Laura Shoe

Jul 312015

Lightroom - get rid of spots and objectsLightroom’s spot removal tool with its incorporated advanced healing brush is great for getting rid of spots and some objects, as well as for retouching tasks such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and softening skin.

Watch the two video tutorials that Adobe asked me to make last year on how to use this tool.  In the first video, learn how to get rid of sensor dust or annoying objects in your composition, and learn the difference between healing and cloning. In the second, learn how to use the visualize spots feature so you don’t miss hard-to-see spots, do a quick portrait touch-up, and see how to go to Photoshop for advanced retouching. 

Click on the image below to go to the Adobe video tutorial page, where you can download the practice files and follow along in Lightroom as you watch the videos. If you enjoy the tutorials, please complete the quick feedback survey below the videos to let Adobe know!



Note that you’ll need Lightroom 5, 6 or CC for all of the features demonstrated. If you have Lightroom 2,3, or 4, do still watch the videos, but note you won’t be able to click-and-drag to do non-circular fixes, and you won’t have the Visualize Spots feature.



Jul 292015
lightroom update 6.1.1 and cc 2015.1.1

Adobe announced this morning the availability of an update for both the standalone Lightroom 6 software, and the Creative Cloud (CC) subscription. The update includes support for new cameras, bug fixes and lens profiles. It does not include any new features.  To update, if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update when you open it, go to Help>Updates… The Adobe Application manager will download and install the update. Creative Cloud subscribers can also use the Creative Cloud application to update.

New Camera Support
  • Canon PowerShot G3 X Casio EX­100F
  • Casio EX­ZR3000
  • Leica Q (Typ 116)
  • Olympus AIR­A01
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC­GX8
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC­FZ300
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC­FZ330
  • Pentax K­3 II, Phase One IQ3 50MP
  • Phase One IQ3 60MP
  • Phase One IQ3 80MP Ricoh GR II
  • Sony A7R II (ILCE­7RM2)
  • Sony DSC­RX10M2
  • Sony DSC­RX100M4
Bug Fixes
  • Unable to merge files to HDR. Please note that this only occurred with DNG files taken with a Leica Monochrom camera.
  • Enterprise customers were unable to access functionality only available in the Creative Cloud version of Lightroom, such as Dehaze.
  • People keywords export when they shouldn’t if “Write Keywords as Lightroom Hierarchy” is selected.
  • Preview generation and export was slower in LrCC/Lr6 than Lr5.
  • Customers reported that they could not exit full screen after invoking it while spot heal tool is selected.
  • D810 NEF Files could not select Adobe Standard Profile.
  • Size adjustment bar moving when clicked but the value listed was not updating accordingly.
  • Metadata Export setting not working for Track, Square and Grid galleries in the Web Module.
  • Collection name changes were not properly reflected in other Lightroom clients (such as mobile or web). This only impacted collections enabled for sync.
  • Incorrect metadata timestamp in a Panorama created in Lr.
  • Some files in exported batch are Blank with Watermark only.
  • Lr was not properly exporting all photos. Please note that this typically only occurred when the customer was running Bridge at the same time as the export.
  • Customers reported seeing a “Waiting for connection” message inside Lightroom when Internet is available.
  • User reports photos are lost when moving them from one drive to another drive within Lightroom. Please note that this only occurred intermittently on Mac.
New Lens Profiles
  • Canon: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
  • Fujifilm: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
  • Nikon: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
  • Nikon: SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
  • Nikon: SIGMA 150­600mm F5­6.3 DG OS HSM C015
  • Olympus: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
  • Panasonic: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
  • Pentax: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
  • Samsung: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
  • SIGMA: SIGMA dp0 Quattro
  • SIGMA: SIGMA 150­600mm F5­6.3 DG OS HSM C015
  • Sony A: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
  • Sony E: ZY Optics Mitakon 35mm f/0.95
  • Sony FE: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
  • Sony FE: Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2
  • Sony FE: Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8

Jul 292015

Last Monday Adobe released version 1.2 of Lightroom mobile for Android devices. The update includes:

  • The ability to copy and paste image adjustments from one photo to another.
  • Crop tool enhancements, including an auto-straighten feature
  • A new Segmented view in collections to view photos by date.
  • Raw file support for the Panasonic Lumix CM1 Communication Camera
  • Bug fixes.

Visit Google Play on your tablet or phone to download Lightroom mobile or to update.

For more details on the Lightroom mobile 1.2 Android release, read the Adobe official announcement.

Jul 292015
photoshop cs6

More than three years after Photoshop CS6 was released in May, 2012, Adobe has announced that it will no longer update the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) plugin incorporated in CS6 with support for new cameras or new lens profiles. The ACR update released today, 9.1.1, will be the last one.

Implications for Photoshop CS 6 Users Who Also Use Lightroom 6/CC

As of the next update to Lightroom (presumably 6.2), your Photoshop ACR plugin will no longer be as up-to-date as Lightroom. Therefore, you’ll get the following dialog when you choose to edit a raw image in Photoshop (right-click>Edit in…>Photoshop CS6):


From this dialog, choose to render the image using Lightroom – Lightroom will create the PSD or TIFF file and hand it off to Photoshop, bypassing the now out-of-date Camera Raw. The only difference you’ll notice with this workflow is that the PSD or TIFF file gets created and saved even if you exit out of Photoshop without doing any work to the file. Simply delete it from within Lightroom if you don’t wish to retain it.

Additional Implications for Photoshop CS 6 Users Who Don’t User Lightroom 6/CC

If you purchase a new camera that is not supported, you’ll need to convert your raw files to the Adobe DNG format before you can edit them in ACR or Photoshop.

Here’s the Adobe announcement of this new policy of not updating Camera Raw for Photoshop CS6, with more information on converting raw files to DNG.

Jul 022015

For those of you who prefer to continue with the stand-alone perpetual-license version of Lightroom rather than the Lightroom CC subscription, and want to upgrade to Lightroom 6 from any earlier version, I’ll show you in this article how to find the Lightroom 6 upgrade on Yes, it is difficult to find – Adobe would prefer you purchase the subscription, but nonetheless they are still offering both options. (If you don’t like Adobe’s tactics, please don’t shoot the messenger.)

Before you purchase, I would recommend reading my article, Which Should I Buy, Lightroom CC 2015 or Lightroom 6?

How to Find the Lightroom 6 Upgrade

1.  Click on this link to go to the Adobe Product page.

2.  Scroll down, find Photoshop Lightroom, and click on Buy (ignore the price).

Purchase Lightroom 6 Upgrade

3.  On the next screen, select Buy Now on the left (ignore the price):

Lightroom 6 Upgrade Purchase

4.  On the next screen, change “Full” to “Upgrade”, and select the version of Lightroom you are upgrading from: How to Purchase Lightroom 6 Upgrade


At this point you should see the $79 price and can proceed through the checkout process.

Jun 152015
Lightroom CC 2015.1 and 6.1

Tonight in Lightroom CC 2015.1 (for subscribers only), Adobe has released a new Dehaze feature and local black and white  controls. Watch my video tutorial below for a full lesson and tips on these new features. In addition to the basics of Dehaze, I show you how it can boost reflection shots, and what to do if your dehaze slider doesn’t work (is grayed out). I explain what local black and white controls are, and as an example, I show how they can be used to tackle haze in just a portion of your photo.

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

Related Post: Adobe Announces Release of Lightroom CC 2015.1, Lightroom 6.1, and Lightroom Mobile 1.5



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