Lightroom Archives

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.

Lightroom 6.8 / 2015.8

Lightroom 6.8 / 2015.8 has just been released.

For CC subscribers the big new feature is the introduction of the Reference Photo view in Develop, and it’s a feature I like very much. It means that you can now split Develop’s central pane between the image you’re editing and another photo. While it looks quite similar to the existing Before/After view, which I use all the time, here the idea to help you adjust the active photo by comparing it with some aspects of an existing picture.

LrMobile 2.6

Lightroom Mobile 2.6 for iOS has just been released. The main change is for the iPhone version which now has a slightly different UI. It’s probably better, but it doesn’t greatly excite me. But the best thing is that the iPhone app now allows you to update photos’ titles and captions. Finally, finally…. Obviously the …read more

Uploading to Blurb – if it stalls….

Yesterday and again today I tried uploading a book to Blurb. Each time the progress bar never moved, and I was forced to cancel. So what was wrong? And – if you’re brave – what can you do?

Lightroom 6.7 released

Lightroom 2015.6.7 has just been released with the usual range of new camera and lens support, and a couple of new features.

How can I customise a built-in web gallery?

How can I customise a built-in web gallery?

If you know your way around your computer’s user folders, and if you can hack a Lua file in a text editor like Notepad or TextEdit, you can certainly change details to suit your needs.

It’s techy, but not difficult….

Lightroom 6.6.1 released

Lightroom 6.6.1 has just been released and contains two small bug fixes which aren’t as small as they may at first appear.

There’s also support for the Fuji XT2 – already – and a new Apple TV app to show Lightroom Mobile photos.

LrMobile 2.4 – big new features

Lightroom Mobile 2.4 is available now and it has some exciting changes. You can now import raw files directly into LrMobile, and graduated and radial filter adjustments are now available.

Lightroom 6.6 released

Lightroom 6.6 / 2015.6 has just been released – and it’s a more interesting update than usual. In addition to the new camera and lens support, there are two big changes:

– Dramatic speed improvements in Develop
– A “guided” upright mode allows you to control straightening on images

Nik plugins for free

Yesterday Google announced that they are making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.

Google may not have made significant improvements to the Nik desktop apps since they acquired them, but I don’t see any downside here. I’ve always been a fan of Silver Efex Pro, and only really questioned its price. Now it’s free, I can’t see any good reasons why you wouldn’t get it.

Lightroom Web’s new search tool

Lightroom on the Web, the browser-based sibling of Lightroom Mobile, has a new feature or “technology preview” – a search tool.

It obviously uses metadata for searching, but it also uses come pretty clever recognition techniques.

Panorama Merge and Spot Corrections

Lightroom 2015.5 is released with a feature that I have wanted ever since Panorama Merge was added – correct handling of dust spot corrections.

It should have a big impact on the way we use the merge tool.

In short, from now correct your dust spots before you run the merge.

Ten years ago today….

It’s exactly ten years since Lightroom first appeared. As is often my inclination, a scene from Monty Python comes to my mind. It goes along the lines of OK, apart from helping us manage our photos more efficiently, adjust them better and faster, get prints up on the wall, output pictures to the web, get them off and onto our mobile devices, precisely what have the Romans ever done for us? But of course, that’s the short version of the scene!