Laura Shoe

Oct 092015

Lightroom 6.2.1 updateAdobe today released an update to address crashes and performance issues in the 6.2 and CC 2015.2 releases of this past Monday.  The update is labeled 6.2.1 and CC 2015.2.1.

I believe that this release has a lot of promise to address both the crashes (mostly on Mac) and the performance lags resulting from how Lightroom was scanning your hard drive for potential folders to show on the new “Add Photos” screen. While I withdraw my blanket warning to not update,  I’d still say that it can’t hurt to wait and see how it goes for other users.

UPDATE 10/12/15: While the number of complaints has decreased substantially with this update, some users are still experiencing stability issues. Unless you need the new camera support or lens profiles added in 6.2, I’d suggest continuing to hold off on updating.

If you do wish to update, if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates. If you are a CC subscriber, you can also update from your CC app.

If you didn’t read about what’s new in 6.2, read my blog post from Monday. In addition to new camera support, new lens profiles, and bug fixes, all users will see a redesigned import process, and CC subscribers will see dehaze added as a local adjustment.

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Oct 062015

For those users who missed my suggestion yesterday to not update to Lightroom 6.2 / CC 2015.2 or who decided to risk it, and  have been experiencing crashes, here are my suggestions:

  1. UPDATE 10/9/15: a 6.2.1 / CC 2015.2.1 update has been released to address crash issue. Update to this, unless you are unhappy with the Import features removed, in which case you can jump to (3) below.
  2. Try resetting Preferences as you open Lightroom: hold down the Shift and Alt/Opt keys as you open Lightroom, and when the dialog comes up, click on Reset Preferences. When Lightroom opens, in the top menu bar, go to Lightroom (Mac) or Edit (PC) > Preferences, and on the General tab, uncheck “Show Add Photos” screen.
  3. If this doesn’t resolve your issues, then revert back to Lightroom 6.1.1 until we get an update to 6.2. The instructions below refer to both 6 and CC 2015:
    • Uninstall Lightroom 6.2. On Windows, use the Add/Remove Programs feature. On Mac, in Finder go to Applications>Adobe Lightroom, and double-click on the Uninstall file.
    • Download Lightroom 6.0 from this page.  Find the Lightroom_6_LS_11 file in your Downloads folder, and double-click to open it. Double click on the Install file. When it requires you to sign in with your Adobe ID, it will determine if you are a CC subscriber; if so, it will give you the Dehaze feature.
    • Download and install the Lightroom 6.1.1 patch: Windows  Mac. These will be (Windows) or Setup.dmg (Mac) files. After download, find the file in your Downloads folder, open it, and double-click on the Adobe Patch Installer.

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Oct 052015

lightroom 6.2 cc 2015.2Coinciding with Adobe’s Max marketing meeting, Adobe this morning announced the immediate availability of updates to both the standalone Lightroom 6 and to the CC subscription.

Changes that are available in both 6 and CC include:

  • a redesigned streamlined import process, intended to make importing more straightforward for newer users
  • improved blending and alignment of panorama and HDR merges
  • support for new cameras
  • tether support for the Leica M Monochrome
  • new lens profiles
  • bug fixes

In addition, for CC subscribers only, Dehaze is now available as a local adjustment, in the adjustment brush, graduated filter, and radial filter tools.

Making the Decision on Whether  / When to Update

Before I get into details of the release, while I still have your full attention:

I usually suggest to users that you go ahead and update, if not for new features, then at a minimum to get bug fixes. However, this time I think it would be a good idea to wait and let the early adapters kick the tires on this one before you update, as I believe the release has been pushed out prematurely. Here are some considerations:

  • The update introduces at least one bug that causes frequent crashes on Macs, and it is not specific to any particular OS version. I personally have not experienced crashes, but because they have been common among testers, I would recommend that Mac users wait for fixes, or at the very least, see how it goes for the community at large – I would love to see this proven to be a rare issue. Update 10/9/15: Adobe has released an update to address this issue. See my more recent blog post, on 6.2.1.
  • There are performance issues on both Mac and PC. These slowdowns throughout Lightroom may be solely caused by the new Add Photos import screen, which can be disabled, but I don’t think it is completely certain. Update 10/9/15: The 6.2.1 update addresses this.
  • In an effort to streamline the Import process, Adobe has removed several features from the Import dialog. Some of you who have felt overwhelmed with Import may appreciate this (though as an instructor, I feel you need a few). Others of you who may feel you need some of these features should read on in this post to understand what you will lose before you update.

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Oct 052015

lightroom mobile
There’s lots to play with today on our mobile devices. Adobe today released Lightroom mobile 1.3 for Android, and Lightroom mobile 2.0 for iPhones and iPads. We also  have some new and updated Photoshop apps for iPad and iPhone that are tightly integrated with Lightroom mobile: Photoshop Mix has been updated, and Photoshop Fix and Premiere Clip are being introduced.

Here’s a summary of what’s new:

Lightroom mobile 2.0 for iPhone & iPad (download from the Apple App store):
  • Anyone can use Lightroom mobile for free (no CC subscription required) to import camera roll photos and shoot photos in-app, edit them, and share them. Syncing photos and edits between mobile devices, the web, and desktop computers still requires a Creative Cloud subscription. To access the non-subscriber portion, if you have already installed Lightroom mobile, you may need to delete it from your device, then reinstall via the app store. For subscribers wanting the update, just Update through the app store.

lightroom mobile free camera

  • In-app camera, with photos automatically imported as you shoot. Shoots still photos only (no video), has flash, white balance, exposure compensation, leveling, and self-timer options.

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Oct 052015

Along with updates to Lightroom Desktop and Mobile, Adobe has released an update of Lightroom Web. Lightroom web is available to Creative Cloud subscribers, at If you don’t have a subscription to sign in with, you can visit this same page, click on Try on Web, and sign in with an Adobe ID. This will give you a 30 day free trial Creative Cloud subscription.

New in this update are:

  • A new Welcome page, with access to your collections synced from Lightroom Desktop, news on what’s new, and more.
Welcome screen, with direct file upload feature in orange box

Welcome screen, with direct file upload feature in orange box

  • Editing capabilities. In addition to rating and flagging photos, we can now do basic edits – cropping, applying some presets, Basic panel tone and presence edits, working on individual colors with the Color / B&W panel, and Dehaze from the Effects panel.  These edits are least responsive using Safari, and most responsive using Google Chrome. Adobe is working on improving Safari performance.


  • The ability to upload photos directly into Lightroom Web and the Creative Cloud. Imagine that you are away from home and have access to a computer and the internet, but not to the Lightroom software, or your catalog. Upload your memory card of photos (raw, JPEG, etc.) to Lightroom Web, work on them in your browser, and then your files and your edits will automatically appear back in Lightroom on your Desktop computer at home!

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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.



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