Mar 232017

Lightroom what is ExportIn the first article of this series on exporting from Lightroom, I discussed what exporting is, and when you should and shouldn’t export. In short, you’ll click on the Export button to export a copy of your selected photo(s) pretty much any time you want to share them with the outside world.

Now I’ll start discussing the settings in the Export dialog – in this second article I’ll start with Export Location options.

At the top of the Export dialog towards the center you’ll see a dropdown to choose whether to export to a hard drive, CD/DVD, or email:

Lightroom Export Hard Drive / CD/DVD / Email

Select the CD/DVD option from the dropdown to burn directly to disc.  The Export Location section that I discuss in the rest of this article then disappears since you won’t need to specify a location on your hard drive for the files. Note that if your files take up more space than is available on your disc then Lightroom will prompt you to put in one or more subsequent ones.

Exporting directly to email is covered in a separate blog post.

The rest of this article will cover exporting to your hard drive  – choose Hard Drive from the dropdown.

Choose a Location on Your Hard Drive

In the Export Location section you’ll specify where on your hard drive you want to save the exported copies and whether you want these copies to also be available in Lightroom along with the originals.

Export To:

To specify where on your hard drive the exported copies will be saved, click on the dropdown to the right of Export to: (#1 in the screenshot below.)

Lightroom Export Location Settings

To choose a location other than one of those shown in the list, select Specific folder.

lightroom export to choices

Next click on the Choose button to the right (#2 above), navigate to your desired folder, select it and hit Choose or OK in the bottom right of the dialog. This location will now display below the Export to: Specific Location line (#3).
You can have Lightroom put the files in a subfolder of your chosen folder by checking the Put in Subfolder box (#4) and then typing in a name for that folder.  For example, in the screenshot above my photos will go within an “email” folder within “Temp Stuff” within “Documents”. If the subfolder doesn’t yet exist, Lightroom will create it.  With this Put in Subfolder option I can easily change the subfolder from one export to the next without having to click on Choose and navigating to it (though that is also an option.)

Choose Folder Later: eventually in this series I’ll talk about how you can save your various Export settings as presets so that you don’t have to enter them all over again each time. If you want the flexibility in your preset to vary the export location each time you use it, select Choose folder later in the Export to:  dropdown, and when you hit Export at the bottom of the dialog Lightroom will prompt you to specify that location.

The “Add to this Catalog” Option

As you may recall from my last article, I mentioned that I delete most of the copies that I export after I email them or otherwise send them out, since I can always export new copies if I need them again. Nevertheless I mentioned that there may be some situations where you’ll want to keep yours – for example, if you are a pro and you want exact documentation of what you sent out to a client.  If you do keep them, you’ll want to also make a decision about whether these copies should be in Lightroom or not. An argument against it would be that you risk cluttering up Lightroom with these copies and you risk accidentally working on a copy instead of on your master photo.  On the other hand, having them in Lightroom makes it very easy for you to access them when needed. (If you don’t have them in Lightroom you’ll access them with Mac Finder or Windows Explorer/My Computer.)  To add them to Lightroom, check the Add to this Catalog option (#5).

Stacking the Exported Copies with the Originals

If you check the box to Add to this Catalog (#5), and if in the Export to dropdown (#1) you choose to put them in the same folder as the originals, and if you don’t choose Put in Subfolder (#4), then you have the option to stack the exports with the originals (#6). This links the copies and originals together in what visually looks like a stack of photos. (Photos can’t be stacked together if they reside in different folders – hence the requirement that the exports be in the same folder as the originals. For more about stacks, read this article.)  I think stacking them can be really handy, since it’s a way to hide the exported copies underneath the masters when you’re not using them. Generally I therefore recommend choosing the option to put the exported copies below the originals – this way your master photo is on top of the stack and it’s less likely that you’ll accidentally work on the copy.

Existing Files: Ask What to Do

Lightroom needs to know what to do if it finds that you are exporting files to a folder that already contains files of the same names.

Ask what to do: if it finds duplicates it will prompt you to make a decision about whether to Overwrite the ones that are already there, use Unique Names, Skip or Cancel. Unique Names will add “-2” or a later sequence number to the end of the file to create a unique filename. Skip will skip exporting any that already exist, and Cancel will cancel the export entirely.

Choose a new name for the exported file: without prompting you, Lightroom will add “-2” or a later sequence number to the end of the file to create a unique name.

Overwrite WITHOUT WARNING: the old file will be wiped out and replaced by the new one – without warning.

Skip: without prompting you, export of the new file will be skipped, leaving the old one as is.

Up Next

In the next article in this series I’ll skip down to the Image Settings section to discuss Image Format (JPEG, TIFF, PSD, DNG), Color Space, Quality and Limit File Size to.


Mar 072017

What's New in Lightroom 6.9 / CC 2015.9Lightroom 6.9 and CC 2015.9 were released today with support for new cameras, new lens profiles, bug fixes, and improved error messages for syncing to Lightroom mobile (CC only). There are otherwise no new features in these free updates to 6 and CC.

If Lightroom doesn’t prompt you to update, go to Help>Updates, or click on the Update button on the Apps tab of your Creative Cloud app, or download the update file from one of these links and then double-click on the file to run the installation wizard:  Mac Windows .

Lightroom Mobile Sync Error Information (CC Only)

The Sync Activity section on the Lightroom mobile tab of Preferences now gives information on why images have failed to sync. Clicking on any image in the list will select that image in the Library module. To access Preferences, go to Lightroom (Mac) or Edit (PC) > Preferences. At the bottom of the Lightroom mobile tab, if there is a sideways triangle to the left of “Sync Activity”, click on it to expand the section.

Lightroom mobile sync error messages

Lightroom mobile sync error messaging

New Camera Support

Lightroom can now import raw files (and JPEGs) from the following new cameras:

  •   Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
  •   Casio EX-ZR3200
  •   Fujifilm GFX 50S
  •   Fujifilm X100F
  •   Fujifilm X-A10
  •   Fujifilm X-T20
  •   Leica M10
  •   Olympus E-M1 Mark II
  •   Panasonic DC-FZ80 (DC-FZ82, DC-FZ85)
  •   Panasonic DC-GF9 (DC-GX850, DC-GX800)
  •   Panasonic DC-GH5
  •   Panasonic DMC-TZ82
  •   Phase One IQ3 100MP
New Lens Profiles

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Mar 062017

Adobe just announced the availability of Lightroom mobile 2.7 for iOS and 2.3 for Android. The big new feature for both is HDR (High Dynamic Range) capture and merge – this allows you to automatically capture three DNG files with detail in highlights and shadows, and Lightroom mobile will  merge them together into a single file with detail throughout the tonal range. This HDR result is a DNG raw file, which gives you ultimate editing flexibility.

Lightroom Mobile HDR

iPhone 7 Plus HDR Capture by Josh Haftel, Adobe Product Manager

More Details on HDR Capture

According to Adobe product manager, Josh Haftel, “The new HDR mode works by automatically scanning the scene to determine the correct exposure range and then capturing three DNG files which are then automatically aligned, merged, deghosted, and tonemapped in the app. You get a 16-bit floating point DNG, with all of the benefits of both an HDR and a raw photo, which is processed by the same algorithms with the same quality as the HDR technology built into Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.” For Creative Cloud subscribers the DNG source files and merge file all sync to Lightroom desktop.

iOS Devices Supported

  • iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus;  9.7″ iPad Pro

Android Devices Supported

Samsung S7, S7 Edge, Google Pixel, and Pixel XL.

Technical specs (that the above devices meet):

  • GPU – Adreno 500 / Mali 880 or higher
  • Camera – 13 MP or less
  • OS – Marshmallow and above
  • RAM – 3GB and above (usable)

Accessing the HDR Feature

Within Lightroom mobile, tap on the camera icon and then tap the dropdown to the left of the shutter button and choose High Dynamic Range:

Lightroom Mobile HDR Setting

Once you take an HDR photo, Lightroom mobile has to remain open and in the foreground while the HDR processing takes place. You’ll get a notification if Lightroom is in the background and there is an HDR photo still to be processed.

HDR files are large (35-55 MB for a 12 MP camera), so you may need to free up space on your phone if you plan to shoot several before they’ll have time to sync to the cloud.  If you had enabled offline editing but no longer need to work with your photos offline, you can free up space by disabling offline editing and clearing the cache. (Your photos won’t get deleted – they will still be in the cloud.) To access these settings, in Collections view tap on the Lr icon in the top left.  Note that once a photo is synced to the cloud (HDR or traditional), it will automatically be removed from your phone, leaving just a smaller preview behind.

Other New Features and Changes in in Lightroom Mobile for iOS

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Mar 032017

Lightroom what is ExportThis is my first article in what will be a several part series on Lightroom’s Export function. This article will focus on what exporting is for and when you should export. Future ones will go into the settings.

Background: Lightroom’s Non-Destructive Approach to Image Editing

Lightroom works non-destructively – meaning that it never touches your original raw or JPEG files. Instead, your editing work is saved separately behind the scenes as a set of instructions.  In Lightroom you’re essentially seeing the instructions hovering over your original photos, but the instructions are not baked in to your originals. This is great, as it means that you can undo all or part of your work at any time – you can’t ruin your photo as you work on it!


What Exporting Is For

Because of this non-destructive approach, if you go outside of Lightroom to Mac Finder or Windows Explorer/My Computer and preview files that you have edited, you’ll see that your editing work isn’t there – so you can’t share your edited photos with people by sending them these files. Of course sending people the originals plus sets of Lightroom instructions also isn’t an option. Instead, when you want to share your photos you’ll create copies of them with the editing work applied. These copies are made through the Export dialog.

Should I Export to Save My Work?

Many users believe they need to export copies of all their edited photos in order to save their work – this is not the case, and will simply clutter up your hard drive with unnecessary copies. Your work is being saved automatically in Lightroom’s catalog. (Read more about this in, “How Do I Save My Lightroom Work?“)  Instead, exporting copies is only necessary when you want to share your photos with the outside world.

Should I Keep All My Exported Copies?

I almost always delete the exported copies once I send them out since I can always export new copies if I need them again.  Each export shows up as an entry in the History panel in the Develop module, so if I have done additional editing since I exported, I can always get back to how it looked when I last exported, if I need to.  Some pros, however, do retain the copies that they send to clients so that they have readily-accessible  documentation of exactly what was sent out. (Note that while Lightroom will record editing settings when you perform an export, it will not record export settings such as size, so if you need to keep track of these you’ll need to keep your files.)

Whether or Note You’ll Need to Use Lightroom’s Export Dialog

Generally speaking, you’ll export copies by clicking on the Export button in the bottom right in the Library Module, or by going to File>Export…, and then working through the settings.

Lightroom Export

However, there are other ways to share photos, depending on the circumstance. In these Lightroom does the under-the-cover exporting:

  • You can email photos directly from Lightroom. This will save you from the time of exporting JPEGs and attaching them to emails.
  • You can upload photos directly to Facebook, Flickr and some other online services using Publish Services, in the bottom left in the Library module.
  • Creative Cloud subscribers can “sync” collections of photos to the cloud, at which time they are available on mobile devices and on Lightroom web. You can send clients and friends links to these collections on the web and people can like and comment on them.
  • You can create slideshows, web galleries, prints and electronic print layouts, and photo books using Lightroom’s output modules, and then export / upload / print  from there.

These are outside the scope of my current Export series, but I thought I’d mention them.

Feb 222017

Since the release of Lightroom 6.8 and CC 2015.8, some users have reported that their panels in the Library module suddenly go black:

Lightroom's Library Module Panels Go Black

This seems to only be an issue with Mac OS Sierra. Update: also El Capitan. The quickest way to get your panels back is to switch from Library (G) to Develop (D) and back or hide and then show the Lightroom application.  If this doesn’t work, close and reopen Lightroom. If the bug is intolerable for you, consider rolling back to Lightroom 6.7 / CC 2015.7 until it’s fixed. UPDATE 3/6/17: I have been advised that Adobe has seen reports of this issue in 6.7 / 2015.7 and earlier versions as well. Nonetheless,  reports of it have jumped dramatically with 6.8 / 2015.8. Therefore there’s no guarantee that reverting to 6.7 / 2015.7 will solve the issue for you, but there is a good chance. Note that this issue has not been fixed in 6.9 / 2015.9.

Dec 292016

Organize photos and folders in LightroomBelow are two video tutorials from my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series that will teach you how to clean up your files and folders.

The first video, File and Folder Management: Reorganizing, explains how to use the Folders panel in Lightroom to reorganize your folders and photos – move, rename and delete folders, create new folders, move photos from one folder to another, and much more. Doing this reorganization from within Lightroom will ensure that you don’t end up with missing files and folders.

The second video, Missing Files and Folders, explains why you get question marks on folders, exclamation marks on photo thumbnails, and the “File cannot be found” message in the Develop module, and teaches you how to find and reconnect these missing files and folders.

If you enjoy these videos, check out the full 15 1/2 hour 76+ video series: Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond!

(For best quality, after hitting play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.)

File and Folder Management: Reorganizing

Missing Files and Folders

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