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

Mar 162016

lightroom 6.5 cc 2015.5 updateAdobe released Lightroom 6.5 and CC 2015.5 today. This is a free update to 6 and CC and includes the normal bug fixes, new camera support and new lens profiles. There are no new features in this update, but some of the bug fixes below can be interpreted as improvements. Classifying them as bug fixes allows them to be included in 6.5 for non-subscribers.

To update, in Lightroom if not prompted to update, go to Help>Updates. Creative Cloud subscribers can also update through the Creative Cloud app (click on Update next to Lightroom on the Apps tab – if the update isn’t available, try clicking on the gear symbol and logging out of the app and back in). If you are updating today (March 16) and the update isn’t yet available, you can download the update directly here: Mac  Windows. Double-click on the downloaded file to run the update.

Bug Fixes
  • Bug fixes related to Panorama Merge
    • If you have sensor dust spots on your images, you can now fix those on your first image (the active image in your selection to merge) and your fixes will be copied to the remaining images as the panorama merge is performed. Note that these fixes will be baked into the result – you will not be able to adjust them after the merge.
    • Boundary Warp bugs fixed, resulting in improvements to the results
    • Removed the ‘Auto’ projection option, since it always chose spherical
  • Import
    • Rename failed if raw+JPEG pairs were copied to a second location
    • The tethering toolbar wouldn’t move.
  • Other
    • Many sync errors were fixed. Faster sync to Lightroom iOS and Android apps.
    • Library: scrolling through images in Loupe view with your mouse is back.
    • The video cache was not correctly limited to the size set in Preferences
    • Slideshow module: slideshows are back in high-resolution. Fixed a bug that caused them to appear much lower res than expected.
    • Book module:  reinstated scroll bars so that you can browse your book faster
    • Export: Fixed the issue of Droplets not working properly as Export Actions.
New Camera Support

You can now import raw files(and JPEGS) from the list of new cameras below.

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-CM10
  • Panasonic DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (DMC-ZS110, DMC-TZ100, DMC-TZ101, DMC-TZ110, DMC-TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE-6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4
New Lens Profiles Added

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Dec 152014

Adobe has released a small update to Lightroom 5.7.1, with new camera support for the Sony ILCE-A7M2, a bug fix to address chromatic aberration issues specific to the Samsung NX1, and new lens profiles.

New Lens Profiles
Mount Name
Canon EF Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
Canon EF Tokina AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX
Leica M Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM
Nikon F Tokina AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX
Nikon F Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S
Sony Alpha Tokina AT-X 166 PRO DX II 11-16 F2.8

To update, if you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, use your Creative Cloud app. If it doesn’t indicate there is an update, try signing out and signing back in again. For stand-alone owners, in Lightroom when it prompts you to update, click to download the file, and then double-click to run it. As with all updates, it’s a good idea to backup your Lightroom catalog first.

Alternatively if you own the standalone version, you can download the update directly: Mac PC

Nov 182014

Lightroom-5.7Lightroom 5.7 was released tonight. For those of you waiting for support for the Canon 7D Mark II, the Nikon D750, and other new cameras, as well as those of you with the Nikon D4S and D810 waiting for tethering support, this will be great news.

For the rest of us, there are bug fixes, new lens profiles, a built-in plug-in for importing iPhoto and Aperture libraries, and a new collaboration feature – this last one is available only to Creative Cloud subscribers. As before, the collaboration feature allows you to share collections of photos with clients and friends online, but now this is easier to do. Viewers can also comment and like your photos with this feedback syncing back to Lightroom desktop, where you can read, respond to, and manage the comments and likes.

Continue reading »

Jun 182014
Lightroom 5.5 mobile iPhone

Today Adobe released Lightroom 5.5 along with Lightroom mobile for the iPhone. Along with the usual new camera support, new lens profiles, and bug fixes, the free Lightroom 5.5 update includes support for syncing with the new iPhone app, and a few other changes targeted at Lightroom mobile and Creative Cloud subscribers. Watch my video below to see the changes in action, or read on below the video for details.

Creative Cloud subscribers: update through the CC app. Otherwise, to install the free update, if Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Check for Updates, download the file, then double-click on it to run the installation wizard. If Check for Updates doesn’t find the update, try again later or download the update at the link at the bottom of this page. As with all updates, I highly recommend backing up your catalog before updating.

Video: What’s New in Lightroom 5.5, Lightroom Mobile
and the Creative Cloud Photography Program

For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

What’s New

  • Syncing to and from the new free Lightroom mobile app for iPhone. Functionality is essentially the same as the iPad app (released with Lightroom 5.4.)
  • In addition to picking and rejecting photos on the iPad and iPhone, we can now add and sync rating stars.
Rating Stars Lightroom Mobile

Assigning Stars in Lightroom Mobile

  • Collections in Lightroom desktop chosen for sync: can be directly shared to the web via new context menu options: Continue reading »
Apr 022013

Lightroom 4.4 ReleaseAdobe has announced that the official release of Lightroom 4.4 is now available. If next time you open Lightroom, it doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Check for Updates. Download the installation package, and then double-click on it to run it. (Many users skip this last step, and therefore in fact never update Lightroom!)

This release provides new camera support, additional lens profiles, and bug fixes. Fuji camera owners will see important changes that affect image quality.

Unlike with the early “release candidate”, I recommend that everyone go ahead and update to this official release of 4.4.

New Cameras Supported:

Canon EOS 1D C, Canon ESO 100D (Digital Rebel SL1 / EOS Kiss Digital X7), Canon EOS 700D (Digital Rebel T5i / EOS Kiss Digital X7i), Casio Exilim EX ZR700, Casio Exilim EX ZR710, Casio Exilim EX ZR750, Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR, Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR, Fujifilm FinePix SL1000, Fujifilm X100s, Fujifilm X20, Hasselblad H5D-40 and -50, Hasselblad Lunar, LEICA M (Typ 240), Nikon 1 J3, Nikon 1 S1, Nikon D7100, Nikon Coolpix A*, Nikon Coolpix P330*, Olympus XZ10, Pentax MX 1, Samsung NX300, Sony Alpha NEX 3N,  Sony Alpha SLTA58.
* denotes preliminary support
Existing Camera Support Fixes:
  • Correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the XTrans sensor (Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujifilm X-E1, Fujifilm X100S,  Fujifilm X20)
  • Based on user feedback, the default sharpening amount applied to Fujifilm X-Pro1 and FujifilmX-E1 raw files has been increased between the 4.4 RC release and this final release.
  • Correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with theEXR sensor. This correction applies only to raw images captured using the “EXR HR” mode with the following cameras:
  •  X10, XF1,  X-S1,  S200EXR, HS20EXR, HS30EXR,F550EXR, F600 EXR, F770EXR, F800EXR
  • Fix default aspect ratio support for Fujifilm X-E1 raw files.
  • Fix Nikon default white balance for the following camera models:
    • D2X, D2Xs,D2Hs, D200, D40, D50, D80
 For new lens profiles and bug fixes, read the full release notes from Adobe.
Camera Raw has also been updated with parallel changes. Read about Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 here.


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