Nov 172015

Lightroom 6.3 UpdateAdobe this morning released Lightroom 6.3 (and CC 2015.3 for subscribers – referred to as 6.3 in this article). In addition to the typical new camera support, lens profiles, tethering support and bug fixes, Lightroom 6.3 has reverted to the import dialog that we had up through Lightroom 6.1.1.  In 6.2 released October 5, Adobe introduced a redesigned import process, but the uproar over removed features and stability issues led Adobe to reverse course. While we all would have preferred to not have gone through the tumultuous 6.2 experience, I appreciate that Adobe listened to user feedback, issued an apology, and quickly changed course.

If you need to learn how to use this reintroduced import dialog, watch my quick basic video on importing over at, or my comprehensive import videos (recorded with Lightroom 5, but still applicable.)

Updating to 6.3

With 6.3, I don’t have any indication that there will be any major issues, and I myself have updated. Nevertheless, if you don’t need these changes right away, it can’t hurt to see how the update goes for early adapters. I will update this post if there are widespread serious issues – no news is good news. Before updating, it is always a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalog.

If you didn’t update to 6.2 and are updating to 6.3 on the day of release (November 17), you need to be careful that you don’t accidentally get a 6.2 update (i.e. if the 6.3 update isn’t yet available to you through Lightroom or your CC app.) For the guaranteed Lightroom 6.3 update, download the file directly from here: Windows Mac. Then go into your Downloads folder (or where you chose to download it to), and double-click on the file to run the update.

If you are updating after November 17, you can update through Lightroom – if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates (or Help>Check for Updates).

After updating, if you click on the Import button in the Library module and get a big “Add Photos” screen, you have 6.2, not 6.3. Download and run the 6.3 update from the link above.

Issues or Feedback?

If you experience issues with 6.3 or have feedback, Adobe would like to hear from you on

New Camera Support

Lightroom will now import files from the following new cameras: Canon EOS M10, Canon PowerShot G5 X, Canon PowerShot G9 X, Fujifilm X-T1 IR, Leica SL (Typ 601), Sony RX1R II (DSC-RX1RM2). Click here for a list of all cameras supported in Lightroom 6 (and other Lightroom versions. The title says Camera Raw, but the righthand column shows Lightroom support.)

New Tethering Support

Lightroom will now allow you to shoot tethered with the following additional cameras: Canon EOS 5DS, Canon EOS 5DS R, Canon EOS T6i / 750D, Canon EOS T6s / 760D. With your camera connected to your computer via USB, you can automatically import photos into Lightroom as you shoot. Click here for a list of all cameras supported for tethered capture.

Bug Fixes

Here is a list of fixed bugs, from Adobe:

Fixed several instability, functionality and performance issues introduced in Lightroom CC 2015.2.x/6.2.x.
Fixed several bugs related to Panorama Merge.

Fixed bugs that:

  • caused edits made and saved in Photoshop or 3rd party plug-ins to not appear in the Develop module.
  • caused user default for Chromatic Aberration Correction to not be honored after new Import option was removed.
  • prevented rotated photos from showing as rotated when in Full Screen view.
  • caused a performance slowdown when creating Standard sized previews on high resolution monitors.
  • caused image previews to be incorrectly displayed as completely black after import if “Auto Tone” is on in preferences.
  • caused crash when using the Radial or Graduated Filter.
  • caused Palette, a 3rd party hardware device, to stop working with Lightroom.
  • caused the Map module to appear pixelated and photos to be  dropped in the wrong place when using hi-dpi monitors on Windows.
  • prevented you from exiting Full Screen view while using the Spot Healing Tool.
  • caused the Flickr Publish Service to improperly publish multi-word keywords.
New Lens Profiles
Mount Name
Apple iPhone 6s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
Apple iPhone 6s front camera 2.65mm f/2.2
Apple iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
Apple iPhone 6s Plus front camera 2.65mm f/2.2
Canon EF Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
Canon EF Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x
Canon EF Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2.0x
Canon EF Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x
Canon EF Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2.0x
Canon EF Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +1.4x
Canon EF Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +2.0x
Canon EF Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Canon EF Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM +1.4x
Canon EF Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM +2.0x
Canon EF Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
Canon EF Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x
Canon EF Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM +2.0x
Canon EF Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo
Canon EF SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
Canon EF Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50 ZE
Canon EF Zeiss Milvus 1.4/85 ZE
Canon EF Zeiss Milvus 2/35 ZE
Canon EF Zeiss Milvus 2/50M ZE
Canon EF Zeiss Milvus 2/100M ZE
Canon EF Zeiss Milvus 2.8/21 ZE
Canon EF Zeiss Otus 1.4/28 ZE
Canon EF-M Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
Leica M Voigtlander VM 35mm f/1.7 Ultron
Nikon F Nikon AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF
Nikon F SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
Nikon F Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50 ZF.2
Nikon F Zeiss Milvus 1.4/85 ZF.2
Nikon F Zeiss Milvus 2/35 ZF.2
Nikon F Zeiss Milvus 2/50M ZF.2
Nikon F Zeiss Milvus 2/100M ZF.2
Nikon F Zeiss Milvus 2.8/21 ZF.2
Nikon F Zeiss Otus 1.4/28 ZF.2
PENTAX Asahi PENTAX Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42
PENTAX Asahi PENTAX Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 M42
PENTAX SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
SONY A SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
SONY FE Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21
Oct 162015

Tom Hogarty of Adobe announced tonight that in the next Lightroom 6 “dot” release (i.e. 6.3 & CC 2015.3), they will revert back to the old import dialog. The streamlined import process introduced in 6.2 suffered from stability issues, and drew consternation from Lightroom users (including myself) upset about many features that were removed.  Timing of the 6.3 release is still to be determined.

Tom went on to say that they “will continue to investigate ways to improve the ease of use of our photography products and will do so via an open dialog, with both existing and new customers.” I am hopeful that with this open dialog, Lightroom will continue to evolve with the needs of both new and experienced users in mind. While it has been a rough couple of weeks for the Adobe team and for the Lightroom user community, I very much appreciate that we have had nine years of great product updates and improvements from the Lightroom team.

Read Tom’s announcement

If you want to revert back to the old import process now, you can roll back to Lightroom 6.1.1.

If you hadn’t heard about the new process introduced in 6.2, you can read about it here. 

Oct 102015

In a post on the Adobe Lightroom Journal blog, Tom Hogarty, Senior Product Manager for photography products, apologized on Friday for the quality of Monday’s Lightroom 6.2 and CC 2015.2 releases. He acknowledges first that it was a mistake to ship the product before resolving the crash bug.

In terms of why they made the Import redesign choices they did, he indicated, “The import experience in Lightroom is daunting.  It’s a step that every customer must successfully take in order to use the product and overwhelming customers with every option in a single screen was not a tenable path forward.  We made decisions on sensible defaults and placed many of the controls behind a settings panel.  At the same time we removed some of our very low usage features to further reduce complexity and improve quality.”

Tom then went on to acknowledge that “Lightroom was created in 2006 via a 14 month public beta in a dialog with the photography community.  In making these changes without a broader dialog I’ve failed the original core values of the product and the team.”

Adobe does collect usage statistics from users unless we opt out in Account settings on, so there is data to back up his statements. Nevertheless, there are some features that have been removed that if rarely used, I would argue need to be made more prominent rather than removed, including Destination previews and the Eject after Import option for memory cards.  In addition, many of you have commented this week that  there must be a way to keep existing features so that your workflows aren’t broken, even if they are hidden by default so that new users aren’t confused by them.

In any case, overall I see Tom’s public apology as a positive first step, and I appreciate that he released it. I look forward to seeing how he and the Adobe team proceed from here to rebuild trust and confidence and to develop solutions that meet the needs of both new and experienced Lightroom users. Overall they have given us a great product, so I still have faith that they will get back on track.

You can read Tom’s full statement on the Lightroom Journal here.

Oct 092015

Lightroom 6.2.1 updateAdobe today released an update to address crashes and performance issues in the 6.2 and CC 2015.2 releases of this past Monday.  The update is labeled 6.2.1 and CC 2015.2.1.

I believe that this release has a lot of promise to address both the crashes (mostly on Mac) and the performance lags resulting from how Lightroom was scanning your hard drive for potential folders to show on the new “Add Photos” screen. While I withdraw my blanket warning to not update,  I’d still say that it can’t hurt to wait and see how it goes for other users.

UPDATE 10/12/15: While the number of complaints has decreased substantially with this update, some users are still experiencing stability issues. Unless you need the new camera support or lens profiles added in 6.2, I’d suggest continuing to hold off on updating.

If you do wish to update, if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates. If you are a CC subscriber, you can also update from your CC app.

If you didn’t read about what’s new in 6.2, read my blog post from Monday. In addition to new camera support, new lens profiles, and bug fixes, all users will see a redesigned import process, and CC subscribers will see dehaze added as a local adjustment.

As I mentioned in this Monday post, some features have been removed from Import, in an effort to streamline the Import process and make it easier. If these features are among those you rely on, you still might choose to not update.  Removal of some of these features has caused a lot of consternation among users. In acknowledging this user feedback, Shared Mangalik, Lightroom Product Manager, has written in the Lightroom Journal:

The previous Import experience literally made people push back from their computers in frustration.  Keeping the existing Import experience isn’t an option, and we needed to evolve the Import experience.

We’ve heard great feedback on the changes, and we’ve always evolved the Lightroom product with feedback from photographers and look forward to continue to evolve the experience going forward with your feedback in mind.

I look forward to seeing how the experience evolves. Adobe has given us a great product, so I’m going to have faith that we get to a solution that is best for the user community as a whole.

In my video in this post, I walk you through the new Import process.

Oct 062015

For those users who missed my suggestion yesterday to not update to Lightroom 6.2 / CC 2015.2 or who decided to risk it, and  have been experiencing crashes, here are my suggestions:

  1. UPDATE 10/9/15: a 6.2.1 / CC 2015.2.1 update has been released to address crash issue. Update to this, unless you are unhappy with the Import features removed, in which case you can jump to (3) below.
  2. Try resetting Preferences as you open Lightroom: hold down the Shift and Alt/Opt keys as you open Lightroom, and when the dialog comes up, click on Reset Preferences. When Lightroom opens, in the top menu bar, go to Lightroom (Mac) or Edit (PC) > Preferences, and on the General tab, uncheck “Show Add Photos” screen.
  3. If this doesn’t resolve your issues, then revert back to Lightroom 6.1.1 until we get an update to 6.2. The instructions below refer to both 6 and CC 2015:
    • Uninstall Lightroom 6.2. On Windows, use the Add/Remove Programs feature. On Mac, in Finder go to Applications>Adobe Lightroom, and double-click on the Uninstall file.
    • Download Lightroom 6.0 from this page.  Find the Lightroom_6_LS_11 file in your Downloads folder, and double-click to open it. Double click on the Install file. When it requires you to sign in with your Adobe ID, it will determine if you are a CC subscriber; if so, it will give you the Dehaze feature.
    • Download and install the Lightroom 6.1.1 patch: Windows  Mac. These will be (Windows) or Setup.dmg (Mac) files. After download, find the file in your Downloads folder, open it, and double-click on the Adobe Patch Installer.

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Oct 052015

lightroom 6.2 cc 2015.2Coinciding with Adobe’s Max marketing meeting, Adobe this morning announced the immediate availability of updates to both the standalone Lightroom 6 and to the CC subscription.

Changes that are available in both 6 and CC include:

  • a redesigned streamlined import process, intended to make importing more straightforward for newer users
  • improved blending and alignment of panorama and HDR merges
  • support for new cameras
  • tether support for the Leica M Monochrome
  • new lens profiles
  • bug fixes

In addition, for CC subscribers only, Dehaze is now available as a local adjustment, in the adjustment brush, graduated filter, and radial filter tools.

Making the Decision on Whether  / When to Update

Before I get into details of the release, while I still have your full attention:

I usually suggest to users that you go ahead and update, if not for new features, then at a minimum to get bug fixes. However, this time I think it would be a good idea to wait and let the early adapters kick the tires on this one before you update, as I believe the release has been pushed out prematurely. Here are some considerations:

  • The update introduces at least one bug that causes frequent crashes on Macs, and it is not specific to any particular OS version. I personally have not experienced crashes, but because they have been common among testers, I would recommend that Mac users wait for fixes, or at the very least, see how it goes for the community at large – I would love to see this proven to be a rare issue. Update 10/9/15: Adobe has released an update to address this issue. See my more recent blog post, on 6.2.1.
  • There are performance issues on both Mac and PC. These slowdowns throughout Lightroom may be solely caused by the new Add Photos import screen, which can be disabled, but I don’t think it is completely certain. Update 10/9/15: The 6.2.1 update addresses this.
  • In an effort to streamline the Import process, Adobe has removed several features from the Import dialog. Some of you who have felt overwhelmed with Import may appreciate this (though as an instructor, I feel you need a few). Others of you who may feel you need some of these features should read on in this post to understand what you will lose before you update.

If you update and do experience issues:

  • Update 10/09/15: be sure to update to 6.2.1 / CC 2015.2.1. You can see which version you have by going, on Mac, to Lightroom>About Photoshop Lightroom,  or on PC,  Help (or maybe Edit, I don’t recall!) > About Photoshop Lightroom. You’ll see it towards the top.
  • If you experience crashes, reset your preferences – to do so, hold down the shift and Alt/Opt keys as you start Lightroom. If you had any preferences not at their defaults, you’ll need to change these again to your preferred settings.
  • If you experience slow downs in doing any Lightroom work, not just importing, disable the Add Photos screen in Preferences: go to Lightroom (Mac) or Edit (PC) > Preferences, and on the General tab, uncheck “Show Add Photos” screen.
  • If you want to revert to 6.1.1 or 2015.1.1, you’ll need to uninstall Lightroom, install Lightroom 6.0, then install 6.1.1. See this post for detailed instructions on this process of rolling back to Lightroom 6.1.1/CC 2015.1 .


If you want to go ahead and update, if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates, or click on Update in your Creative Cloud application.

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The Redesigned Import Process

Adobe’s goal in redesigning Import is to streamline the process to make it easier for newer users, and to modernize its appearance.

Watch my video to see the new Import process in action (for best quality, after you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel and choose 720/HD):

For those not ready to watch a video, here’s a summary:

When you click on Import or go to File>Import, you’ll now see the Add Photos screen. Lightroom has scanned your hard drive and connected devices to identify devices folders it feels you’re likely to want to import. If you have Elements installed, you’ll also see an option to import from your Elements catalog.(The Elements import process has been automated – just select your Elements catalog.)  Click on one of these sources or Browse Computer to select any other:

Lightroom Import Add Photos


After selecting a source, you are taken to the main import screen. To change your source, click on the current source. All import settings are now hidden behind the gear. If you’re happy using the defaults, hit the blue Import button.

Lightroom Import Screen

Lightroom 6.2 Import Screen

click on image to view larger

To bypass the Add Photos screen and use the source panel instead, hold the Ctl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) key down as you click on Import in the Library module. To turn off the Add Photos screen completely, in the menu bar in the top left, go to Lightroom (Mac) or Edit (PC) > Preferences, and on the General tab, uncheck “Show Add Photos Screen”.

In an effort to streamline the import process, several features have been removed:

  • The “Eject card after import” option. After importing from a memory card, you’ll need to go to Mac Finder or Windows Explorer and eject your card manually before pulling it out of your computer or card reader, or you risk damaging files.
  • The option to Move files (Add, Copy still available)
  • Destination: with the removal of the Destination tree, we no longer get previews of what our date and/or subfolders will look like, so there is no chance to correct mistakes in destination, subfolder or date selections before files are created. This is particularly disappointing to me, as I believe it is essential to understand where your photos will go.  In addition, we lose the ability to uncheck particular date folders (that have already been imported), and see destination file sizes.
  • The ability to zoom in on photos to check for sharpness before importing
  • Filtering by Destination folders
  • File renaming preview (there’s now no way to display what your file renaming choices will result in before actual renaming.)
  • Original file names now hidden behind tool tip (hover to view)
  • Total file size is no longer available in the bottom left corner.
  • The ability to import duplicates. Generally we may not want to import duplicate files, but it can be useful if you want to clean up the duplicates on your hard drive. (We used to be able to import them, and then sort through them with the Duplicate Finder plugin).
How to Give Feedback

If you enjoy the redesigned import process, encounter bugs with the release,  would like to see any of the old features added back, or want to submit ideas for new features or improvements, you can do so at this Adobe Lightroom feedback link.  The specific thread on which you can vote for adding back removed features is here. Also leave comments at the bottom of my blog post, and I’ll pass your feedback along to Adobe.

Improvements to Panorama and HDR Merges

Significant improvements have been made to aligning and blending of source photos. I’ll have some examples soon, but if you weren’t satisfied with results using 6.0, try those merges again!

New Camera Support
  • DxO ONE
  • Leica S (Typ 007)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
  • Sony A7SM2 (ILCE-7SM2)
New Lens Profiles and Bug Fixes

See the full list on the Adobe Lightroom Journal (link coming)

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