Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.0 | October 2018

Lightroom 8.0 is an unusual release in so far as it’s the first full update that doesn’t include many major new features. Furthermore, and unlike every previous full version update, it doesn’t  upgrade your catalog. So, rolling back to any version between 7.0 and 7.5 is relatively straightforward.

As implied above, new features and enhancements won’t jump out at you. In fact, some may be of little, if any use to a sizeable number of Lightroom users.

Depth Range Mask

OK, so here’s an example of a new feature that Adobe will make a big deal off, yet it’s only available to customers capturing photos with Apple iPhones such as the 7 plus, 8 plus, X and later when using portrait mode with the built-in camera. The files must also have been captured be using the HEIC file format.

How does it work?

Depth Range Mask works in a similar way to Luminance Range Mask (has range and smoothness sliders) present in local adjustments tools (i.e. brush, graduated filter and radial filter). However, instead of the selection being based on a range of Luminance values, it selects based on a range of depth values. You can also use the eye dropper tool to sample a point or an area.

The “Show Range Mask” checkbox allows you to view the depth map of the image in black and white representation as demonstrated in below example.

Image courtesy of Adobe Inc.

Red denotes the actual area masked which is an intersection of depth and local adjustment applied. A similar feature has also been added to Luminance Range Mask.

Single Step HDR Panorama Merge

The Single Step HDR Panorama feature will allow you to select a sequence of exposure brackets and merge them to an HDR Panorama in a single step.

Single-step HDR Panorama Merge

New Tether for Canon

With this version, Adobe have improved speed and stability when tethering supported Canon camera models. There are now two menu items for tethering:

  • Tethered Capture for Canon
  • Tethered Capture for Nikon & Other

You can also now select the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and white balance from the Tether control bar.

Over time we can expect to see similar enhancements being added for Nikon and other camera vendors.

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

Process Version Improvements

Lightroom Classic CC 8.0 includes a new Process Version (Process Version 5). Process Version 5 includes the following imaging updates:

  1. Improved Negative DehazeThis update improves the usability of the minus/left range (from 0) of the Dehaze slider, making it much more perceptually uniform, and providing a more useful range, especially for HDR images.
  2. Improvements to image quality behaviour for high ISO raw filesThe improvements manifest as reduced purple/magenta color cast in the shadows, and improved shadow detail.

Video and Slideshow Library

Adobe have updated have the Video library for Lightroom Classic 8.0. This will impact any workflow related to Videos and all of Slideshow module. In addition, AVI movie files are no longer supported on macOS.

HEVC file support (macOS)

Beginning with this release, Lightroom Classic supports Apple’s HEVC video format (High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265) on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.

For further information, see HEIC and HEVC media files support in Lightroom and Camera Raw.

Updated System Requirements

With version 8.0 Adobe has also updated the system requirements. For some customers these new requirements may present a problem, but Adobe need to make these changes now to facilitate future plans and to avoid issues resulting from Apple and Microsoft deprecating APIs

  • macOS 10.14 Mojave is officially supported in this release.
  • If you use Windows 10, you’ll need version 1703 or later.

Auto Update

As with all of today’s Creative Cloud updates, Adobe has introduced a new Auto-update feature. Therefore, your Creative Cloud apps are now automatically upgraded whenever a new version is available. For Lightroom Classic, you cannot have two versions of the app running simultaneously on your computer. Your existing app preferences and settings are migrated to the latest version. However, you can manage the update preferences using the Creative Cloud desktop app as described in Manage auto-update for individual apps

Support for new cameras and lenses

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

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Off to Iceland

I’ll shortly be departing for a 10 day photo trip to Iceland. The trip will begin with a leisurely 5 day drive taking in the Golden Circle, then along the south and east coast. We hope to visit areas such as Landmannalaugar, Gysir, the Gullfoss waterfall, Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon and diamond beach, Mount Vestrahorn and many other locations along our route.  We will then travel west to the Snaelfellsnes Peninsula for 3 days where we will spend some time photographing locations such as Kirkjufell and the Budir Black Church. All being well, conditions will be in our favour to see Aurora Borealis. Our last 2 days will be spent around the Vastness Peninsula

This will be my third trip to Iceland, and if anything like the previous trips there will be plenty of photos to be had. I’ve included some from the previous trips below as tasters.

Lutheran Church, Vik

Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks, Reynisfjara

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Adobe Lightroom Classic 7.5 | August 2018

 This release of Lightroom Classic CC adds new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes. Full details of what’s new and fixed in Lightroom 7.5 can be found on the application support page

The new features most likely to attract customer attention are in  the Book module. They include the ability to customise pages plus two new book types (i.e. Blurb Magazine and Trade Books). There is also for importing Presets and Profiles, and HEIC support in Windows.

Book Enhancements

Blurb Book Styles

The new book styles can be accessed from the the Book Settings panel as top right corner of Book module.

New Blurb Book styles – Blurb Magazine and Blurb Trade Book

New Paper Type

By popular request, Adobe have also added Blurb’s Layflat paper.

New Paper Type – Standard Layflat

  1. In the ‘Book Settings’ panel, select Book as ‘Blurb Photo Book’
  2. In the ‘Paper Type’ drop-down list, you can choose from Premium Lustre, Premium Matte, ProLine Uncoated, ProLine Pearl Photo, Standard, and the newly introduced Standard Layflat. When using Standard Layflat, the minimum page count is 33 due to the binding requirements. The minimum page count for all other paper types is 20.

Other Book enhancements include:

  • Select where page numbers are printed on a book, including on only left or right pages, or all pages.
  • Customise cells within a page.
  • Add Photo Border.
  • Add multiple cells on a page, move specific cells to the front or back and drag the cell exactly where you want it.

Photo Border

Upload Presets and Profiles in bulk

You can now import multiple presets or profiles in a zip file into Lightroom Classic. Do the following:

  1. Navigate to the Develop module.
  2. From the menu bar, choose File > Import Develop Profiles and Presets.
  3. In the Presets panel, click the plus (+) icon at the upper-right corner and choose Import Presets from the menu.
  4. In the Basic panel, click the ( page7image1765312) Show Profile Browser icon in the Profile area.
  5. In Profile Browser, click the plus (+) icon at the upper-left corner and choose Import Profiles from the menu.

Import Presets

Camera and Lens Support

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

More details of this release along with upcoming releases for mobile devices can be read here.

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Adobe Lightroom CC | August 2018

 The latest version of Lightroom CC for Desktops was released today (22 August 18). This release is primarily focussed on new camera and lens support.

There are a couple of album related new features in this build. The new ‘Store Album Locally’ setting allows you to save original copies of that album’s photos locally. Adobe are suggesting that you use this option when travelling. In particular, when you know that you’re going to be offline or on a low bandwidth internet connection.

Store Album Locally

The second new feature is intended to help you establish which, if any, albums a particular image is in. To see it in operation, click on an image then click on the ‘Info panel’, and scroll to the new ‘Albums’ panel.

Show album membership – Info Panel

Search and Filter Photos

Another feature introduced introduced in  1.5 is Faceted Search. Basically, you type an object name, or a facet name followed by a colon ‘:’ into the Search field. For example, you can type ‘keyword:’ to display a list of keywords used. The terms used in Search bar are not case-sensitive.

Faceted Search

To search your photos, you can use any of the facets listed below. In the Search bar, type a facet name followed by a colon ‘:’

More details of this release along with upcoming releases for mobile devices can be read here.

Camera and Lens Support

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

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