by Julieanne Kost

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February 12, 2019

This release of Lightroom Classic includes the new Enhanced Details feature, improvements to tethered capture, additional camera raw support, lens profile support, and addresses bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Enhanced Details  is a new approach to one of the most important aspects of raw conversion; demosaicing. The demosaicing process is what converts the information captured by a camera sensor into the photograph that we all see.  Enhanced Details works on images captured using both Bayer and X-Trans sensors in order to improve the rendering of small-scale details and to prevent artifacts such as false colors, moirés, and zippering. On images captured using Bayer sensors (like those on Canon, Nikon and Sony), you will most likely find diagonal lines to be rendered cleaner (less jaggy). On images captured with X-Trans sensors (such as the Fuji X-series) you will most likely find better small-scale and color detail (fewer artifacts). 

When applying Enhanced Details to an image, it is necessary for Lightroom Classic to create a new DNG file in order to contain both the mosaic data and the enhanced RGB data (as a result the new DNG file will be larger than a traditional DNG file). Because Enhanced Details takes time to run (it performs best with a fast GPU), I would suggest applying it on an image-by-image basis starting with images that have visible artifacts and which require the highest level of quality (images that will be printed large format, for example).

To apply Enhanced Details, in either the Library or Develop module, select the photo and choose:

  • Photo > Enhanced Details
  • Use the shortcut Control + Option + I (Mac) | Control + Alt + I (Win)
  • Right -click on  the image(s) and choose Enhanced Details from the context sensitive menu

When a single image is selected, a Preview dialog box is displayed (click and hold to preview with and without Enhance Details applied).  When multiple images are selected, Lightroom Classic will directly start the DNG creation process. Note: All metadata and develop setting will be included in the new file, and it’s name will be automatically appended with “-Enhanced”.

Jagged artifacts are apparent in the diagonal lines in the original image (300% zoom).

Diagonal lines don’t appear nearly as pixelated with Enhanced Details applied (300% zoom).

It has been my experience that Lightroom is already doing an excellent job demosaicing the majority of my images created using the Canon 5Ds and Mark IV, but there have been instances (like in the illustrations above) when I’ve noticed an improvement when applying Enhance Details. I don’t have a camera with an X-Trans sensor, but from the images that I’ve seen in the forums, I have a feeling that those customers will be very happy with the improvements that Enhance Details offers them.

Three important notes: 

  • Enhance Details requires macOS 10.13 (or later) or, Windows 10 (Oct 2018 Release). 
  • Enhanced Details can not be applied to JPEGs, TIFFs, HEICs, or Smart Previews.
  • Enhanced Details can not be applied to DNG files saved with Lossy Compression, DNG files’s saved with 1.1 compatibility, or Linear DNG files such as DNG files created using Photo > Photo Merge (HDR, Panorama, or HDR Panorama). Enhance Details can be used on the individual exposures and then merged together.  

Click here for more information on Enhanced Details.

Tethered Capture — has also been improved in this release. There is now a single, unified the Tethered Capture menu and, for most Nikon and Canon cameras, it is now  possible to control the camera setting (Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO). The performance has also been improved – images should display more quickly in Loupe view and, a “Disable Auto Advance” feature is available in the Tether settings window. Click here for more information on tethered shooting in Lightroom Classic. 

Enjoy!

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