Oct 102015

In a post on the Adobe Lightroom Journal blog, Tom Hogarty, Senior Product Manager for photography products, apologized on Friday for the quality of Monday’s Lightroom 6.2 and CC 2015.2 releases. He acknowledges first that it was a mistake to ship the product before resolving the crash bug.

In terms of why they made the Import redesign choices they did, he indicated, “The import experience in Lightroom is daunting.  It’s a step that every customer must successfully take in order to use the product and overwhelming customers with every option in a single screen was not a tenable path forward.  We made decisions on sensible defaults and placed many of the controls behind a settings panel.  At the same time we removed some of our very low usage features to further reduce complexity and improve quality.”

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Sep 092013

Lightroom Mobile Adobe Demonstration on iPad

As I mentioned in my last post on Adobe’s Photography Creative Cloud announcement, at Photoshop World last week Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty demonstrated Lightroom Mobile, an exciting solution now in development that will allow us to seamlessly review and make at least basic adjustments to photos in our Desktop Lightroom catalogs using our iPads or iPhones.

This is a component of the future direction of Lightroom that Tom articulated, moving from being just “your Desktop photography solution, to being your (complete) photography solution”.

Adobe Lightroom Vision

Adobe Vision for Evolution of Lightroom – click to enlarge. (c) Adobe

Lightroom Mobile is still very much in development, but Tom demonstrated in Lightroom on his main computer:

  • Putting a checkmark next to collections that he wanted Lightroom to sync to his iPad
  • Logging into his Adobe account from within Lightroom
  • Turning on a  “Lightroom Sync” switch.

This was all it took for Lightroom to upload photo smart previews and a small Lightroom catalog up to the Cloud, and down to his iPad.

Then in Lightroom Mobile on his iPad, Tom showed:

  • That photos automatically appeared –  with their develop work (and presumably keywords and other metadata).
  • Reviewing  and rating photos in Grid and Loupe View
  • Applying Basic Panel develop adjustments
  • Uploading photos to a web gallery and to Behance.net.

Lightroom Mobile Demo on iPad

Tom then jumped back to Lightroom on his main computer, and the  work he had done on his iPad was there, with no further instructions to Lightroom needed!

Who knows how much functionality will ultimately be built into Lightroom Mobile (or whatever it is ultimately called). The really impressive thing so far is how seamlessly and intuitively it works.

As Tom indicated, many of us would still want to do serious development work on our computers with our calibrated monitors, but I am waiting eagerly for the day when I can review a shoot while I’m sitting on the couch or waiting for an appointment (or on a train or on a plane, as Tom pointed out), do basic adjustments, and have that work show up back on my main computer!

This demonstration was paired with the announcement that owners of Photoshop CS3 or newer can subscribe to a special “Photography Creative Cloud” for just $9.99/month. This gives us always-up-to-date Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as 20 GB of cloud storage (which is presumably what will facilitate the sync to Lightroom Mobile.)   This Creative Cloud offer will be available the week of September 16. next week – stay tuned to this blog for more details as they become available.

Below is the Keynote Address from Photoshop World. Tom Hogarty speaks from 33:08 to 46:12.

Jun 162013

Photoshop CC

Adobe’s new version of Photoshop, Photoshop CC, is now  available for download through its Creative Cloud subscription service. New features for photographers include a camera-shake-reduction filter, and improved Smart Sharpen and upsampling algorithms.

Adobe announced last month that new versions of Photoshop and other Creative Suite software would only be available via a Creative Cloud subscription. This  provoked an outcry amongst some pro and amateur photographers who use only Lightroom and Photoshop, and for whom even a single-product Cloud subscription to Photoshop would be a very large price increase.  There was also substantial criticism of the Creative Cloud’s “software-rental” model, where once you stop subscribing, you lose access to the software. (Note that Lightroom will continue to be available as a stand-alone perpetual-license product.)

Adobe has since indicated that while it is committed to the Cloud approach, it is working on a more tailored photographer offering.  If you’re not sure if a Creative Cloud solution is for you, I would  suggest waiting a month or two to see how this develops. Adobe has reassured customers that it will continue to sell Photoshop CS6 as a perpetual-license product, so there is no hurry to make a decision.

Adobe product manager Tom Hogarty demonstrated last month  a Lightroom app in development for our mobile devices, and hinted that we may be able to access at least some part of our main Lightroom catalogs on these devices via the Cloud and Lightroom 5’s new smart previews. This  shows us the potential of Adobe’s cloud offering. I’m optimistic that Adobe will come out with an offering that better balances price with value delivered.

For more on new features in Photoshop CC, pricing, and an FAQ, please visit my post from last month.

 Adobe Response to Creative Cloud Community Feedback

Adobe TV: Julieanne Kost’s Photoshop CC Favorite New Features for Photographers

Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photoshop CC page


May 302013

adobe-kuler-colorThe Adobe Kuler iPhone app is available starting today. Kuler is a cloud-based application for making and exploring color themes using an iPhone or your browser. Kuler now gives you multiple options to capture inspiring color themes whenever and wherever you come across them; capturing color inspiration on your iPhone, syncing colors in Illustrator, Photoshop, and other Adobe apps, or using the new Kuler website.

I haven’t had much time to play with this yet, but I can already see that this will be very handy. If you find a great color or combination of colors while browsing a website or wandering a store and you want to identify these colors for use in  in a Lightroom slideshow, web gallery, print layout or book layout, for example, Kuler will identify the colors via your iPhone camera phone and give you the hex color numbers to plug into Lightroom.

The Kuler iPhone app and website are both free:

– Use Kuler in your favorite browser: https://kuler.adobe.com/

– Download the brand new Kuler iPhone app

– Learn more, check out the post on the Creative Layer blog.

Dec 062012

I would recommend that anyone who is at all frustrated with Lightroom 4 running too slowly  check out this very useful new page from Adobe on steps you can take to improve performance.   Some relate to upgrading your hardware (such as 16 GB of RAM and moving your catalog to a solid state drive), but others relate to the order you make adjustments, clearing History, not making adjustments you don’t need, and more. These suggestions have come from customers, and have been shown to be effective.  (Also do check out Adobe’s page on more traditional ways to optimize Lightroom performance.)

It’s all of interest to me, and I don’t want to repeat the article here, but just as an example, Adobe recommends that to maximize performance, your editing steps be done in the following order (quoting from the article):

  1. Spot healing (performing spot healing first improves the accuracy of the spot healing, and ensures the boundaries of the healed areas match the the spot location.)
  2. Geometry corrections, such as Lens Correction profiles and Manual corrections, including keystone corrections using the Vertical slider.
  3. Global non-detail corrections, such as Exposure, White Balance, etc. These corrections can also be done first if desired.
  4. Local corrections, such as Gradient Filter and Adjustment Brush strokes.
  5. Detail corrections, such as Noise Reduction and Sharpening.

Sep 042012

Mac Retina Display Support

Adobe announced this past week that within the next few months they will provide a free update to Lightroom and Photoshop (and some other programs) that will include MacBook Pro Retina Display support  (i.e. high pixel density display support). Until they are redesigned in these updates, certain elements of the software interface will appear jagged when viewed on these higher resolution displays.   Click here to read the announcement from Adobe. Note that if you are planning to get a Mac with the new Retina Display, there is no reason to hold off on account of Lightroom or Photoshop — the software interface still looks very good. Here is an article by Matt Klowskowski on his experience thus far.

Adobe Creative Cloud Pricing

Creative Cloud is Adobe’s subscription service for CS6, Lightroom and other software. For individuals, it is $49.99/month with an annual subscription, and entitles you to periodic updates to all software included in the Cloud. Adobe originally offered a special deal to current owners of at least one CS3 or later product — their first annual subscription at $29.99/month — but this was set to expire August 31, 2012. However, Adobe has now extended this offer for CS3 or later product owners through June 1, 2013.

Here’s an earlier post I wrote on the Creative Cloud and on deciding whether to subscribe to it or purchase stand-alone products.

Click here for more information from Adobe on the cloud and to subscribe.

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