Laura Shoe

Dec 082016

WIndowsOnEarth.orgIn this free video tutorial, learn how to use Lightroom’s new Reference view for Creative Cloud subscribers. Reference view allows you to display a reference photo on the left as you edit another photo on the right. It’s useful anytime you want to match the appearance of photos (white balance, contrast, color, etc). Consider using it when when you want to unify groups of photos you plan to display together in a slideshow, portfolio, etc, or when you’ve  come across a photo on the web that has a cool effect that you want to try to replicate!

Lightroom CC Reference View

Lightroom CC Reference View (Photos courtesy of

This video is from my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series, for beginners and experienced users. If you enjoy this video, I guarantee that you’ll love the series!

(For best quality, after you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right, then Quality, 720/HD.)

    00:17  Purpose, examples of uses
    01:37  Opening reference view – button and shortcut
    01:39  What to do if you don’t see the R|A Reference view button / icon
    01:51  Assigning a reference photo from the filmstrip
    02:07  Assigning a reference photo from the Library module
    03:00  Displaying RGB color values for an area of the reference and active photos
    04:30  Reference Photo padlock: preserving the reference photo when leaving the Develop module
    05:03  Closing Reference view
    05:20  Displaying the reference photo above the active photo



Dec 082016

Lightroom 6.8 CC 2015.8 - What's NewAdobe released Lightroom 6.8 and CC 2015.8 today. These are free updates to Lightroom 6 and CC. If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates, or click on the Update button on the Apps tab of your Creative Cloud app, or  download from these links and then double-click on the file to run the installation wizard:  Mac Windows.

Here’s a summary of what’s new:

Lightroom CC Only

  • A new Reference view has been added to the Develop module that allows you to have a reference photo displayed next to the photo you’re editing so that you can more easily match white balance, colors, looks, etc.
  • A metadata filter or smart collection can now filter on whether images have snapshots associated with them.
  • A process has been added to recover a deleted mobile synced catalog.

Lightroom CC and 6

  • The following performance improvements have been made:
    • Moving files using the Folders panel is faster.
    • To improve responsiveness of image editing and other high priority tasks, when they are running, low priority tasks (exports, DNG conversions, building smart previews, merging images) are suspended until high priority tasks complete.
    • Catalog backups to NAS are faster.
  • Support has been added for the following new cameras:
    • Canon EOS M5
    • Fujifilm X-A3
    • Google Pixel
    • Google Pixel XL
    • Hasselblad X1D
    • Leica TL
    • Nikon D5600
    • Olympus E-M1 Mark II (preliminary support)
    • Olympus PEN E-PL8
    • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500 (DMC-FZ2000 and DMC-FZH1)
    • Pentax K-70
    • Samsung Galaxy S7
    • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
    • Sony Alpha a6500 II (ILCE-6500)
    • Sony Alpha a99 II (ILCA-99M2)
    • Sony DSC-RX100 Mark V
  • Tethering has been added for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
  • Collection sets can now be exported as catalogs.
  • Zoom to Fit and Zoom to Fill for Loupe view are now allowed to magnify images beyond 1:1. This allows Loupe view to display a larger image when the image is heavily cropped or when one is working with a smart preview or a high resolution monitor.
  • iPhone Live photos/videos can now be imported on Windows machines.
  • Catalogs larger than 4GB are now zipped again, but they’re too big for macOS to unzip natively, so you’ll need 7-zip or StuffItExpander if you need to restore a backup.
  • New lens profiles have
    been added (listed towards the end of this article).
  • Several bugs have been fixed (listed towards the end of this article).


Reference View (CC Only)

The new Reference View feature for Lightroom CC allows you to have a reference photo on the left while you’re editing a photo on the right:

Lightroom Reference View

Here are some examples of when this might be useful:

  • match white balance (color cast)
  • balance the attributes (contrast, color, etc) of photos intended to be used together in a layout or presentation
  • mimic the look of a photo, perhaps to create a preset from
  • edit a raw file to achieve a similar appearance to the JPEG (when capturing raw+JPEG)

Watch my video tutorial on Reference view in this separate blog post for details on how to use this feature, or read details below.

Reference View Details

  • Open Reference View with the R|A button in the toolbar in the Develop module, or Shift-R (from Library or Develop). The default is to have the two photo side by side. Click on R|A again to display the reference photo above the active one.

Lightroom Reference View - Open / Close and Lock

    • Drag a photo from the filmstrip into reference pane, or right-click in a photo (in Library or Develop) and choose Set as Reference Photo.
    • If your reference and active photos have the same aspect ratio (proportions), you can view color readouts for a specific area in both by hovering over that area in either. The readout will appear below the histogram as a percentage of Red, Green and Blue.

Lightroom Reference View Color Readouts

“R 86.6/85.1” is read as Reference Photo Red 86.6% / Active Photo Red 85.1%. (If all colors are higher in the reference photo, then that area is brighter than that area in the active photo. If one color is higher, such as red, that area is more red, and less blue and green.)

    • If you wish to preserve the reference photo when you leave the Develop module, lock the reference photo padlock in the toolbar. Unlock it if you wish to have the reference photo cleared when you leave.
    • Click on the single photo frame to the left of R|A in the toolbar to close Reference View.

(Don’t worry about clearing the reference photo if you’re done.)

  • Apple
    • Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6
    • Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6 Plus
    • Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6
    • Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6 Plus
    • Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6
    • Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6 Plus
    • Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6
    • Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6 Plus
    • Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
  • Canon EF
    • Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM A016
    • Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A016
    • Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM S016
    • Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022E
    • Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022E x1.4
    • Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022E x2.0
    • Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 ZE
    • Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18 ZE
    • Zeiss Milvus 2/135 ZE
  • Google
    • Pixel (DNG + JPEG)
    • Pixel XL (DNG + JPEG)
  • GoPro
    • HERO5 Black (Linear FOV)
    • HERO5 Black (Medium FOV)
    • HERO5 Black (Narrow FOV)
    • HERO5 Black (Wide FOV) (raw + JPEG)
  • Leica M
    • Leica SUMMARON-M 28mm f/5.6
  • Nikon F
    • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED
    • Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM A016
    • Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM A016
    • Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A016
    • Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM S016
    • Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022N
    • Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022N x1.4
    • Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022N x2.0
    • Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 ZF.2
    • Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18 ZF.2
    • Zeiss Milvus 2/135 ZF.2
  • Ricoh
    • Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
  • Samsung
    • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Rear Camera (DNG + JPEG)
    • Samsung Galaxy S7 Rear Camera (DNG + JPEG)
  • Sigma
    • Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM A016
    • Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A016
    • Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM S016

Lightroom  mobile users have been reporting that they have accidentally deleted their Lightroom mobile data. Below is a method for retrieving this lost data (from the last synced catalog):

1. Create a new catalog in Lightroom.
2. A pop up message will be displayed (if sync is on) saying ‘Sync this catalog instead’. Choose “Yes”.
3. This will download all the Lightroom mobile data to this catalog.


  • All the collections downloaded will appear under the ‘From Lightroom Mobile’ collection set.
  • Since Lightroom desktop uploads only Smart Previews to Lightroom Mobile, for those images synced from Lightroom desktop, smart preview will be downloaded and originals would be mapped if located at the same location as when they were first synced.

    • Released a new set of Camera Matching Profiles for Canon 5D Mark IV.
    • Improved support for Canon 5D Mark IV dual pixel raw images.  See this note for further details.
    • Badge numbers in Grid view not displayed on Mac Sierra (Lightroom CC)
    • Lightroom would show an error dialog when attempting to open an image in Photoshop. (Occurred on Windows when selecting “Open in Photoshop” as a Post­Processing item in the Export dialog.)
    • Fixed issues relating to the Point Curve as reported here and here
    • Fixed some memory leaks.
    • Library collection panel scrolled unexpectedly when you’d duplicate/rename/delete a collection set.
    • Problem with watermark opacity in export slideshow
    • Will not export both portrait and landscape oriented pictures as a slideshow video in 720 or 1080
    • Slideshow not working, only getting black screen
    • Selected Published Folder or Collection is not deselected if a folder is selected
    • Background images in Slideshow sometimes appeared pixelated.
    • Allow image panning by holding down space bar and then swipe with two fingers when local correction tool (such as the Local Adjustment Brush or Radial Filter) is activated.
    • Resolved inconsistent preset sorting issue.
    • Resolved issues when importing from an Apple iPhone or iPad using USB.
    • Video files from Sony cameras were not being imported into Lightroom.
    • Map and Web modules do not work correctly with 4K UHD monitor
    • Sort by capture time doesn’t always work in 2015.7 / 6.7

Dec 082016

Lightroom mobile 2.6 for iOS and 2.2.2 for Android were released today. The Android release includes bug fixes and support for new cameras and lenses. Here’s what’s new for iOS:

iPhone and iPad:

  • A new Pro camera mode with exposure compensation, shutter speed (Sec), ISO and focus ([+]) settings.
Pro camera mode. Drag from the circle to change setting.

Pro camera mode. Drag from the circle to change setting.

  • The camera can now be triggered with the phone Volume button.
  • All the new cameras and new lens profiles added to Lightroom 6.8 today are now supported / available in Lightroom mobile.

iPhone Only:

There has been a substantial amount of reorganization of features. New in 2.6 is the ability to add titles and captions!

  • Panels available: Edit, Info, Rate and Review, Activity


  • On the new Info panel, view metadata and type in titles, captions and copyright. (Note that in preferences you can add your copyright to all photos as they import.) Use Siri to save time!  As with all Lightroom mobile work, these fields sync over to Lightroom on your desktop computer.
Title, Caption, Copyright are editable fields.

Title, Caption, Copyright are editable fields.

  • Assigning of stars and flags has moved to the new Rate and Review panel.  (To remove all stars, swipe to the left over the stars.)
  • Editing features have been reorganized into new categories with a new look.

Reorganized Edit features


Get Lightroom mobile and this update for free in the Apple App store.  Raw editing, local adjustments and syncing of photos to and from Lightroom on the desktop require a Creative Cloud subscription.

Nov 032016

Adobe Project Nimbus Sneak PeakIn the keynote presentation for Adobe’s fall MAX conference, Adobe presented “a glimpse of the future of photography” in the form of a brief sneak peek of a new photography application under development, code-named “Project Nimbus”.  The application has a modernized interface that is consistent with the Lightroom mobile and Lightroom web interfaces, with the goal being a seamless experience as one moves from desktop to mobile to web.

What we know from the sneak peek presented by Group Product Manager Brian Hughes:

  • Nimbus is cloud-based (referred to as “cloud-native”) – all of your photos and edits reside in the cloud. This makes them available automatically to Lightroom mobile and web without the need to specify what you want to sync.
  • Nimbus can do content-based searches of your photos. For example, if you type in “pier” it will search the content of your photos to find those that contain piers. This feature has been available as a technology preview in Lightroom web for some time. If it works well, keywording your photos will become less critical (but not obsolete – a content-based search might find all wedding photos, but not wedding photos of your niece.)
  • The editing tools demonstrated are already in Lightroom.

In summary from Brian, “What’s really important to remember here is that everything I do in one place is available to me  in other places – that’s a modern, cloud-native, non-destructive experience – from raw capture to pro-grade editing anywhere.”

Adobe Project Nimbus Editing

Project Nimbus Editing View – Click to Enlarge

In the Library view that Brian presented (shown below),  we see that users have access to “All Photos”, “Recently Added”, “Dates”, and then user-created Albums, but there is no Folders panel  as we’re used to seeing in Lightroom. This may be an indication that file management isn’t something that the user will have access to or control over.  If this speculation proves correct, many users will be happy to not have to struggle with file management as they do in Lightroom, and others might be disappointed that they don’t have this control.

Adobe Nimbus Library View

Nimbus Editing View – Click to Enlarge

The app also appears to be very much streamlined and more straightforward. That said, it’s not clear how far along Adobe is in building in whatever features they plan to ship with it.

Brian did not address at all where Nimbus fits with Lightroom – whether it will be a replacement for it, a cloud-based version that will sit side by side with Lightroom, or a Lightroom-Elements-like program for photographers who don’t have a need for all of Lightroom’s features and complexity.

He also gave no indication as to when Nimbus will be available. Other apps demonstrated during the keynote were positioned as coming soon as a public beta, or to be released soon. Nimbus was instead presented as a sneak peek of something they’re working on.

If you’re currently learning Lightroom, I would suggest continuing with your Lightroom learning and plans, unless you’re willing to just stop for what could be several months to wait and see whether this new program will be a better fit for you. Given that the editing tools demonstrated were Lightroom’s editing tools, it appears that your learning in this area will be applicable in any case.

To watch a replay of the presentation, click on this MAX link, then look for the video titled “The Future of Creativity and Design – Photography”. The sneak peek of Nimbus starts at 11:30.

Oct 272016

Lightroom Overview for BeginnersIn this short video for beginners, I provide a brief introduction to Lightroom. Learn what Lightroom looks like, how it’s organized, and what you can do with it.

This is the second video in my 15 1/2 hour Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series, which will get you off to a great start with Lightroom (and much more), and help you to avoid the painful mistakes that newer users often make.

(For best quality, after starting the video click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.)

Oct 262016

Lightroom Quick Develop PanelLightroom’s Quick Develop panel in the Library module is great for making fast edits to or applying presets to one or many photos without having to go to the Develop module, and for making relative changes to a group of photos – for example, bumping up exposure on all photos by one stop. (There’s no other way to do this!). It’s also great for quickly undoing editing work on one or many photos.  Watch my short video tutorial below for more on these topics, as well as for how to reveal more settings and how to troubleshoot Quick Develop issues.

This video is a five-minute lesson from my 15 1/2 hour Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series.

(For best quality, after starting the video, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.)

00:24 Expand the Quick Develop panel to reveal more settings
00:51 Make quick adjustments and apply presets without having to go to the Library module
01:16 Increments available
01:47 Reset one or more photos
02:07 Edit several (or several hundred!) photos at once
02:33 Example of cropping several to same crop (aspect) ratio
03:21 Making the same relative adjustment to multiple photos – there’s no other way to do this!
04:10 Why you may see changes to only one photo of those you have selected – Grid view vs. Loupe view
04:28 Offline or missing photos — Quick Develop will be deactivated / grayed out
04:43 Collapse/hide settings in panel


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