Mar 072017

What's New in Lightroom 6.9 / CC 2015.9Lightroom 6.9 and CC 2015.9 were released today with support for new cameras, new lens profiles, bug fixes, and improved error messages for syncing to Lightroom mobile (CC only). There are otherwise no new features in these free updates to 6 and CC.

If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates, or click on the Update button on the Apps tab of your Creative Cloud app, or download the update file from one of these links and then double-click on the file to run the installation wizard:  Mac Windows .

Lightroom Mobile Sync Error Information (CC Only)

The Sync Activity section on the Lightroom mobile tab of Preferences now gives information on why images have failed to sync. Clicking on any image in the list will select that image in the Library module. To access Preferences, go to Lightroom (Mac) or Edit (PC) > Preferences. At the bottom of the Lightroom mobile tab, if there is a sideways triangle to the left of “Sync Activity”, click on it to expand the section.

Lightroom mobile sync error messages

Lightroom mobile sync error messaging

New Camera Support

Lightroom can now import raw files (and JPEGs) from the following new cameras:

  •   Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
  •   Casio EX-ZR3200
  •   Fujifilm GFX 50S
  •   Fujifilm X100F
  •   Fujifilm X-A10
  •   Fujifilm X-T20
  •   Leica M10
  •   Olympus E-M1 Mark II
  •   Panasonic DC-FZ80 (DC-FZ82, DC-FZ85)
  •   Panasonic DC-GF9 (DC-GX850, DC-GX800)
  •   Panasonic DC-GH5
  •   Panasonic DMC-TZ82
  •   Phase One IQ3 100MP
New Lens Profiles
  • Apple
    • Moment Macro Lens for iPhone 7 (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Macro Lens for iPhone 7 Plus (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone 7 (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone 7 Plus (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Tele Lens for iPhone 7 (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Tele Lens for iPhone 7 Plus (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Wide Lens for iPhone 7 (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Wide Lens for iPhone 7 Plus (DNG + JPEG)
  • Canon EF
    • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
    • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
    • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM
    • TAMRON 1024mm F/3.54.5 Di II VC HLD B023E
    • TAMRON SP 70200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025E
    • TAMRON SP 70200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025E +1.4x III
    • TAMRON SP 70200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025E +2x III
  • Canon EF-M
    • Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
    • Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 MACRO IS STM
    • TAMRON 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD B023E
  • DJI
    • DJI Mavic Pro FC220 (DNG + JPEG)
  • Fujifilm X
    • Fujifilm X100F
  • Nikon F
    • TAMRON 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD B023N
    • TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025N
    • TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025N x1.4
    • TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025N x2.0
    • Voigtlander SL II – S 58mm f/1.4 NoktonSony E
  • Sony E
    • PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS
  • Sony FE
    • Rokinon/Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE
    • Voigtlander ULTRA WIDE-HELIAR 12mm F5.6 III
    • Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85
Bugs Fixed

Deleting Photos


Catalog Backup

  • Unable to back up catalog (if using two-byte characters in folder path)
  • Catalog exceeds 4 GB warning appearing for catalogs that are smaller than this.
  • Lightroom doesn’t start after creating new catalog.

Miscellaneous Library / Export


  • Upright error where the “Update” button was incorrectly enabled when Upright unable to find a correction
  • Lens Profile auto matching not working for Zeiss Batis 85mm lenses
  • Cursor movements on point curves erratic


Bug Not Yet Fixed – Side Panels Go Black

There was a bug in 6.8 / CC 2015.8 on Mac Sierra that for some users caused the side panels to turn black intermittently. This bug has not yet been fixed. You can resolve this by hiding and then showing the Lightroom application, switching from Library (G) to Develop (D) and back, or restarting Lightroom. If, however, you experienced this, found it intolerable and reverted back to 6.7 / CC 2015.7 – and if this helped – then  you may want to wait for Lightroom 6.10 / CC 2015.10 before updating. (This said, I have since been told by Adobe that they can reproduce this issue in 6.7 and earlier versions of Lightroom as well, so there’s no guarantee that reverting would help.) If you had no issues with this in 6.8 / CC 2015.8, I wouldn’t expect you to in this new update either.

Mar 062017

Adobe just announced the availability of Lightroom mobile 2.7 for iOS and 2.3 for Android. The big new feature for both is HDR (High Dynamic Range) capture and merge – this allows you to automatically capture three DNG files with detail in highlights and shadows, and Lightroom mobile will  merge them together into a single file with detail throughout the tonal range. This HDR result is a DNG raw file, which gives you ultimate editing flexibility.

Lightroom Mobile HDR

iPhone 7 Plus HDR Capture by Josh Haftel, Adobe Product Manager

More Details on HDR Capture

According to Adobe product manager, Josh Haftel, “The new HDR mode works by automatically scanning the scene to determine the correct exposure range and then capturing three DNG files which are then automatically aligned, merged, deghosted, and tonemapped in the app. You get a 16-bit floating point DNG, with all of the benefits of both an HDR and a raw photo, which is processed by the same algorithms with the same quality as the HDR technology built into Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.” For Creative Cloud subscribers the DNG source files and merge file all sync to Lightroom desktop.

iOS Devices Supported

  • iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus;  9.7″ iPad Pro

Android Devices Supported

Samsung S7, S7 Edge, Google Pixel, and Pixel XL.

Technical specs (that the above devices meet):

  • GPU – Adreno 500 / Mali 880 or higher
  • Camera – 13 MP or less
  • OS – Marshmallow and above
  • RAM – 3GB and above (usable)

Accessing the HDR Feature

Within Lightroom mobile, tap on the camera icon and then tap the dropdown to the left of the shutter button and choose High Dynamic Range:

Lightroom Mobile HDR Setting

Once you take an HDR photo, Lightroom mobile has to remain open and in the foreground while the HDR processing takes place. You’ll get a notification if Lightroom is in the background and there is an HDR photo still to be processed.

HDR files are large (35-55 MB for a 12 MP camera), so you may need to free up space on your phone if you plan to shoot several before they’ll have time to sync to the cloud.  If you had enabled offline editing but no longer need to work with your photos offline, you can free up space by disabling offline editing and clearing the cache. (Your photos won’t get deleted – they will still be in the cloud.) To access these settings, in Collections view tap on the Lr icon in the top left.  Note that once a photo is synced to the cloud (HDR or traditional), it will automatically be removed from your phone, leaving just a smaller preview behind.

Other New Features and Changes in in Lightroom Mobile for iOS

Speed Review Is Back!

Swipe to quickly flag and rate: In Loupe view, tap on the top-center dropdown and choose Review. Swipe up or down on the left half of the screen to rate, and on the right half to flag:

Lightroom mobile speed reviewIt would be even better to be able to use this feature in Edit view rather than having to switch to Review, but this is still a step in the right direction.

Export DNG Files

For users who need the ability to get DNG files out of Lightroom mobile without having to first sync them to your desktop, you can now tap on the Share button in Loupe view and select Export Original. This will save the DNG file to your Camera Roll. That said, your editing work will not go with it, and you’ll only see the original JPEG preview since iOS can’t process raw files.

New Force Touch and Notification Center Widget

Lightroom mobile notification center widget

Background Uploading & Prevent from Sleep

There are two big improvements to sync: Now syncing to the cloud will continue when Lightroom mobile is in the background. In addition, when your phone is connected to a power source and the Prevent from Sleep setting is on, your phone will no longer go to sleep while a sync is happening.   To access the Prevent from Sleep setting, in Collections view tap on the Lr icon in the top left.

Changes in in Lightroom Mobile for Android

In addition to HDR capture, there are speed and stability improvements, as well as new linear selection (i.e. graduated filter) and radial selection tools:


How to Get The Update

On your iPad or iPhone, go to the App store, search for Lightroom mobile, and tap on Update. On Android devices you’ll find the app in the Google Play store.

Mar 032017

Lightroom what is ExportThis is my first article in what will be a several part series on Lightroom’s Export function. This article will focus on what exporting is for and when you should export. Future ones will go into the settings.

Background: Lightroom’s Non-Destructive Approach to Image Editing

Lightroom works non-destructively – meaning that it never touches your original raw or JPEG files. Instead, your editing work is saved separately behind the scenes as a set of instructions.  In Lightroom you’re essentially seeing the instructions hovering over your original photos, but the instructions are not baked in to your originals. This is great, as it means that you can undo all or part of your work at any time – you can’t ruin your photo as you work on it!


What Exporting Is For

Because of this non-destructive approach, if you go outside of Lightroom to Mac Finder or Windows Explorer/My Computer and preview files that you have edited, you’ll see that your editing work isn’t there – so you can’t share your edited photos with people by sending them these files. Of course sending people the originals plus sets of Lightroom instructions also isn’t an option. Instead, when you want to share your photos you’ll create copies of them with the editing work applied. These copies are made through the Export dialog.

Should I Export to Save My Work?

Many users believe they need to export copies of all their edited photos in order to save their work – this is not the case, and will simply clutter up your hard drive with unnecessary copies. Your work is being saved automatically in Lightroom’s catalog. (Read more about this in, “How Do I Save My Lightroom Work?“)  Instead, exporting copies is only necessary when you want to share your photos with the outside world.

Should I Keep All My Exported Copies?

I almost always delete the exported copies once I send them out since I can always export new copies if I need them again.  Each export shows up as an entry in the History panel in the Develop module, so if I have done additional editing since I exported, I can always get back to how it looked when I last exported, if I need to.  Some pros, however, do retain the copies that they send to clients so that they have readily-accessible  documentation of exactly what was sent out. (Note that while Lightroom will record editing settings when you perform an export, it will not record export settings such as size, so if you need to keep track of these you’ll need to keep your files.)

Whether or Note You’ll Need to Use Lightroom’s Export Dialog

Generally speaking, you’ll export copies by clicking on the Export button in the bottom right in the Library Module, or by going to File>Export…, and then working through the settings.

Lightroom Export

However, there are other ways to share photos, depending on the circumstance. In these Lightroom does the under-the-cover exporting:

  • You can email photos directly from Lightroom. This will save you from the time of exporting JPEGs and attaching them to emails.
  • You can upload photos directly to Facebook, Flickr and some other online services using Publish Services, in the bottom left in the Library module.
  • Creative Cloud subscribers can “sync” collections of photos to the cloud, at which time they are available on mobile devices and on Lightroom web. You can send clients and friends links to these collections on the web and people can like and comment on them.
  • You can create slideshows, web galleries, prints and electronic print layouts, and photo books using Lightroom’s output modules, and then export / upload / print  from there.

These are outside the scope of my current Export series, but I thought I’d mention them.

Feb 222017

Since the release of Lightroom 6.8 and CC 2015.8, some users have reported that their panels in the Library module suddenly go black:

Lightroom's Library Module Panels Go Black

This seems to only be an issue with Mac OS Sierra. Update: also El Capitan. The quickest way to get your panels back is to switch from Library (G) to Develop (D) and back or hide and then show the Lightroom application.  If this doesn’t work, close and reopen Lightroom. If the bug is intolerable for you, consider rolling back to Lightroom 6.7 / CC 2015.7 until it’s fixed. UPDATE 3/6/17: I have been advised that Adobe has seen reports of this issue in 6.7 / 2015.7 and earlier versions as well. Nonetheless,  reports of it have jumped dramatically with 6.8 / 2015.8. Therefore there’s no guarantee that reverting to 6.7 / 2015.7 will solve the issue for you, but there is a good chance.

Dec 292016

Organize photos and folders in LightroomBelow are two video tutorials from my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series that will teach you how to clean up your files and folders.

The first video, File and Folder Management: Reorganizing, explains how to use the Folders panel in Lightroom to reorganize your folders and photos – move, rename and delete folders, create new folders, move photos from one folder to another, and much more. Doing this reorganization from within Lightroom will ensure that you don’t end up with missing files and folders.

The second video, Missing Files and Folders, explains why you get question marks on folders, exclamation marks on photo thumbnails, and the “File cannot be found” message in the Develop module, and teaches you how to find and reconnect these missing files and folders.

If you enjoy these videos, check out the full 15 1/2 hour 76+ video series: Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond!

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

File and Folder Management: Reorganizing

Missing Files and Folders

Dec 262016

Lightroom-copyright-metadata-presetI recommend adding copyright and contact information to your photos as you import them into Lightroom so that when you share photos with the outside world, this data automatically tags along with them and people can get in touch with you if they come across your photos and want to use them. For photos already in Lightroom, it’s not too late — you can also add this information in the Library module.

The U.S. Copyright Office states that your copyright should take the form of “© YYYY Your Name” (e.g. © 2017 Laura Shoe), so you should create a copyright preset or update your existing one at the beginning of each year.

In the video tutorial below I show you how to:

  • Create and update a copyright and contact information “metadata preset”
  • Apply your preset to photos as you import them
  • View copyright and contact information for your photos using the Metadata panel in the Library module
  • Apply your preset to any selected photos in the Library module.

This video tutorial was created back in 2014 with Lightroom 5, but it’s applicable to newer (and older) versions of Lightroom as well.

(For highest resolution viewing, after hitting Play, click on the sprocket wheel (Youtube Sprocket Wheel) in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.)

For those of you who prefer written instructions rather than watching a video, here’s an article from a few years ago explaining how to create and apply a copyright metadata preset.

Exporting Copyright and Contact Information:  If you want your copyright and contact information to tag along with your photos when you export copies, then in the Metadata section of the Export dialog towards the bottom be sure to choose Copyright and Contact Info (or All Metadata).  This information will then tag along with  your photos in the file properties data — it will not be written across your photos. To write information onto your photos themselves, use the Watermarking functionality in the Export dialog.

U.S. photographers: note that you won’t have an enforceable claim against someone who steals a photo of yours unless you register your copyright with (i.e. submit your photos to) the U.S. Copyright Office.

Viewing the Information: In the video I show you how to view the information you have added using the Metadata panel in Lightroom. People can also view this information using Adobe Bridge. Outside of these programs the copyright information can be easily viewed, but not the contact information. To view the copyright in Windows Explorer, right-click on your file, choose Properties and go to the Details tab. On Mac, open the photo in Preview, go to Tools>Show Inspector, click on the information tab (i), and then the IPTC tab.

Related Post: Video Tutorial on Watermarking Photos

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