Lightroom Classic 9.2 | February 2020

Lightroom Classic 9.2 was released today 10 February. New Camera defaults and settings UI, PSB file support, Secondary Display Selection, and improvements in Auto-Sync workflow. In addition, this update delivers some minor performance improvements, bug fixes and new camera support / new lens support.

Lightroom Classic 9.2

Default by Camera Settings

Many Lightroom Classic customers will already be familiar with the Camera Raw Defaults feature that’s been around since the early days of Lightroom (see Customising Camera Defaults). However, useful as it was, it lacks a UI, and doesn’t include support the camera profiles and presets introduced in Lightroom Classic 7.3. Additionally, photographers often take advantage of the picture styles or profiles settings within their cameras. Unfortunately, when importing into Lightroom Classic with the default set to Adobe Color, the image will often look quite different from the camera preview and will require time to adjust it back to the desired look.

The above shortcomings have now been addressed by a new dialog in which you can choose to apply Raw Default Settings preferences globally or a camera model by camera model basis. With the new raw default settings dialog, you can now use Camera Settings as the default to preserve the ‘as shot’ look and reduce your edit time. The new UI can be found in the Lightroom Preferences dialog under Presets tab.

Camera Default Settings

The Master setting applies to raw files from all cameras.

Adobe Defaults means the default settings that Adobe provides (this option matches legacy behaviour from previous versions of Lightroom Classic).

Camera Settings is an attempt to match the in-camera settings. However, behaviour varies from camera to camera depending on the degree of support. For many popular cameras, this option simply selects the appropriate Camera Matching colour profile. Therefore, if you have a Canon 5D MkIV and use Picture Style = Landscape in the camera, then this would default to using the Camera Landscape colour profile. For some recent models such as the Nikon Z series, there are even more detailed settings that more closely approximate the in-camera settings (i.e. choosing Camera Settings will not only affect the colour profile, but also other settings in the Basic and Detail panels).

Preset means you can just choose whichever preset you want. For example, you can make a preset that picks your favorite profile (e.g. Adobe Landscape), increases Sharpening, and turns on a post-crop vignette and make that your default.

Use defaults specific to camera model enablers you to customise (as described above) on a model by model. Therefore, if you have two cameras, say, a Canon EOS 5D MkIV and a Sony A7 III and you want to use different defaults for each, you can do that.

While this new system is much more powerful and flexible than before, the existing Default Develop Settings (from previous versions) are not compatible with it. As such, any previous default settings you’ve already saved in Lightroom Classic will not be carried over to the new system.

A detailed explanation on how this feature works and how to create/apply settings based on ISO can be found in: default settings for importing raw images on Adobe’s Help pages

Note that this feature is also available in Adobe Camera Raw 12.2

Photoshop Large Document (PSB) File Support

Landscape photographers who stitch multiple images to create very large panorama images will be acutely aware of support within Lightroom Classic for Adobe PSB files.

Starting with 9.2 this is no longer the case, you can import, catalog, and edit Large Document Format (.psb) files within Lightroom Classic. However, like all files within Classic, the maximum dimensions are 65,000 pixels on the long edge or 512 megapixels.

Additional GPU Accelerated Editing

Expanding on GPU support, 9.2 sees the addition of full GPU acceleration for Lens Correction and Transform adjustments.

eGPU Empowered Enhanced Details

Enhance Details now leverages external GPUs on macOS 10.15 (Catalina) for faster processing.

Secondary Display Selection

Another long awaited feature enhancement  included in 9.2 is the ability to select which monitor to use as the secondary view when multiple monitors are available. A good example of this is when using three or more displays, opening a second window will now automatically appear in the designated monitor that may have better resolution, colour calibration, etc. for your workflow needs.

Simply, go to Lightroom Preferences dialog and use the Display tab to select the monitor for secondary view. Lightroom will show the secondary view on the selected monitor.

Secondary Display Configuration

Auto-Sync Improvements

One of the most powerful yet poorly understood options in the Develop module is Auto-Sync. With Auto-Sync enabled (multiple images must first have been selected), any adjustments applied to the most selected image will be automatically applied to the other selected images. Unfortunately, this can also work against you in that resetting adjustments applied to an image will also reset any other selected images. By adding a notification overlay and a more visible button, Adobe hope to prevent unintentional batch edits, etc. The notifications can be turned off in the Preferences Interface tab.

Auto-Sync Improvements

Export – Updates

A ‘Done’ button has been added to the Export Dialog.

  • Done – Dismiss the Export dialog and remember changes in export settings.
  • Cancel – Dismiss the Export dialog without remembering changes in export settings.
  • Export – Perform export

New Mainstream Cameras Supported by 9.2

  • Canon EOS-1Dx Mark III
  • Nikon Coolpix P950
  • Nikon D780
  • Phase One IQ4 150MP (Preliminary)

Camera & Lens Support

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles for Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic,  and Lightroom Cloud Ecosystem see these resources:

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Adobe Lightroom 3.1 Desktop and 5.1 Mobile| December 2019

This latest update to the Adobe Lightroom Cloud-centric suite of applications was released to customers on 10 December 2019.

In addition to new features (discussed below) this update includes bug fixes and support for new camera models and lenses released since the November update.

New in Desktop and Mobile

Contribute photos and videos to a Lightroom shared album

In May this year Adobe provided support for sharing and inviting others to view or contribute to an album. Lightroom now makes it easy contribute photos to shared albums – You can also view and add photos to shared group albums to which you’ve been invited. all  directly from within the desktop and mobile apps and Lightroom on the web.

Share Album and Invite others to Contribute

To use the Contribute feature, you must click the ‘View album’ button in the email invite that is sent by the album owner. Then, open the app and click the ‘Share’ icon. Under section ‘Shared with You’, you can view the album(s) that are shared with you.

Directly import photos from a camera or SD card (Lightroom iOS)

From it’s inception customers have been pressing Adobe to include the ability to directly import their photos into Lightroom iOS rather than through the Apple Camera Roll. Unfortunately, until recently the necessary  APIs, etc were not in iOS. However, with the introduction of iOS 13 direct import was now possible. Time for Adobe to step up!

With Lightroom 5.1 for  iOS  you can directly import photos and videos from an SD card or other attached media into Lightroom. However, your iOS device needs to be running iOS 13.2 or later to support this feature.

To import photos directly into Lightroom, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Lightroom app, and navigate to ‘All Photos’ or select an album. The Import button appears at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. Connect your mobile device to the camera memory card, camera, or USB storage device. In the Device connected dialog box, tap Continue.

3. Tap Import in the bottom panel.

4. Tap From Camera Device.

5.  In the Direct Import screen, you can view the files in the attached media. Tap the Add To drop-down list for options – All Photos, Current Album, or Create a New Album to import the photos to. The default location for import is the current album you are in.

Lightroom 5.1 iOS Direct Import

Adobe provide detailed guidance on using this new feature at Import photos from a connected camera memory card or camera

Export photos in the format of your choice (Lightroom 5.1 iOS)

Select the photos you want to export and click the Share icon to quickly access the Export screen. You can export edited photos as JPEG, TIF, DNG, or as the original photo with applied settings. Moreover, you can access export setting options such as JPG Quality, Output Sharpening, Colour Space, and File Naming.

Adobe provide detailed guidance on using this new feature at Export and share photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

Support for new cameras and lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles for Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android), see the following resources:

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Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.1 | December 2019

Lightroom Classic 9.1 was released on 10 December. This update delivers some minor performance improvements, bug fixes and new   lens / camera support.

 

Main bugs fixed include:

  • On Catalina, memory cards selected in the 4202361 Devices section show as “No photos found”.
  • On macOS Catalina additional hidden volumes 4202362 show up in Source panel.
  • Custom export settings that 3rd party export 4202495 modules set are ignored.
  • On macOS Catalina LR crashes on scrolling through import grid, disconnecting iPhone and click on cancel button.
  • 9.0 Catalog upgrade fails.

New Camera Support

  • Canon EOS M200
  • Canon EOS Ra
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • LEICA SL2
  • Nikon Z 50
  • Sigma fp
  • Sony a9 II (ILCE-9M2)
  • ZEISS ZX1

New Lens Profiles

  • Canon RF
    • Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM
    • Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM
    • Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
    • Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
  • SIGMA
    • SIGMA  16mm F1.4 DC DN C017
    • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN C016
    • SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN C018 
Sony FE
    • SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A018
  • ZEISS
    • ZEISS ZX1 (DNG + JPEG)

Cameras & Lens Support

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles for Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic,  and Lightroom Cloud Ecosystem see these resources:

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Adobe Lightroom 3.0 Desktop | November 2019

This latest update to the Adobe Lightroom Cloud-centric suite of applications was released to customers in early November 2019. However, even with this update customers hoping/expecting for lots of new features will be disappointed.

Export photos

Until this release options for exporting photos from Lightroom desktop have been fairly limited (I’m being generous). In short, we had the ability to export JPGs and an unedited version of the original raw files.

You can now export edited photos as JPEG, TIF, or as the original photo with applied settings. Lightroom for mobile (Android only at time of writing) also lets you to export photos as DNG files. Additionally, you can access export setting options such as JPG Quality, Output Sharpening, Colour Space, and File Naming.

To export photos you first need to select the photos you want to export then click on the Share icon. This gives you quick access the Export screen, but not all of the export options. For the full list of share options you need to click on Export  or tap the Shift+E keys.

Export Photo(s)

Lightroom Desktop 3.0 – Export with Preview

Export Options

Guided tutorials

Guided tutorials have been in the mobile device version of Lightroom for a while now, but now they make a showing in the desktop version. For Adobe this feature is big (i.e. important) and they’ve gone all out to make it as visible as possible. Sadly, for me anyway, its very presence is a major irritant. Don’t get me wrong, tutorials and easy access to them is important, but they shouldn’t be shoved in the face of those who don’t want/need them. At the very least, customers should have the option to hide the tutorials via preference, but we can’t.

So enough of my griping and on with a summary of the feature.

Lightroom 3.0 – Guided Tutorials

Click the ‘Home’ button in the left panel to access the Home view. Here, you will find ‘Get Started tutorials’ to learn the basics of using Lightroom.  The tutorials will take you step-by-step through the process of photo editing techniques. The Home view also offers Interactive Edits where you can discover how professional photographers edit their photos and save the edits shown as a preset.

Fill Edges

As with Lightroom Classic 9.0, the new Fill Edges feature uses Content-Aware technology to automatically fill the blank edges of your panoramic photos. The feature is available in both Panorama Merge Preview/HDR Panorama Merge Preview dialog.

Lightroom 3.0 – Fill Edges

More details on Panorama Merge in general can be found in this link to an Adobe online tutorial – Create Panoramas

Merge Photoshop Elements catalog to Lightroom

In Lightroom desktop, choose File > Migrate From > Photoshop Elements Catalog to easily migrate your catalog from Photoshop Elements 2019 or later.

To learn more, see Migrate photos from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom.

Lightroom 3.0 – Merge Photoshop Elements Catalog

Other enhancements

Lightroom desktop
  • Sort your album photos in the grid view. Drag the photo thumbnails and drop them in the desired position in the album. This change syncs to Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android) and Lightroom on the web.
  • Click the search bar to view an array of options based on which you can search photos. These options include ratings, flags, camera settings, metadata such as location or keyword, and file. Click an option to include it in your search and see a list of possible values for the chosen facet.
  • Lightroom offers options to share selected photos or albums to White House Custom Color and Blurb and Adobe Portfolio.
  • With GPU acceleration enabled, you can preview the post-crop vignette effect in real time while cropping a photo. To view the latest system requirements for GPU features, see System requirements for GPU features.
  • You can now select photos in the grid view and press the Delete key to delete the selected photos.
  • When you rate or flag photos, press Shift + the respective keyboard shortcut to flag or rate the photo and automatically advance to the next photo.

Support for New Cameras & Lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles for Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile (iOS and Android), see these resources:

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