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Lightroom 8.0

Adobe have just released Lightroom 8. It’s harmless enough, more a matter of rounding up the numbers.

Lightroom and cloud storage

On a forum I answered a question about how Lightroom uses Adobe’s cloud storage, and then thought I’d cut and paste the reply here. An hour later…. With the Adobe subscription you get a certain amount of cloud storage space. Depending on what you pay, this might be terabytes and you might not care about …read more

Lightroom Web sharing grows up

I’ve always liked Lightroom Web, the browser-based way to access photos synced to Lightroom Mobile. One thing I use it for is to tweak adjustments or add captions to photos when I’m on my laptop. Nothing sophisticated, it’s all about the convenience of making quick changes wherever I happen to be, just like with LrM …read more

Lightroom 7.5

Lightroom 7.5 is out. The big changes are in the Book module with more newer Blurb book formats like trade and magazine, layflat paper, but for me the best thing is much-greater flexibility to move and resize photos around a page without the horrid “cell padding” tricks.

Lightroom 7.4 released

Not a very exciting release, the best thing is that you can hide the inane built-in presets and all the near-useless minor variations on profiles.

Lightroom 7.3 released

Look out for Lightroom 7.3 today – the official announcement is here. Profiles There’s a very big change in the profiles area. Profiles have moved from the Camera Calibration tab up into the Basic panel and they are greatly extended in scope: New Adobe looks New “creative” looks Profiles can now include LUTs. The extension …read more

Lightroom 7.2

Lightroom Classic 7.2 focusses on more performance tuning. I see a 68% improvement generating 1:1 Previews, 58% improvement generating Standard Previews, and 28% improvement in Export speed.

In the press

Adobe have “reached out” to a number of photography sites and let them try Lightroom’s upcoming 7.2

Lightroom 7.1

Lightroom 7.1 came out overnight with updates to all Lightroom apps. The new feature is a completely-rewritten Auto button – the results are so good that you should try it.

“Best photos”

What are the criteria for “best photos” in Lightroom web’s technology preview?

Re-editable Silver Efex files

Although my starting point is LR, I always launch Silver Efex this way, via Photoshop as Smart Object. The flexibility is a big advantage.

Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop

Here’s a nice little feature in Photoshop 2018. Its Welcome page now lets you directly access photos you’ve synced in Lightroom.

Embedded & Sidecar

Lightroom’s 7th incarnation – the so-called Lightroom Classic – introduces a new Embedded & Sidecar workflow which is designed to let you review, compare, and cull reject photos much faster than before.

Sign into Adobe with Google or Facebook IDs

From today people can use a Google or Facebook account to log into Adobe.

CC 2015.12 and Mobile 2.8 updates

New camera support, fixed the serious “map offline” problem in Map caused by Google changing the underlying web service. In Lightroom Mobile, a Brush tool is added, sharpening and noise reduction for iOS, and a new iPad interface which is much more elegant. There’s also a new interface for Android.

How to remove photos from “All Synced Photographs”

After removing pictures from a synced collection or after stopping a collection from syncing, the images remain on Lightroom Mobile and in “All Synced Photographs”. How do I find these photos so I can remove them from Adobe’s server?

X-LR is released

My plugin X-LR, which automatically applies Fuji film simulations in Lightroom, went through a great 60 day preview period. It’s now released!

Lightroom 6.9 / 2015.9

Lightroom 6.9 / 2015.9 came out yesterday. There’s no headline new feature and my interpretation is that it’s mainly to support a number of new cameras.

Fuji in particular have released a bunch of X bodies and a week ago launched their 50 megapixel GFX. After some mixed messages, it had slowly become clear that Lightroom’s main competitor, CaptureOne, was not willing to support the GFX because of its threat to PhaseOne’s core business (spot the conflict of interest!). So Adobe’s speedy support is welcome for owners of this camera, and no doubt for Fuji themselves.

Plugin Preview – jb-X-LR

A few months ago I got my first mirrorless or electronic viewfinder-based camera, a Fuji X-T2, and I have found myself using its film simulations much more actively than I ever expected. The trouble is, while you see their appearance in Lightroom’s Import dialog box and briefly in Library, Adobe’s raw conversion then takes over.

But what if you could automatically apply Fuji film simulations in Lightroom? That is what jb X-LR does.

CC price rise in UK

Brexit’s effect on the Pound pushes up price of Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions, just as it pushed up Mac pricing etc.