French photographer, writer and scientist Patrick Moll has released a new French-language book on extending Lightroom 4, Travaux Pratiques avec Lightroom 4 pour les photographes : Fonctions avancées. The book delves into Lightroom’s native advanced features, as well as using third-party plugins to further enhance your workflow capabilities, including a full chapter on using The [...]
For those of you who’ve not yet heard, Lightroom 5 Public Beta is now available for download from Adobe. You can download the beta and get all the juicy details here. And the CE3 plugins work just fine in LR5, so you shouldn’t have any problems on that front. However, the public beta does not [...]
It’s a good week for free reading. Craft & Vision has unleashed their latest free ebook, and the new bi-monthly e-magazine The Inspired Eye has launched its first issue for free. Craft & Vision 2: More Great Ways to Make Stronger Photographs This 45-page PDF eBook is completely free. Inside you’ll find articles by 6 [...]
Adobe has released the Lightroom 4.4 update including many bug fixes, adjustments to existing profiles for supported cameras, and support for many new cameras. For the full rundown on the update and downloads, visit the official Lightroom Journal. Corresponding updates are always available for Camera Raw 7.4 and DNG Converter 7.4.
I will be abroad in Beijing from March 27 to April 1. Based on prior experience staying in Chinese hotels, I expect only to have intermittent access to the Internet during this time. If you have questions or require assistance, please post to the community forum, where someone will hopefully be able to provide assistance in my absence. I will check in as I am able and expect to resume business as usual from Tuesday, April 2.
Here at The Turning Gate, we frequently recommend Bluehost to users for their web-hosting needs. I use Bluehost for my personal site. Ben uses Bluehost for his stuff. You may know Rod from the forum; he uses Bluehost. So do many other TTG users. Why do I mention it … ? More after the jump.
Timothy Armes has been slaving away these last few months on a new app called The Touch. It’s a new way for Mac users to work in Lightroom using a trackpad or iPad. Read more about it at Photographers’ Toolbox, or check out the video after the jump.
Hello! I am happy to announce the release of TTG CE3 Client Response Gallery, the highly anticipated update to one of our most popular gallery plugins for years running. The elevator pitch: The Client Response Gallery facilitates communication between the photographer and client following a shoot. The photographer publishes a web photo gallery of images [...]
We stand upon the eve of release for Core Elements 3. I am incredibly excited to share these things with you, and I hope you’re as eager to get your hands on them as I am to put them into your hands. I’m in an Asian time-zone, so tomorrow while most of you are sleeping [...]
I. Am. Shocked. Scott Kelby has long disparaged Lightroom’s Web module. But on the most recent episode of The Grid, he praises TTG CE2 Client Response Gallery, tells Adobe to buy me, and then tells people to go buy TTG CE2 Client Response Gallery. He can’t remember my name, or the name of my company, [...]
Hello and welcome back for another CE3 drum session. Today I thought I’d talk a bit about streamlining in CE3. Before I do, though, Rod Barbee has blogged some of his impressions on CE3. Many of you will know Rod from our community forums, where he is arguably a larger presence even than I. He [...]
Today, I would like to share with you some of the first websites to be published with CE3. The first is my own, Campagna Pictures. It’s my personal photography site, and I’m keeping things fairly simple; it’s mostly just a place I can dump my photos to share with people. To that end, I’ve included [...]
One of the headlining new features of CE3 is its responsive design. In previous versions, we have supported mobile galleries for iPads and iPhones and Androids, etc. But those for for galleries only — not pages — and were not entirely consistent in design with the non-mobile pages. Responsive design in CE3 changes everything. Every [...]
The teaser has been demangled, and the release date revealed: CE3 is coming on 13.3.3. Now I’m sure you have questions, and I will be answering those questions and filling in details in the days to come. First question, what should we be expecting on March 3rd?
Maintenance day here at The Turning Gate. We’re graduating the Client Response and Horizon galleries out of release candidate status to full stable releases. The CRG and Highslide galleries get some minor bug fixes, but the Horizon build is exactly the same as RC3, just with the RC3 removed from the name (i.e. no need [...]
Today is the Mayan end day, though fire is yet to rain from the sky. But just to be on the safe side, we are combining two of our image galleries into a single, earth-defending super robot bundle! From this day forward, TTG CE2 Highslide Gallery and TTG CE2 Photoswipe Gallery will be sold as [...]
Hi folks, You may be aware that Windows 8 recently launched into the wild with Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), it has since come to my attention that Galleria slideshows do not run properly in IE10. We utilize the Galleria slideshow script as an option for the TTG CE2 Pages “Home” page and also in TTG [...]
We’ve been drumming it up for a while now, and I am today extremely pleased to announce the immediate availability of TTG CE2 Publisher, our new plugin for Lightroom’s Publish Services. TTG CE2 Publisher is a plugin for Lightroom’s Publish Services which allows you to easily manage photos and albums on your server when using [...]
So there’s a Googled photo from Cambodia, which is where I’ll be heading tomorrow afternoon. I am very much hoping to return with worthy photos of my own. But it’s supposed to rain literally every day I’m there, so that will either be awesome or horrible. I expect to have wifi in the hotel. If [...]
Before I leave for the weekend, Craft & Vision have another new ebook release, Sean McCormack’s Essential Development: 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 4, which deserves your attention. Since Lightroom 1.0, Sean has been a rising star within the Lightroom community and for good reason. He’s a good guy, and he knows what’s up. You [...]
I’m venturing out of Seoul for a few days to take in the autumn colors and hopefully to take some nice photographs. And probably to eat strange, traditional Korean foods that I normally wouldn’t want anywhere near my face. But them’s the breaks; dining options are significantly reduced outside of Seoul. I will try to [...]
Just a little while back, I created a series of tutorials on Advanced Website Creation, in which I setup a full-featured new TTG website from start to finish at my domain http://campagnapictures.com. The site was built to be a demonstration, though, and not an actual website. It was full of examples, none of which would [...]
It’s been a long time coming, but I am happy to announce that CHADO is now available. And for the first week only, early adopters can score CHADO at a 33% discount. CHADO has its own info site, and can be purchased from the TTG shop. What is CHADO? CHADO is my new theme for [...]
As the Chado WordPress theme comes ever nearer to completion, The Turning Gate comes ever nearer to a finalized design. Today’s update comes with thicker lines, more colors, and a wider surface area for wide-screen visitors. I’m really digging it, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I recently appeared on Learning Digital Photography podcast with Jason Anderson to discuss photography and the web, as well as TTG plugins. You can check it out here. The podcast comes in at just under an hour.
So I couldn’t leave well enough alone, and now we have a brand new, sadly empty community support forum. The community was running on Vanilla 2.18.1. There were a few things about it that were bothering me, so I checked in for updates and saw that 2.18.4 was available. And so I decided to upgrade. [...]
Tried to update the forum software today, but something has gone horribly wrong. The community is down. I am seeking support and hope this will be a short-lived problem. We shall see …
I have today updated The Turning Gate to a new build of my Chado WordPress theme, still a work-in-progress, and spent some time debugging and then intentionally crashed the website several times to do even more debugging. My apologies to anyone who may have experienced some wonkiness today while visiting. Things should be back to [...]
I’ve rolled out another update to the blog theme here at The Turning Gate. While the blog may look mostly the same as before, there have been a lot of improvements made to the Chado theme under-the-hood. Stress testing continues, and I’m hoping I might put the theme in the hands of testers sometime soon. [...]
I will be in Hong Kong from Sunday, August 12 until Sunday, August 19. I will be checking in to answer messages during the week as I’m able — hopefully daily — but expect Internet connectivity to be irregular during my trip. Should you require assistance or have questions, I strongly encourage you to post [...]
At some point in the last week — not sure when, exactly — I broke comments on the new WordPress theme. This may have been before or after the launch of the design here at The Turning Gate. And this is why we kick the tires … Anyway, my apologies. Comments are fixed now. So, [...]
I’ll admit, I’m a Google fanboy. I think Gmail is one of the greatest things ever. I’ve setup and run a full-time, pro photo studio using nothing but Google apps. I use Chrome as my primary browser both on desktop and iOS. And I firmly believe that Google will have a heavy hand in the [...]
Hello my friends, and welcome to the redesigned TTG blog. The design is a work-in-progress, but I’ve deemed it ready for a real world stress test and gone live with the changes. I hope you will find the new design offers an improved experience over the old theme, and I would love to hear your [...]
To the Americans, happy Independence Day!! Here are some recent items I think worth reading: The ‘Busy’ Trap From The New York Times, Tim Kreider jabs at our busy, important lives. The busier you are, the more you need to make time to read this commentary piece. CERN announces discovery of new particle consistent with [...]
We will be out-of-the-”office” over the weekend. Ben has recently become a homeowner (congrats, Ben!) and will be offline while moving his family into their new home. Meanwhile, I will be spending the weekend misbehaving in Hong Kong. We both expect to return early next week. In the meantime, if you have questions or need [...]
Adobe has announced Brackets, their new open source code editor for the Web. And while I have been altogether underwhelmed by Adobe’s recent web-design efforts — Muse and Edge being web-design applications for not-web-designers, and every Muse site I’ve seen making me want to vomit — Brackets has me thoroughly impressed. The application is ambitious, [...]
Time marches on, and some things get left behind. Relatively soon, I will be removing the CE version downloads from our distribution system. The CE2 family of plugins is fully assembled and the previous versions I consider to be obsolete. I am also up against my storage ceiling with the distribution service and see no [...]
Panic has released version 2 of their spectacular web development application Coda, my text-editor, coding and FTP application of choice, as well as Diet Coda for iPad. In celebration of the launch, for a limited time both applications are available at a 50% discount. Coda is where I do all of my web-design and TTG [...]
G’day readers, I realize I’ve recently gone quiet, so I wanted to take a moment to let you all know what’s going on. Rather abruptly and much ahead of schedule, I am heading to South Korea this coming Saturday. If you’ve been around TTG for a while, you likely know that Korea and I have [...]
I have recently been working with Felix Turner and his team to bring their new HTML5 gallery, Juicebox, to Lightroom. I am happy to report that the Juicebox Lightroom plugin is now available for download. These are the same guys famous for the SimpleViewer Flash gallery which has been an Internet staple for a good [...]
I have updated my listings on the Adobe Lightroom Exchange. Adobe has updating their compatibility options for exchange listings to include “Lightroom 4″, so all products now list as being Lightroom 4 compatible. I have also updated the entry for TTG CE2 Client Response Gallery to reflect the CE2 upgrade. As always, should you feel [...]
Today marks the fifth anniversary of The Turning Gate’s service to Lightroom users. From small and humble beginnings and simple gallery offerings, we have grown tremendously to include a vibrant community of talented photographic professionals, and a range of offerings that covers the gamut of web-design allowing users to create websites to serve a wide [...]
G’day everyone, and welcome back to the post-holiday world. Those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope it was a good one for you. Just a few quick links for you to check out if you’re looking for things to do … I am a guest blogger today at X-Equals, where they are running my [...]
In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast Terry White shows how to use a Lightroom Web Gallery from The Turning Gate in InDesign to make an Interactive Portfolio for your iPad or Android Tablet.
When a new version of Lightroom hits, updated books are quick on its heels. The best of those books give props to The Turning Gate. Martin Evening’s The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers is probably the biggest, most comprehensive and official guide to Lightroom. On page 529, he writes: “My [...]
Apple yesterday unleashed the new iPad — “the iPad 3″ — upon the waiting horde. Among its many improvements is the Retina display, which effectively doubles the pixel-density of the display, making pixels indiscernable to the human eye. And while most news outlets are busy obsessing over the clarity of onscreen text or the new [...]
Following the launch of Lightroom 4, many issues of varying severity are quickly coming to light as more and more photographers come aboard. To be clear, we’re talking about issues with Lightroom 4, not with TTG plugins on Lightroom 4. Adobe is tracking some of the higher severity issues, and asking for feedback. Tom Hogarty [...]
I have today taken some time to update my listings in Adobe’s Exchange for Lightroom, updating product descriptions and links. If you’re a happy user, I would love to have some fresh reviews posted to the entries for my engines. Most of the current reviews relate to older versions, and there are two newer reviews [...]
G’day all. I am returned from Maine and have caught up on whatever messages I missed while away. Back to business as usual, I suppose. Here’s a pic of me and my college mates at Two Lights State Park from over the weekend: I had a lovely time catching up with the guys, most of [...]
I’m paring down and very likely changing camera systems, which means I have gear to sell. I’d much rather deal with TTG users than strangers on eBay, and maybe that feeling goes two ways. So this is what I have and what I’m asking for it. See below for additional details on condition, transactions, etc. [...]
I am heading to New York for a few days. Will be checking in intermittently, but expect delays on responses. If you need help, the community forum is likely to be your best bet, as several of our experienced users have been very good about lending help. I plan to return Tuesday evening, so things [...]
Fotomoto today announced the addition of wall peels to its product line-up. Says the Fotomoto blog: Wall Peels, Wall Murals, Sticky Prints, Self-adhesive Posters… these are all different names for the same product … Wall Peels are printed on 40”-wide roles of vinyl, and they can be applied to the wall right next to each [...]
I am not, nor do I aspire to be a political person. But Congress is attempting to do some scary things to our Internet, and your voice needs to be heard. There has been a lot of talk online about SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the Protect IP Act), and how bad [...]
In my previous article about the Lightroom 4 Public Beta, I described the new APE — AIR Player Embedded — web browser now being using by Lightroom’s Web module to render the gallery preview. Since, I have been involved in conversations with a member of Adobe’s team working on the Web module, and have been [...]
Adobe has released the Lightroom 4 Public Beta! There are quite a lot of resources already devoted to coverage, so I will be focusing on a few areas of interest relating to TTG plugins and the Web module. For more complete coverage, please see the offical release notice and list of resources. Compatibility I have [...]
I am excited to announce a new partnership with award winning graphic designer and brand consultant Petra Andersson-Pardini! Petra is responsible for The Turning Gate’s new 2012 logo above, which I’m in love with, and she has happily agreed to extend her services to TTG customers. We have a new Branding Services page here on [...]
I’d like to thank my users for all you’ve done to support us in the past year, and to wish everyone the very best for 2012. With the CE2 updates now at hand and new focus for our endeavors going forward, the coming year should be a good one for The Turning Gate, and I [...]
I’m going off the grid for a few days. In a couple of hours I will be leaving for Virginia to visit family. They’re way out in the sticks without broadband, about an hour from the nearest WiFi signal and in a cell phone dead zone. I will be essentially unreachable while I am away, [...]
The blog is back, the shop reopened and Core Elements 2 engines are now available. Upgrades on tap are: TTG CE2 Auto Index TTG CE2 Cart TTG CE2 Highslide Gallery TTG CE2 Horizon TTG CE2 Pages And we have a couple of brand new offerings as well: TTG CE2 Photoswipe Gallery TTG CE2 Theme for [...]