Laura Shoe

Apr 012016

Update April 2, 2016: Now that April 1 has passed, I’ll say that this video was an April Fools’ joke. Watch it only if you are up for a laugh!

In this short new video tutorial I show you how you can turn a boring photo such as the one below on the left into a stunning photo, on the right:

Lightroom Get Stunning Results!

Most people really like the pace of my tutorials, but a few people would like slower or faster pacing, so I have tried to adjust my style  – let me know what you think!

Mar 302016

Google Nik Plugins Now FreeGoogle announced recently that it is making all seven of its popular and powerful Nik plugins available for free! I haven’t tried them all, but I love their U-Point technology for making local corrections, and I was really impressed by how I could easily produce stunning black and whites with Silver Effects Pro (that I didn’t have the experience to imagine beforehand.)

Rather than list all the plugins here and what they are for, I’ll send you to this Nik plugins page. If your plugins don’t appear in Lightroom after installation, visit this troubleshooting page.

It appears from Google’s statement that they will be focusing on mobile applications going forward – so don’t count on  future support for or development of these desktop plugins.

Update: if you’re looking for training on using Nik plugins, Tim Grey has a free video course.

Update: I am not a Nik expert and can’t provide troubleshooting help. Please check the troubleshooting section of the Nik site, or post in one of the Lightroom or Photoshop forums.

Mar 212016

Adobe has just announced a new Technology Preview section on Lightroom Web, where Creative Cloud subscribers can play with features that are still in development.  The first feature introduced is Search, which allows you to search for objects and themes in your photos – for example, find all photos with dogs in them or all photos with red in them – without having added keywords. The feature has not been perfected at this point, but it is nonetheless already very impressive. My fingers are  crossed, hoping that it makes its way into Lightroom Desktop in the not-too-distant future.

As background, Lightroom Web allows you to access, edit and share your photos from anywhere using just a web browser. Either sync (upload) collections of photos from Lightroom on your desktop computer or upload photos directly to Lightroom Web.

For users already comfortable with Lightroom Web, you can read below about the process of activating the feature. For those who are not familiar with Lightroom Web, watch my video tutorial to see the new feature in action:

Accessing the feature:

  • Sync collections of photos from Lightroom Desktop.
  •  Go to and log in.
  • On the right, click on Open Technology Previews

Lightroom Web Technology Previews

  • Check the box next to Search, then click on Apply Changes

Lightroom Web: Activate Search

  • In the top left, click on the Photos tab. Type your search term(s) in the new Search box.

Lightroom Web Search feature

Related Posts

Getting Started with Lightroom Mobile and Web

Using Collections in Your Lightroom Desktop / Mobile Workflow

Mar 212016

lightroom 6.5 cc 2015.5 updateThere have been a couple issues with the 6.5 / CC 2015.5 Lightroom update that I have become aware of and want to bring to your attention.

Mac Permissions Issue

With the CC 2015.5 and 6.5 updates, some Mac users are encountering the following message: “Lightroom encountered user permission issues.”  This issue used to cause hangs and crashes, so now Adobe is pushing this message to notify you to resolve this Mac permissions issue (unfortunately even if it wasn’t actually causing you issues.).  To fix it, follow the instructions in this post from Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist of Adobe.

Lens Data Issue

Some users are also finding that their lens data is not displaying properly on files imported after the update. This appears only to be an issue if you filter by lens type (using the Library Filter bar at the top of the grid or in smart collections). If this bug affects you,  when you do a metadata filter on lens type, you’ll see “Unknown Lens”.  (Here’s a tutorial on how to use Lightroom’s Library Filter.)

Lightroom 6.5 CC 2015.5 Unknown Lens

Users experiencing this issue are still able to apply a lens profile.  Adobe Engineering is looking into this bug – follow it in this forum thread. If you experience this and you need or want to filter by lens, a workaround is to convert your files to DNG using an older version of Adobe’s free DNG converter before you import the files into Lightroom.  Download the 9.4 version of the  DNG converter here: Windows   Mac.

If you would prefer to revert to Lightroom 6.4 / CC 2015.4, follow the instructions in this post, except that after installing 6.0, install 6.4 from that same downloads page instead of 6.1.1.

UPDATE: Once 6.5.1/CC 2015.5.1 is released, you will be able to recover the missing lens information using the following steps:

  • Select all affected files
  • Write your Lightroom editing work out to the files: in the menu bar in the top left go to Metadata>Save Metadata to File (Cmd/Ctl-S).
  • Read the metadata: Metadata>Read Metadata from File.

Mar 162016

lightroom 6.5 cc 2015.5 updateAdobe released Lightroom 6.5 and CC 2015.5 today. This is a free update to 6 and CC and includes the normal bug fixes, new camera support and new lens profiles. There are no new features in this update, but some of the bug fixes below can be interpreted as improvements. Classifying them as bug fixes allows them to be included in 6.5 for non-subscribers.

To update, in Lightroom if not prompted to update, go to Help>Updates. Creative Cloud subscribers can also update through the Creative Cloud app (click on Update next to Lightroom on the Apps tab – if the update isn’t available, try clicking on the gear symbol and logging out of the app and back in). If you are updating today (March 16) and the update isn’t yet available, you can download the update directly here: Mac  Windows. Double-click on the downloaded file to run the update.

Bug Fixes
  • Bug fixes related to Panorama Merge
    • If you have sensor dust spots on your images, you can now fix those on your first image (the active image in your selection to merge) and your fixes will be copied to the remaining images as the panorama merge is performed. Note that these fixes will be baked into the result – you will not be able to adjust them after the merge.
    • Boundary Warp bugs fixed, resulting in improvements to the results
    • Removed the ‘Auto’ projection option, since it always chose spherical
  • Import
    • Rename failed if raw+JPEG pairs were copied to a second location
    • The tethering toolbar wouldn’t move.
  • Other
    • Many sync errors were fixed. Faster sync to Lightroom iOS and Android apps.
    • Library: scrolling through images in Loupe view with your mouse is back.
    • The video cache was not correctly limited to the size set in Preferences
    • Slideshow module: slideshows are back in high-resolution. Fixed a bug that caused them to appear much lower res than expected.
    • Book module:  reinstated scroll bars so that you can browse your book faster
    • Export: Fixed the issue of Droplets not working properly as Export Actions.
New Camera Support

You can now import raw files(and JPEGS) from the list of new cameras below.

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-CM10
  • Panasonic DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (DMC-ZS110, DMC-TZ100, DMC-TZ101, DMC-TZ110, DMC-TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE-6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4
New Lens Profiles Added

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Feb 282016

Lightroom tutorial: crop many photos quicklySometimes when you’re preparing your photos for output, whether for print or for your website, you need all of them to be the same aspect ratio, such as 8×10, 5×7 or square. In my latest video tutorial below, learn how to crop them all to the same aspect ratio quickly.


In a nutshell:

  • In Grid view in the Library module, select all your photos and use the Quick Develop panel to set the crop ratio
  • Select your first photo and type R to jump to the crop tool in the Develop module
  • Refine the crop to your liking
  • Hold down the Ctl/Cmd key as you hit the right arrow key to jump to the next photo and do the same. This method of moving from one photo to the next doesn’t require that you close the crop tool after each one.

Watch my three minute video tutorial below for all the details. (For best quality, after you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.)

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