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Lightroom 6.2 Import Issues

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Lightroom supremo Tom Hogarty has updated users on the continuing saga of the Lightroom 6.2 update and the revised Import feature.

“I’d like to thank our customers for their patience while the team reviewed several options for restoring import workflows and addressing quality in Lightroom. We can now confirm that, in our next dot release, we will restore the previous import experience. We are still working on details and timing. In the meantime, if you need to restore previous import functionality prior to the next update, please refer to this document on how to roll back to Lightroom 6.1.1 (”

The released seemed a bit rushed – maybe to fit with the Adobe Max schedule? In principle it was good idea to update the import process because it has been a bit of a mess for a while. But change is always controversial, and this dropped some important features such as ‘eject card on import’ which seemed like a no brainer to make the default.

Because of Adobe Max there was no beta release of 6.2 (as there often is with Adobe updates) and that meant no testing with users.

Ah well, lessons learned!

Lightroom CC 2015.1.1 and Camera Raw 9.1.1 released

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

A minor update (other than being the last release of Camera Raw for CS6 users) containing the usual Camera Support, Lens Profiles and Bug fixes.

Camera Support

  • Canon PowerShot G3 X
  • Casio EX-100F
  • Casio EX-ZR3000
  • Leica Q (Typ 116)
  • Olympus AIR-A01
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330
  • Pentax K-3 II*
  • Phase One IQ3 50MP
  • Phase One IQ3 60MP
  • Phase One IQ3 80MP
  • Ricoh GR II
  • Sony A7R II (ILCE-7RM2)
  • Sony DSC-RX10M2
  • Sony DSC-RX100M4

Lens Profiles

Canon Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Fujifilm Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Nikon Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Nikon SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
Nikon SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015
Olympus Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Panasonic Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Pentax Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Samsung Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Sigma SIGMA dp0 Quattro
Sigma SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015
Sony A Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Sony E ZY Optics Mitakon 35mm f/0.95
Sony FE Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Sony FE Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2
Sony FE Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue with occasional visual artifacts in Photoshop after running Camera Raw in GPU mode.
  • Fixed an issue where automatic lens profile matching did not work for the Schneider LS 150mm f/3.5 lens.
  • Fixed an issue with distortion correction for some images captured with the Canon EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM lens.
  • Improved quality of lens profiles for Nikon COOLPIX P330 and Nikon COOLPIX P340 cameras.
  • Improved speed of loading Fujifilm X-Trans raw images.
  • Fixed an issue where the slider knob would “jump back to its starting position” when the cursor moves beyond the slider interface.

Use the CC update mechanism, download the DNG Converter: Mac and PC, or visit the update page.

Rendering RAF files in Lightroom, C1 and Irident

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

As a Fuji user after many years of Canon shooting, the topic of rendering X-Trans Raw files is an interesting topic. Generally Lightroom (and ACR) is weaker in rendering .RAF files than some rival programmes. The general criticisms are that fine details can get lost, certain colours get halos and foliage can be rendered in a watercolour style.

Pete Bridgwood in a blog post explained that using placing Sharpening > Detail slider in LR/ACR to +100 can improve rendering, and that has been my default method for a while.

There have been some improvements in Lightroom 6.1 and more are promised. The guys at FujivsFuji have taken a look at some tricks to process files, comparing Lightroom 5.7, 6.1, Irident Developer and Capture One.

The tl;dr is that there are improvements in 6.1, Irident probably produces the best files and Capture One isn’t bad either, but have a look at the article!

Lightroom 6.1 -v- CC

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

By now you will have seen that Lightroom has been updated to 6.1 and CC 2015.1. In essence the two versions are the same but because of the bizarre Sarbanes-Oxley act, LR 6.1 doesn’t get the new features available to the CC version.

This means a perpetual user won’t get to use the new Dehaze, nor the Blacks and Whites Local Adjustment features. (Note: the latter is the Blacks and Whites from the Basic panel and not Black and White. The possibilities for confusion are mighty!)

Longtime Lightroom user Stu Maschwitz is offering a set of Presets to mimic the Dehaze functionality in the CC version for 6.1 users. They are available for no charge, which only seems right! Kudos to him.

So far I have found the Dehaze effect to ramp a bit quickly. I don’t know if that is a byproduct of Fuji RAF files, but it means that after about +25 it gets too harsh.

Speaking of Fuji RAF files, after a hiatus there has been some additional work done by the Camera Raw team to improve some of the blur colour artifacts in the rendering of Raw files. This can be seen in this forum post.

Even better news is that Adobe is ‘collaborating with Fujifilm to investigate methods to improve fine detail rendering and overall edge definition.’

Camera Support

  • Fujifilm X-T10
  • Nikon 1 J5
  • Nikon D810A
  • Panasonic DMC-G7
  • Pentax K-S2
  • Pentax K3 II (preliminary)

Lens Profiles

Mount Name
Canon Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
Canon Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
Canon Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX
Leica Voigtlander VM 15mm f4.5 Super Wide Heliar III Aspherical
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR PD-Zoom 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6
Nikon Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
Nikon Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX
Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE
Pentax HD PENTAX-DA L 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE
Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Sony Alpha Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
Sony Alpha Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
Sony Alpha Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II

The updates are available through the Creative Cloud app or a standard Adobe updater.

The DNG converter is available here for Mac and PC

GPU related problems on Lightroom startup?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

If you are having problems with Lightroom’s GPU feature, this tip from Sean McCormack might help.

Welcome Lightroom 6 CC

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Quick Update: Direct Download Links for Lightroom 6 (non-CC) US and UK



By now you may think that Lightroom 6 has already been released considering the number of leaks about release dates, teases from the Lightroom community and full-on announcements from rumour sites.

Well it wasn’t but now it is!

So what do you get in the new version?

HDR Merge and Panorama Merge

Probably the highlight features of the new release. It is a major change from the current method of creating HDR and Panoramas by kicking the various files into an external editor such as Photoshop.

Now you can create HDRs and Panoramas, in Lightroom and it creates it as a DNG file. This is such a powerful feature as you can now do post-production using metadata edits on your merged file.




Something that has been a bugbear for a while with Lightroom has been speed. This has been partially addressed with a new feature in 6 which allows you to use the GPU to accelerate overall speed. The biggest benefits are in the Develop module, but you should notice a speed boost in many places. Naturally your GPU must be compatible.


Face Recognition

This has been a highly requested feature and generally works pretty well. It might not have all the bells and whistles or other programs but it is pretty solid. One notable thing is that it can take a long time. If you have a large number of images (especially with a large number of portraits) then I recommend you leave it running overnight for the initial pass. Then you have to go through and check off who is who.

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Advanced Video Slideshows

The first update to the Slideshow module for a while, you can now combine stills, video and music with pan and zoom effects.

Filter Brush

Now you can precisely control which parts of your image are affected by the Graduated or Radial filters. This will be great for those Graduated Filters where the horizon line is disrupted.



HTML5 Web Galleries

The Flash galleries have been updated to be HTML5 web galleries.

Lightroom CC

This release is focusing on the Creative Cloud release of Lightroom. There is a standalone version still of Lightroom 6, and the Photography Bundle still exists. Coupled with the release of Lightroom Desktop, Lightroom on Mobile has been updated to include the following: Android Tablet Support, Native DNG Support on Android, Android SD card support, TIFF support and a better crop experience on iOS.

Lightroom also integrates better with apps like Adobe Voice and Slate.

New Camera Support

As ever, each new release brings a crop of new camera and lens support

  • Canon EOS 5DS
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i)
  • Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, Kiss 8000D)
  • Canon EOS M3
  • Casio EX-ZR3500
  • Fujifilm X-A2
  • Fujifilm XQ2
  • Hasselblad Stellar II
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Olympus Stylus SH-2
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70, DMC-TZ71)
  • Samsung NX500

Tethered Capture Support

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Nikon D750

Lens Profile Support

  • Canon
    • Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
    • Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
    • Canon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM
    • Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
    • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
    • Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
    • TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012E
    • SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
    • Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
  • DJI
    • DJI Inspire 1 FC350
  • Leica
    • Voigtlander LTM 28mm f/1.9 Ultron Aspherical
    • Voigtlander LTM 28mm f/3.5 Color Skopar
    • Voigtlander LTM 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Aspherical
    • Voigtlander LTM 50mm f/2 Heliar
    • Voigtlander LTM 50mm f/2.5 Color Skopar
    • Voigtlander LTM 50mm f/3.5 Heliar
    • Voigtlander LTM 75mm f/2.5 Color Heliar
    • Voigtlander LTM 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar
    • Voigtlander VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar
  • MFT
    • Voigtlander MFT 17.5mm f/0.95 Nokton Aspherical
    • Voigtlander MFT 25mm f/0.95 Nokton
    • Voigtlander MFT 42.5mm f/0.95 Nokton
  • Nikon
    • Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
    • Nikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
    • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
    • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
    • Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
    • TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N
    • Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
  • Pentax
    • Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
    • SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
    • dp1 Quattro (JPEG only)
    • dp2 Quattro  (JPEG only)
    • dp3 Quattro  (JPEG only)
    • SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
    • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015
  • Sony Alpha
    • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
    • TAMRON 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DiII PZD MACRO AB016S
    • TAMRON 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di PZD A010S
    • TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di USD A009S
    • TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD A011S
    • TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 USD F004S
    • Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
  • Sony E
    • Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
    • Sony FE 28mm F2
    • Sony FE 28mm F2 + Fisheye Converter
    • Sony FE 28mm F2 + Ultra Wide Converter
    • Sony FE 35mm F1.4 ZA
    • Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
    • ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 Pro
  • Yuneec
    • CGO2gb

Minimum System Requirements

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.8*, 10.9, or 10.10
  • OpenGL 3.3 capable graphics card for GPU related functionality
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services†

*GPU functionality only available on Mac OSX 10.9 or 10.10


  • Intel® or AMD Athlon® processor with 64-bit support
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
  • OpenGL 3.3 and DirectX 10 capable graphics card for GPU related functionality
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space

• Internet connection required for Internet-based services†

Supported File Formats

You will be able to update in the Create Cloud app. Note, if you have the Photography bundle, Lightroom will be updated but there is no concurrent Photoshop update.

OneDrive Cloud Storage goes unlimited

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Microsoft this week upgraded their OneDrive cloud storage solution to unlimited storage for Office365 users.

It seems to be a multi-stage process, 10TB now and Unlimited later, but that means for £80 per annum you get Microsoft Office and unlimited OneDrive storage.

As someone who uses Amazon Web Services, GDrive and OneDrive, along with local disk drive backups and Backblaze, this is a) very welcome, and b) allows me to streamline my cloud storage needs.

On my current tiers:

AWS costs me $7 per month (averaged)
Drive costs me $9.99 per month (A 10TB tier would cost $99.99 per month)
Backblaze which is a complete computer backup is $47.50 per annum.

I have a feeling that I will drop GDrive when my renewal occurs later this month, and I will review AWS. It is highly useful and has saved my bacon on a couple of occasions, but the disadvantage is that it is that bit harder to access (and costs money to restore). I use Arq from Haystack Software, which I highly recommend, to manage the process.


One thing to be clear on as pointed out by Peter Deegan @dhcphotouk is that OneDrive as only allows a string of 256 ch including file paths.

Lightroom Aperture Importer released

Friday, October 17th, 2014

When it was announced that Apple would no longer be developing Aperture their Raw workflow software, there was consternation in the Aperture community.

Apple stated that they intend to bring out Photos for Mac, which will be a combined iPhoto/Aperture replacement, but as yet apart from a short demo in June at WWDC there has been little information about what that entails.

Shortly afterwards Adobe announced that they were working on an Aperture Importer for Lightroom (it also imports iPhoto libraries too), and that has now been released.

The process is fairly straightforward and is detailed on the Lightroom Journal blog post.

One thing to note is that you need Lightroom 5.6 and above. You can check your Lightroom version by going to Help->System Info inside Lightroom.

The Plug-in is available here or here.

Hopefully this provides a simple solution to all Aperture users who are looking to migrate to Lightroom.

Lightroom 5.6 Available

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The latest update to Lightroom is available, version 5.6. This release contains camera support, lens profile updates and bug fixes.


Mac •  Win or update through the CC update mechanism

Camera Support

  • Nikon D810
  • Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

Lens Support

Canon Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
Canon Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010E
Canon Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DiIII VC B011EM
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6
Nikon Tamon 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010N
Pentax Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Phase One A/S Schneider Kreuznach LS 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6
Sony Alpha Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Sony Alpha Sony 28mm f/2.8
Sony Alpha Sony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Sony Alpha Sony 100mm f/2.8 MACRO
Sony Alpha Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony Alpha Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony Alpha Sony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony Alpha Sony 70-200mm f/2.8G
Sony Alpha Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
Sony Alpha Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
Sony Alpha Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Sony Alpha Sony 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] STF
Sony Alpha Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II
Sony E Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M

Welcome to Lightroom 5.5

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

It has been a while and there have been a few conspiracy theories along the way, but Lightroom 5.5 is now released. You will either be able to upgrade in the app, or follow these links:

Mac: Lightroom 5.5
Win: Lightroom 5.5


There are the usual updates to camera and lens support, and hopefully those of you who use Standard and 1:1 Previews on import will notice a speed improvement.

Camera Support

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

Lens Profile Support

Canon Mount

  • Sigma 50m F1.4 DG HSM A014
  • Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
  • Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B0163

Fujifilm Mount

  • Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100

Nikon Mount

  • 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
  • Sigma 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
  • Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B016N
  • Tamron SP 16—600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N

Pentax Mount

  • Sigma 30mm F.14 DC HSM A013

Sigma Mount

  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
  • Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014

Sony Alpha Mount

  • Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013
  • Sony Alpha 28-75mm F2.8 SAM

Several Bugs have been fixed, with improvements to the Develop Module, importing (as mentioned above) and rendering.

Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter have also been updated to version 8.5 and are available here:

Mac: DNG Converter/ACR
Win: DNG Converter/ACR