The First Issue Of Our New Lightroom Magazine Is Out!

Hey everyone. Big news today! I’m extremely happy to report that the Lightroom magazine we’ve been working so hard on over the last few months is live. Yep, an entire magazine dedicated entirely to Lightroom. It’s call (appropriately enough) Lightroom Magazine – The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom How-To Magazine. (here’s the link if you just can’t wait)

A while back we realized that Lightroom has become the go-to program for photographers. Up until now, we’ve always included a section on Lightroom in our print magazine, Photoshop User. But after seeing just how passionate people are about Lightroom, we realized it needs it’s own magazine app.

This isn’t our first magazine app though. You may have heard of Light It Magazine which is a magazine app dedicated totally to lighting. Before now, I was actually co-editor-in-chief for the magazine, along with Scott Kelby. But when we decided to do Lightroom Magazine, I realized that I wanted to be a part of it from the ground up. So my co-worker here at Kelby Media Group, RC Concepcion, has taken over my place on Light It Magazine, which let’s me concentrate my efforts on Lightroom.

I’ve gotta tell ya. When we first decided to do the magazine app, I was a little worried about how it would come across visually. Lightroom isn’t like off-camera lighting. With lighting and Light It Magazine, you can have big beautiful pictures that show off each technique since there’s really no computer screen captures to deal with. But with Lightroom you have a ton of tiny little panels and sliders and I was worried that, visually, the magazine would suffer. Well, leave it up to our kick-ass magazine layout team (Felix Nelson and Dave Korman) to totally kill it. They designed what I believe is one of the best looking magazines we’ve ever done.

Here’s a few screen captures from the magazine itself.

First, here’s the cover and Table of Contents in the first issue.
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Get Organized
Next, here’s a couple of pages from my 7 Steps To Getting Organized article.
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Behind The Preset
I thought presets were really important to cover here too so I created an article called “Behind the Preset”. Basically, I dissect a preset and how it was made. At the end, you can create the preset yourself or download the onces I’ve already made.
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The Develop Module
Brian Matiash wrote our first article on using the Develop Module. I plan on including a Develop module based article in each issue.
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Lightroom-Photoshop Before/After Video
Since Photoshop is such a HUGE part of Lightroom, I wanted to include it as well. I figured the best way to do that was a video so I included a Before/After video that takes you from unedited Raw file, to Lightroom edits, over to Photoshop, and finally back to Lightroom again. This way, you’ll see the whole process from start to finish.
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I begged RC Concepcion (the HDR King) to write an article on 32-bit HDR in Lightroom.
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Plug-Ins for Lightroom
I hear a ton of questions on plug-ins and how they work with Lightroom. So we’re including a plug-in article as well. In each issue we’ll look at a new plug-in each time. In this first issue, Rob Sylvan dives into onOne Software’s brand new Perfect Black & White plug-in (which has quickly become my go-to plug-in for B&W).
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Printing and Books
Scott Kelby has been known for the awesome photo books he creates so I asked him if he could write an article on it. Not only did he come thru, but he wrote 2 so you’ll see more in the next issue too.
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Tips and Tricks
What magazine would be complete without tips and tricks. And who better to bring them to us than Sean Duggan, the tip man himself. He definitely came through with some really cool time-saving little-known tips in Lightroom.
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Featured Photographer and Inspiration
And finally, since Lightroom is about photography, we wanted to showcase a photographer and their work in each issue. I think it adds to the inspirational factor you get from looking through a magazine (especially on the iPad). This first issue features Connor Walberg. Connor is an action and architectural photographer out of Colorado, and he’s got some killer work that you won’t want to miss.
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Yes, It’s Only On The iPad
The magazine is only on the iPad. And right now, there’s no plans of any other versions any time soon. So if you’re thinking of leaving a comment about why we should have it in another format, don’t (and if you do, don’t say I didn’t warn you ;) ).

How much? Frequency? And Where To Get It?
The first issue of the magazine is free. Just use the link here to download, or search the app store for “Lightroom Magazine”. You first download the app, and once inside the app, you can download the issues of the magazine. Like I said, the first issue (Nov 2012) is free. Each issue after that is $4.99. Because of the way the App store works, we had to include an in-app purchase right away so that’s why you see two issues there. So you can immediately go and download the 2nd issue right away (well, after you pay $4.99 that is). And you can expect a new issue after that about every 6-8 weeks.

BTW… it’s got a video in it and very large screen captures (so you can zoom in and see everything without squinting), so make sure you give it a good 20-30 minutes to download.

If you’re as passionate about photographer and Lightroom as we are then I really do hope you’ll check out the first issue. And by all means, please let us know if you’ve got any ideas, topics, and writers that you’d like to see in coming issues. Thanks and have a good one!

  • Melissa

    This is the best news I have heard all day! I am very excited for this magazine and if it is anything like your blog posts then it will not disappoint! Thank you for everything you give to help others grow in our art!

  • Dan

    I’m happy to see a Lightroom magazine also. I don’t understand, however, why the new app isn’t contained within the “Newstand” app, as is the Light It magazine. The Lightroom magazine shows up as a separate app on the iPad. Second, why do both of these apps, the Light It mag and the new LR mag, have to hide the status bar on the iPad? Third, the first issue of the LR magazine is taking forever to download. I’ve found similar problems in the past downloading the Light It magazine; several times I’ve had to delete the app and restore all my purchases, which is not a good way to spend time.

    • Matt Kloskowski

      It’s not in Newstand Dan, because we’re not offering a subscription.

      • Chris MacFarland

        Kind of sucks that there isn’t a subscription to the magazine. But the good thing is now I have two new magazines to read on vacation this week.

  • Tommy Botello

    This is fantastic, Matt. I hope, in a future issue, that you might reach out to a wedding photographer and get them to do an article on their LR workflow. I’m curious how a high-volume wedding photographer who shoots dozens of weddings per year handles their catalog(s), collections, etc. Thank you again!

  • rose

    Love the idea. I was excited about it till I saw it is iPad only. Like another poster said, we all don’t live under the Apple umbrella. How about doing an app for the Chrome browser and I can read in on the laptop?

  • rose

    How about a free iPad when I buy the first paid issue?

  • Dennis Zito

    Hi Matt,

    This looks really Great, and boy you guys really put some effort into this! Just fantastic! I just wish I had an iPad. :-( Maybe one of these days! :-)


  • Stephen DesRoches

    Curious why Lightit is stuck in Newsstand but Lightroom and PhotoshopUser are not.

    • Matt Kloskowski

      Because we’re not selling subscriptions to them.

  • Brian Matiash

    But where is my Android edition??!?!?

    XOXO :)

    • Matt Kloskowski

      (Middle finger up) Lol!!!

    • Tommy Botello

      And so it begins…

      • Matt Kloskowski

        Apparently the warning wasn’t enough :-)

  • Daniel Street

    Worth the $4.99 !!! Great Magazine Matt, you and your crew really outdid yourselfs. I read the 2nd issue (first one is still downloading) and I love it. Happy to see Lightroom still getting the attention it deserves. Thanks again.

  • John Havord

    Fantastic. Looks so good it’d seemed rude not to buy the next issue @ £2.99.

  • Dave

    Looks great Matt. Didnt you say in the article about it being for ipad users only? Not sure why everyone is whacked out over it. I didn’t have an ipad for years. True other forms would get you more business but you cant make everyone happy. If it drives people crazy so much then instead of buying that next lens, buy an ipad instead. Get tired of hearing all the negativity.

  • John Jamison

    I want the magazine but I don’t have or want an ipad. How about a web version?

  • Steve Wetzel

    Great Magazine, it works great on my iPad. I was so hoping you would come out with a version for my Commador 64. Please consider offering that in the future.

    • Matt Kloskowski

      You got it Steve! I still remember writing code and junk and the Commador 64 and not wanting to turn it off because, when I did, all was gone… until I got the 5″ floppy disk drive :-)

      • JP Gomes

        OMG those were the days!!! so many nights with out sleep :)

  • David Roberts

    1st edition won’t dowload. Left it alone for 30 minutes and still nothing. Looking forward to reading it though.

    • Matt Kloskowski

      Hey David – Give it some time. Maybe try later. Everyone is promoting the heck out of it today and I’m sure the servers are a little overloaded. Thanks :)

  • Scott King

    I saw mention of this earlier in the day but I had to get home to my iPad before I could buy it. I’ve only had time to skim so I can’t judge the content, but what’s shocking is how amazing the layout is. You and your team did a fantastic job designing the magazine and it looks absolutely gorgeous on the iPad.

    • Matt Kloskowski

      Thanks! :)

      • Scott King

        I read both issues today. Great stuff.

        Best bit from both issues was in the Before/After Video featuring Trillium Lake, I LOVED the refined edge/selection tool. I had never seen that before and it’s a lot easier than tedious masking.

  • Melanie

    Awesome magazine! The layout is great and the videos are so helpful. No problems downloading either issue. Thanks, just what I needed.

  • Mark

    Glad to see the new magazine and look forward to the coming editions. My only question is about the price, you mention it is $4.99 but I am being asked for $5.49. The Australian dollar is stronger than the US dollar at the moment so I was wondering if you know why it costs me more? Thanks.

    • Matt Kloskowski

      Sorry Mark. We price it in US and the Apple store does any conversions.

  • Sam

    You wanted to know what other apps the magazine should be in – how about a PDF or Android platform. I don’t use Apple products, I hate Apple products, and so on. I could rant about Apple, but I won’t. Suffice it to say you will lose a lot of your audience. The world is not Apple – it comes in other flavors.

    • Matt Kloskowski

      It’s good to know you won’t rant :)

      “I don’t use Apple products, I hate Apple products, and so on”

  • Jim Fair

    The magazine looks great, I just went out and purchased an iPad 64gb to view it.

  • Mark Morton

    Really keen to get my hands on this magazine, been trying to download for 2 or 3 hours now but keeps timing out.

  • Jean Michel Missri

    Great job Matt.

  • Francie

    It looks like a fantastic resource. I really like my iphone, but since I don’t have nor do I plan to buy an ipad I will add my voice to those wishing there was a pdf version, even if it did not include the video. Would cheerfully pay if that format was available {SIGH}.

  • Gene Lowinger

    Is there, or will there be a discount for NAPP members? I think there should be, but that’s because I’m a NAPP member.

  • Willy Aona

    Love the first two issues of the Lightroom Magazine. You and your staff nailed a difficult presentation and made it simple to read and understand.

  • sarahdugan2000

    Tried the free issue several times with no success. Purchased the jan 2013 issue- not working. Irritated – a lot.

  • sarahdugan2000

    Finally successfully downloaded both issues. Don’t give up-

  • Paul

    The magazine sounds great – wish I could get it. Not only does it not work on anything but ipad, it does not work on first generation ipads like mine, running iOS 4.2. I have read on Apple forums that “upgrading” the OS on first generation ipads will drastically slow them down! Anybody have any facts about that?
    By the way, this blog doesn’t run well on my ipad, either. Some graphics/images don’t appear – just a box with a blue “?”, and I could not write this comment on ipad, had to use my computer. Is that iOS issue, too?


  • Glenn

    First, Congrats on the launch. I think I know Lightroom pretty well, I’m sure I can learn more and look forward to advance topics.

    Second, Got a kick out of the image of the Totems, I have the exact same one down to the animal tracks in the sand, we must have been standing next to each other on Fortney’s tour.

    Third, and my question: What settings do you use on Quick Select, Refine Edge? I enjoyed the tutorial and learned some new tricks, so thanks. But on that and another tutorial of yours I watched recently you blow past the settings you use here. I know Quick Select-Refine Edge is a powerful tool but I don’t know how to determine what settings to use when … topic for another tutorial perhaps? Or at least some instructive help here?

  • Glenn

    You’d think at some point the Apple Haters would just move on. So much negative energy in these people’s lives.

    • Matt Kloskowski

      What’s funny Glenn is that I haven’t even let the REALLY negative ones through. I let the ones that simply and calmly state their case and hope for another version of the magazine. And I can understand – they see the magazine and they’re upset they can’t actually read it. Totally understand. But I’ve deleted about 30 VERY negative comments that range from how stupid we are to attacking my mother ;-)
      Oh well – good news is we have experience from Light It magazine and we knew exactly what to expect so it wasn’t a surprise.

  • Dave Pruett

    You converted me to Lightroom several years ago in a workshop here in Chicago and I have followed you faithfully at NAPP, Kelby Training, Photoshop World, etc. I understand why this came out as an iPad app – market size, videos, resolution, previous experience of the development team, etc. I don’t know about Android capabilities, but I will be very impressed if you can make a pdf version with video. :-)
    The preview above looks great, but (and you knew a but was coming) I am one of those who have been trying for several days to download the preview issue with no joy. I agree with those who feel that $4.99/issue for an e-zine is high, but I reserve the right to change my mind if I ever actually see an issue.

    • Matt Kloskowski

      Sorry Dave – Everyone I know has been able to download it. I’ve redownloaded it several times too. I apologize for the delay you’re having. How long are you giving it to download? Does it just fail or take too long?

  • Fraucha

    As much of an Apple Fan-Boy and Geek that I am (and even as an Ex-Apple Engineer) …. I just don’t have an iPad..gasp!! I would like to see this in a ZINIO format like Photoshop User. It is linkable to videos etc, see N-Photo for an example. As of now you aren’t selling subscriptions, but hey in the future if you do, I’m up for it. None the less gratz and good luck it does look cool!!

  • Jeff Snyder

    Just for curiosity sake, because I don’t produce a magazine and all of the content, what drives the decision to just have an ipad app. I think it might be interesting to know. And I am not asking for a justification, I just mean, there are probably some interesting reasons for going one way or another, or the work behind doing it on any platform. I hope that made sense.

  • Andrew Hurst

    Too bad not available on other platforms. I use Zinio and get Photoshop User magazine this way. Zinio does allow for single purchases of issues without a subscription….it appears evident from the comments there is a need for access outside of the Apple bubble…and on non smartphone platforms. Zinio allows me access from my phone and desktop…hoping for an alternative as it looks like a great magazine.

  • Susan

    I so want a Mac App for your mag Matt :(

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  • Andre

    aaah – I was excited, till I read the iPad only :( a pity, i’d LOVE a PDF version – any chance of that coming? or could you please explain the reason behind going iPad only?

    • Matt Kloskowski

      Hi Andre – It was a business decision for iPad only, and there’s no plans for a PDF version. Thx.