Adobe Updates Lightroom CC iOS (aka Lightroom Mobile)

The last big update to Lightroom mobile was back in July (version 2.8). This latest update brings with it new features, a new name, and a new application icon.

The background to the new name and application icon are directly linked to the release of a new desktop based application called Lightroom CC. The official line from Adobe being a common name and logo for all clients of the Adobe Creative Cloud ecosystem. An alternative explanation might be – Adobe marketing taking the opportunity to create confusion were none previously existed. Either way, Lightroom mobile is now Lightroom CC iOS and Lightroom CC Android, where iOS and Android denote that they’re clients intended for mobile devices rather than the desktop.

So, what’s new in Lightroom CC iOS?

Organise/All Photos/Camera Roll:

  • Folders – unlike conventional Operating System folders, these are containers into which Albums can be placed (i.e. similar to Collection Sets). It’s therefore import to note that you cannot put actual photos into a folder.
  • The bottom bar that previously included the camera roll and capture button has been replaced with a blue FAB (floating action button) in Organise and All Photos.
  • Focus peaking! See in live view how your focus changes when using the manual focus.

Create Folder or and Album + Camera Roll (FAB)

In below screenshot, you can see the Organise view with All Photos shown top left and two Folders, each containing multiple albums, below

Organise

In this next screenshot, I’ve expanded one of the folders to show the individual Albums stored within it.

Album View

  • You can now jump to the top in Organise and All Photos by tapping on free space in the top bar.
  • Blue bar confirms move of Albums/Folders
  • Delete Photos from Album possible (not only remove)
  • Coming back to Grid from Loupe highlights the Photo in the Grid
  • Rejected Photos are dimmed in the Grid
  • Better visualisation of Locally Stored Albums
  • The Segment headers in Grid have an unfold for the Segment

Edit:

  • Fading slider panel when adjusting a slider while panel is overlapping the photo on iPad
  • reduced the size of the side panel on the iPad
  • Presets, Crop and Selective moved to the right bar

Search:

  • Tap on the blue bar in search now jumps back into search
  • Improved alert when leaving a search with the back button

Keywords:

  • Keywords – Add them in the Keywords section, you can also add multiple keywords at once by separating them with a comma.
  • Copy/paste keywords via ••• menu
  • Keywords can sync with Lightroom CC Desktop, but not Lightroom Classic.

Apply and Edit Keywords

General:

  • Search is now also available in the Album/Collection view — how does it feel?
  • You can now pause (and resume) sync in the Cloud panel (helpful when travelling, expensive hot spots, limited WiFi etc.)
  • Improved navigation when removing album from folder
  • Updated “Help & Support” section in the Lr menu — still work in progress
  • In order to make a set filter more visible we now have a blue line, when a filter is active
  • Scrolling to just created item in the albums view and in the albums picker
  • Change in the Sync settings: Smart Preview is now the default, for cellular usage you can choose between on/off
  • Changed “Show All” in the filter options to “No Filter” to point out the possibility of a filter reset
  • Import from iOS Files (iOS 11)
  • Export to iOS Files (iOS 11)
  • Various layout adjustments
  • Clean up: ••• menus now hide options that are not available
  • Improved speed rating experience
  • “Add photos” in album ••• includes “Files”
  • “Add photos” now possible in organize

Cloud Storage Settings and Sync Behaviour with Cellular Data

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What’s New in Lightroom Mobile iOS 2.8

A few days late again with news of the latest update to Lightroom mobile for iOS. This is a big update, and one many will have been waiting for, especially if using an iPad or iPad Pro.

So, what’s does Adobe say is new or improved:

  • the ability to make precise adjustments with a single swipe using the new Brush Selection tool. You can selectively apply Exposure, Brightness, Clarity, and other adjustments to localised areas of the image. Support is also included for the Apple Pencil and pressure-sensitive application of adjustments.
  • Improved user interface designed specifically for the iPad**
  • Direct control to adjust Noise Reduction and Sharpening.
  • Support for the latest cameras and lenses found in ACR 9.12 release (see here)

So, what do I make of this update?

Readers who use the iPhone version will recall that the last big update included a major revamp of the editing controls. Unfortunately, the iPad missed out on this revamp, and many customers were a tad disappointed as a result. However, this time round, Adobe have focused on the iPad by reworking the editing controls. Sadly, the result, in my opinion, isn’t as good or well thought out as the last iPhone update. The following screenshot demonstrates the problem.

iPad – New Edit Stack

Notice that the edit stack takes up at least 1/3 of the screen. I have no why this should be so or even in what way Adobe believes it to be an improvement. Don’t get me wrong, the sliders, and their positioning are fine, but 1/3 of my iPad Pro screen allocated to them isn’t.

Sharpening and Noise Reduction have also made their way into this build, but as with the other controls on the edit stack they take up too much of the UI.

Lr mobile also support the black & white masking option found in Lightroom desktop and Camera Raw. To see it in operation, move the Masking slider with one finger while holding another finger down on the photo. It takes a bit of effort initially, but after a few tries you’ll figure it out 😉

iPad – Sharpening and Noise Adjustments

I mentioned the new Selective Brush tool above, and will now try to explain how it works. First, it’s found under Selective Adjustments (tap on shaded circle at of edit stack – inside red boundary on below screenshot).

iPad – Selective Edit Tools

  • Next tap on the + button (top left corner). This adds a new selective adjustment.

iPad – Selective Adjustment Tools

  • Choose the brush from the three options (brush, radial gradient, and gradient), and follow the instructions.

iPad – Brush Tool

Although not new to this version, I thought it worthwhile also mentioning the Gradient Tool.

iPad – Gradient Tool

The settings panel has also undergone some changes, I’ll let you decide what these are for yourself 😉

iPad – Settings Panel

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Adobe Updates Lightroom on the Web

You may recall back in late November 2016 I posted some news on the latest addition to the Lightroom CC ecosystem, namely Lightroom Web. This web based application allows you to upload, manage, share and even edit images within your preferred web browser.

Since I first posted details on Lr Web, Adobe have slowly been adding new features and some technology trials. For example, in early May the ‘Welcome tab’ was replaced with a Dashboard (see below).

Lightroom Web – Dashboard

Also in May, new Auto Tone technology was added, and users were asked for feedback. An example of this technology in use is shown below.

Lightroom Web – Edit Panel

New Auto Tone Options

In late July, Adobe announced another batch of additions and improvements to Lightroom Web.   These include:

    • Several improvements to Search Technology Preview
    • You can now filter by ratings and flags, as well as images or videos.
      • You should see better matches for multiple search terms.
      • The search controls have moved to the top of the screen.
    • Dragging-and-dropping photos to the plus button in the sidebar will now create a collection.
    • Web galleries now have display options where you can set the theme and appearance.
    •  Links on the Dashboard to download Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile.

The screenshot shown below shows the new search feature in action.

Lightroom Web – Search

If the search produced the desired results you can click on a button at the bottom of the results panel to confirm that the search was helpful. Lightroom Web will then use this information fro future searches.

If you haven’t already tried Lightroom Web then do so, after all it’s free with your Adobe CC Photography Plan. More details can be found here.

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Lightroom CC 2015.12 / 6.12 now available

I’m a few days late with this news of Adobes latest update to Lightroom CC 2015/6. Adobe describes the goal of this release is to provide additional  camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Today, we also released versions of Lr for iOS and Android that provide updated camera support. Details can be found here.

No doubt you wondering what happened to Lightroom CC 2015.11/6.11

Here’s Adobe’s explanation:

Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw releases are tightly coupled as both products share the Camera Raw imaging technology.  As a product team, we decided to skip Camera Raw version 9.11 and instead use 9.12 due to the unfortunate events that occurred on that day. In keeping our version naming consistent, Lightroom is releasing CC 2015.12 / 6.12.

Lightroom CC 2015.12 / 6.12 does not include performance improvements based on your survey responses.  We appreciate your candid feedback on Lightroom performance, and are working on several projects to address your concerns.

New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.12/6.12

  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 200D(EOS Kiss X9, EOS Rebel SL2)
  • Leica TL2
  • Nikon D7500
  • Olympus Tough TG-5

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.12/6.12

Mount Name
Canon EF Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D
Canon EF-S Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Fujifilm X Fujifilm WCL-X100 Wide-Angle Conversion Lens
Fujifilm X Fujifilm WCL-X100II Wide-Angle Conversion Lens
Fujifilm X Fujifilm TCL-X100II Tele Conversion Lens
Nikon F Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D
Pentax K Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D
Pentax K Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 (T3.2) Smooth Trans Focus
Sony A TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012S
Sony A TAMRON SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD F012S
Sony A TAMRON SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD F013S
Sony A TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD F017S
Sony FE Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G
Sony FE Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
Sony FE Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D

This release adds new color matching camera profiles for the following:

  • Nikon 1 V3: 5 Color profiles + Monochrome + Green, Orange, Red, Yellow Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D3400: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D5: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D500: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D5600: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D610: Monochrome + Green, Orange, Red, Yellow Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D7200: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D750: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D810: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D810A: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon Df : Monochrome + Green, Orange, Red, Yellow Monochrome filter effect
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-FZ80: Color and Monochrome profiles
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-GF9: Color and Monochrome profiles
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7: Color and Monochrome profiles
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G8: Color and Monochrome profiles
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8: Color and Monochrome profiles
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX85: Color and Monochrome profiles
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Adobe releases Lightroom CC (2015.8) and Lightroom 6.8

lr-cc-logo As with most point release updates, Adobe’s goal for this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom. There are also a few new features for CC subscribers.

 

New Feature – Reference View

This is a new view mode in the Develop Module that provides a dedicated 2-Up view that lets you place a Reference (static) photo next to an Active (editable) photo. This is helpful when making a group of images from a single event look similar. Other examples where you might use this feature are:

  • To match the look of a photo for preset creation.
  • To adjust for white balance consistency in photos.
  • To fine-tune a camera matching profile to the appearance of a camera generated JPG file.
Reference view

Reference view

There are a number of approaches to accessing the this tool, but below is probably the simplest.

  1. In Library module, drag photos you want to edit to a collection
  2. Go to the Develop Module
  3. Click on Reference View button ra Its on the Toolbar, and you may need to show the Toolbar if hidden (i.e. tap the T key)
  4. Drag your Reference Photo onto the left pane.  You can change your Reference Photo by either dragging a different image onto the left pane or using the ‘Set as Reference Photo’ context menu in the Library Module.
  5. Edit the active photo. Use the Reference Photo to guide your editing decisions.

In addition to the horizontal 2-up view it’s also possible to display the reference and active photos as vertical 2-up. It would have been useful to also include split views. May be next time.

Reference view - vertical

Reference view – vertical

In general, the tool is most useful when used to visually match photos to a reference photo. It’s also possible to adjust by the RGB values associated with pixels directly under the cursor. However, the RGB values themselves are displayed under the Histogram, which means you are constantly having to switch your view from the photo to the histogram. Personally, I find this rather tiring on the eyes, and would prefer that the RGB values are displayed at the cursor position rather than the histogram.

While above describes a work flow where the reference photos and all of the other images are from the same event it is possible to set any photo in your catalog as the reference photo.

Note that by default, Lightroom will clear the current reference photo when you switch away from the Develop module. To lock the current reference photo to the Reference window, click the Reference Photo lock icon  in the toolbar before switching away from the Develop module.

Other new features include:

  • You can now filter or create a Smart Collection for images that have Snapshots associated with them.
  • You can now export a Collection Set as a new catalog.

Other performance improvements include:

  • With Lightroom CC (2015.8) / 6.8 there are a number of  activity prioritisation changes designed to improve the responsiveness of your Lightroom experience.  As a result, you should notice improvements in photo editing responsiveness when background tasks (such as Preview Generation) are running, moving files between folders, running catalog backups, etc.
  • You can now zoom to fit and zoom to fill.  Particularly when using ultra high-resolution (i.e. 4K and 5K) monitors, prior versions of Lightroom would not completely fill the Loupe window.

New Camera and Lens Support in Lightroom CC (2015.8) / 6.8

  • Canon EOS M5
  • Fujifilm X-A3
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Hasselblad X1D
  • Leica TL
  • Nikon D5600
  • Olympus E-M1 Mark II (*)
  • Olympus PEN E-PL8
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500 (DMC-FZ2000 and DMC-FZH1)
  • Pentax K-70
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Sony Alpha a6500 (ILCE­-6500)
  • Sony Alpha a99 II (ILCA-99M2)
  • Sony DSC-RX100 Mark V

* denotes preliminary support

Additional lens profiles have been included for: Apple, Canon, Google, Go Pro, Leica, Nikon, Ricoh, Samsung and Sigma cameras and smart phones.

New Tethered Shooting Support in Lightroom CC (2015.8) / 6.8

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Bug Fixes include:

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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