Jun 152015
Lightroom CC 2015.1 and 6.1

Tonight in Lightroom CC 2015.1 (for subscribers only), Adobe has released a new Dehaze feature and local black and white  controls. Watch my video tutorial below for a full lesson and tips on these new features. In addition to the basics of Dehaze, I show you how it can boost reflection shots, and what to do if your dehaze slider doesn’t work (is grayed out). I explain what local black and white controls are, and as an example, I show how they can be used to tackle haze in just a portion of your photo.

For best quality, after clicking on the play button, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

Related Post: Adobe Announces Release of Lightroom CC 2015.1, Lightroom 6.1, and Lightroom Mobile 1.5



Jun 152015

Lightroom mobile new featuresWatch my new video tutorial below to learn how to use the new features introduced in Lightroom Mobile 1.5 for iPhone and iPad today – video import, HSL/Color/B&W, vignetting, and the tone curve.

Related Articles:

Video Tutorial: What’s New in Lightroom CC 2015.1

Blog post: Adobe Announces Release of Lightroom CC 2015.1, Lightroom 6.1, and Lightroom Mobile 1.5 for iPad and iPhone

Jun 152015
Lightroom CC 2015.1 and 6.1

Adobe tonight announced the release of an update to Lightroom CC and 6 for desktop, as well as new features for Lightroom mobile for iOS (iPad and iPhone).

For Lightroom Desktop, both subscription CC and stand-alone 6, the update includes new camera support, bug fixes, additional lens profiles, and tethering support for the Canon 70D. In addition, for subscription CC only, Adobe has added new features:

New in Lightroom CC for Subscribers
1. Dehaze

With this new slider, found in the Effects panel towards the bottom of the Develop module right panel strip, you can remove haze from your photos, or add haze.

Lightroom CC Dehaze Effect Slider


  • It can be helpful to set white balance first.
  • If dehaze adds too much color, reduce saturation or vibrance in the Basic panel
  • If the dehaze slider is grayed out, you are viewing a photo that came from Lightroom 3 or earlier – update the process version by clicking on the lightning bolt below the histogram.
  • Dehaze has its limits – too much can bring out noise and reintroduce lens vignetting (darkening of the corners)
  • If your Dehaze slider doesn’t work (i.e. is grayed out), update to the current process version by clicking on the lightning bolt underneath the histogram in the top right of the Develop module.
2. Local Whites & Blacks Controls

Whites and Blacks sliders have been added to the adjustment brush, graduated filter and radial filter. Use these to fine tune the brightest and darkest tones in local areas of your photos.

Watch my free video tutorial on Dehaze and on local Blacks and Whites at this link.

How to Update to Lightroom CC 2015.1 or Lightroom 6

Everyone should update, to at least get the bug fixes available. If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Check for Updates to download the update. After the file downloads, double-click on it to launch the update. If you have CC, you can also use your CC app. (Note that there sometimes is a lag between the announcement and the prompt to update. If you are using the CC app and it continues to not show the Lightroom update, click on the sprocket-wheel settings icon, log out, and log in again.)

New in Lightroom Mobile for iPad and iPhone

As of last year, CC subscribers can install the Lightroom mobile app on mobile devices, and sync collections of photos Lightroom desktop to Lightroom mobile, do basic editing, and have the work sync back to Lightroom desktop. In Lightroom mobile you also have been able to import photos shot with your mobile device, and they are automatically synced to Lightroom on your desktop. Announced today are a few new features available in Lightroom mobile for iPad and iPhone. (These will presumably come to Android at a later date.)

1.  Video support

In Lightroom mobile, import videos captured on your mobile device, and sync them to Lightroom desktop and web. This has been a big missing, so I am happy to see this. Previously, even though photos were synced (i.e. copied) to Lightroom desktop, copying videos still required a separate manual import.

2.  Additional Editing Tools
  • HSL for adjusting intensity (saturation), brightness (luminance), and hue of individual colors
  • Black and white color channel adjustments – adjust the brightness and darkness of tones in your black and white photo based on the underlying colors
  • Tone curve, for adjusting brightness and darkness of ranges of tones (lights, darks, etc)
  • Add vignettes to your photos (darken or brighten the corners of your photos, blur)

To update your Lightroom mobile app, visit the App Store on your mobile device.

Watch my free video tutorial on these Lightroom mobile new features at this link.

More Details on the Lightroom CC Subscription and 6 Stand-Alone Updates
New Camera Support
  • Lightroom can now import photos from the following new cameras: Fuji X-T1-, Nikon 1 J5, Nikon D810A, Panasonic DMC-G7, Pentax K-S2, Pentax K3 II (preliminary support for the K3 II – the multi-shot Pixel Shift Resolution and HDR features are still under investigation)
New Lens Profile Support

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Apr 222015

Did you just purchase or do you plan to upgrade to Lightroom CC or 6 from an earlier version? If so, the upgrade process is usually straightforward, but it helps to be prepared in case it isn’t. Watch this video for details.


There are two scenarios not mentioned in this video. If you are installing from the Creative Cloud app (shown in the video), and Lightroom CC 2015 doesn’t show in the list of available apps, there are two possible issues:

1. Your computer may not support it. You have to have 64-bit Windows 7 or higher, or Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher.

2. A CC installation glitch that many experienced on launch day. Log out of your CC app, and then log back in. This is also recommended if you successful install it, but then the program won’t start. To log out, click on the Settings wheel, select Preferences, and then sign out and sign in.

Creative Cloud sign out to resolve Lightroom install problems

Watch more free Lightroom CC/6 video series, or download a free 90-minute, “Learn Lightroom CC & 6 New Features” video series with practice files here.

Apr 212015
Lightroom CC 6

Adobe released the new version of Lightroom today! Officially there are two versions, “Lightroom CC 2015″ for Creative Cloud subscribers, and “Lightroom 6″, which is the  stand-alone perpetual-license version. (you’ll read almost no mention of 6 in the Adobe press release, but it is available.) As always, CC subscribers have access to syncing with Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom Web, but otherwise at this point the two new offerings are exactly the same. Nevertheless, Adobe is probably introducing this dual branding to enable it to offer future new features more quickly to CC subscribers.

This is a relatively small update compared to Lightroom 4 and 5, but it does include some nice new features.

Lightroom 6 Major New Features
  • Photo Merge feature for panorama stitching and HDR merge of multiple exposures to increase dynamic range (two fewer reasons for using Photoshop!) Impressively, the resulting files are DNG files – assuming your individual frames were raw files, the resulting DNG is just as much of a raw file, with all of the editing flexibility and advantages of a raw file.



(Note that the HDR feature increases dynamic range, which is the core purpose of HDR. It doesn’t give over-the-top HDR processing looks.)


  • Face tagging to assign people keywords to face regions in photos


faces option 1

  • Performance improvements, including GPU acceleration to improve Develop slider responsiveness, particularly on 4k and 5k high resolution displays
  • Filter brush added to the graduated filter and radial filter tools, to brush on additions or brush away subtractions to/from these filters.
  • Slideshow Ken-Burns-style pan & zoom feature and ability to add up to 10 music tracks
  • New HTML5 web galleries in the Web module




Watch My “Highlights of What’s New in Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6″ Video

The release also includes many smaller feature additions and changes.

Learn Lightroom CC 2015 and 6For complete instruction on all new features and changes, sign up here to download my new FREE 90-minute, 12-video series, “Learn Lightroom CC / 6 New Features”.

This also includes a video on how to upgrade to Lightroom Lightroom CC / 6, and sample files. You can also watch many video tutorials from “Learn Lightroom CC 2015 and 6″ here.

To Obtain Lightroom CC 2015 or Lightroom 6, You Have Two Choices

1. Subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription program. The most cost-effective version for photographers is the CC Photography Program, which includes Lightroom, Photoshop, and unlimited syncing of photos from Lightroom to Lightroom mobile for mobile devices, and to Lightroom web. The cost is $9.99 USD/month, and all future updates are included in the price.  If you already are a CC subscriber, you can download the new Lightroom CC 2015 for free.  In my opinion this CC plan is a great deal, but I know it’s not for everyone.

2. Purchase the stand-alone perpetual license “Lightroom 6″. This is priced at $149 USD for new users, or $79 USD to upgrade from any prior version (Lightroom 1-5.) Adobe has honored their commitment to offer this option, but they will not be featuring it, so it will not necessarily be easy to find on adobe.com. Update: here’s the link to purchase Lightroom 6 – it’s toward the bottom of the page. If you’re looking for the upgrade, select the full version, then in the next dialog, change to the upgrade.

For more information to help you make a decision between these two options, including some myth-busting on some widely held beliefs about the CC plan, read my article, “Which Should I Buy, Lightroom CC 2015 or Lightroom 6?”

Read full details of the release here.

Lightroom Mobile New Support & Features – Android and iOS

To encourage users to choose the subscription model, Adobe today also announced the following new Lightroom mobile support options and features:

  • Android Tablet Support: Previously only available on Android phones, now you can sync, edit, organize and share on Android tablets as well.
  • Native DNG support on Android: Android 5.0 (aka “Lollipop”) now allows you to shoot photos in raw, and saves them as DNG files. You can now import those DNG files directly from your Android device.
  • Android SD card support: You can now specify local storage to an SD card rather than internal device storage.
  • TIFF support on iOS: If you’re creating TIFF files on your iOS device, you can now import and edit them using Lightroom.
  • Improved crop experience on iOS:  simplified number of tiles in the crop UI so you can now easily find aspect ratios; added auto-straighten function.



Apr 212015
Lightroom CC 2015 and 6
There Are Two Ways You Can Obtain the New (2015) Version of Lightroom

1. Subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription program, and get “Lightroom CC 2015″. The most cost-effective version for photographers is the CC Photography Program, which includes Lightroom, Photoshop, and unlimited syncing of photos from Lightroom to Lightroom mobile for mobile devices, and to Lightroom web. The cost is $9.99 USD/month, and all future updates are included in the price.  If you already are a CC subscriber, you can download the new Lightroom CC 2015 for free.   I personally think that this plan is a great deal, but I realize that a subscription is not appealing to everyone.

Note that you can also subscribe to the Complete Cloud, which includes all other Creative Suite products (inDesign, Illustrator, Premier Pro, etc) as well as other apps, for $49.99/month. This would be relevant if your interests extend beyond photography to video, graphic design, illustration, etc.)

2. Purchase the stand-alone perpetual license “Lightroom 6″. This is priced at $149 USD for new users, or $79 USD to upgrade from any prior version (Lightroom 1-5.) Here’s the link to purchase the full and upgrade versions of Lightroom 6. For the upgrade, select the full version, and then click on the drop down to change it to an upgrade.

What You Don’t Get with Lightroom 6

As of the release date, April 21, 2015, the only features Lightroom 6 purchasers will not have access to are Lightroom mobile and Lightroom web. (This was also the case with the stand-alone version of Lightroom 5.) With Lightroom mobile, you can easily sync an unlimited number of collections of photos from Lightroom desktop to Lightroom mobile for Apple and Android mobile devices (including Android tablets now), do some basic work on your photos on your mobile devices and and have that work seamlessly sync back to Lightroom desktop.  Lightroom mobile on your mobile devices can also send your mobile device camera photos to Lightroom on your desktop.  With Lightroom web, you can share collections of photos with people by turning on “sync” for collections you want to share in Lightroom desktop, and giving a web link / URL to your friends and clients that allows them to view and comment on your photos.

Update 6/15/15: In future updates, you will get bug fixes, support for new cameras, and new lens profiles that Adobe creates, but you will not get new features that the Lightroom CC subscription gets. The first Lightroom CC 2015.1 update released this month includes a new Dehaze slider for removing haze from photos (or adding haze), and local Blacks and Whites controls. Presumably stand-alone purchasers will get these new features with Lightroom 7 (if there is a Lightroom 7).

The Advantage of Lightroom 6

As a stand-alone perpetual-license program, once you purchase it, you own it, and can use it as long as your computer supports it. You will never be locked out of any portion of the program.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Creative Cloud Plan

Will I have to work in the cloud?

No – the software will reside on your computer, just like Lightroom 5 or older versions do today. Your files (photos and catalog) will also continue to reside on your computer. The only ways the “cloud” (which means Adobe servers / computers), and the internet come into play are:

  • You download software updates
  • When you sync to Lightroom mobile, your files go from Lightroom desktop to the cloud (i.e. Adobe computers), and then to your mobile devices. Work you do on your mobile devices travels in the opposite direction back to your desktop.
  • As a Creative Cloud subscriber, you also get 2 GB of cloud storage – which you can optionally use to share files with other people – but this is not where your Lightroom files are stored, and your syncing to mobile devices does not use this 2 GB and is unlimited.

Can I work when I am not connected to the internet?

Yes. The only requirement is that you be connected once every 99 days, so that Adobe can verify that your subscription is still active.

What happens when I stop subscribing – will I lose my photos and work?

No – you will not lose either your photos or your Lightroom work. In fact, you don’t even lose access to Lightroom – you just get locked out of making any additional develop edits to your photos. You can continue, for free, to use Lightroom to import and manage your photos, enjoy your past editing work or undo this work, and to create output and export copies of your photos.

In addition, right now if you try a subscription and decide to revert to the stand-alone version, you can, since the programs and the catalogs are the same.  It’s possible that in the future CC subscribers get new features that require a catalog upgrade and are not backwards compatible with Lightroom 6, so moving back at that point may be more difficult.

If In Doubt, Try It Out

You can get a free 30 day trial to Lightroom CC 2015, with the mobile features. If you find that you don’t use the mobile features, and don’t mind that you might not get future new features as soon as CC subscribers, or possibly at all, you could always purchase Lightroom 6 at that point.

Related Posts

Adobe Releases Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6 (Read about new features and watch my Highlights video)

Lightroom CC/6 Free Tutorials – download a free 90 minute “Learn Lightroom CC/6 New Feature” video series with practice files, or watch video tutorials online on this page.

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