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


Oct 062016

Transfer Lightroom Work from One Computer to AnotherYou traveled with a laptop and used Lightroom on this laptop to import and work on your photos while you were on the road. Now you’re back home and you’re wondering how to get the photos along with your work (flags, stars, keywords, editing, etc) into your main Lightroom catalog on your desktop computer.

In this video tutorial from my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series I show you how to transfer your Lightroom work and your photos.

(For best quality, after clicking on Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose HD. Quality is better in the actual Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond videos.)

Note that this technique isn’t the one to use if you have purchased a new computer and want to get everything transferred over from your old one – read instead Victoria Bampton’s article on moving to a new computer. It’s also not the best technique if you regularly use two computers and don’t mind carrying an external drive – in this case, put your catalog and your photos on the external drive.  (Here’s an article on this approach, but it’s covered more in depth in my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series.)

Sep 202016

Lightroom 6.7 and CC 2015.7 UpdateAdobe 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.

Performance Improvements

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. Continue reading »

Sep 192016

Lightroom and Mac OS Sierra CompatibilityMacOS 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.

Sep 132016

lightroom mobile update 2.5 for iPad iPhone DNG rawAdobe 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.

lightroom mobile DNG JPEG capture

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.

Read the Adobe announcement about Lightroom mobile iOS 2.5 here.

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.

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