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Syncomatic version 3

I’ve just released version 3 of my Syncomatic plugin which syncs metadata between files with matching names or within stacks.

Lightroom 8.4

Another release of Lightroom was announced yesterday and contains a few interesting additions – GPU Accelerated Editing extended to more areas, PNG export support, Colour Labels for collections – follows labels for folders in 8.3, Batch Merge for HDR and Panoramas.

Lightroom 8.3

Big new feature is a new slider – Texture. For me it’s a subtler form of Clarity, like a blend of Clarity and Sharpening, and it’s a global or local adjustment.

Lightroom 8.2 Enhanced Details

Lightroom 8.2 came out yesterday, and a single feature is worth highlighting – a new Enhanced Details commend. This applies AI or machine learning – what I call “educated brute force” – to the process of converting a raw file.

Search and Replace’s “Workflow filters”

My plugin Search and Replace’s menu command Plugin Extras > Refresh Workflow Filters analyses the selected photos and copies the results to custom fields. These can be used in Smart Collections or added as Library Filter columns, letting you monitor your metadata as you work:         The Date column is standard Lightroom, …read more

Collaborative Proofing – Lightroom CC thinking for a Lightroom Classic task?

A new feature has just gone live in Lightroom Web. Called Collaborative Proofing, and available as a Technology Preview, it is designed to share sets of photos with clients, allowing them to select the items they want.

Lightroom 8.1

Lightroom 8.1 is out. For me the best new new feature is a detail in Book – photos can now snap to a grid. This brings together the other recent changes which provided much more flexibility over book layout.

LUTs to Lightroom

A quick video tutorial on how to make LUT-based profiles to use in Lightroom.

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.