Category Archives: Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe launch Lightroom CC 2015

Adobe has today announced the latest version of Lightroom. However, that’s not the full story. This launch is actually called the Creative Cloud Photography Plan Spring 2015 Update, and incorporates updates across the Lightroom ecosystem. These include:

– Lightroom CC on the desktop
– Lightroom v1.1 on Android (Tablet and Phone support)
– Lightroom v1.4 on iOS, both for iPad and iPhone


The new features in Lightroom CC for the desktop include:
–  Facial Recognition
–  HDR Merge
–  Panorama Merge
–  Filter Brush
–  Advanced Video Slideshows
To celebrate this new version I have published a comprehensive feature review. Not only does it describe the new features in detail, but it also provides some tips that should help users get to grips with the new features.

Merge to Panorama 

Lightroom mobile also sees some updates in the form of:
– Android tablet support
– Native DNG support on Android
– Android SD card support
– TIFF support on iOS
– Improved crop experience on iOS

Note: I don’t allow comments on Blog pages, but am more than happy to receive your thoughts on the photos and/or the tutorials etc. Just send an email to ilyons@msn.com

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

New Mexico & Arizona Highlights 2014

photoventuresEarly December saw me travelling to the USA for the second time in 2014. The primary purpose of the visit was photograph White Sands National Monument and Bosque del Apache. However, as has been the case on past visits we spent the first  three days travelling along Route 66 between Albuquerque (New Mexico) and Holbrook (Arizona). The trip was organised by Roger Reynolds at Photoventures.net who has travelled to these locations on many previous occasions and knows the area very well. The route map as recorded on my trusty Garmin eTrex Vista GPS device is shown below.

The weather conditions varied quite a bit, which made some of the locations a lot more photogenic than was the case when I made a similar trip in late December 2010. This was especially the case when we visited the Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook. It had been raining heavily just prior to our arrival.

Kachina Point, Painted Desert

Kachina Point, Painted Desert

After the Rain, The Tepees, Petrified Forest National Park

From Holbrook we travelled across to Bosque del Apache. Along the way we stopped to photograph the Very Large Array near Socorro. Again, it had been raining just prior to our arrival.

Truck in the Rain, Plains of San Augustin

Radio Telescope, Very Large Array, Plains of San Augustin

We spent four very productive days at Bosque del Apache. As always there were plenty of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, but two my favourite photographs from this part of the trip are shown below.

Red-tailed Hawk, Bosque del Apache

Sandhill Cranes and Moon, Bosque del Apache

More photographs from the trip can be seen the gallery.

All photos were taken on Canon EOS 5D MkIII or Canon EOS 7D MkII. Post processing was carried out in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC 2014.

Adobe release Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7

Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7 are now available as a final releases on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC respectively.  The goal of each release is to provide support for additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom and Camera Raw.

 

Features in Lightroom 5.7

Updates to Synced Collections:

  • Synced collections now show a more prominent share button at the top of the Toolbar.  This allows you to quickly share your synced collection with friends, family, and clients using Lightroom web (http://lightroom.adobe.com).
  • Comments and likes left on Lightroom web now sync to the Lightroom desktop catalog.  Comments and Likes will be shown in the “Comment” panel for synced collections.
  • Images with comments and likes will display a badge indicating that there are comments and a coloured badge to indicate that there are unread comments.

Integrated a utility to import images from Apple Aperture and Apple iPhoto libraries into Lightroom:

  • Previously available as a separate and downloadable plug-in, this utility has now been integrated into Lightroom 5.7

Selection of New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II (Hooray!)
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X
  • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Fujifilm X100T
  • Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver
  • Nikon D750

Newly supported cameras for Tethered Capture in Lightroom 5.7

  • Nikon D4S
  • Nikon D810

Adobe have also added a number of new lens profiles for Canon, Fuji, Leica, Nikon and Sony.

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 5.7

  • The crop overlay displayed an intermediate step when progressing through images in the filmstrip with overlay displayed.
  • The lens profile for the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 would not auto-select when using Lens Profile Corrections.
  • ICC profiles resulted in incorrectly clipped shadows and blacks in Lightroom.  Note that this is related to the issue identified here and only occurs on Mac OSX 10.9 and later.
  • Fixed crash when rapidly adding corrections with the Spot Removal tool.
  • Fixed bug that prevented the Filter Brush cursor from displaying while changing brush size when the Graduated and Radial Filter overlay is turned off.
  • Improved quality of Camera Matching colour profiles for the Nikon D810. Fixes visible banding issues with the Camera Standard, Camera Vivid, Camera Landscape, and Camera Monochrome profiles.
  • (http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_5_icc_profiles_clipped_shadows_under_osx)
  • Context menu (right click on PC or control+click on Mac) was disabled for images contained in Lightroom mobile collections.
  • Fixed issue that prevented Lightroom 5 from reading Photoshop Elements 13 libraries.
  • Cover images set by Lightroom mobile were sometimes incorrectly reset by Lightroom desktop.
  • Sync with Lightroom mobile sometimes stalled when asset is added to same album on both LrM and LrD and later deleted.
  • Resolved issue that caused Lightroom to crash when creating a Print and saving it to a mounted DVD directly inside Lightroom.
  • Publishing images to Behance using the Behance Publish Service has been restored.

Features in Camera Raw 8.7

ACR 8.7 now supports HiDPI displays on Windows.  Please use the following steps to enabled HiDPI on Windows:

  • Go to Photoshop -> Preferences -> Experimental Features
  • Click on “Scaled UI 200% for high-density displays”

Camera Raw 8.7 Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed crash when rapidly adding corrections with the Spot Removal tool.
  • Fixed bug that prevented the Filter Brush cursor from displaying while changing brush size when the Graduated and Radial Filter overlay is turned off.
  • Improved quality of Camera Matching color profiles for the Nikon D810. Fixes visible banding issues with the Camera Standard, Camera Vivid, Camera Landscape, and Camera Monochrome profiles.

Adobe release updates for Lightroom and Camera Raw

 Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6 are now available as a final release on Adobe.com 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.

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