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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Lightroom Classic 7.3.1

This is a dot, dot version quickly following the recent release of Lr Classic 7.3 which produced unusual crash reports for some users on Mac OS and a backup issue affecting Windows users. A list of the bugs fixed in v7.3.1 is given below:

-fixed the issue of backup catalog getting corrupted on Windows. 

-after launching 7.3.1 all the lua based Presets (lrtemplate files) will be re-converted to XMP and lrtemplate files names will be prefixed with a double tilde icon e.g. ~~PresetName.lrtemplate). 

-fixed the issue of Presets not getting converted completely. 

-fixed the issue of incorrect Sort Order for Presets. 

-fixed the crash occurring on Mac while performing CMD+Z after applying profiles. 

-fixed the crash occurring on Mac after applying some Profiles.

In addition to the above fixes, Adobe has released a config file which customers can install if they prefer to disable live previews for Profiles while hovering in Loupe view. This is hopefully a temporary work around and I would like to see it replaced in future versions with a simple preference setting that customers can switch on/off.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 April Update

What’s New

New Adobe Raw Profiles
In addition to the age-old Standard profile, Adobe is introducing a range of new profiles specifically for raw files together with a range of enhanced profiles which can be applied other file types. The new raw profiles are:

Adobe Color
Adobe Monochrome
Adobe Neutral
Adobe Vivid
Adobe Portrait
Adobe Landscape

Camera matching, and creative profiles are also available in the new interface at the top of the basic panel. All profiles can be browsed as thumbnails (square or landscape) or as a list. Hovering over a name or thumbnail shows the effect in the main editing window. Profiles can also be marked as favorites.

Creative Profiles are grouped together as follows:

-Modern Profiles designed to create unique effects that fit in with current photography styles
-Vintage Profiles designed to replicate the effects of analogue imagery
-Artistic Profiles designed to be more edgy, with stronger color shifts
-B&W Profiles designed to optimize tonality shifts needed for high impact black and white

Creative profiles work on any file type, from Raw files to JPEGs and TIFFs. Under the hood, Creative Profiles can now take advantage of 3D Look Up Tables (LUTs) offering more creative possibilities comparred with the previous dcp profiles.

Unlike the raw and camera profiles which are fixed, the creative profiles activate the amount slider which enables the intensity of the effect to be reduced or increased.

Many customers are familiar with third party offerings such as VSO and those profiles that contain a 3D LUT will enable enhancements not possible with any of the sliders found in the Develop module. Adobe has been working closely with third party developers of presets and profiles such as RNI, Contrastly, DVLOP, Nicolesy, Brian Matiash, Kevin Kubota and others. Their offerings should be available for purchase at around the same time as this latest Lightroom update or in the very near future.

How are profiles different from presets?

In a nutshell presets fix the slider values and overwrite previous settings. Profiles do not change the slider values; so they can be used on top of develop settings to give a "look" or used as a starting point.


Unless customers use their own import preset with or without a custom/camera profile, all new imports will get the Adobe Color profile automatically. Default sharpening is also raised from 25 to 40. This is likely to give a starting point similar to those found in some other raw converters as Adobe Standard traditionally produced what many felt to be a rather flat starting point. Existing photos already in the catalog will not be changed.

Other Enhancements

Import Grid Performance Improvement on Windows
Improved batching should result in a slightly faster import experience.

Face Tagging – Updates
The face recognition engine has been improved to give more consistent results. A checkbox has been added to allow you to retain all confirmed faces (confirmed named faces or manually drawn faces) when opting for “Find Faces Again”.

Tone Curve – Scaled Up
Tone Curve is made bigger, to give more control on your tone curve points and adjustments. I have my font UI set to 150% in preferences and on Windows 10 this makes the panel even larger.

Dehaze now in Basic Panel
The slider for Dehaze has been moved from Effects to the Basic Panel. This is based on customer feedback. I do find this useful as I often found myself tweaking shadows or exposure after adding a Dehaze adjustment.  Also, in Copy Settings and Preset creation dialogs, you should find Dehaze under Basic Tone.

New Camera Support 
New support has added since the last release for the following cameras:
-Canon EOS 1500D (EOS Rebel T7/EOS Kiss X90/EOS 2000D)
-Canon 3000D (EOS Rebel T100/EOS 4000D)
-Panasonic LUMIX DC-GX9 (DC-GX7MK3)
-Panasonic LUMIX ZS200 (DC-TX2/DC-TZ200/DC-TZ202/DC-TZ220/DC-ZS220)
-Sony A7 III (ILCE-7M3) 

These latest features are being introduced system wide in LR Classic CC 7.3, LRCC 1.3, LRCC iOS 3.2 and LRCC Android 3.4

The Android version finally gets the detail panel with sliders for noise reduction and masking.

Adobe rolls out updates to different regions at different times. So you may need to wait a few hours if the update is not immediately showing under the Apps tab in Creative Cloud Desktop. Or click the three dots (top-right) and choose check for updates.


Monday, 12 February 2018

Adobe Announces Lightroom CC 1.2 & Lightroom Classic 7.2

Since the introduction of the Tone Curve and Split Toning panels in Lightroom CC 1.1 this release provides new camera and lens support together with bug fixes and tweaks to enhance performance.

One new feature, which has been requested by many customers, gives the ability to add copyright information to a batch of photos during import. This can be enabled in preferences.

Some people have asked for a keyword list for the tags they add themselves and it has actually been available in the previous version. I thought it would be useful to point it out here for those who have not discovered this feature. It can be accessed from the filter menu bar and used to search all photos or a selected album.

For full details of the update to Lightroom CC 1.2 please visit the link below. The application can be updated from the Apps Tab in Creative Cloud desktop.

Lighroom Classic

Concurrently with the release of Lightroom CC 1.2 Adobe has also released version 7.2 of Lightroom Classic.

Many of us saw a performance boost in Lighroom Classic CC 7.1 in comparison with Lightroom CC (2015) More incremental improvements have been made to performance in this 7.2 version with a focus on batch processing and intensive merge operations. You may have seen some benchmarking from the press outlets that were given access to the early release builds. I have certainly seen a big improvement in exporting batches of images, compared with version 7.1 which saw a slowdown over time with each subsequent export batch. I have found that we now have a consistency of speed with no apparent slowdown. Adobe tells us more performance improvements are in the pipeline after v7.2 

I’ve seen the metrics produced by DP-Review, Peta Pixel, F.Stoppers and Puget Systems. The latter has carried out some in depth CPU comparisons including Intel i7, i9 and AMD Threadripper and on multi-core set-ups ranging from 6 core to 16 core. Where the focus is mainly on editing and not batch processing Puget recommend a six core i7 8700k for best overall performance. An investment in a higher spec machine could benefit those with tight deadlines such as wedding, press and sports shooters where import, export and preview generation speeds are more critical.


Adobe has also updated the mobile apps today by releasing Lightroom CC 3.3 - for Android - and Lightroom CC 3.1.1 for iOS. I’m loving the ability on Android to use the Google assistant for voice search.