May 012016

On April 1st I published a 90-second video on how to turn boring photos into stunning photos. It was in fact  a (hopefully entertaining) April Fool’s Day joke. If anyone tells you that they can teach you in 90 seconds how to turn boring photos into stunning photos, you should be skeptical!

In all seriousness, the most important step to getting the most out of your photos with Lightroom is to master the Basic panel. In the 20 minute video below I go through several examples to teach you all aspects of this most important panel in the Develop module. This video is one of the 76 in my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series. With the purchase of this series you receive all the photos I use in this video and in all of the photo editing videos.


Apr 282016

Lightroom 6.5.1 UpdateToday Adobe released a free update to Lightroom CC and 6: CC 2015.5.1 and 6.5.1. This update fixes a few issues introduced in the last update and adds support for two more cameras, the Pentax K-1 and the Sony RX10 III (DSC-RX10M3).

To install the update, in Lightroom go to Help>Updates. Creative Cloud subscribers will also find the update on the Apps tab in the Creative Cloud application. If the update isn’t available yet, you can download it from here (Mac  Windows) and then double click on it and install it. It’s always a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalog before updating. If you are not affected by the issues below and don’t have one of the two new cameras, you can hold off on this update if you want to see how it goes for others. (If there are any major widespread issues I will update this post – no news is good news (but still not a guarantee from me!)

After updating, if you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, to continue syncing your collections to Lightroom mobile, click on the identity plate area in the top left and sign in to your Adobe account.

Lightroom Sign in to sync

Sign in to continue syncing to Lightroom mobile and web.

Fixed the issue of EXIF Lens Name getting stripped for Nikon Cameras

For Nikon photos imported using 6.5/2015.5,  lens data was not populating correctly. Nikon users can check for this issue by selecting a folder of photos imported after you installed the last update, 6.5 (released March 16), and then filtering on Lens using the Library Filter bar at the top of the grid. If this bug affected you,  you’ll see “Unknown Lens”. (Watch my video tutorial further down in this post if you don’t know how to do this.)

Lightroom 6.5 CC 2015.5 Unknown Lens

The update released today will automatically resolve the issue for  files imported after you install today’s 6.5.1/2015.5.1 update. If going forward you would like to be able to search for photos based on what lens you shot with, then you’ll want to go back and populate the Lens field for files imported with 6.5/2015.5. Follow my written instructions below or watch the video tutorial a bit further down in this post, in which I show you how to identify and resolve the issue.

  • Select all files imported with 6.5/2015.5  (it can’t hurt to select more files than this)
  • Up in the menu bar in the Library module go to Metadata>Save Metadata to Files.
  • Next go to Metadata>Read Metadata from Files.

Note that if you have NEF files rather than DNG, as a result of the saving, you’ll see .XMP files out in the folders with your originals. Once you do the Read Metadata step you can delete these or you can just leave them there – they are very small and are harmless.

The process above doesn’t work with virtual copies. After you fix the master photos, use this method to get lens information onto your virtual copies:

Create a new virtual copy and copy your develop work from the old one to the new one:

  • Right-Click on your master photo and choose Create Virtual Copy. This new VC will have lens information.
  • Select your old virtual copy (without the lens information), right-click, choose Develop Settings>Copy Settings, Check All, and Copy.
  • Right-click on your master photo and choose Create Virtual Copy.
  • Right-click on the new virtual copy, choose Develop Settings>Paste Settings. This virtual copy now has lens information and your develop work.
  • Delete the old virtual copy – right-click and Remove.

For those not familiar with using the Library Filter bar and and/or who would like to see me work through this process, in the  video tutorial below I show you how to check to see if this issue affected you and how to resolve it.

Video Table of Contents
00:36  What photos are affected and where to look for the Lens information
02:00  Updating to 6.5.1
02:42  Selecting affected photos
04:03  Writing out your editing work and then reading the lens information and editing
05:30  Getting lens information onto virtual copies
07:28  XMP files left in folders with affected photos

Permissions Issue on Mac

In the last update, 6.5/2015.5, if Lightroom encountered permission issues with folders it writes to (i.e. if they are set to Read Only and Lightroom needs to write to them),  you would be locked out of using Lightroom until you changed these folders to Read & Write. With this new update, you can continue to use Lightroom, but you are still advised to fix the issues. Here’s the new message you will receive:


Other Issues Fixed

Apr 012016

Update April 2, 2016: Now that April 1 has passed, I’ll say that this video was an April Fools’ joke. Watch it only if you are up for a laugh!

In this short new video tutorial I show you how you can turn a boring photo such as the one below on the left into a stunning photo, on the right:

Lightroom Get Stunning Results!

Most people really like the pace of my tutorials, but a few people would like slower or faster pacing, so I have tried to adjust my style  – let me know what you think!

Mar 302016

Google Nik Plugins Now FreeGoogle announced recently that it is making all seven of its popular and powerful Nik plugins available for free! I haven’t tried them all, but I love their U-Point technology for making local corrections, and I was really impressed by how I could easily produce stunning black and whites with Silver Effects Pro (that I didn’t have the experience to imagine beforehand.)

Rather than list all the plugins here and what they are for, I’ll send you to this Nik plugins page. If your plugins don’t appear in Lightroom after installation, visit this troubleshooting page.

It appears from Google’s statement that they will be focusing on mobile applications going forward – so don’t count on  future support for or development of these desktop plugins.

Update: if you’re looking for training on using Nik plugins, Tim Grey has a free video course.

Update: I am not a Nik expert and can’t provide troubleshooting help. Please check the troubleshooting section of the Nik site, or post in one of the Lightroom or Photoshop forums.

Mar 212016

Adobe has just announced a new Technology Preview section on Lightroom Web, where Creative Cloud subscribers can play with features that are still in development.  The first feature introduced is Search, which allows you to search for objects and themes in your photos – for example, find all photos with dogs in them or all photos with red in them – without having added keywords. The feature has not been perfected at this point, but it is nonetheless already very impressive. My fingers are  crossed, hoping that it makes its way into Lightroom Desktop in the not-too-distant future.

As background, Lightroom Web allows you to access, edit and share your photos from anywhere using just a web browser. Either sync (upload) collections of photos from Lightroom on your desktop computer or upload photos directly to Lightroom Web.

For users already comfortable with Lightroom Web, you can read below about the process of activating the feature. For those who are not familiar with Lightroom Web, watch my video tutorial to see the new feature in action:

Accessing the feature:

  • Sync collections of photos from Lightroom Desktop.
  •  Go to and log in.
  • On the right, click on Open Technology Previews

Lightroom Web Technology Previews

  • Check the box next to Search, then click on Apply Changes

Lightroom Web: Activate Search

  • In the top left, click on the Photos tab. Type your search term(s) in the new Search box.

Lightroom Web Search feature

Related Posts

Getting Started with Lightroom Mobile and Web

Using Collections in Your Lightroom Desktop / Mobile Workflow

Mar 212016

lightroom 6.5 cc 2015.5 updateThere have been a couple issues with the 6.5 / CC 2015.5 Lightroom update that I have become aware of and want to bring to your attention.

Mac Permissions Issue

With the CC 2015.5 and 6.5 updates, some Mac users are encountering the following message: “Lightroom encountered user permission issues.”  This issue used to cause hangs and crashes, so now Adobe is pushing this message to notify you to resolve this Mac permissions issue (unfortunately even if it wasn’t actually causing you issues.).  To fix it, follow the instructions in this post from Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist of Adobe.

Lens Data Issue

Some users are also finding that their lens data is not displaying properly on files imported after the update. This appears only to be an issue if you filter by lens type (using the Library Filter bar at the top of the grid or in smart collections). If this bug affects you,  when you do a metadata filter on lens type, you’ll see “Unknown Lens”.  (Here’s a tutorial on how to use Lightroom’s Library Filter.)

Lightroom 6.5 CC 2015.5 Unknown Lens

Users experiencing this issue are still able to apply a lens profile.  Adobe Engineering is looking into this bug – follow it in this forum thread. If you experience this and you need or want to filter by lens, a workaround is to convert your files to DNG using an older version of Adobe’s free DNG converter before you import the files into Lightroom.  Download the 9.4 version of the  DNG converter here: Windows   Mac.

If you would prefer to revert to Lightroom 6.4 / CC 2015.4, follow the instructions in this post, except that after installing 6.0, install 6.4 from that same downloads page instead of 6.1.1.

UPDATE: Once 6.5.1/CC 2015.5.1 is released, you will be able to recover the missing lens information using the following steps:

  • Select all affected files
  • Write your Lightroom editing work out to the files: in the menu bar in the top left go to Metadata>Save Metadata to File (Cmd/Ctl-S).
  • Read the metadata: Metadata>Read Metadata from File.

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