Adobe released Lightroom 6.7 and CC 2015.7 last night. For both Lightroom 6 and CC, this release contains:
- fixes for previously-identified issues with Apple’s new Mac operating system, Sierra, scheduled to be released tomorrow, September 20, 2016
- support for raw files from new cameras
- tethering support for two more cameras
- performance improvements, including a new “edit with smart previews” preference
- bug fixes
- Output and soft-proofing support for Apple’s Display P3 color space
- removal of the auto-tone and auto black and white preferences
- new lens profiles (applied in the Lens Corrections panel)
In addition, for Creative Cloud subscribers only, this release contains:
- a new publish service to allow users to upload images from Lightroom directly to Adobe Stock for submission for possible stock licensing
- a new All Synced Photographs collection, intended to make it easier to make photos available on Lightroom mobile or web
How to Update
Macs running OS 10.9 (Mavericks): despite Adobe’s “advance notice” announcement last week that the next major version of Lightroom won’t support 10.9, it turns out that this 6.7 / CC 2015.7 update and future updates will not be supported on OS 10.9. If you’re unsure of your Mac OS version, click on the apple icon in the top left, then About This Mac, and it will show the version at the top.
If you’re on PC or on a more recent Mac OS: if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates. CC subscribers can also also use your CC app to install it. If all else fails, you can download the file directly and then double-click on it to run the update. Here are the files: Windows Mac
A Quick Note on MacOS Sierra
While Adobe and Sierra beta users have tested this update on Sierra, often there can be issues that don’t surface until a larger number of users are running the new operating system with Lightroom and are in effect testing them. It’s therefore not a bad idea to hold off updating your operating system until any other major issues are surfaced and fixed, or until it becomes clear that any issues identified won’t affect you personally. UPDATE: no major issues have surfaced with Sierra.
New Camera Support
With 6.7/2015.7 you’ll now be able to import raw files (and JPEGs) from:
- Apple iPad Pro 9.7″; iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus
- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (does not include support for dual pixel raw)
- Hasselblad H6D-100c
- Nikon D3400
- GoPro Hero5 Black
- Panasonic DMC-G8 (DMC-G80, DMC-G81, DMC-G85)
- Panasonic DMC-LX9 (DMC-LX10, DMC-LX15)
Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R: added new Adobe Standard camera profiles in the Camera Calibration panel, denoted V2, with less contrast than the intial ones (now denoted V1).
Click here for a list of all supported cameras – applies to Lightroom even though the title says Camera Raw.
New Tethering Support
You can now shoot tethered with the Nikon D5 and D500. Click here for a complete list of supported cameras. Shooting tethered means having your camera connected to your computer, and having images automatically import into Lightroom as you shoot. This option is under File>Tethered Capture.
Preference to Edit with Smart Previews
For users trying to squeeze out the best performance as possible, a new preference has been added in both CC and 6 to have Lightroom work in the Develop module with smart previews rather than originals.
MacOS Sierra will be released tomorrow and it has some cool new features such as Siri, so I’m sure many of you will be interested in installing it. Here’s the scoop on compatibility with Lightroom.
Note that this is a moving target that I may not be able to keep up with. For the latest, check the Adobe list of known issues.
Sierra and Lightroom 6 and CC
Serious known issues have been addressed in the Lightroom 6.7/CC 2015.7 update that just went live (blog post to come tomorrow), but keep in mind that it’s possible that additional issues will surface. It’s rarely a bad idea to hold off on major updates like this, particularly if you use Lightroom professionally, until more people kick the tires. UPDATE October 6: no major compatibility issues have surfaced.
Sierra and Older Versions of Lightroom
Victoria Bampton (the true Lightroom Queen) reports that you’ll lose the Destination and Apply During Import panels in the Import dialog However, while this originally looked like a serious issue, it’s the old “panels mysteriously go hiding” issue and it is completely fixable Right-click on any other panel name on the right side of the Import dialog, such as “File Handling”, and in the dropdown choose Destination and Apply During Import.
Other issues that aren’t fixable include the loss of tethering with Canon cameras (and Nikon and Leica, which broke with El Capitan) and other smaller issues on the level of annoyances. Read Victoria’s blog post for full details. These issues will not be fixed.
If you are considering upgrading to Lightroom to CC or 6, read my post, “Which Should I Buy, Lightroom 6 or CC?“. If you’re wondering how to find the Lightroom 6 upgrade product on Adobe’s U.S. site, read my post here for instructions.
Adobe has released an update for Lightroom mobile for iPad and iPhone that allows users to shoot DNG raw files with Lightroom mobile’s camera. This is available only for devices with a 12 MP camera – the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus; and the 9.7″ iPad Pro. (The 12.9″ iPad Pro only has an 8 MP camera, so raw capture is not available on this device.)
To update to Lightroom mobile 2.5, visit the App store, find LrM under Updates, and click on the Update button. For raw capture, your device operating system must be updated to iOS10, which is due to be released later today. To check for the update on your mobile device go to Settings>General>Software Update.
Also new with this release are bug fixes and performance improvements (so do update even if you don’t have a phone that supports raw capture.) Finally, support has been added for the new wide gamut P3 color space capable of displaying more richly saturated colors, found on the 9.7″ iPad Pro, 7 and 7 Plus. Support for this color space means in Lightroom mobile means that display of your edits will be more accurate.
To set Lightroom mobile’s camera to capture DNG raw files (DNG is Adobe’s version of a raw file), open the Lightroom mobile camera, and tap on the top center area to change the file type from JPEG to DNG.
The benefits to capturing raw files instead of JPEGs include:
- blown-out highlight recovery (limited – it depends on how overexposed they are)
- the ability to set white balance after capture without loss of quality,
- larger bit depth, which allows for heavier editing
- lack of JPEG compression artifacts.
The downsides to capturing in raw are:
- your files will be larger, and
- you’ll have to process them before sharing – i.e. raw files aren’t appropriate for most photo sharing. If you’re working on your desktop computer you’ll need to export JPEGs from Lightroom to share. If you’re working in Lightroom mobile, you can use the Share feature.
UPDATE: Note that raw capture was added for devices running Android versions 5.0 (Lollipop) and later back in February, but not all device manufacturers have chosen to support this feature. To check to see if your device does, ensure that you’re running Android 5.0+ and Lightroom mobile 2.0+, then open the camera and tap on the file format badge at the top of the screen (as in the screenshot above). If it’s available you’ll see a JPEG/DNG switch.
Adobe this week gave Mac users an early heads up that the next major releases of Lightroom and other Creative Cloud desktop apps will only run on OS 10.10 (Yosemite) and later versions. They gave no indication of when the next major release of Lightroom will come out.
If you’re running 10.9 or earlier, you can update now to 10.11 (El Capitan), or wait until after September 20 and update to 10.12 (Sierra) when it’s released. (Check to see if your computer will run: El Capitan Sierra at this link.) I don’t recommend updating to Sierra until it has been out for a while, since there are often early issues with Lightroom compatibility. From what I understand, most of the compatibility issues with El Capitan have been worked out.)
Mac OS updates are free. To see which version you’re running, click on the apple icon in the top left and choose About this Mac. To get to the Update page, from this same screen click on Software Update.
If you choose not to update, you will still be able to continue to use Lightroom 6 / CC 2015 and the current versions of other CC desktop applications.
In this recorded webinar I work several photos, showing you many of Lightroom’s editing tools. I also show how to copy your work from one photo to others, how to create and apply presets, and how to set new default develop settings. This recording is from 2014 and I used Lightroom 5 in it, but everything I show is applicable to CC and 6 (and most everything is applicable to Lightroom 4 as well.)
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