Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.3 | May 2019

 Adobe Lightroom Classic was released to customers on 14 May 2019. The headline new features in this update are ‘Flat-Field Correction’ and ‘Texture’.

 

Flat-field Correction

With this feature you can reduce shading, or lens cast, from your digital photos. Typically, shading can occur from a variety of different reasons and can result in both asymmetrical vignettes as well as colour casts introduced by certain lens characteristics.

Flat-Field Correction is available in the Library module. To apply the correction, select all your photos in a natural interleaved order and choose Lightroom > Library > Flat-Field Correction.

Lightroom Classic 8.3 – Flat-field Correction

Only Correct Color Cast

  • Only corrects the color cast but not the light falloff. Deselecting this option corrects both, color cast and light falloff.

Only Convert RAW Files

  • Ignores photos that are not camera raw files. Deselecting this option converts all selected photos, including JPEGs, TIFFs, and PSDs.

Delete Originals After Successful Conversion

  • Deletes the original photo file after the conversion process ends. Deselecting this option preserves the original file on disk.

For detailed information, see Adobes explanation Flat-Field Correction.

Texture

With this new slider you can now smooth or accentuate details such as skin, bark, and hair. You can adjust the Texture slider negatively to smooth skin and retain fine pore details thus creating more natural-looking skin. When you move the Texture in a positive direction details such as bark or hair are accentuated without affecting less detailed areas of the photo such as out of focus areas. Adjusting the Texture slider does not change the colour or tonality in your photo.

Lightroom Classic 8.3 – Texture Slider

Texture can be applied to your photos either as a global adjustment or to specific parts of the photo using the local adjustment tools. To apply texture, select a photo and switch to the Develop module.

Texture applied as Local Adjustment

For additional information on the Texture control, view this article from Max Wendt, a Senior Computer Scientist on ACR and the lead engineer of the Texture project

Import photos from devices using the Files section

When you import photos from ‘storage’ devices, such as SD card and CF card, the photos are now selected from the Import grid’s ‘Files’ section by default. In previous versions, it used to be from the ‘Device’ section. This change is significant in that it uses much simplified code path within the OS/application. For smart phones and tablets the default remains as ‘Device’.

Support for new cameras and lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:

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Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.2 | February 2019

Adobe Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC (Cloud-based version) were released to customers on 12 February 2019. The headline new feature in these updates was ‘Enhance Details’ , which is  a brand new approach to demosaicing raw photos. It can be found in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows.

Adobe claim that with Enhance Details algorithm you can increase the resolution of both Bayer and X-Trans based photos by up to 30%. Enhance Details works on any raw file apart from files converted to a linear raw file, HDR or Panorama merged files. While applicable to any raw file format, Fujifilm X-Trans based cameras benefit most from applying Enhance Details. Adobe have prepared a white paper, which can be found here and if you’d like to try Enhance Details on a Fujifilm X-Trans based file, you can download one here, which I used for below example. I used this image because disappointingly I could find no image within my own library that demonstrated the improvements that Enhanced Details is capable of delivering. I suspect many Lightroom users will be equally disappointed.

Lightroom Classic 8.2 – Enhanced Detail

Using Enhanced Details

  • The Enhance Details option can be accessed by Right clicking (Control + clicking) on a selection (single or batch) in Library/Develop Loupe, Grid, or Film Strip andselecting “Enhance Details” from the context menu.
  • “Enhance Details” will create a new DNG file next to the original file on disk and the file name will be appended with “-enhanced” for identification.
  • The resulting DNG contains both the mosaic data and the enhanced RGB data.
  • The new enhance image will carry all the metadata and develop settings as that of the original image.
  • Upon ‘Enhance details’ selection from the context menu, when a single image is selected, a Preview dialog box will be shown.
  • A preview of the image(zoomed) will be displayed with enhance details applied. One can long press to view the image without enhance details applied.
  • One can zoom in/out the image in the preview dialog box.
  • If image is zoomed into an area and one launches “Enhance Details” previewdialog, zoomed area will be shown in the preview dialog considering it as area of interest.
  • When more than 1 images are selected, Lightroom Classic would directly start the DNG creation process.
  • Enhance Details option is available in Photo menu for Library and Develop panel.
  • The following Keyboard shortcuts are available:macOS – CONTROL+OPTION+IWindows – CTRL+ALT+INote:
  • Enhance Details requires macOS 10.13 (or later) or, Windows 10 (Oct 2018 Release – i.e 1809).
  • Enhanced Details is computationally intensive and may take a bit time to run for each image. It performs best with a fast GPU.
  • Enhanced Details  can be applied to most raw file formats but not to JPEGs, TIFFs, HEICs or De- mosaiced images.

Tethered Capture

Lightroom Classic also includes an update to tethering, whcih now allows Nikon cameras to utilise the improvements made available for Canon cameras in the October 2018 update.

A full list of cameras tether support in Lightroom Classic 8.0 can be found at Tethered Camera Support

All of the application within the Lightroom ecosystem have also been updated to support new cameras and lenses.

 

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Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.1 | December 2018

If you’ve been paying attention to the timing of Adobe’s recent update cycle for applications within the Photography Ecosystem you’ll have noticed that the period between updates is roughly every two months. The last updates were in mid October. So, it isn’t surprising that today sees updates and enhancements to Lightroom, Camera Raw, etc. My main focus of attention below relates to Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC for the desktop.

Customise order of Develop module panels

Customisation of Develop Panels has been at the top of customer feature requests for more than decade. As of this release it has now become a reality, albeit not as full fledge as many would wish for. Until now you could only choose visibility of the Develop module panels, now they can also be rearranged. While this enhancement will please some it falls short of the Holy Grail of customisation; i.e ‘floating’ panels, and for this reason some customers might see it as more of a miss than a hit.

  • Right Clicking (Control + Click on macOS) on the header of any panel (in the right-side only) will show a context menu with “Customise Develop Panel…” option as shown below.

  • You can also choose visibility of the panels in the same dialog.
  • Lightroom must be restarted to show the panels in the new order.
  • The KBSC for the panels (CMD/CTRL + #) will also reflect the current custom panel order; e.g. if Transform panel is moved to 2nd position, then the KBSC CMD/CTRL + 2 will expand/collapse Transform panel.

In below example, I have reordered the ‘Detail’ panel so that it’s between the ‘Basic’ and ‘Tone Curve’ panels.

Lightroom Classic 8.1 – Repositioning Develop Panels

Add to Collection during Auto-Import

Another long awaited feature is the ability to automatically add an image to a collection when using Auto-Import. For example, you can setup a Watched Folder on your computer into which images are automatically placed then add the images into a collection.

From File menu choose Auto Import > Auto Import Settings > check ‘Add to Collection’ and specify the collection.

Lightroom Classic 8.1 – Auto-Import to a collection

Snap to Grid in Book Module

After a long period in the doldrums the Book module has seen much needed attention in recent updates. For 8.1 Adobe has added the ability to snap an image to either a Cell or Grid, thus allowing you to easily align images in a Book layout.

From the ‘Guides’ section, select ‘Grid Snap’ choose:

  • “Cells” so that the cells of two images are aligned
  • “Grid” so the image is aligned to the grid guidelines

Lightroom Classic 8.1 – Snap Grid

Presets and Profiles

While the enhancements to develop presets and profiles introduced in version 7.3 (April 2018) were widely welcomed not all customers found the transition trouble free. Fortunately, the engineering team have worked to address many of the issues some customers experienced. With version 8.1 their attention was focused on improving the handling of duplicate presets.

Duplicate Presets

There now have a variety reconciliation options available if you attempt to create a duplicate preset that shares the same name in same group. These include the ability to:

  • ‘Replace’ the existing preset – only the latest preset with the same name will remain in the group.
  • ‘Duplicate’ the preset – choosing this option allows you to have two presets with the same name now listed in the group
  • ‘Rename the preset’ – where a numeric extension is applied to the name by default or you can rename it yourself

Lightroom Classic 8.1 – Reconciliation of Duplicate Presets

Partially Compatible Presets

Some Develop Presets may not appear in the Presets panel because they are incompatible with the selected photo. For example, camera profiles that are not applicable to the current photo or presets that only apply to raw files. These non-compatible presets are shown as faded and in Italics style in the Presets panel in Develop.

You can configure Lightroom Classic to show all presets even if they are not compatible with the current photo by enabling a preference in the Visibility section as demonstrated in below screenshot.

Lightroom Classic 8.1 – Display all presets

Performance Improvements

Improving performance in Lightroom Classic remains a high priority for Adobe, and with this update their focus has been on faster grid scrolling, and switching between the Library and Develop modules. The latter will be most obvious to customers using 4K and 5k monitors.

Full details of what’s new and fixed in Lightroom 8.1 can be found on the application ‘What’s New‘ page.

Camera and Lens Support

Details on Camera and Lens support by Lightroom Classic CC can be found on following pages:

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Lightroom CC (desktop) 2.1 | December 2018

Lightroom CC (desktop) has also received some attention particularly in the area of sharing, adding photos and develop presets.

Share to Web

Previously, you could configure Lightroom CC to share an album but many customers were looking for greater refinement. With 2.1, Adobe have incorporated the ability to filter the contents of a shared album according to the photo rating or flag. The new filters are part of  ‘Share Settings’ which can be accessed via ‘Share to Web’.

Lightroom CC 2.1 – Share to Web

Lightroom CC 2.1 – Share Settings

Add Photos (Import)

The Add Photos (Import) window now includes the ability to select albums that are contained within folders. The albums are displayed in the form of a hierarchy as shown below.

Lightroom CC 2.1 – Album List

File Type badges are now displayed on the photo thumbnails in the Add Photos window.

Lightroom CC 2.1 – File Type Badges in Add Photos

Set as Target Album

Whilst not actually new to version 2.1 ‘Set to Target Album’ didn’t receive much, if any, explanation when it first appeared in 2.0. With this feature you can quickly add photos to a target album from anywhere in  your library using either the keyboard shortcut ‘T’. To configure an album as the target, you first find the album then either right-mouse-click [Ctrl+click (Windows) or Cmd+click (Mac)] on the album. Alternatively, click on the 3-dot menu at top right corner of grid content view.

Lightroom CC 2.1 – Set as Target Album

Notice that you can also delete an album from this menu.

Partially Compatible Presets

As with Lightroom Classic 8.1 develop presets in Lightroom CC (desktop) 2.1 now includes the ability to control the visibility of partially compatible presets. However, unlike it Lightroom Classic it is much easier to find plus toggle on/off if desired. To enable/disable this feature you simply click on the presets 3-dot menu then click on ‘Hide Partially Compatible Presets’.

Lightroom CC 2.1 – Hide Partially Compatible Presets

Full details of what’s new and fixed in Lightroom CC 2.1 can be found on the application ‘What’s New‘ page.

Camera and Lens Support

Details on Camera and Lens support by Lightroom Classic CC can be found on following pages:

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