Adobe release Lightroom mobile 2.4 for iOS

lr-mobile-100I normally don’t get too excited when a new version of Adobe Lightroom mobile comes along, but today is different. Why?

Well, today sees support for two features that I, and I suspect many other customers, have long been waiting for. These are Raw support (albeit as a technology preview) and Local Adjustments. Unfortunately, they’re only available to ‘Adobe Creative Cloud’ subscribers.

Other minor features introduced in version 2.4 that all users can avail of include:

  • support for keyboard shortcuts. This feature requires an external keyboard, and is activated by pressing down on the ‘Cmd’ key,
  • the ability to add your own copyright to photos, and
  • support for the latest Camera Raw version.

New features are all well and good, but unless instructions on how to use them are provided then users will likely struggle to understand how they work. So, taking each of the new features in turn I’ll try to explain the workflow.

Raw Support

Raw support allows you to import and edit Raw photos taken with your digital camera. These photos can then be synced back to ‘Lightroom CC’ on your desktop computer. Of course the Raw photos must first be imported onto your iPad, and it is here that things are a tad complex. (Remember, I did mention above that Raw support is a technology preview, which  means it’s not necessarily how it will work in the future).

To import your Raw photos on to your iPad you’ll need to use an Apple ‘SD Camera Card Reader’ or ‘iPad Camera Connection Kit’. Depending on which version of the iPad you have you’ll need to import the Raw photos directly from the memory card or directly from your camera into the Apple Photos App ‘Camera Roll’. Either way, the SD Camera Card Reader or Camera Connection kit is essential.

Apple Photo app Import

Apple Photos App Import Camera Roll

When the Apple Photos App import process is complete you then switch to Lightroom mobile. Here you should notice that a ‘Raw’ badge overlays part of the thumbnail for each Raw photo.

Lightroom mobile - Import to 'Camera Roll' complete

Lightroom mobile – Import to ‘Camera Roll’ Complete

Next, make sure that you have enabled support for Raw photo import in Lightroom mobile. Below screen grab shows where this can be done.

Lightroom mobile - Enable Raw Photos

Lightroom mobile – Enable Raw Photos

At this point you can either select all of the imported Raw photos or a smaller number. In below example, I selected all of the Raw photos.

Lightroom mobile - Select All Raw Photos

Lightroom mobile – Select All Raw Photos

When all of the photos have been added to Lightroom mobile you’ll find that an additional badge (Lr) overlays each of the photo thumbnails.

Lightroom mobile - Completed Raw Photo Import

Lightroom mobile – Completed Raw Photo Import

If you’re satisfied that all of the Raw photos have been imported into Lightroom mobile you can delete the originals from Apple Photos App, thus saving some space on your iPad.

When an internet connection becomes available your Raw files will be synced to the Adobe Cloud and ultimately back to Lightroom desktop. If you have any other mobile devices with Lightroom mobile installed smart previews will be synced to these devices.

Local Adjustments

As with Raw support, Local Adjustments has been on my list of must have features for a very long time. In this version Adobe have chosen to include what they call Linear and Radial Selections (in Lightroom desktop these are called Graduated and Radial filters). Personally, I don’t see why Adobe didn’t stick with the names that users already know. If name changes were deemed essential then Linear and Radial Gradients are more meaningful, at least to me.

Okay, so having got my rant about naming conventions out of the way it’s time to look at each local adjustment in turn. I’ll start with the Linear Gradient, uhh, I mean Selection since it’s the default.

To activate Local Adjustments switch to Edit mode and tap on the ‘Local Adjust’ button. A new button appears on the lower left and tapping on this results in a menu popping up. It has two options at present with the top one (Linear Selection) selected by default.

Activating Local Ajustments

Activating Local Adjustments

Next, you tap on the photo where you want the centre of the gradient to be located. The width of the gradient is adjusted by dragging the top or bottom line up/down, and the centre of the gradient can be reposition by dragging the black dot up or down the screen. Additional gradients can be created by tapping on the ‘+‘ button at top left of screen, and the ‘trashcan’ is used to remove a gradient.

Local Adjustments - 'Linear Selection'

Local Adjustments – ‘Linear Selection’ Tool

Next up, the Radial Selection tool. I find this tool is particularly useful for edge burning portraits, although it has its uses in other types of photo.

Radial Selection Tool

Local Adjustments – ‘Radial Selection’ Tool

The Radial Selection tool is activated and the gradient positioned in the same way as the Linear Selection. At top left of screen you’ll see an additional button. This button allows you switch the gradient from inside the selection to outside and vice versa. To increase  the feathering (soften edge) of the gradient drag the larger handle point on the selection counterclockwise, and clockwise to to harden the edge. (Note: in above and below screen grabs the handle point is on top edge of photo.)

Local Adjustments -

Local Adjustments – Reduced Exposure Outside of Selection

Both Linear and Radial  selection tools support the full range of slider adjustments currently available in Lightroom mobile.

So, having described the two new features I was so keen to see introduced I posed myself a question –  Do I think Raw support and Local Adjustments means that Lightroom mobile is now ready for the ‘big time’? Sadly, I don’t believe so, at least not just yet. Sure, both features are very welcome and certainly make Lightroom mobile more useful to me than before. On the other hand, some users might have a different workflow or less demanding requirements. For example, if your iPad has sufficient space to store the imported Raw photos then leaving your laptop at home while on a short vacation might be OK. For longer vacations or large professional photo shoots I think many will likely find the iPad short of storage capacity. So, syncing photos to the ‘Adobe Cloud’ and later Lightroom on your desktop computer means that sufficient bandwidth will be essential both on location and at home/office. This means that if you’re a professional or advanced amateurs you will likely find that  taking a laptop on vacation/location still provides a much more productive and efficient workflow than mobile. To be fair, I don’t think the Adobe folk developing Lightroom mobile see it as the ‘laptop killer’, but Adobe marketing might well have a different story to tell.

Disclosure: As an Adobe Community Professional I receive a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6 Now Available

lr-cc-logoAdobe Lightroom CC 201.6 and Lightroom 6.6 where released yesterday (8 June). CC customers will find a number of new features most useful of which is Guided Upright (more below). For non CC customers this version only includes some bug fixes along with new camera and lens support. More details of the new features.bug fixes, etc can be read on the Lightroom Journal.

Guided Upright 

Adobe introduced the Upright feature in Lightroom 5 to help customers easily straighten images, fix horizons, and reduce or eliminate the keystone effect in buildings.  Given that the tool was auto only  it tends to work best when there are prominent vertical and horizontal lines in the photo. With Lightroom CC 2015.6 Adobe has included the ability to manually define the vertical and horizontal lines to be used for the Upright transform.

Use the following hints to get started.

  1. Select an photo and click on the Develop Module.
  2. Enable Lens Profile Corrections.  Upright works better with Lens Profile Corrections activated.
Updated Lens Corrections Panels in Develop Module

Updated Lens Corrections Panels in Develop Module

Note that the Upright tab has been removed from the Lens Corrections panel thus simplifying it. The new Transform panel is for all users. However, only CC customers will se the Guided Upright button. 

3. Notice that there is a new “Transform” Panel. Transform includes both Upright and the manual perspective correction sliders together in a convenient place.

New Transform Panel in Develop Module

New Transform Panel in Develop Module

The following photo is a typical example of where Guided Upright works particularly well.

Photo before applying Guided Upright

Photo before applying Guided Upright

4. Within Transform panel, click on the “Guided” button. Next draw the vertical and horizontal lines directly on the image and Upright automatically transforms the image. The maximum number of guide lines is 4. However, Upright will transform the image once you draw at least 2 guides.

Guided Upright in Action

Guided Upright in Action

If needed, fine tune the results with the manual transform sliders, including the new X and Y transform sliders.  They can be used for  repositioning/moving the image within the canvas after applying the perspective corrections to choose which part of the (warped, non-rectangular) image to show within the rectangular canvas. It’s also possible to fine tune the guide lines by clicking and dragging on the guide handles.

Fine tune transform using guide handles

Fine tune transform using guide handles

Image after applying Guided Upright

Image after applying Guided Upright

Check out this great video by Julieanne Kost to learn more about Guided Upright!

Other Improvements

  • Lightroom CC 2015.6 and 6.6 also benefit from improved louping performance in  Develop module by being smarter about anticipating which photos you’ll edit next. Basically, when you’re working in the Develop module Lightroom preloads two photos either side of the current photo. This means that when you move on, the next image will render much faster.
  • Prior to 2015.6 it was only possible to create a panorama merge when the originals were available (on-line), but now you can build a panorama if  smart previews are available. The downside being, a panorama created from smart previews will be smaller than one created from the images.

Syncing Photos with Adobe Cloud

I must admit that I’m not the greatest fan of Lightroom mobile/web. My main complaint being that syncing photos to the Adobe Cloud is all but impossible on low bandwidth internet connections. For example, prior to fibre broadband becoming available in my area the fastest upload speed I could achieve was in the order of 350kbs. Typically, it would take me an hour to upload 100 photos and another 10/15 minutes for them to become available on my iPad. The process was made even worse because there was no feedback on progress if a sync error occurred. Fortunately, I now have fibre broadband with upload speed in the order of 18mbs and download speed of just under 77mbs. Coincidently, Lightroom now includes (Lightroom CC only) an activity sync panel that provides visual feedback on sync progress. That said, why Adobe decided to include this panel within Lightroom Preferences is a head scratcher.

Pending Sync Activity Panel

Pending Sync Activity Panel

How do I update?

To update Lightroom, go to Help menu > Updates or click the Update button in the CC desktop app. Alternatively, here are the direct links to the patches: Windows – Mac

Disclosure: As an Adobe Community Professional I receive a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Winter in the Canyon Gallery added

winterI’ve just uploaded a gallery of photos from my trip to USA last November/December.

The gallery can be found at Winter in the Canyons

The same gallery of photos is also available via my Flickr account.

More details on the trip can be read here

 

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Camera Raw 9.5 now available

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Camera Raw 9.5 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application.

As mentioned in an update to Adobe’s camera support policy here, Camera Raw 9.5 is only available in Photoshop CC or later.  Customers using older versions of Photoshop can utilise the DNG Converter for continued camera support.

The Camera Raw 9.5 interface has also been updated to align with Photoshop CC and Bridge.

Camera Raw 9.5 - UI now mimics colours in Photoshop and Bridge

Camera Raw 9.5 – UI now mimics colours in Photoshop and Bridge

 

You can change your Photoshop or Bridge colour scheme from interface preferences within the host application. The Camera Raw interface colour will then mimic your chosen colour scheme

Bugs Fixed in Camera Raw 9.5

  • Fix crash/hang in Camera Raw and DNG Converter on some Mac systems when saving multiple images.
  • Fix corruption issue that would prevent DNG images originally created by Parrot Bebop Drone devices from being opened after metadata updates.
  • Pressing the Option/Alt key while click-dragging on a perimeter handle of a Radial Filter will adjust only that side of the filter. This change in behavior was made to match Lightroom’s behaviour. Previously, Option/Alt-clicking on a Radial Filter in Camera Raw would delete that filter.
  • Camera Raw Filter now displays the histogram and RGB color readouts using the assigned color space of the corresponding Photoshop document. Previously, Camera Raw Filter always displayed its histogram and RGB color readouts using the ProPhoto color space.
  • Improve quality of Boundary Warp for some panoramas.
  • Fix bug where EXIF metadata for SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 ART lens on Canon was incorrectly identified as Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.5

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • 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

Installation Instructions

Camera Raw 9.5 – Select Help>Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Direct download links: Win | Mac

Note – If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:

http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html

DNG Converter 9.5 download links:  Win | Mac

Disclosure: As an Adobe Community Professional I receive a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Lightroom CC 2015.5 and 6.5 now available

lr-cc-logoLightroom CC 2015.5 and Lightroom 6.5 are now available on Adobe.com. The focus for this release was to add support for new cameras and lenses, and also fix many bugs that existed in previous versions of Lightroom.

 

Bugs Fixed in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5

  • Bug fixes related to Panorama Merge.
  • Scared that pesky sensor dust spots will ruin your perfect pano? No problem, remove spots in 1 image and then merge to pano. Lightroom takes care of the rest.
Removing sensor dust on multiple images

Removing sensor dust on multiple images

  • Boundary Warp gets better as we fixed a bunch of bugs.
  • Removed the ‘auto’ projection option. Turns out, it always picked the same projection mode.
ImprovedBoundary Warp

Improved Boundary Warp

Other Bug Fixes

Adobe have also fixed a ton of sync errors, including:

  • Faster sync to the Lightroom iOS and Android apps.
  • Scrolling through images in Loupe view with your mouse is back!
  • Slideshows are back in high­resolution. Fixed a bug that caused them to appear much lower res than expected.
  • Books are made for browsing. The scroll bars have been reinstated so that you can browse faster in the Book module

New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5

  • Canon EOS­1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN­F
  • Olympus SH­3
  • Panasonic DMC­CM10
  • Panasonic DMC­GF8
  • Panasonic DMC­ZS100 (DMC­ZS110, DMC­TZ100, DMC­TZ101, DMC­TZ110, DMC­TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE­6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4

Installation Instructions

Select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Disclosure: As an Adobe Community Professional I receive a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

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