It’s been a busy month and I couldn’t let it end without sharing some updates to some of my favorite applications and technologies.
Adobe Camera Raw 13.2
The first update is to Adobe Camera Raw (13.2). Adobe Camera Raw is the technology accessed from either Photoshop or Adobe Bridge to allow you to process your raw images (and JPGs) non-destructively. Normally it would be just support for new cameras and lenses, but this time there’s more. Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) has gained a great new feature called “Super Resolution” that allows you to double the resolution of your photo without losing quality. Also for people shooting in Raw on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will be happy to see the new “Apple ProRAW” Profile.
Check out these features here:
What’s New in Lightroom Classic and Lightroom?
There were a few minor, but important updates to both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom.
It’s time for one of my favorite conferences and once I again I get to teach some of my favorite subjects. If you’re coming to Photoshop World 2018 in Orlando Florida I’ll be happy to see you in my classes:
On Thursday, May 31 you can join me in the Partner Pavilion – Adobe Theater for “Seven Ways to Improve Your Photos with Lightroom Classic CC”
As a portrait photographer I shoot in studio most of the time. One of the side benefits of shooting in a controlled environment like a studio is that you can also shoot tethered to your computer. I’ve been shooting tethered into Lightroom Classic CC for years. While every DSLR out there has a USB port (usually on the side) for image transfer, they are rarely designed for having the cable attached 100% of the time. This is to say that when you’re moving around the cable itself can get pulled and stress the port that it’s plugged into. Unfortunately that stress over time can actually break the connection inside the camera resulting in an expensive repair. Back when I was shooting a D700 I had to have it repaired twice. Just recently I had to have my Nikon D810 repaired. That repair was the most expensive to the tune of a few hundred dollars because it involves having to replace the logic board in the camera.
Reduce the stress and save the port with a TetherBlock
“Auto” just got a whole lot more, well “Auto.” The NEW Auto Settings are powered by Adobe’s artificial intelligence “Adobe Sensei” Now instead of Auto doing the same thing to every photo based on a few parameters, the NEW Auto Settings will give you better results by actually analyzing your photo and comparing it to thousands of professionally edited photos to create a better result. This new option is now available across the board in Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC and Lightroom CC on your mobile devices. The New Auto may or may not be your final edit, but even in situations where you want to do more to the image, it provides a much better starting point.
Last week during Adobe MAX, Adobe took the wraps off its new photography system: Lightroom CC. Wait, wasn’t there already a Lightroom CC? Yes. Let me try to clear up some confusion I’ve seen out there. First off if you were already using Lightroom CC the good news is that Lightroom Classic CC is the same product that you’ve invested time in to learn and have been using for years. There is one change though besides the name. It’s much faster in most areas than it was before. The team has spent the last several months boosting the performance of Lightroom Classic CC, which is what we all wanted.
OK then what is Lightroom CC? The existing version of Lightroom has been branded Lightroom Classic CC and there is a brand new built from the ground up application called Lightroom CC. This new desktop application now fits in the Lightroom CC family as a seamless way for photographers to have their images everywhere.
Didn’t Lightroom (Classic) CC have the ability to sync my photos and have them everywhere? Not completely. If you import images into Lightroom Classic CC, you still have the ability to sync images, but what gets sync’d are smart previews and not the original full resolution JPEG and Raw files. Now with the NEW Lightroom CC you get full resolution files sync’d and backed up to the cloud no matter where you import them from. If I import my DSLR raw images they get sync’d to the cloud. If I shoot into the Lightroom CC app on my iPhone or iPad (yes Android too) the full resolution JPEGs or Raw files get sync’d to the cloud and appear everywhere.
Should I use Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic CC?
Happy summer folks. I’m just getting back from my second visit to Iceland and just in time to share with you the news about today’s update to Lightroom for Mobile on both iOS and Android. I put together this video to walk you through the new features:
I finally got a chance to put my new Lightroom USB Backlit Keyboard to use. Editors Keys has been making dedicated application keyboards and keyboard covers for years. I typically go for the keyboard covers for my MacBook Pro, but when I’m at my desk I had been using a full size Apple USB keyboard. The Apple keyboard is not backlit. I use Lightroom everyday. So if there was a application keyboard to choose for me it would be Lightroom (or Photoshop).