Nov 032016
 

Adobe Project Nimbus Sneak PeakIn the keynote presentation for Adobe’s fall MAX conference, Adobe presented “a glimpse of the future of photography” in the form of a brief sneak peek of a new photography application under development, code-named “Project Nimbus”.  The application has a modernized interface that is consistent with the Lightroom mobile and Lightroom web interfaces, with the goal being a seamless experience as one moves from desktop to mobile to web.

What we know from the sneak peek presented by Group Product Manager Brian Hughes:

  • Nimbus is cloud-based (referred to as “cloud-native”) – all of your photos and edits reside in the cloud. This makes them available automatically to Lightroom mobile and web without the need to specify what you want to sync.
  • Nimbus can do content-based searches of your photos. For example, if you type in “pier” it will search the content of your photos to find those that contain piers. This feature has been available as a technology preview in Lightroom web for some time. If it works well, keywording your photos will become less critical (but not obsolete – a content-based search might find all wedding photos, but not wedding photos of your niece.)
  • The editing tools demonstrated are already in Lightroom.

In summary from Brian, “What’s really important to remember here is that everything I do in one place is available to me  in other places – that’s a modern, cloud-native, non-destructive experience – from raw capture to pro-grade editing anywhere.”

Adobe Project Nimbus Editing

Project Nimbus Editing View – Click to Enlarge

In the Library view that Brian presented (shown below),  we see that users have access to “All Photos”, “Recently Added”, “Dates”, and then user-created Albums, but there is no Folders panel  as we’re used to seeing in Lightroom. This may be an indication that file management isn’t something that the user will have access to or control over.  If this speculation proves correct, many users will be happy to not have to struggle with file management as they do in Lightroom, and others might be disappointed that they don’t have this control.

Adobe Nimbus Library View

Nimbus Editing View – Click to Enlarge

The app also appears to be very much streamlined and more straightforward. That said, it’s not clear how far along Adobe is in building in whatever features they plan to ship with it.

Brian did not address at all where Nimbus fits with Lightroom – whether it will be a replacement for it, a cloud-based version that will sit side by side with Lightroom, or a Lightroom-Elements-like program for photographers who don’t have a need for all of Lightroom’s features and complexity.

He also gave no indication as to when Nimbus will be available. Other apps demonstrated during the keynote were positioned as coming soon as a public beta, or to be released soon. Nimbus was instead presented as a sneak peek of something they’re working on.

If you’re currently learning Lightroom, I would suggest continuing with your Lightroom learning and plans, unless you’re willing to just stop for what could be several months to wait and see whether this new program will be a better fit for you. Given that the editing tools demonstrated were Lightroom’s editing tools, it appears that your learning in this area will be applicable in any case.

To watch a replay of the presentation, click on this MAX link, then look for the video titled “The Future of Creativity and Design – Photography”. The sneak peek of Nimbus starts at 11:30.


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Oct 272016
 

Lightroom Overview for BeginnersIn this short video for beginners, I provide a brief introduction to Lightroom. Learn what Lightroom looks like, how it’s organized, and what you can do with it.

This is the second video in my 15 1/2 hour Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series, which will get you off to a great start with Lightroom (and much more), and help you to avoid the painful mistakes that newer users often make.

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


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Oct 262016
 

Lightroom Quick Develop PanelLightroom’s Quick Develop panel in the Library module is great for making fast edits to or applying presets to one or many photos without having to go to the Develop module, and for making relative changes to a group of photos – for example, bumping up exposure on all photos by one stop. (There’s no other way to do this!). It’s also great for quickly undoing editing work on one or many photos.  Watch my short video tutorial below for more on these topics, as well as for how to reveal more settings and how to troubleshoot Quick Develop issues.

This video is a five-minute lesson from my 15 1/2 hour Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series.

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

00:24 Expand the Quick Develop panel to reveal more settings
00:51 Make quick adjustments and apply presets without having to go to the Library module
01:16 Increments available
01:47 Reset one or more photos
02:07 Edit several (or several hundred!) photos at once
02:33 Example of cropping several to same crop (aspect) ratio
03:21 Making the same relative adjustment to multiple photos – there’s no other way to do this!
04:10 Why you may see changes to only one photo of those you have selected – Grid view vs. Loupe view
04:28 Offline or missing photos — Quick Develop will be deactivated / grayed out
04:43 Collapse/hide settings in panel


 

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Oct 062016
 

Transfer Lightroom Work from One Computer to AnotherYou traveled with a laptop and used Lightroom on this laptop to import and work on your photos while you were on the road. Now you’re back home and you’re wondering how to get the photos along with your work (flags, stars, keywords, editing, etc) into your main Lightroom catalog on your desktop computer.


In this video tutorial from my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series I show you how to transfer your Lightroom work and your photos.

(For best quality, after clicking on Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose HD. Quality is better in the actual Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond videos.)

Note that this technique isn’t the one to use if you have purchased a new computer and want to get everything transferred over from your old one – read instead Victoria Bampton’s article on moving to a new computer. It’s also not the best technique if you regularly use two computers and don’t mind carrying an external drive – in this case, put your catalog and your photos on the external drive.  (Here’s an article on this approach, but it’s covered more in depth in my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series.)


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Sep 202016
 

Lightroom 6.7 and CC 2015.7 UpdateAdobe released Lightroom 6.7 and CC 2015.7 last night. For both Lightroom 6 and CC, this release contains:

  • fixes for previously-identified issues with Apple’s new Mac operating system, Sierra, scheduled to be released tomorrow, September 20, 2016
  • support for raw files from new cameras
  • tethering support for two more cameras
  •  performance improvements, including a new “edit with smart previews” preference
  • bug fixes
  • Output and soft-proofing support for Apple’s Display P3 color space
  • removal of the auto-tone and auto black and white preferences
  • new lens profiles (applied in the Lens Corrections panel)

In addition, for Creative Cloud subscribers only, this release contains:

  • a new publish service to allow users to upload images from Lightroom directly to Adobe Stock for submission for possible stock licensing
  • a new All Synced Photographs collection, intended to make it easier to make photos available on Lightroom mobile or web
How to Update

Macs running OS 10.9 (Mavericks): despite Adobe’s “advance notice” announcement last week that the next major version of Lightroom won’t support 10.9, it turns out that this 6.7 / CC 2015.7 update and future updates will not be supported on OS 10.9.  If you’re unsure of your Mac OS version, click on the apple icon in the top left, then About This Mac, and it will show the version at the top.

If you’re on PC or on a more recent Mac OS: if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates.  CC subscribers can also also use your CC app to install it. If all else fails, you can download the file directly and then double-click on it to run the update. Here are the files: Windows  Mac

A Quick Note on MacOS Sierra

While Adobe and Sierra beta users have tested this update on Sierra, often there can be issues that don’t surface until a larger number of users are running the new operating system with Lightroom and are in effect testing them. It’s therefore not a bad idea to hold off updating your operating system until any other major issues are surfaced and fixed, or until it becomes clear that any issues identified won’t affect you personally.  UPDATE: no major issues have surfaced with Sierra.

New Camera Support

With 6.7/2015.7 you’ll now be able to import raw files (and JPEGs) from:

  • Apple iPad Pro 9.7″; iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (does not include support for dual pixel raw)
  • Hasselblad H6D-100c
  • Nikon D3400
  • GoPro Hero5 Black
  • Panasonic DMC-G8 (DMC-G80, DMC-G81, DMC-G85)
  • Panasonic DMC-LX9 (DMC-LX10, DMC-LX15)

Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R: added new Adobe Standard camera profiles in the Camera Calibration panel, denoted V2, with less contrast than the intial ones (now denoted V1).

Click here for a list of all supported cameras – applies to Lightroom even though the title says Camera Raw.

New Tethering Support

You can now shoot tethered with the Nikon D5 and D500. Click here for a complete list of supported cameras. Shooting tethered means having your camera connected to your computer, and having images automatically import into Lightroom as you shoot. This option is under File>Tethered Capture.

Performance Improvements

Preference to Edit with Smart Previews

For users trying to squeeze out the best performance as possible, a new preference has been added in both CC and 6 to have Lightroom work in the Develop module with smart previews rather than originals. Continue reading »

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