Posts tagged with Lightroom 4


If you are still having problems with Lightroom 4’s speed, see this list of things to try.

Also, run a File > Optimize Catalog and make sure you read Adobe’s standing advice on optimizing performance.

4.1 Released

From Adobe’s official Lightroom Journal, Lightroom 4.1 Now Available. Whether or not you had problems with 4.0, I definitely recommend installing this release.

Lightroom 4.1 is now available as a final release on and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 4.  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom. In addition, Lightroom 4.1 introduces the following new features:

The ability to process HDR TIFF files.  (16, 24 or 32-bit TIFF files)  This can be useful if you have merged multiple exposures into a single 32-bit image using Photoshop’s HDR Pro.  Using the new basic panel controls can be a very effective and straightforward method of achieving an overall balance across the tonal range.
Additional Color Fringing corrections to help address chromatic aberration.  Click here to learn more
Save photobooks created in the Book Module as JPEG files
Publishing more…

Toe in the water

Unless you’re a new user to Lightroom who doesn’t care about getting upgrade discounts, only uses Macs, and is in N America (at least for now), I’m not sure you’ll care too much that Lightroom 4 is now available on the Mac App Store. But it is there now.

I have bought odd bits of software through the Mac App Store, and I definitely liked how it made the whole purchase and installation process as easy as buying an app for the iPad. What was especially good was how easily I could transfer those programs to the Mac Book Air I bought in March. Even those of us who know our way round computers lose track of licence numbers or . As a user, I do see the attraction.

The kind of apps I’ve bought divide into two. Most are low cost apps like iaWriter which is great for writing on the more…

Lightroom and 32 bit HDR files

There’s an interesting new feature in Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate 2 – the ability to adjust 32 bit HDR images in Lightroom.

I confess I’m not that big a fan of HDR and I don’t play with it often, but this picture is a good example of when I might use it. The component frames were taken last month in the Lake District near “our” village, Rosthwaite. These have been my favourite trees since I came across them early on a misty Christmas morning 5 years ago and on my recent visit, as you can see, there was a huge contrast range and the clouds were extraordinarily bright. It was an obvious HDR scene.

So I shot 5 frames at 1 stop intervals, beginning at – 3 1/3 stops. The camera is a Nikon D700 and I was shooting raw files. Back at the house, I did minimal preparation work in Lightroom more…

Where are my xxxxxxg flags?

Q I just upgraded to Lightroom 4 and something happened with my flags in collections: they are gone! Where the xxxx are they?

A Well, they are not completely gone. But they are very hidden indeed.

As background, in Lightroom versions 1-3 the Pick and Reject flags were local to the folder or collection of pictures. So in one collection of pictures you could mark an image as a Pick, while in another collection it could be marked as a Reject. While many found this useful, many found it unnecessary and confusing – and I think it’s important to acknowledge both sides here.

So in Lightroom 4 Adobe made these flags global, but they did so without letting you save flag data out to XMP or do anything which might have made the change more palatable. Potential compatibility with other apps remains just pie in the sky.

Because of the change to global flags, more…

Extract preview images

There’s a script to extract JPEGs from the previews you see in Lightroom

Moving from LR3 to LR4

Q Best practice for moving images from LR3 to 4?

Lightroom 4

I suspect anyone reading this blog already knows, but Lightroom 4 came out today.

Lossy DNG – too early?

While I’m a long-time fan of DNG and welcome its latest developments, you’ve got to be very cautious about saving pictures with the new lossy option. The workflow benefits aren’t enough to outweigh the very significant risks.

Seven (almost) random Lightroom 4 quick tips

As you play with Lightroom 4, there are lots of small features you may have overlooked. Here’s a brief run through of some of my favourite tweaks.

Dropping Windows XP

Lightroom 4 dropping support for Windows XP has generated a lot of sound and fury from those who are going to need to upgrade their operating system or computers if they want to run the new version.

I don’t think any of us – not even Apple fans – like being forced to upgrade our computer systems any sooner than we want, but this doesn’t strike me as an evil decision by Adobe.

For Adobe it is a simple business decision and of course they look at what LR users are running. XP has been around for how long? And I dare say that it’s only because of Vista’s woes that so many photographers are still holding on to it. Features such as burning DVDs and other optical drives are built into more modern operating systems, and improvements to video handling also reflect developments which XP was never envisaged to handle. The more…

Lightroom 4 and facial recognition

On Adobe’s Lightroom 4 Beta forum, one of the most contentious topics has been the omission of automated facial recognition or facial detection feature.

Lightroom 4 Layout Overlay Options

Perhaps like most people I really hate the sound of my own voice, but some things are probably much easier to show than they are to describe in words.

So, Lightroom with a Mancunian accent arrives on YouTube….

Lightroom 4 – My Top 5

On its 6th birthday, Lightroom’s version 4 is here – see the official announcement.

I’ve been using it for a while and actually switched over my main catalogue a few months ago (upgrading a Lightroom 3 catalogue is disabled in the public beta). While others will no doubt list all the new features to exhaustion, I’m just going to point to my favourites and at the very top of that list is the new Book feature.

Lightroom 4 – global flags and local stacking

Flags are now global, not local. But stacks have gone local. How do these work together?