Laura Shoe

Apr 212015
Lightroom CC 2015 and Lightroom 6

Here’s a complete list of all the new features and changes in Lightroom CC / 6.  For video tutorials explaining all the features and changes, visit (this Lightroom 6 resources page).

Photo Merge HDR
  • Designed to merge multiple exposures to increase dynamic range. It is not designed to give creative HDR looks, that plug-ins such as Photomatix provide.
  • Access by selecting  two or more raw files, then go to Photo>Photo Merge HDR, or right click and choose Photo Merge > HDR, or Ctl-H.
  • Options to align and auto-tone photos. In the case of elements that have moved between frames, option to deghost the result. Deghosting analyzes local areas and chooses one frame from the series to use in that local area.
  • Resulting file is a 16-bit raw (DNG) file – with all of the editing flexibility and advantages of a raw file!
  • Run in “headless mode”, skipping the dialog and using your prior settings, with Shift-Ctl-H.
  • Often does best with just two or three exposures.

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Feb 062015
Lightroom Mobile 1.3 Segmentation View
Adobe has released Lightroom Mobile 1.3 for iPhone and iPad. This update includes the following new features:

  • Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo.
  • New Segmented view in Collections gives you a different way to view and engage with your photos.
  • Presentation mode: Allows you to pass your device around to others so that they can view your photos, without worrying about your flags, ratings and adjustments being accidentally changed.

This free update Lightroom Mobile is available from the iOS app store. (Use of Lightroom Mobile requires a Creative Cloud subscription.)

Copying and Pasting Adjustments:

Adjust your first photo. Then tap and hold your finger down to bring up the option to Copy Settings, and then in the next dialog that opens, choose which settings you want to copy:

Lightroom mobile copy adjustment settings

Select another photo. Tap and hold to bring up the option to Paste Settings.

Segmented View:

This allows you to view photos in a collection segmented by year, month, day, or hour. Open a collection of photos into grid view. Tap on the collection name, then choose Segmented. Tap somewhere outside the dialog to close it. This will segment your photos by year.

Lightroom Mobile Segmented View


To change from segmentation by year to segmentation by month, day or hour, tap and hold on the year, and choose another option:

Lightroom Mobile Segmentation Options

Presentation Mode:

In Collections view, tap on the three dots […] in the bottom right of the collection you wish to present. Choose Present.

Lightroom Mobile Presentation View


This will lock access to flags, stars and adjustments so that they can’t be changed as your viewer browses the photos.

If you are in Loupe view and want to switch to presentation mode, click on the Share icon and choose Present from Here:

Lightroom Mobile Presentation Mode 2

Jan 242015
Lightroom-6To give users time to prepare, Adobe has announced this week that when Lightroom 6 is released (no date yet), it will require Mac OS X 10.8 or above (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite), or a 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. According to Adobe, “Focusing our work on more modern operating systems and architectures allows us to spend more time adding functionality requested by users, including additional advanced imaging features and improving general application performance.”
More information from the Adobe Lightroom Journal post:
  • If your operating system is not supported, you can still use Lightroom 5 and prior versions.
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.7, Apple offers a free upgrade. For Windows users, here’s information on how to determine whether you are running a 32 or 64 bit version of Windows.

I’d love to hear what new features or improvements you are hoping Lightroom 6 brings – please leave a comment below!

Jan 152015
Adobe released Lightroom mobile for Android phones last night, after releasing the Apple iPhone / iPad version nine months ago. The app is free from your Google Play app store, but using it requires a Creative Cloud subscription. You can now:
  • Sync collections of photos from your desktop Lightroom catalog to the Lightroom mobile app.
  • Import phone camera photos from your Gallery into Lightroom mobile and have them automatically sync back to your Lightroom desktop catalog.
  • Perform rating, flagging and basic Develop work in Lightroom mobile and have this work sync back to your Lightroom desktop catalog.
  • Share photos directly from Lightroom mobile.
While I don’t have Android-specific tutorials, the following videos will show you the basics of using Lightroom mobile and syncing to and from Lightroom on your Desktop:
Introduction of Lightroom mobile (initially for the iPad with Lightroom 5.4)
For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.
Updates to Lightroom mobile (with Lightroom 5.5)
Using Collections in Your Lightroom Desktop / Mobile Workflow

Dec 152014
Duplicate Finder PluginIn this video, I show you how I use Jim Keier’s great Lightroom Duplicate Finder plugin to find and eliminate duplicate photos. I show you my workflow, give you tips and tricks along the way, and I show you the Lightroom skills you need to get the most from the tool.
For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

Table of Contents:

0:00 Introduction
1:07 How to First Back Up Your Catalog
2:06 Running Duplicate Finder
3:05 The Duplicates Smart Collections
5:30 Deleting Duplicates Directly from Folders
6:22 Flagging Duplicates for Deletion
9:48 Filtering to See Just Your Flagged Photos, Deleting

Jim Keier’s manual with installation instructions, and full plugin instructions

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