus have high visibility. We can learn a lot from them. But I also know from my experience in digital photography forums around the Web that there are many smart and experienced digital photographers out there.
Matt Kloskowski's recent video on using camera-specific profiles gave me reason to stop and think about several points.
Let me start by disclaiming that I've een a fan of Matt's tutorials for years. Matt has an engaging personality in his tutorials. He's very knowledgable about Photoshop and Lightroom.
Phil Askey publishes reviews of digital cameras that are the most comprehensive on the Web. They typically run 10, 12, even more pages. Lots of sample photos and test data. They've helped guide my buying decisions.
Michael Reichmann also posts some excellent tutorals. They are not as exhaustive or systematic as Phil Askey's reviews, but they have the benefit of a widely-recognized pro photographer testing them and offering his professional judgment.
No one has asked me, but you might be wondering what it takes to earn a "Highly Recommended" designations for the reviews of sites, tools, tutorials, or videos.
It's a judgment call. Mine, when I do the rating. When other contributors submit a review, it's their judgment to make.
I want to thank everyone who visited The Light's Right in 2008. You helped to make a successful launch for the new site!
I have lots of plans for 2009 to try and make it a successful year for The Light's Right site to take it to a new level of support for the digital photography community.
Happy New Years to All!
I've received some flattering comments recently on the audio quality for the TLR video tutorials.
Part of that quality comes from using a high quality audio codec (there's some jargon already). When you make a video, you can choose from different methods of compressing the audio and the video. Choose wisely and you get high quality audio.
Terry White has a blog that showcases cideo podcasts related to the entire Adobe Creative Suite. He recently added a podcast from John Agger who discusses one of the new additions to CS4: Adobe Device Central. His videocast demonstrates some of the features for mobile authoring on devices live cell phones.
I was preparing a review of Lightroom News (a site I am prepared to strongly endorse). I noticed that Lightroom News describes itself as ". . . independently published and not endorsed or sponsored by Adobe Systems."