Jan 312016
 

FAB56CC-Cover-300pxI am pleased to finally release my updated Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video tutorial series!

In this  series of 15 1/2 hours of training on 76 videos for everyone from beginners to experienced users, you’ll learn how to organize and manage, fix and enhance, and share your photos and videos using Lightroom’s Library, Map and Develop modules.

Downloads of this product are now available. DVDs can be pre-ordered, with an anticipated ship date of February 18. (DVD purchases also come with a free download so you can get started right away if you wish.)

Learn why customers have raved about previous editions and why Photosource International has called them “The best and easiest way to master Lightroom…superb…perfect for both beginners and intermediate level Lightroom users and will impress advanced users as well…The next best thing to having a great expert at your side…a great value!”

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Jan 272016
 

Lightroom 6.4 / 2015.4 logoAdobe today released Lightroom 6.4 and CC 2015.4. In addition to the usual bug fixes, new camera and tethering support and lens profiles, are the following additions and improvements:

Boundary Warp, for CC subscribers only

Usually the Photomerge Panorama process produces a panorama that is not rectangular, and that therefore requires cropping (or Photoshop work). The new Boundary Warp feature within the Panorama dialog analyzes the boundary of your panorama and warps the image so that it is rectangular and doesn’t require cropping.

Lightroom Panorama Boundary Warp

While I used Boundary Warp with the Perspective option in the above example, if you are using Perspective to preserve straight lines, Boundary Warp won’t be useful since it will warp those lines.

Lightroom Mobile Location Preference, for CC subscribers only

For a long time we have been able to auto-import our mobile device Camera Roll photos into Lightroom mobile, and then these were automatically synced/copied to Lightroom on our desktop computer. However, these photos were stored in a .lrdata database. Getting them into our master photos folders required manually moving them using the Folders panel.

This new preference, added to the Lightroom mobile tab in Preferences (Edit>Preferences on PC, Lightroom>Preferences on Mac), allows one to specify a location for these photos that are synced from your mobile devices. You can select one folder for these photos to go into, or you can have Lightroom slot them into date folders within a master folder.  Note that the default is still to store them in the database – so do set this new preference.

Lightroom Mobile Location Preference

I’m very happy about this addition – having my iPhone photos automatically slot into my date structure removes a major argument against using Lightroom mobile to get my iPhone photos onto my desktop computer and into Lightroom. Note that this will not move photos already synced into the database – you’ll have to manually move those.

Performance Improvements Compared to Prior Versions (Apply to both 6.4 and CC 2015.4)
  • The panorama merging process should complete roughly twice as fast as Lightroom 6.3
  • Thumbnails update more quickly when copying and pasting settings or using Sync
  • Images load faster in the Library module when you are zoomed in and navigating images (1:1 previews are built preemptively.)
Other Additions and Improvements
  • Improved quality when applying Auto Straighten and Upright “Level” mode
  • A preference was added on the Interface tab on Macs to prevent accidental “speed swiping”
  • Metadata has been added to merged panoramas to support Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide Angle filter
  • Tethered support added for the Nikon D5500 and Nikon D7200
  • Nikon 1 J4 Camera Matching Profile added
New Camera Support (2015.4 and 6.4)

Support for the following new cameras has been added: Fujifilm X70, Fujifilm X­E2S, Fujifilm X­Pro2, Leica M (Typ 262), Leica X­U (Typ 113), Panasonic DMC­ZS60 (DMC­TZ80, DMC­TZ81, DMC­TZ85),  Phase One IQ150, Sony ILCA­68 (A68).

Adobe has also released an updated version of its free DNG Converter. If you have an older version of Lightroom, you can use this to convert your new-camera files to DNG before importing them into Lightroom.

Fixed Bugs
  • Tethering Nikon cameras on Mac OS X 10.11(El Capitan) did not work properly. (If you are tethering in continuous high-speed mode with an older Nikon camera, read this knowledge base article.)
  • Auto Sync of some settings failed when using smart previews
  • Lightroom would ignore model­-specific custom default settings for some cameras, including some Leica and Sony models.
  • Crop resets to image bounds when adjusting rotation via slider
  • Slideshow wouldn’t work on some systems
  • Video wouldn’t play on some systems
  • Lightroom hangs or crashes when importing (related to the issue discussed in this forum post)
  • In Lights Out mode, an image would disappear if a customer uses the Undo functionality
  • SIGMA 50mm f1.4 ART lens was incorrectly identified as Zeiss Milvus 50mm f1.4
  • Soft Proofing RGB readout values differed for the same file between 5.7.1 and 6.x
  • Import from iPhoto would result in all photos receiving a Pick flag
  • Comments from Lightroom web come in to Lightroom on the desktop as already read.
  • Lightroom would not display the correct EXIF metadata for some video files generated by Canon, Fuji and Panasonic cameras
  • Vertical panoramas created using Merge could appear with the wrong orientation
  • The video cache did not respect the maximum size specified in Preferences
  • Customers experienced issues importing video files in some scenarios
Lens Profiles Added

The list of new lens profiles is very long, so please visit the official Adobe Lightroom 6.4/CC 2015.4 announcement for these.

How to Update

It’s always a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalog before updating. Then within Lightroom, if you’re not prompted to update, go to Help>Updates. If there is no update, either wait for it to be available or download and install the update from here: Mac   Windows

Creative Cloud subscribers can update from within the Creative Cloud app: click on Update next to Lightroom CC on the Apps tab. If the update isn’t listed, try signing out of the app (in Settings / the gear symbol), and signing in again.


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Jan 022016
 
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.

In this video tutorial, 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.

Note that this copyright and contact information tags along with your photos in the file properties data — it is not written across your photos. To write information onto your photos themselves, use the Watermarking functionality in the Export dialog.

(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 couple years ago explaining how to create and apply a copyright metadata preset.

Once you export a copy of your photo, here’s how you can verify that the copyright information is there: on a PC in Windows Explorer / My Computer right-click on the photo and choose Properties. You’ll find the information on the Details tab. On a Mac, in Finder right-click on your photo and choose Get Info.


Related Post: Video Tutorial on Watermarking Photos

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Dec 292015
 

Thank you for making this a great year here on this Lightroom blog! Readers from 219 countries visited. Check out these posts that were the most-read this year:

most popular lightroom articles

  1. Which Should I Buy, Lightroom CC 2015 or Lightroom 6?

  2. Shooting in Raw + JPEG Mode: Why Most of Us Shouldn’t, And How to Set Lightroom Preferences If You Do

  3. 8 bit, 12 bit, 14 bit, 16 bit — What Does It Really Mean to Digital Photographers?

  4. When Panels, Modules, Tools and More Go Missing in Lightroom

  5. Why do I see my images change after they are imported into Lightroom?

Some of these have been in the top five for several years.


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Dec 172015
 

Lightroom mobile 2.1 for iOSLightroom mobile 2.1 for iPhone and iPad users is now available. Here’s are the major features included in the update:

  • The point curve has been added to the Adjust section, for precise control over brightness, darkness, and color cast of ranges of tones in your photos.
  • Split toning has been added to the Adjust section, to add color casts to your black and white and color photos.
  • A set of five live presets have been added to the camera.  They are non-destructive, so you can adjust or remove them after shooting, if you wish. Available for iPhone 5s and later, and iPad Air and later.
  • iPad Pro support: native resolution
  • iOS9 iPad multitasking features: slide over and split view enabled
  • 3D Touch support (iPhone 6s/6s Plus only): 3D touch from the home screen to select the camera, 3D touch in Grid view to see a preview of an image
  • Improved ability to add the same photo to multiple collections easier (no more warning at import that a photo is already in a collection)
  • The camera can now be added to the iPad or iPhone Notification Center, so that you can access it a little bit more quickly.

The most powerful feature of Lightroom mobile, available to Creative Cloud subscribers, is the ability to sync collections of photos and editing work to and from your mobile device and Lightroom on your Desktop. However, anyone with an iPhone or iPad can use the free Lightroom mobile app to capture, edit and share photos, so anyone (with iOS 8.1 or later) can take advantage of these updates.

To update to Lightroom mobile 2.1, on the Updates tab in the iOS App Store, find Lightroom mobile and tap on Update. To download this free app for the first time, search for Lightroom mobile in the App Store.

Accessing the Point Curve

On the Adjust tab, tap on the lens icon, then on Tone Curve, then on Mode. Choose Point-RGB to affect brightness and darkness. Choose Point-Blue, -Green or -Red to affect color cast. Tap on the curve to add a point, and drag up or down. Here’s an article that explains what the tone curve is.

 

Lightroom mobile point curve

 

Accessing Split Toning

On the Adjust tab, tap on the lens icon and choose Split Toning. Continue reading »

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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 Adobe.com, or my comprehensive import videos (recorded with Lightroom 5, but still applicable.) Continue reading »

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