Adobe release updates for Lightroom and Camera Raw

 Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6 are now available as a final release on and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5 and Creative Cloud respectively.  The goal of this release is to provide support for additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6 includes:

  • • Nikon D810
  • • Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4
  • • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.6

Mount Name
Canon Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
Canon Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010E
Canon Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DiIII VC B011EM
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6
Nikon Tamon 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010N
Pentax Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Phase One A/S Schneider Kreuznach LS 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6
Sony Alpha Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Sony Alpha Sony 28mm f/2.8
Sony Alpha Sony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Sony Alpha Sony 100mm f/2.8 MACRO
Sony Alpha Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony Alpha Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony Alpha Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony Alpha Sony 70-200mm f/2.8G
Sony Alpha Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
Sony Alpha Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
Sony Alpha Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Sony Alpha Sony 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] STF
Sony Alpha Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II
Sony E Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M

Please n0te – the profile for the newly added Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens is not automatically located when applying lens profile corrections.  This is a bug and Adobe will fix it in an future release.  The workaround is to manually select the profile and choose “Save New Lens Profile Defaults” in the Setup menu on the Profile tab. From then on, the lens should automatically select when the profile is enabled.

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Pacific Northwest 2014

I’ve been traveling again. This time to the Pacific Northwest of the USA. The series of images making up this small gallery are some of my favourites to date. They were  captured as we traveled through the states of Washington & Oregon. The trip was organized by Roger Reynolds at

The Pacific States of Oregon and Washington are often overlooked when people visit the United States. Yet these States offer some of the finest photography to be found in North America and numbers amongst its attractions some unique photographic opportunities. Our trip included a wide variety of locations from the fabulous rolling corn fields of the Palouse to the wild and rugged coast of Oregon. With such a wide variety of terrain, landscape and geographical features to be found in this area we were presented with an unrivalled opportunity to capture many great images.

Evening Light on Palouse, Washington

Elk in Evening Light, Ecola State Park, Oregon

Twilight at Indian Beach, Ecola State Park, Oregon

The states of Washington and Oregon contain a very exciting coastline and an interior that has been formed over millions of years by the earth’s violent forces. The influences of the power of volcanic activity are everywhere with the clearest indication being found at Mount St Helens and Mount Ranier. I’ll add images to the gallery as we spend our last days travelling to Mount St Helens and Mount Ranier.

All images were processed using Adobe Lightroom 5.5.

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Lightroom 5.5 Released

Lightroom 5.5 is now available as a final release on and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5. The goal of this release is to provide support for Lightroom mobile, additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Although not specifically mentioned in release notes or bug fixes users who render either standard-size or 1:1 previews during import will notice a small improvement in the time it takes to complete the import. Of greater importance to these users will be that the previews will begin to render much sooner than in earlier versions. The actual time taken to render individual images has not improved.

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

Important Bug Fixes:

Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.

Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog.
  • Nikon D1
  • Nikon D1H
  • Nikon D1X
  • Nikon D2H
  • Nikon D2Hs
  • Nikon D2X
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D100
  • Nikon D200

Lightroom 5.5 can be downloaded from:

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Camera Raw and DNG Converter 8.5 Released

 Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. This release provides new features including new preview controls, the ability to modify graduated and radial filters, and a new visualisation mask for graduated and radial filters. In addition, this release also includes bug fixes, support for new cameras and new lenses. DNG Converter 8.5 is provided for customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.

The new features mentioned below are updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CC only. While CR 8.5 will work with Photoshop CS6 it only includes new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes.

Release Notes Features:

Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:
  • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new ‘Brush’ mode (next to existing ‘New’ and ‘Edit’ mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
  •  Use the’Brush+’and’Brush-’icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
  • Pressthe’Clear’buttontoremoveallbrushmodificationsfromthecurrently selected mask.
  • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.
  • For more information, checkout this video (
Mask visualisation is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press ‘Y’ to toggle the mask overlay.
Added Per-Panel Preview default toggle button
  • If the current panel’s settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults.
  • Clickingthebuttonagainwillrestoretheprevioussettings.
  • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls.
  • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After pane.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)
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Adobe introduce Lightroom mobile

 As mentioned in my earlier post regarding Lightroom 5.4 Adobe have included one new feature. Actually, to suggest one new feature is a tad unfair, especially since it opens the door into a completely new digital photography workflow. This new workflow is made possible by a new free iPad application called Lightroom mobile, which enables you to carry out a small subset of the tasks normally undertaken in Lightroom desktop then sync theses back to your desktop catalog. For example,

  • access images in your main desktop Lightroom catalog
  • make selects or reject photos
  • apply develop presets
  • refine your existing develop adjustments using all your favourite adjustments from the Lightroom desktop Basic panel, including Highlights, Shadows, and Clarity
  • import new photos directly from the camera roll (Note: direct import does not support raw files)

Lightroom mobile utilises Smart Previews (sometimes referred to as proxy files) created within your Lightroom desktop catalog to provide raw editing functionality on your iPad. First introduced in Lightroom 5 beta, Smart Previews are:

  • based on the DNG file format
  • limited to 2560 pixels on the long edge
  • lossy smaller versions original raw files
  • can be used to make develop adjustments even when the original files aren’t available locally
  • develop adjustments made to Smart Previews are applied to the original when the original files are available

Above are the aspects of Lightroom mobile that Adobe and many reviewers will likely play up, and again to be fair, they are generally deserved of praise. However, there are some very significant limitations to Lightroom mobile, which might cause some users to take a less positive view than Adobe would wish. For example, this initial version doesn’t support rating or labels. Nor does it support any form of metadata editing (i.e. basic metadata can be displayed but not applied or edited). I expect these will be addressed in future versions.

Other limitations or pain points are:

  • Adobe only support iPad 2 and higher at present. An iPhone version will likely follow later this year. I’ve not been advised what future plans might hold for Android devices.
  • It’s necessary for you to sign up to one of the various Creative Cloud (CC) options. Without CC the iPad application is little more than a desktop ornament. While the cost of the Photoshop Photography program at $10 per month is actually pretty good value many potential customers will likely reject Lr mobile simply because they’re unwilling to enter into any form of software subscription plan.
  • Sync speed between the desktop and iPad is heavily dependent on your internet connection (i.e. there is no peer-to-peer option). So, folk with a slower internet connections will find that the sync takes a lot longer than they’re prepared to wait. For example, the best I can achieve with about 350kbs upload bandwidth is to sync a collection of 200 images in approximately 1 hour 50 minutes. Users with much faster connections are reporting a similar number of images being synced in 10 to 15 minutes.
  • With version one of Lr mobile it’s only possible to sync with one Lightroom desktop catalog. If you try to sync with a second desktop catalog Lr mobile will warn that the previous synced catalog and images will be removed from the iPad and Creative Cloud.
  • The last pain point I want to mention is one that has the potential to effect everyone. It’s a very basic flaw in the sync workflow that could so easily have been avoided. Alas it wasn’t, and I suspect there will be many angry users as a result. Basically, when you sync a collection the images are uploaded to the Creative Cloud, but unless you’ve set Lr mobile on iPad to use offline editing the cloud is as far as they go. Sure the iPad will display the first image from your collection  along with an indication that the collection contains X number of images, but that does not mean the images have actually been downloaded to your iPad. Furthermore, there is no visual warning to let you know that you can do little to nothing when you disconnect or loose the internet connection. Therefore, if you know that you will lose the internet connection when you leave home/office then its’ best to activate the ‘Enable Offline Editing’ feature from the collection context menu (i.e. tap on the three dots badge in bottom right corner of collection image). This way the proxy files used by Lr mobile will be downloaded to your iPad. However, for this took work successfully the iPad must be configured such that it doesn’t sleep when the cover is closed, etc. This particular behaviour only serves to demonstrate how little attention was paid to offline editing. As an alternative to setting offline editing to on you can loupe through the collection while connected to internet thus downloading the proxy files to your iPad. Obviously, this method is a lot more time consuming. So, best you activate offline editing mode

I have laboured the last point because I’ve made the mistake myself on at least two occassions and ended up getting no work done. It was not a pleasant experience the first time, and even less so the second. So, be warned.

How to get started with Lightroom mobile

1. Download Lightroom 5.4 from

Lightroom mobile is a companion to Lightroom desktop, and is the first version of Lightroom desktop that includes the ability to sync images to Lightroom mobile. You can update to the latest version of Lightroom 5 using either the Creative Cloud app on your desktop computer or by clicking on the Lightroom  “Help-> Check for Updates” menu option.

2. Sign In

Lightroom mobile utilises Adobe cloud services to sync Smart Previews and changes between Lightroom desktop and Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile requires a qualifying Creative Cloud or Photoshop Photography Plan subscription. These include:

  • Photoshop Photography Program
  • Creative Cloud complete plan
  • Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
  • Creative Cloud for teams complete plan

A free 30-day trial of Lightroom mobile is available.

To sign in you must open the new panel hiding within the Lightroom identity plate. This panel also serves as an indication of sync progress.

3. Sync a collection

Lightroom mobile is organised around Collections. Images within Collections will be synced to your iPad and be available in Lightroom mobile for editing.

To sync a collection – click on badge to left of collection name

4. Download Lightroom mobile

Visit the Apple App Store using your iPad and download Lightroom mobile. Once you login with the same Creative Cloud account as your desktop computer, you’ll see all of your synced Collections.

Lightroom mobile logon screen

Synced collection

In above example, I have synced 50 images from a collection held on my desktop computer. Using the normal iPad gestures (i.e single tap on collection image)  I was able to open into a view that shows all of the images making up the collection (Grid view).

A single tap on any image within the Grid view will open that image into Loupe view. In Loupe view it’s possible to Pick and Reject individual images (sweep finger up is used for Pick and Down for Reject).

In above example, you’ll note the histogram on top right and a row of four buttons along the bottom. The buttons from left to right are: Filmstrip, Develop adjustments, Develop Presets, and Crop. I’ve included a screenshot for the Develop adjustments, presets and crop below.

Develop Adjustments

Develop Presets

Crop image

In addition to features outlined above it’s possible to import images directly from the iPad Camera Roll. Unfortunately, due to iOS limitations raw is not supported. It’s also possible to present your images as a slideshow.

Lightroom mobile also includes support for sharing your work using social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

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