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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Adventure 2008: Tasmania

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From April 2 to 14, star photographers from across North America, Germany, Great Britain, and Australia—including O'Reilly authors Mikkel Aaland, Katrin Eismann, and Peter Krogh—will train their digital cameras on beautiful Tasmanian island vistas to road test Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta. 

Anyone with Internet access can find out what's happening in Tasmania by going to digitalmedia.oreilly.com/adventure. That's where the photography team will be blogging daily about their experiences, posting their images, and discussing what worked and what didn't. Everyone is encouraged to participate by offering their comments as the Tasmanian journey unfolds. Visitors can also find a link for entering a sweepstakes to win a free trip to Tasmania courtesy of Qantas and Tourism Tasmania.

Trip organizer Aaland and his crew of pro shooters aim to test Adobe's digital imaging workflow solution under a wide variety of conditions in unfamiliar territory. Plans call for shooting by day and using Adobe Lightroom 2.0 beta to import, select, develop, and showcase their large volume of digital images each night.

As many know, Aaland journeyed to Iceland a few years back where he and a tireless crew of pro shooters tested the beta version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 during the long midsummer days suffused in the most dramatic light on the planet.

"Lightroom Adventure Tasmania is a celebration of learning through collaboration," said Aaland. "I've worked with a network of amazing photographers through the years, and the adventure is also a true collaboration between artists and Adobe. They're supporting our in-the-field testing of Lightroom, and will use our feedback will help make Lightroom an even better tool for photographers."

"With its open community-based approach, Lightroom 1.0 challenged the way photography software should be developed and Mikkel’s Lightroom Adventure: Iceland captured the spirit of collaboration between Adobe and the photographic community,” said Kevin Connor, senior director of product management for Digital Imaging Professional Products at Adobe. “As we introduce Lightroom 2.0 beta, Mikkel is putting the software through its paces in another visually rich destination with a new group of photographers. We’re looking forward to having our latest workflow improvements put to the test, and especially to seeing how our new local correction tools can be used to enhance the images captured on this adventure."

Following the first Lightroom Adventure, Aaland shared the lessons learned in Iceland in his groundbreaking, richly illustrated, collectible title, Photoshop Lightroom Adventure (O'Reilly, $39.99). Upon returning from Tasmania, Aaland plans to chronicle his journey and provide a complete tutorial of Lightroom 2.0 in an updated edition of the book, "Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure," which is scheduled for Oct. 2008 publication. Augmented by photos and case studies from the road test, this new edition will let everyone see, enjoy, and learn from the fieldwork in Tasmania.

Photographers joining Aaland in Tasmania for the Lightroom Adventure are:

North America Photo Team
Mikkel Aaland
Peter Krogh
Katrin Eismann
Bruce Dale
Catherine Hall
Maki Kawakita
Charlie Cramer
Jeff Pflueger

From Adobe North America
Melissa Gaul
Bill Stotzner
Angela Drury
Frederick V. Johnson
Winston Hendrickson

Photo Team from Australia
Peter Eastway
Darran Leal
Philip Andrews
Robert Edwards
Marcus Bell
Ian Wallace

From Adobe Australia
Mark Cokes

Photo Team from Germany
Simone Mueller

Photo Team From Great Britain
Jackie King

Photo Team From Japan
Masaaki Aihara

Special Media Guest
Leo Laporte



Sponsors for Lightroom Adventure Tasmania are Adobe, Tourism Tasmania, Qantas, Lowepro, Epson, Digital Railroad, O'Reilly, Hoodman, Lensbabies, and Sanyo.