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///View Your Focus Points with This Free Lightroom Plugin

View Your Focus Points with This Free Lightroom Plugin

Lightroom Focus PointWith this free Lightroom plugin from Chris Reimold, we can view our in-camera focus points in Lightroom 5!  According to Chris it works for all Nikon DSLR cameras and post-2002 Canon EOS DSLR cameras. It reads your camera focus metadata (focus points, distance, mode, etc), and displays the results in a separate window that opens.

Click here to learn more about and download the Lightroom Show Focus Points plugin.  You’ll find that installation and using the plug-in are straightforward, and instructions are given on the site (as well as a full list of cameras supported, in the FAQ.) It works only in Lightroom 5, but a version for Lightroom 4 and earlier versions is in the works.

The plugin is a great learning tool. In the photo below you’ll see that I made a classic focusing error – I focused on the dog’s nose rather than one of his eyes. Since I was shooting at f5.0 and zoomed in, I didn’t have enough depth of field for the eyes to also be in focus.

Lightroom Focus Point Plugin

At this point the plugin is a beta – so in return for their generosity in offering this for free, I would suggest sending comments about your experience and suggestions for improvements to the  developers on the contact form on their website.

2017-06-28T18:37:48-07:00 September 23rd, 2014|18 Comments


  1. Kathy Eyster September 23, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Hi Laura,
    Thanks for sharing this new plug-in! It is timely since I recently had problems with focus when photographing an event. Maybe this plug-in will eventually work with ACR which would make it available to people using Photoshop Elements or Photoshop.
    P.S. I once asked you about a plug-in that would allow filtering images in LR based on pixel dimensions. Can you recommend one that does this? Thanks.

    • Laura Shoe September 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Kathy! But everyone should use Lightroom, not ACR! Just kidding – of course there are good reasons for some to use PS or PSE. I’d suggest leaving this feedback on the Show Focus Points site.

  2. Kathy Eyster September 23, 2014 at 9:49 am - Reply

    One more question: Chris says we can install the plug-in to any folder we want or to use the “automatic” add to the plug-in manager that is part of the LR program. Do you have any opinions on which location you would prefer?

    • Laura Shoe September 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Just be sure it is somewhere that will be backed up by your backup software, Kathy, and somewhere that you will remember to transfer if you upgrade to a new computer. I keep mine in a subfolder in my catalog folder, but it doesn’t really matter otherwise.

  3. Slobodan Blagojevic September 23, 2014 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Hi Laura, and thanks for the tip!

    Should work fine in most cases. However, what I found, when checking focus points on my Canon’s back screen, is that when you use “focus-recompose,” the focus point will indicate its position not where you actually focused, but where it ended up after re-composing, i.e., not very useful. Just something to bear in mind.

    • Laura Shoe September 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the tip, Slobodan!

  4. Claude B. September 23, 2014 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    We should not forget it is a Beta for now. “This plugin is quite new – please let me know if everything worked fine for you, or if you had any problems, or want to suggest any improvements! You can contact me at or use the feedback form below.

    • Laura Shoe September 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the reminder, Claude – I’ll update the post to indicate this.

  5. Janette Murdoch September 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm - Reply


    Thank you so very much for this plug-in, something Nikon had with their software some time ago and maybe still do but I do not use that software nowadays.

  6. Larry Larsen September 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    You might want to mention that it only works on Canikon.

  7. Sandra Regan September 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Hi Laura,

    I have just installed plug in in LR5 and states that it has been installed correctly but does not recognize my 7d canon camera – any suggestions?

    Regards Sandra.

  8. David P-R September 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm - Reply


    This is brilliant. Something I’ve always missed in LR. Canon software has it and when I want to check the focus point I always had to swithch from LR to Canon’s S/W. This has now removed that need. Thanks

  9. Salem de la croix rousse September 24, 2014 at 4:21 am - Reply

    For Nikonners, the focus points are displayed via nikon View NX 2, but not for the followin cases:
    – The image shot with the Nikon digital single-lens reflex cameras attached to Non-CPU lens.
    – The image shot by manual focus.
    – The image shot using AF-C (Continuous-servo AF) mode without the in-focus indicator appearing in the viewfinder.
    – The image edited using another application.

    • David October 13, 2014 at 1:04 am - Reply

      Thanks, most interesting comment.

  10. Christy April 10, 2016 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Hi Laura!
    Do you still recommend this plugin for LR CC?

    • Laura Shoe April 19, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

      I have not looked at it since then, Christy. Back up your Lightroom catalog before you install it.

  11. arnie July 17, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Hi, have you been able to use it on a second monitor? I tried using Duet and while I can move it over, the plug in doesn’t say on the iPad if I click on another picture. So have to move it over every time. Not as useful as I’d hoped. I don’t have a second monitor so not sure if the issue is Duet or the plugin?

    • Laura Shoe July 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tested it on a second monitor, Arnie.

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