Laura Shoe

Jul 262016
 

Furthering Adobe’s goal of allowing you to enjoy your edited photos anywhere, Lightroom for Apple TV was introduced today. With a Creative Cloud subscription and the app from the app store, you’ll be able to play slideshows of your synced collections of photos, stop and zoom to see image detail, navigate to any individual photo with a filmstrip, and share your photos. You’ll need a fourth-generation Apple TV and a Creative Cloud subscription to sign in with. Get the Lightroom app from the Apple TV app store.

Lightroom for Apple TV

Read the Adobe announcement, or more how-to from Victoria Bampton, the Lightroom Queen.

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Jul 262016
 

Lightroom 6.6.1 / CC 2015.6.1 What's NewLightroom 6.6.1 and CC 2015.6.1 were released this morning with support for the new Fujifilm X-T2 camera, and high-priority bug fixes, including a fix for the memory-leak performance issue introduced in the last update. This is a free update to Lightroom 6 and CC.

How to Update

If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates. Creative Cloud subscribers can also use their Creative Cloud app – go to the Apps tab and click on Update next to Lightroom CC. If you are reading this on the release date (July 26) and the updates aren’t yet available, you can download the file directly and then double-click on it to run it. Download here: Mac Windows, then double-click on the file to run the update.

It’s always a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalog before updating. If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to back up when you close it, then go to Edit (PC) or Lightroom (Mac) > Catalog Settings, and on the General tab set Back Up to “When Lightroom next exits”, and then close Catalog Settings and Lightroom.

If you experience problems with this release, or bugs anytime, you can report them to Adobe here.

Bugs Fixed

Performance

  • Lightroom would become slow due to high memory usage after navigating through images in Develop

Print

  • When printer profiles in the Print module on Mac, prints were dark and colors were incorrect

Plugin Support

  • Crashes with the SmugMug publish services plugin

Import

  • Import freezes and causes memory error
  • Import Destination folder selection gets reset  after every import rather than remembering previous selection (Correction – it looks like this isn’t fixed, at least on Mac.)
  • Uncompressed DNGs converted from Fuji X-E2 RAF were being corrupted

Develop

  • The Guided Upright tool would crash if you clicked instead of dragged
  • Shift-T no longer worked for the brush in the graduated and radial filter tools

PhotoMerge

  • When merging smart previews, progress bar staye on-screen
  • Error on merging 10+ images
  • Prevented from creating a panorama from two HDR DNG source images.

MacOS

  • Native Mac OS full-screen support has been restored
  • Issues with modal dialog behavior fixed

Video Support

  • Error message was displayed, “Direct 2D is not installed” even if the OGL was available

Lightroom Mobile/Web Sync

  • Unnecessary resync of collections to Lightroom mobile after an update.

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Jul 132016
 

Lightroom mobile 2.4 - raw support and local adjustmentsBig news today for iPad and iPhone users: you can now import raw files from your camera or memory card into Lightroom mobile and edit them, and these original files and their edits will sync back to Lightroom on your desktop. This was already possible with JPEGs, but now that we have raw support, you might be able to  travel without your laptop!

Download the 2.4 update for Lightroom mobile from the App store.

Here’s a list of what else is new for iPads and iPhones:

  • Lightroom mobile iOS 2.4 adds two of Lightroom Desktop’s local adjustment tools – the radial filter and graduated filter (renamed the radial and linear selection tools, respectively)
  • New import settings to turn on lens profile corrections and add your copyright
  • Also turn on/of lens profile corrections in Edit view
  • New keyboard shortcuts for iPads with a keyboard connected

Android Improvements

  • In the camera, a new pro mode that lets you control the shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and focus all manually, in a new interface.
  • A Lightroom camera widget to allow you to launch the camera directly, without having to open Lightroom mobile
  • You can now export full resolution files – if the full resolution file is available in mobile, desktop or web, it will be downloaded and served to export.
Import Raw Files onto Your iPad or iPhone and Work with Them in Lightroom Mobile

This new functionality is intended to allow you to work with your photos before you can get home to your desktop computer. It does of course require that you have enough space on your iPad for the raw files – check how much space you have by going into LrM settings – in Collections view tap on the LR icon in the top left – you’ll see disk usage at the bottom of the panel. Note that initially you’ll need twice as much space as your raw files require, since you’ll actually start out with two copies of each file – read on for details on why, and see the section towards the bottom of this article for space-saving tips.

Raw files from all cameras supported by Lightroom Desktop 6.6 / 2015.6 are supported in Lightroom mobile. (If your camera is too new for 6.6/2015.6 to support it, Lightroom mobile won’t support it either.)

Importing and loading will be much quicker on newer iPads than on old ones – I have an original  iPad mini, and importing takes about 15 seconds per 12 MP file, and every time I choose a raw file in LrM to edit, it takes a while to load.

Here’s how to get your raw files into Lightroom Mobile: Continue reading »

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Jun 272016
 

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Jun 112016
 

Lightroom - no lens profile for Olympus, Fuji, Sony, otherIf you have ever tried to find a lens profile in the Lens Corrections panel for lenses for an Olympus, Sony, Fuji, or other mirrorless or compact camera, you know that there are none available. That said, you don’t have to create a custom lens profile.  Photographs from these cameras are too distorted to use without corrections applied, so Lightroom applies these corrections automatically rather than giving you the choice of whether to apply them or not.  If you are using Lightroom 6 or CC and you leave “Enable Profile Corrections” unchecked, you’ll see a message at the bottom of the Lens Corrections panel stating, “Built-in Lens Profile applied.” Note that this message will not appear if you check “Enable Profile Corrections” or if you are using a smart preview – nevertheless the built-in profile is still applied.

If you still see barrel or pincushion distortion or lens vignetting, which are issues that lens profiles are designed to fix, then you can go to the Manual tab and use the Distortion and Vignetting sliders to apply stronger corrections.


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Jun 082016
 

Lightroom 6.6 and CC 2015.6 What's NewAdobe today released Lightroom 6.6 and CC 2015.6. In addition to support for new cameras, new lens profiles and bug fixes, this free update introduces performance and other improvements for both Creative Cloud (CC) subscribers and 6 owners, and a new feature just for CC subscribers – Guided Upright, which allows you to draw lines on your photo to tell Lightroom what perspective corrections to make.

 

How to Update

If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates. Creative Cloud subscribers can also use their Creative Cloud app – go to the Apps tab and click on Update next to Lightroom CC. If you are reading this on the release date (June 8) and the updates aren’t yet available, you can download the file directly and then double-click on it to run it. Download here: Mac Windows.

It’s always a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalog before updating. If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to back up when you close it, then go to Edit (PC) or Lightroom (Mac) > Catalog Settings, and on the General tab set Back Up to “When Lightroom next exits”, and then close Catalog Settings and Lightroom.

I don’t anticipate major issues with this update, but if you don’t need the features and fixes right away, it never hurts to see how it goes for others. No news from me means that I haven’t heard of widespread serious issues.

 

New Camera Support

Raw files from the following new cameras can now be imported into Lightroom:

  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • Leica MD (Typ 262)
  • Nikon COOLPIX B700
  • Panasonic DMCGX85 (DMCGX80, DMCGX7MK2)

In addition, camera matching color profiles have been added to the Camera Calibration panel for Pentax 645Z, Pentax K1,and Pentax K3 II cameras, and automatic lens profile corrections have been added for Tokina and Tamron lenses on Canon and Nikon camera bodies.

 

Changes and Improvements for  CC Subscribers and 6 Owners

All changes below apply to both Lightroom CC and 6, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Lens Corrections panel functions have been reorganized into Lens Corrections and Transform panels. Upright and manual transformation sliders have been moved to the new Transform panel. For CC subscribers only: Guided Upright has been added to the Transform panel – read more about this in the next section.
Lens Corrections features reorganized into Lens Corrections and Transform panels

Lens Corrections features reorganized into Lens Corrections and Transform panels

  • In Develop, sequential navigation from one photo to the next will be faster, because upcoming photos are now pre-cached.
  • Exports should be faster. This will be noticeable for bulk exports.
  • You can now perform HDR and panorama merges when only smart previews are available. Note that smart previews are limited to 2,560 pixels,  so the resulting merged file will be smaller than a merge with master files. It will not be updated to full size and quality when your drive with the originals is reconnected. Because the drive and folder where the master files are stored are offline, you will be prompted to specify where the resulting merged DNG file should be saved.
  • With a photo selected, hovering over the large box in the Keywording panel will give you a tooltip with number of keywords applied.

Hover over keywording box for keyword count

  • You can now import a Photoshop Elements catalog that has images stored on a NAS (networked) drive.
  • Sub-location is no longer retrieved when performing address lookup / reverse geocoding. This does not affect photos that already have sub-location assigned.
  •  For CC subscribers, the Lightroom mobile tab in Preferences now has a Pending Sync Activity section. This area is useful for identifying any potential issues related to image syncing across the Lightroom family of applications (desktop, mobile and web).

 

New Guided Upright Feature for CC Subscribers Only

The new Guided Upright feature that allows you to draw lines on your photos to tell Lightroom how to straighten vertical and horizontal perspective lines. Watch the video below for a demonstration of this feature, or read the details below the video.

  • For best results, perform lens corrections work first.
  • In the Transform panel, click on Guided or on the cross-hatch icon
  • Draw two vertical lines that should be parallel, and Lightroom will distort the photo to make them parallel and fix vertical perspective. Draw two horizontal lines that should be parallel and Lightroom will distort the photo to make them parallel and fix horizontal perspective. Alternatively, you can  draw two perpendicular lines to straighten photos. A maximum of four lines can be drawn.
  • To delete a line, click on it and hit the Delete key on your keyboard. To move a line, click and drag on each end.
  • After a transformation, you may have white areas around your photo. Either crop them off (Constrain Crop or go into the Crop tool) or use the Scale slider to enlarge what is left.
  • In cases where The X and Y Offset sliders (along with Scale) can be used to fine-tune what portion of your photo remains. Slide the sliders or hold down Cmd/Ctl and Opt/Alt and drag in your photo to move it on the canvas.

 

Fixed Bugs
  • The “As Shot” White Balance showed different values when using the Adobe Standard color profile and other camera matching color profiles. (This only occurred with the Canon EOS IDx MKII, Canon EOS 80D, and Canon EOS Rebel T6 cameras.)
  • DNG Flat Field plugin would not work if the source image contained GPS metadata.
  • Mac users unable to export user-created/ custom Develop presets.
  • Tethered shooting with Canon 5D did not work on MacOS 10.11 El Capitan.
  • Unable to see the New Folder preview inside the Destination panel within the Import Dialog.
  • “Print to File” feature did not work if the default filename was changed by the customer (Mac OS X 10.11.3).
  • Removing Virtual Copy Smart Preview also deleted original’s smart preview.
  • Unable to merge images after using the Recover Edges plugin for older cameras with in-camera crop applied.
  • Scrollbars missing from the Book module (Windows)
  • Lightroom would crash when using tethered shooting with certain Canon camera models.
  • Removing face tags causes photos to get stuck in “To Be Republished” state when using Publish Service Plugins such as SmugMug.
  • Inconsistent dialog behavior when using fullscreen mode in Mac OSX 10.11.
  • Text overlays within the Slideshow Module appeared fuzzy.

 

New Lens Profiles Added

For a complete list of lens profiles added, read the Adobe announcement.

GPU: Graphics Cards Blacklisted on Mac

GPU acceleration will be disabled for the following AMD GPUs on Macs running El Capitan because of an issue with El Capitan:

Radeon HD: 6330M, 6350M, 6370M, 6430M, 6450M, 6470M, 6490M, 6530M, 6550M, 6570M, 6630M, 6650M, 6730M, 6750M, 6770M, 6830M, 6850M, 6850M, 6870M, 6950M, 6970M, 6990M


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