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Lightroom Classic CC v7.3 | April 2018 UPDATES

Adobe has released an update for Lightroom Classic now at v7.3 that adds a few features, moves a few features and adds support for more cameras/lenses including the new Sony a7iii.

Adobe Lightroom Profiles

In Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Camera Raw, profiles have been moved from the Camera Calibration panel(very bottom) to the Basic panel(very top).Expanded profile capabilities with six brand new Adobe Raw profiles, over 40 new Creative profiles, and an all-new Profile Browser that lets you quickly compare and select the best profile for your photo. When you hover over the profile your selected image previews the changes in real-time.

About these color profiles

Adobe Color was designed to greatly improve the look and rendering of warm tones, improving the transitions between certain color ranges, and slightly increasing the starting contrast of your photos. Since Adobe Color is the new default (but only for newly imported photos), it was designed to work on the widest range of photos and ensures that regardless of the subject, your photo will look great.Adobe Monochrome has been carefully tuned to be a great starting point for any black and white photograph, resulting in better tonal separation and contrast than photos that started off in Adobe Standard and were converted into black and white.Adobe Portrait is optimized for all skin tones, providing more control and better reproduction of skin tones. With less contrast and saturation applied to skin tones throughout the photo, you get more control and precision for critical portraiture.Adobe Landscape, as the name implies, was designed for landscape photos, with more vibrant skies and foliage tones.Adobe Neutral provides a starting point with a very low amount of contrast, useful for photos where you want the most control or that have very difficult tonal ranges.Adobe Vivid provides a punchy, saturated starting point.Often I find these profiles to offer a good starting point for your edits. They are not a one-click fix but lay a foundation for additional edits, saving you time. Learn more about my use of profiles by joining and accessing over 10 hours of Lightroom Training.

More accessible Camera Matching Profiles

Camera Matching Profiles were one of the most powerful raw tools found in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Classic CC, but also one of the most difficult to find. Now, they’re easier to find and available for the first time in Lightroom CC. We created the Camera Matching profiles to match the different options often found in your camera, making it possible for you to match the color and tonality of your raw file with what you saw on the your camera’s LCD or the JPEG rendered by your camera, as closely as possible. The options available for any particular photograph will vary, depending on which camera the photo was captured with.

Creative Profiles include LUTs

The profiles found in the four Creative profiles groups: Artistic, Black & White, Modern, and Vintage can be applied to any photo, both raw and non-raw. The Creative profiles were designed to create a look and feel in your photos and provide even more control thanks to the inclusion of a 3D Lookup Table (LUT) that can be included within a profile. LUTs have often been used by Photoshop and video professionals to add a color grading effect to the photo, with more options and precision than were previously possible in Lightroom. Creative Profiles also provide a new Amount slider, enabling you to increase or decrease the effect, tuning it to your taste.

Additional Lightroom April 2018 Changes

Dehaze has been moved into the basic panel - something I predicted two years ago. Wait long enough and you will eventually be, right?Always be gentle with the sliders in the Presence section of the basic panel and this includes Dehaze. It is powerful but can quickly add too much contrast to your image. I often apply a small amount of dehaze to landscape photos - 5-15 and then selectively use the brush to target those areas that need a little more.  Want more Lightroom tip, tricks, and education? I offer 10 hours of Lightroom training as part of our Photo Enthusiast Network. Join Today!Tone curve panel size has expanded for more precise adjustmentsOptimized the face-tagging algorithms for more accurate detection of faces.Which change or changes are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below.Updates are accessed through your Adobe Helper App

Apps for Photography

[embed][/embed]You are carrying a mini computer with you all the time, why not put it to use? Check out some of our favorite smartphone apps to get your photography going.Weather Underground

Weather Underground (Free)

Google PlayApple App StoreI like weather undergrounds info and display and they let you set up smart forecasts that can quickly give you an idea of optimal times for various activities including astrophotography.

WU StormSTORM by Weather Underground (Free)

Apple App Store

Along with weather underground, I use STORM for real-time radar that can be helpful to know exactly when that rain is going to stop at your location. I find watching the radar and the movement of the precip is more accurate in the short term than any forecasts.

NOAA Weather InternationalNOAA Weather International (Free, $2.99 Ad Free)

Google PlayApple App Store

AND I sometimes want to know what the weather nerds are saying about the future and the NOAA app gives me a straightforward look at each day and provides an easy click to read the forecast discussion. You can also click to see the elevation of a location on the map. FREE or pay $2.99 to remove the adds.

Tide Charts Near MeTide Charts Near Me (Free, $1.99 Ad Free)

Google PlayApple App Store

I live near the coast and we regularly run workshops on both coasts - knowing the tide is critical to knowing how much beach or rock will be exposed and if the tide is headed out giving you plenty of time to shoot or the tide is coming in when you need to be very careful about getting stranded, Tides- Charts near me is a simple representation of the tides near you - with automatic updating based on your location. FREE or $1.99 to remove the ads.

PhotopillsPhotoPills ($9.99)

Google PlayApple App Store

This is huge and I was pretty happy when they offered an Android app - First I love the widget - at a glance I know sunrise, sunset, moonrise and even the status of the galactic core for my location! Once you dive into the app your find tons of useful info from the planner to the AR that helps you line up for sunsets, sunrises and star trails. Additional calculators further help your planning- tons of useful info and well worth the $10 - you can find most of these items in other apps for free but I haven’t found any that bring them all together in one app.

SquarespaceSquarespace (Free)


The square space app makes it really easy to update your site with posts, photos and even video - The one way to get people to come back to your site again and again and that is to update the content and offer information behind the photos - Squarespace makes it incredibly easy to build a beautiful website and blog and the app makes it really easy to update on the go. Additional apps from Squarespace allow you to track your analytics, keep notes, update your store and more.
It’s fine to put your best work on Instagram but you should have a website where you control everything and display your work professional in a big beautiful way and Squarespace makes it easy to do that - with beautiful custom templates and 24/7 support along with easy custom domains- Get your own website today at and save 10% off your purchase.

SnapseedSnapseed (Free)

Google PlayApple App Store

Still my favorite editor for quick edits of photos captured with the phone or transferred via wifi

Lightroom CCLightroom - Full version (Adobe Creative Cloud Required)

Google PlayApple App Store

If you are smart about syncing Lightroom mobile can be powerful and recent upgrades have seriously improved the capabilities and stability of the app - almost making it my pick over Snapseed for editing... but go watch my Snapseed secrets it is just so quick and powerful once you know a few tricks. Sound good? Click here to sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud.

Later.comLater (Free)

Google PlayApple App Store

I continue to love Later for an easy way to get images and captions to your phone - I hate writing captions and hashtags on my mobile device and recent updates to the paid plan give you the best times to post and suggest hashtags making new posts easy. Sign up today and get started!

MiopsMiops ($30 Dongle or $125 Remote Required)

Google PlayApple App Store

I talked about this on my recent Yosemite trip - with a small dongle you can trigger your camera in several different ways - really useful - I will be posting a separate video about this system soon.Pick up the Dongle or Remote on Amazon

TrackRTrackR (Free, TrackR Required)

Google PlayApple App Store

This little Bluetooth tracker lets me ping my camera bag and set an alert if it moves outside of Bluetooth range - I have only started using this - certainly not a full proof way to protect your camera bag but at least gives me a little more piece of mind.Buy a TrackR Today!

Lightroom Tips - Best Practices for a New Year - New Catalog, Archive and More hands-on look at cleaning up your catalog, archive the past year and getting ready for a new year, new catalog in Lightroom. Full of best practices in Adobe Lightroom for an organized photographer.I create a catalog for each year - this keeps the size of the catalog manageable and performance fairly snappy. I add the previous year’s catalog to a catalog I call the archive - this contains ALL my photos from the last several years and while it is a bit slower it is nice to be able to access all my photos, see all my 5-star images from the last several years, in one location. Catalog Clean Up - A chance for you to get rid of the junk before you merge the catalog with your archive catalog

  1. Take some time to go back through the past year’s photos and delete the junk - Ideally you get rid of the junk on import but there might be some files that you couldn’t just bring yourself to delete - if you haven’t done anything with them in the last year, maybe it’s time to delete.

    1. Mark the files you wish to delete as rejected - Keyboard shortcut: X

TIP: Set rating filter to show you all images rated 0 - in Grid select all of them at once and Reject

  1. Use the flag filter to view all files you have rejected. Make sure there are no images you wish to keep

    1. Click Photo > Delete Rejected Photo AND CHOOSE REMOVE FROM DISK

  1. All images should be in a descriptive subfolder inside a folder for each year - before combining the catalog with the archive I like to make sure there are no orphan photos, photos outside a subfolder.

    1. Click the + sign to the right of the Folder text in the Library Module and uncheck “Show Photos in subfolder”

    2. If any photos are shown use that same + sign to create a subfolder(s) appropriate for those photos.

  2. I use keywording to further organize my library of photos, keywording is a powerful way to find images that may be similar but exist in different folders. Before I archive the past year I like to check that I have given ALL images at least some basic keywords.

    1. Library > Grid Module

    2. Library Filter - Click Text - Set Keywords : Are Empty

    3. Add basic keywords to any images that are displayed. They will vanish quickly from this filter. As you add keywords the statement is no longer true.

  3. Remove Previews- I typically build 1:1 previews on import and Lightroom by default will remove these after 30 days - saves space in your catalog. I like to make sure that they are all gone and I remove any smart previews too.

    1. Library > Previews > Discard

You are now done with the cleanup of the catalog.

  1. Open or create a Master Archive catalog that will contain ALL past years (if you need to create the new catalog it is simply File > New Catalog - Choose a logical location.

  2. In the Archive Catalog select File > Import from Another Catalog and find the 2017 (or last year’s catalog that you just cleaned up)

  3. Take a moment to uncheck the import box next to any items or folders that you do not want to be imported.

  4. Press Import - Go get a cup of tea.

  5. Once completed you do want to make sure that the number of photos matches your expectations.

  6. Now create a new catalog for the upcoming year and if your previous year catalog has imported correctly you may delete it to save space.

Empty Trash and get out and get shooting!

Do you have older photos you want to get organized in Lightroom? I have a video on that topic and lots more in my community - visit to learn more.

Desktops, Laptops, Raid Drives, 4K Monitors- Gift Guide 2017

Let's talk about pro level gear for your office - the stuff that makes editing photos and video a painless experience - from fast computers and huge raid drives to beautiful 4k monitors in this episode of the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

5K iMac


Specs -4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core8GB of DDR4 RAM | 512GB SSD (Buy Additional RAM)27" 5120 x 2880 IPS Retina 5K DisplayAMD Radeon Pro 580 Graphics Card (8GB)UHS-II SDXC Card ReaderThunderbolt 3 | USB 3.0 Type-AI have an older version of this iMac and love it - a beautiful screen that needs no calibration and performance that easily handles editing photos and 4k video. I recommend you buy with just 8GB of RAM and buy separately, it is VERY easy to install and saves you almost $400.Buy from B&H Photo: Recommended 5k iMac

15" MacBook Pro

Specs -2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 512GB SSD15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina DisplayAMD Radeon Pro 560 Graphics (4GB GGDR5)An updated version of my trusty MacBook Pro - this will handle all your editing needs. While I would love to save a few pounds and go with the 13 the truth is you save less than 2lbs and give up significant screen real estate.  For photo editing that doesn't feel cramped, I need 15" screen.Buy from B&H Photo: Recommended Laptop 15" Macbook Pro

Lacie 6Big -36TB Thunderbolt Raid Drive

Lacie 6Big

Lacie 6Big

Lacie 6Big

Lacie 6Big

Talking backup drives is never very exciting but this raid drive is ridiculously fast and comes in a variety of sizes. I am currently running the 6Big with 6, 6TB drives giving me 30TB of space and peace of mind with the raid system protecting me from drive failure.Specs-6 x 6TB Enterprise-Class 3.5" HDDsSix Hot-Swappable Drive Bays2 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB 3.10/1/5/6/10/50 RAID SupportBuy from B&H Photo: Lacie 6Big

BenQ SW271 27" 16:9 4K IPS Monitor

Specs -27" In-Plane Switching (IPS) MonitorUSB Type-C / HDMI / DP Inputs3840 x 2160 Resolution1000:1 Contrast RatioI have been using this monitor for a few weeks now and the resolution and color is lovely - this is a fantastic monitor for editing with easy custom setup, a removable shade/glare hood and a nice matte finish to the screen.Buy from B&H Photo: Beautiful 4K Monitor

Adobe Lightroom Update - Sony a7RIII Support RAW .ARW

Adobe *JUST* released new Camera RAW CC and Lightroom CC/Lightroom Classic CC updates. This update brings full support for the Sony a7RIII. Adobe also added the 24-105mm lens profile support. As expected Adobe does NOT support Pixel Shift.TWO NEW UPDATES TO LIGHTROOM CLASSIC CCStart your edits with Auto, which uses Adobe Sensei to intelligently apply adjustments based on a photo’s light and color characteristics. Adobe's Auto feature now uses advanced machine learning to automatically apply the best edits for these slider controls in your photos: Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Saturation, and Vibrance. In addition, the Auto feature now also includes the ability to optimize the adjustments of the photo even after cropping has been applied.The underlying neural nets have been trained with thousands of professionally shot and manually edited photos to evaluate and correct an image, just like a skilled human photographer.In the Develop module, the Auto option is located next to Tone in the Basic panel.AND - The ability to remove individual color samples within a color range mask has been added in this release. Simply Option(Mac)/Alt(Win)+click the existing samples that you want to remove.More infoBuy the a7RIII at AmazonBuy the a7RIII at B&H Photo

B&H Photo - Best Savings on Macbooks this year

B&H Photo Video is clearing out their inventory of Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. discounts range between $500 and $700 from regular price. Although these are 2016 models the upgrades in 2017 were minor and this makes it an excellent deal for a near top-of-the line Mac model. Four options are available along with a 15% discount on AppleCare15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Silver, 2.7 GHz i7, 512 GB) for $2099.00 at B&H15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Silver, 2.6 GHz i7, 256 GB) for $1899.00 at B&H15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Space Gray, 2.7 GHz i7, 512 GB) for $2099.00 at B&H15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Space Gray, 2.6 GHz i7, 256 GB) for $1899.00 at B&H

A New Lightroom and a Faster One

Lightroom ClassicLightroom Cloud

A Tale of Two Lightrooms. So what did we get?

The program we know as Lightroom has been rebranded/split by Adobe into two products. A fully cloud-based service and the standard desktop version (the one you're used to), now called Lightroom Classic. While Lightroom is now in the cloud, changes to either can be synced between programs. Watch the video below to learn more. Tip: If you are having trouble seeing the updates open the Adobe cloud program in your taskbar. Sign out of the program, then sign in to see the new updates.

A New Lightroom

A big update to the existing Lightroom web platform, we've got a cloud version of Lightroom for desktops, tablets, and phones. Image editing you want but in a simplified package that Adobe made for you to use on all your devices. This new Lightroom is a streamlined version that's simpler to use and ready for on the go work.

  • Cloud Storage with Lightroom CC storing all your full-resolution photos, including RAW files, safely in the cloud (1TB of space comes with the plan, more is available).
  • Adobe Sensei - No more keywording, or at least less, with a smart search using machine learning to find your photos. Want a bridge photo you took? Type in a bridge and all your bridge photos pop up, no work required.
  • Sharing tools to push photos out to social media like Facebook or build a web gallery in a snap.
  • Instead of a library photos will be stored in albums, think of this as collections in Lightroom Classic.

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Classic

The "New" Lightroom Classic is the same Lightroom you're used to, but with massive speed boost! After taking suggestions from users Adobe has overhauled Lightroom into a much speedier program, especially in the Develop module. (my early testing shows a significant increase in speed for some tasks while others remain fairly slow)

  • Lightroom Embedded PreviewBetter, Faster, Stronger
    • Faster loading time
    • Faster import with "Embedded & Sidecar" option
    • Faster Smart Previews
    • Faster Switch to Develop
    • Faster Rending Images
    • Faster Scrolling images
    • Faster brush rendering


  • New Edge Refinement - New quick selection masks for local adjustments using color and luminance range masking. Color masking lets you select a range of color, luminance lets you select by a certain brightness.  Watch the video above to see a demonstration of the new  masking.


Everything gets updates today. New easy access for LR photos, a new pen tool, tips and more:

  • A new Learn panel, the first big step for those new or just starting with Photoshop with step by step tutorials for tools and basic editing. They've also included new tooltips with little images and animations to help you along.Photoshop Lightroom Photos
  • Lightroom photos will pull your photos from the cloud directly into Photoshop.
  • Copy and paste multiple layers in one go, keeping their order and location.
  • Support for 360 Degree image editing and Apple HEIF
  • Curvature Pen Tool - For those that hated the pen tool, Adobe has a friendlier pen tool to get the curves you need.
  • Brush updates with new management, stroke smoothing to prevent jitters, and more brushes.
  • Photoshop also gained a slight performance boost. As well as Adobe improving all their algorithms for cleaner lines, better filters, upscaling, and more.

Adobe Plans

Lightroom comes in three flavors now. The regular Creative Cloud Photography Plan stays the same price but now gains 20GB of cloud storage. Existing Creative Cloud Photography Plans can switch to the new 1TB plan for more cloud storage and get $5 off for the first year.Despite the fact they promised they wouldn't,  Adobe Standalone products are gone with Lightroom 6 as the last version. This was the Lightroom software packaged separate, not requiring the monthly charge and did not include Photoshop. The current standalone software will get an update for the Nikon D850 at the end of the month with camera support updates for this year only.All-in-all it's an extensive update to existing programs, and new ones as well. The biggest improvement, being the speed boosts with Lightroom Classic people have been asking for since last year. The new Lightroom cloud system is an interesting update and we'll have to see what happens as Adobe continues to work on the platform.  

Lightroom CC planLightroom CC plan
  • Lightroom Cloud Only
  • Adobe Spark
  • Adobe Portfolio
  • 1TB of cloud storage
  • $9.99/mo
Photography planPhotography plan
  • Lightroom CC
  • Lightroom Classic
  • Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Spark
  • Adobe Portfolio
  • 20GB of cloud storage
  • $9.99/mo
Photography plan with 1TB cloud storagePhotography plan with 1TB cloud storage
  • Lightroom CC
  • Lightroom Classic CC
  • Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Spark
  • Adobe Portfolio
  • 1TB of cloud storage
  • $19.99/mo ($14.99 for existing accounts)

Adobe Lightroom 6.10.1, CC 2015.10.1 and Camera Raw 10.1 Adds Support for Sony A9

Adobe released updates this week for Lightroom 6.10.1, CC 2015.10.1 and Camera Raw 10.1. Included are updates supporting the Sony a9 (Read Toby’s Review of the great Sony A9!) and Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens as well as bug updates for a smoother performance.Installation InstructionsPlease select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.Buy the Sony a9 now at:Sony a9


[quote_box_center]New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 / 6.10.1
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 (DC-TZ90,DC-TZ91, DC-TZ92, DC-T93)
  • Sony A9 (ILCE-9)

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 / 6.10.1

Mount Name
Sony FE Zeiss Batis 2.8/135

Customer reported issues resolved 

  • Edit in Photoshop Erroneous Message Fixed
  • Fixed issue causing color cast on images from some Fujifilm X series cameras shot in CH/CL modes.
  • Fixed issue where images taken on the Fujifilm GFX 50s with top 3 extended ISOs appear over exposed.
  • Fixed issue where some images converted to DNG from the Hasselblad H6 contained a color cast.
  • Fixed issue with Hasselblad X1D images losing highlight details at high ISOs.

Known Issues 

  • We have an issue where customers are unable to use the Develop module with GPU enabled.  This only occurs when using an AMD graphics card using driver Version 17.4.4 (released 4/23/2017) on Windows.  Please see this note for more details and workarounds.


[quote_box_center]New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.10.1 
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 (DC-TZ90,DC-TZ91, DC-TZ92, DC-T93)
  • Sony A9 (ILCE-9)

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 9.10.1

Mount Name
Sony FE Zeiss Batis 2.8/135

Customer reported issues resolved 

  • Fixed issue causing color cast on images from some Fujifilm X series cameras shot in CH/CL modes.
  • Fixed issue where images taken on the Fujifilm GFX 50s with top 3 extended ISOs appear over exposed.
  • Fixed issue where some images converted to DNG from the Hasselblad H6 contained a color cast.
  • Fixed issue with Hasselblad X1D images losing highlight details at high ISOs.

Known Issues 

  • We have an issue where customers are unable to open Camera Raw with GPU enabled.  This only occurs when using an AMD graphics card using driver Version 17.4.4 (released 4/23/2017) on Windows.  Please see this note for more details and workarounds.


Make Photos EP #002 - Long Exposure Light Trails with Seattle Skyline

I walk you through the capture and post processing in Lightroom of one a recent Instagram photo -  Using a popular vantage point of the city of Seattle - Dr. Jose Rizal Park, a conveniently placed hole in the fence and a long exposure to get light trails creating this image - Follow me on Instagram used in this videoSony alpha a7r iiCanon 24-70 f/2.8 II LNisi Filters CPL (part of the kit)MeFoto Travel Tripod CFGear used to MAKE this videoPanasonic GH4Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 Lens  

Make Data Driven Decisions!

What lens should I buy next? That's the second most common question we see here at Can you guess the first most common question?Lightroom users I have two tools that can help you make sense of all your metadata and provide some insight as to how you shoot which you can use to make smart, data driven purchases that fit your way of shooting.

Method #1 - Lightroom Dashboard

Access at - drag and drop a backup of your LR catalog and the browser based tool returns a simple graphical display with plenty of information - what was your favorite ISO of 2016? I bet ISO 100.

Method #2 - Jeffrey’s “Data Plot” Lightroom Plugin

Access at and install Jeffrey's plugin (I show you how to install plugins in my Lightroom for Beginners)Once installed you can find the options under File > Plugin Extras jf Data Plot  From there you have the option to view graphs and even create collections based on your data - want a collection of all your shots captured with prime lenses? It's possible.

Method #3 - Lightroom's Metadata Tools

No plugins, no drag and drop - just use the tools already built into Lightroom to make some sense of your data.In the Library Module(1) Grid View > Click Metadata(2)You can now add columns and change the data in the column simply by clicking on the header (3) Which method do you like best? Any surprises in your findings?  What gear do you hope to add in 2017 to your camera bag?Have you ever had someone audibly lose their breath when they see one of your photos? It's an amazing feeling and I want to help you get there - Become a PRTV member Today!

Lightroom 2015.8 Released - Reference Image

Today Lightroom CC(2015.8) / 6.8, Adobe Camera Raw 9.8 and updates to Lightroom for mobile are now available.  Please click here to read the Camera Raw release notes and click here to read all the Lightroom for mobile news.Minor improvements with some speed improvements and one new feature -Reference View  Reference View is a new view mode available in the Develop Module that allows you to compare two different images in order to make them visually consistent. This is helpful when making a group of images from a single event look similar or setting the white balance appropriately in mixed lighting conditions.  For photographers that shoot film and digital this is a great way to bring up a reference film photo and work on your digital images to match the look.To get started

  1. Go to the Develop Module
  2. Click on Reference View. It's on the Toolbar, and you may need to show the Toolbar if hidden
  3. Drag and Drop your Reference Photo onto the left pane. You can change your Reference Photo by either dragging a different image onto the left pane or using the “Set as Reference Photo” context menu in the Library Module.
  4. Edit the active photo. Use the Reference Photo to guide your editing decisions.


Performance Improvements

Lightroom CC (2015.8) / 6.8 includes ‘under-the-hood’ changes designed to improve the responsiveness of your Lightroom experience.  You should notice improvements in image editing responsiveness when background tasks (such as Preview Generation) are running, moving files between folders, running catalog backups.

Fit/Fill Improvements

You can now zoom to fit and zoom to fill.  Particularly when using ultra high-resolution (i.e. 4K and 5K) monitors, prior versions of Lightroom would not completely fill the Loupe window.

Additional Features

  • Ability to filter or create a Smart Collection for images that have Snapshots associated with them.
  • Export a Collection Set as a new catalog.

New Camera Support in Lightroom CC (2015.8) / 6.8

  • Canon EOS M5
  • Fujifilm X-A3
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Hasselblad X1D
  • Leica TL
  • Nikon D5600
  • Olympus E-M1 Mark II (*)
  • Olympus PEN E-PL8
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500 (DMC-FZ2000 and DMC-FZH1)
  • Pentax K-70
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Sony Alpha a6500 (ILCE­-6500)
  • Sony Alpha a99 II (ILCA-99M2)
  • Sony DSC-RX100 Mark V

* denotes preliminary supportNew Tethered Shooting Support in Lightroom CC (2015.8) / 6.8

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC (2015.8) / 6.8

Mount Name
Apple Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6
Apple Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6 Plus
Apple Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6
Apple Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6 Plus
Apple Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6
Apple Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6 Plus
Apple Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6
Apple Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6 Plus
Apple Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
Apple Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
Apple Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
Apple Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
Apple Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
Apple Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
Apple Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
Apple Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
Canon EF SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM A016
Canon EF SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A016
Canon EF SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM S016
Canon EF TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022E
Canon EF TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022E x1.4
Canon EF TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022E x2.0
Canon EF Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 ZE
Canon EF Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18 ZE
Canon EF Zeiss Milvus 2/135 ZE
Google Pixel (DNG + JPEG)
Google Pixel XL (DNG + JPEG)
Go Pro HERO5 Black (Linear FOV)
Go Pro HERO5 Black (Medium FOV)
Go Pro HERO5 Black (Narrow FOV)
Go Pro HERO5 Black (Wide FOV) (raw + JPEG)
Leica M Leica SUMMARON-M 28mm f/5.6
Nikon F Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED
Nikon F SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM A016
Nikon F SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM A016
Nikon F SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A016
Nikon F SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM S016
Nikon F TAMRON SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022N
Nikon F TAMRON SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022N x1.4
Nikon F TAMRON SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022N x2.0
Nikon F Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 ZF.2
Nikon F Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18 ZF.2
Nikon F Zeiss Milvus 2/135 ZF.2
Ricoh Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Rear Camera (DNG + JPEG)
Samsung Samsung Galaxy S7 Rear Camera (DNG + JPEG)
Sigma SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM A016
Sigma SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A016
Sigma SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM S016

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Lightroom Mobile Android RAW Editing

Lightroom Mobile 2.2 RAW EditingUPDATE: Today only - $30 OFF year subscription to Lightroom and Photoshop CC including LR mobileAdobe has just released a technology preview that allows Android mobile users to directly import RAW files into your mobile device for editing - The list of supported cameras is impressive - most current models- Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony and more. See the complete list of supported cameras  iOS users got this update in July.You will need a USB On-The-Go adapter also called an OTG cable that will allow you to directly connect your camera to your android mobile device. Shop OTG cables at B&H or on Amazon OTG cable. -Those are standard micro USB cables. If you have a USB-C device you will need to purchase a USB-C OTG.   iOS users need the SD card adapter. Why do you need a cable/adapter, don't modern cameras offer WiFi transfer?  Yes! But none of those cameras will transfer RAW files via WiFi.Various OTG CablesPlug the OTG cable into your device and use your standard camera cable to connect to your camera and change to the PTP transfer mode in the Android Notification Center. Then, tap on the notification that indicates “Connected to USB PTP Camera. Tap to view files.” (note - When I connected to my Android LGv10 I did not have to click the notification) You will be presented with an import box. Select the photos you want to import, the collection you want to import the photos into, and tap transfer. Lightroom will transfer the photos and notify you once all of the photos have been imported.
You get all of the benefits of raw, such as the ability to change the white balance, being able to recover blown out highlights, access to the full range of color information, as well as editing an uncompressed file, all using the exact same technology that powers Lightroom on your desktop. An added benefit is that the raw file that you’ve imported into Lightroom for Android will be synced with Lightroom on your other devices, such as Lightroom for desktop or Lightroom on the web, along with any of the edits, star ratings, or flags that you’ve added.Lightroom for Android 2.2 is available now from the Google Play Store.  Will you be editing RAW files on the Go?Do you want to learn Lightroom - I am offering my 6+ hour video course on Lightroom Training for just $18.74 in November!!  More about Lightroom Mobile Editing  

Canon EOS-M5

Canon finally goes seriously mirrorless?Canon EOS M5 screenshot-2016-09-14-21-16-25screenshot-2016-09-14-21-21-17 

Preorder from Amazon or B&H Photo

Body Only $979.99 (Available Nov 30, 2016)  B&H Photo | AmazonM5 with 15-45 Lens $1099 (Available Nov 30, 2016) B&H Photo | AmazonM5 with 18-150 Lens $1479 (available later in December 2016) B&H Photo | AmazonCanon's mirrorless line uses the EF-M mount but offers APS-C sensors, the same size as the 80D and Canon is promising better image quality and low light performance from this camera compared to the 80D.  The AF system is also the same as used by live view in the 80D and borrows the same touch screen but tilt only, not fully articulating like the 80D.  If you want to use EF or EF-S lens you will need their EOS-M to EF/EF-S Adapter which sells for $123.54 - Buy from AmazonThe first camera that comes to mind to compare is Sony a6300 - Selling for $1148 (buy from Amazon) I strongly suspect the a6300 will still offer better low light performance and provides 4K video (EOS M5 offers 1080 at 60P) BUT useability of the Sony is not great, Canon often does a good job with useability and with the touchscreen Canon could offer a very attractive camera that may not provide the BEST image quality but will still provide good enough quality in a very friendly package.  Are you interested? How do you think it will stack up against the a6300?  Scroll down for my little comparison chart

Canon EOS M5 Features

  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100 25600.
  • Fast and smooth Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps you capture stills and shoot video with quick and precise autofocus.
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 7.0 fps (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock) and new DIGIC 7 Image Processor with improved AF tracking performance.
  • Full HD 60p/50p helps capture fast-moving subjects and brilliant results in MP4 format.
  • Digital IS with 5-axis image stabilization* when shooting videos plus increased image stabilization with both lens optical IS and in-camera digital IS when shooting with an IS lens.
  • Built-in high-resolution EVF (approx. 2,360,000 dots) with new Touch and Drag AF lets you manually move the AF frame displayed for more precise focusing in different shooting situations.
  • Intuitive touch screen 3.2 tilt-type (85° up/180° down) LCD monitor (approx. 1,620,000 dots) enables flexible positioning and clear viewing.
  • Easily customize functions while shooting using the Front Dial, Quick Control Dial, Dial Function Button and Exposure Compensation Dial.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos.
  • Equipped with Bluetooth Smart for smooth pairing with a compatible smartphone by powering on both devices for easy photo sharing and remote control possibilities.
  • Shorter camera startup time and interval time between each image capture for a more efficient shooting experience.
  • Compatible with EF-M lenses as well as the full line of EF and EF-S lenses and Speedlites for expanded creativity.
  • Mount Adapter EF-EOS M is required when using EF/EF-S lenses for EOS M series digital cameras.

Sony a6300 vs Canon EOS-M5 (Specs Compared)

Spec Canon EOS M5 Sony a6300
MP 24 24
ISO 100-25,600 100-25,600 +51,200
LCD 3.2" Tilting (180 Down) Touchscreen 3" Tilting
FPS 9fps 11 fps
Video 1080 @ 60p 4K at 30p
Mic Jack Yes Yes
Lens Mount EF-M (browse lenses on B&H) Sony E Mount (browse lenses on B&H)
Price $979 Body Only | $1099 w/ 15-45 Lens $998 Body Only | $1148 w/ 16-50 Lens
Weight 427g | 0.94lb 404g | 0.89lb

Lightroom Mobile Updates Mobile has been updated on Android and iOS - Take a look at the new PRO camera built in that provides shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation and allows DNG(RAW) Capture and editing on your mobile device. Is it as buggy and slow as LRM has been in the past? How does Lightroom Mobile compare to Snapseed? And on iOS you can now edit any RAW file (coming soon with iOS 10 support)SUBSCRIBE for more contentYou can download Lightroom for Android 2.1 here now for free.Lightroom mobile 2.4 is available immediately for iPhone and iPad from the iOS App Store for free.Mobile Photos shot with the new Camera App in Lightroom Mobile 2.1 on Android (DNG Support) 

Lightroom: Guided Transform Tool - Easy fix

There are three ways to straighten horizons and fix leaning buildings in Lightroom.

  1. Use the crop tool to rotate the horizon
  2. Use the level tool to draw a guiding line along your horizon or vertical surface
  3. Use the Guided transform tool to fix both horizontal and vertical lines at the same time - corrects perspective control too.  Options 1 and 2 do not. A recent Lightroom update brought a new panel - The Transform Panel with the powerful Guided Transform feature. Learn the ins and out of using the Lightroom Crop tool and the Transform Panel to fix horizons and straighten leaning buildings BUY MY LIGHTROOM SERIES - Save 20% OFF (LIMITED TIME)Visit 

Random Presets with the Lightroom Preset Creator

featuredSomething a bit different for today is a site by Allen Serhat for random Lightroom presets.

This isn't going to be anything your going to use on a day to day basis for editing. For those starting out though it'll be a nice way to learn and experiment with features that are usually skipped over by those starting out. Something simple as adjusting the tone curve can add drastically different looks to your photo without much work. Using this creator you can make a series of presets to experiment with just that. Unless you magically strike gold your going to end up with a lot of Instagram like filters but this is mainly for learning not editing. You always have the option though of fine tuning your preset and re-saving it if you hit something you like.


Once you've selected your choices and hit create go download your new preset. Then in Lightroom's develop module under presets you can right click and import your preset file. Then it's ready to use. Also you can right click to delete the preset when your finished with it.

IMG_7519For example with HSL you can effect colors globally. In this preset all of the red, yellows, and oranges have been turned a shade of bright red while all the other colors have been heavily muted. This is caused from red's hue being pushed to orange, orange to red, and yellow to orange. Forcing everything to turn red. While in saturation every option bar red, orange, and blue has taken a massive drop leaving the muted color scheme.

As for proper learning about Lightroom sign up to our patreon service for your one stop place to get special perks, behind the scenes postings, after show videos, access the private support group, get our Lightroom preset package, as well as our Lightroom tutorial videos. Alternatively the video and tutorial package is also available with the presets at

Lightroom 2.0 Release for Android

Lightroom 2.0 for Android has been released - Offering some nice improvements.Screenshot_20160222-112018

  • An in-app camera, supporting the capture of images in DNG raw format
  • Shoot-through presets, also available within the in-app camera, enabling previewing and capturing images with a series of built-in presets providing non-destructive editing
  • Dehaze tool to adjust haze and fog in an image
  • Split Toning enhancement, enabling the addition of a color cast to the highlights and shadows of an image, creating a uniquely stylized color image or replicating the look and feel of a traditional toned black and white image
  • Target Adjustment Tool functionality in the Color/B&W editing tool, providing direct, on-image editing controls
  • Point mode in Curve tool providing complete control over the tonality and contrast of an image
  • Enhanced sharing with one-tap access to Adobe Premiere Clip for crafting video stories.

Open on the Play Store to Update Adobe Premiere Clip has also been updated. (my favorite Android video editor)

  • Improved output quality -export at 1080p
  • Support for files larger than 1GB
  • Improved performance and stability - I have already found it to be very stable - more than any other android video editor I have tried.