Archive for April, 2013

Lr 5 beta resources

This is a list of various resources dedicated to educating photographers about Lightroom 5 public beta.  Please submit additional content through the comment field and I’ll add them to the list.  Adobe maintains an official YouTube channel that provides information about Lightroom 5 public beta but it’s often helpful to review other resources for a different perspective.

 

Lightroom 5 Beta Now Available!

The Lightroom team is proud to introduce the fifth major version of the product designed for and by photographers. It was 7 years ago when we introduced the very first public beta of Lightroom at MacWorld on January 9, 2006. Since 2006 we’ve been hard at work improving an application that’s intended to be as easy to use as it is powerful.  This release builds on the image quality improvements in Lightroom 4 to provide a truly complete workflow and imaging solution.  We keep hearing from customers that they love Lightroom but needed to leave Lightroom to complete X, Y, or Z.  Lightroom 5 beta solves those issues.

Lightroom 5 Beta Splash Screen

Download the beta 

Talk about the beta 

Learn about the beta 

IMPORTANT NOTES, PLEASE READ

Primary Known Issues

  • Lightroom 5 beta is not complete but please provide feedback on the available enhancements.
  • Lightroom 5 beta will not upgrade Lightroom 1.x, Lightroom 2.x, Lightroom 3.x, or Lightroom 4.x catalogs. The beta is intended to be used for testing and feedback purposes. Lightroom 1.x, 2.x, 3.x , 4.x and 5 beta libraries will be able to be migrated to the finished version of Lightroom 5.
  • While data loss is not expected, this is an early ‘beta’ quality build and you should always work on duplicates of files that are securely backed up.
  • Lightroom 5 beta will not overwrite or interfere with a machine that currently has Lightroom 1, Lightroom 2, Lightroom 3, or Lightroom 4 installed.
  • Develop settings applied in Lightroom 5 beta are not guaranteed to transfer correctly to the final version of Lightroom 5
  • The Lightroom 5 beta will expire after Lightroom 5.0 is available
  • Additional known issues are listed below.

Minimum system requirements

Windows®

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor*
  • DirectX 10–capable or later graphics card
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services†

* Dual-core processor recommended for HD or AVCHD video functionality.

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7 or v10.8
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services†

Install Lightroom 5 beta

Download the beta 

Mac
1. Download Lightroom 5 beta from labs.adobe.com
2. Unzip the download, open the disk image, and double-click the Lightroom Beta 5 package in the resulting window.  Follow the on-screen instructions

Windows 7, Windows 8
1. Download Lightroom 5 beta from labs.adobe.com
2. Unzip the download, open the disk image, and double-click the Lightroom Beta 5 package in the resulting window.  Follow the on-screen instructions.

Serial Numbers

Anyone can download and work with the Lightroom 5 beta for the duration of the beta program. There is no serial number requirement.

Supported File Formats

  • JPEG
  • TIFF (8 bit, 16 bit)
  • PSD (8 bit, 16 bit)
  • PNG
  • DNG
  • Raw (Please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html for a full list of raw file support. File support for Lightroom 5 beta, aligns with Lightroom 4.4 and Camera Raw 7.4)

Important File Format Support Exceptions (Formats not supported)

• PSD files saved without a composite image. (Saved without “Maximize Compatibility” setting)
• Files with dimensions greater than 65,000 pixels per side

High Level Summary of What’s New

  • Advanced Healing Brush
  • Upright
  • Radial Gradient
  • Smart Previews
  • Improved Photo Book Creation
  • Slideshows with Videos and Still Images

Lightroom 5 beta Enhancements

Advanced Healing Brush
Lightroom 2 added the ability to quickly remove spots and imperfections from your images.  Photographers could only heal circular areas, but many unwanted elements in photographs have irregular shapes. In Lightroom 5 beta we’ve overhauled the Spot Removal algorithm.

With the Advanced Healing Brush, photographers can now adjust the size of the brush and move it in precise paths, so unwanted objects and flaws—even those with irregular shapes like threads—just disappear. Lightroom 5 even let’s portrait photographers achieve subtle, natural looking results when they smooth wrinkles or fix blemishes on their subjects.

Advanced Healing Brush

Upright

There are many things that can come between a photographer and the perfect photo. Not holding a camera straight, or taking a picture from an odd perspective or with the wrong lens, can cause a subject to appear tilted or askew when imported into the Lightroom catalog and viewed on a computer screen. Correcting such images often requires a number of separate adjustments. A photographer might rotate an image, adjust it vertically and horizontally, and change its aspect and perspective. Finding the optimal combination of these settings often relies on a time-consuming trial and error approach.

Lightroom 5 extends the range of image enhancements available to photographers with Upright. The new Upright tool gives photographers four easy methods to straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal and vertical lines, even straightening shots where the horizon is hidden.

Upright

Radial Filter

Busy backgrounds or bright colors can distract viewers from the focal point of an image. Photographers may try to reduce the distraction by cropping an image, but this can result in the loss of interesting detail and balance. Another approach to focusing the viewer’s attention is to create a vignette effect, but this only works if a subject is in the center of an image.

The Radial Gradient tool in Lightroom 5 now offers photographers more flexibility and control in how they guide a viewer’s eye to emphasize the important parts of an image. Using this tool, photographers can create off-center vignette effects or multiple vignette areas in a single image. This local adjustment control lets photographers minimize distractions and focus a viewer’s attention exactly where it should be.

Radial Filter

Smart Previews

Photographers need flexibility, and new solid state drives and ultra-light laptops let them work from anywhere. However, the limited storage capacity of these devices restricts access to complete image libraries and original raw files, which are often stored on detachable storage devices or desktop computers. Inability to access to the files they need impacts their ability to edit and share high-quality images while on the go.

New Smart Previews in Lightroom 5 let photographers easily work with images without bringing their entire library with them. They just generate smaller, stand-in files called Smart Previews and leave the originals back at the studio. Photographers can make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and apply their changes to the fullsize originals later when they reconnect to the device holding the original files, all nondestructively, of course.

For many photographers, generating Smart Previews as they import their images gives them the freedom to disconnect from their storage device at any time, leave the originals at home or in the studio, and edit the Smart Previews from wherever they are. Building Smart Previews while importing is easy, just check the Build Smart Previews checkbox within the File Handling panel in the Import dialog box.

Improved Photo Book Creation

In Lightroom 4, Adobe introduced a robust Photo Book creation workflow. The Book Module makes it easy for photographers to create beautiful, custom books for clients, friends, or for their own personal enjoyment. The Book module provides everything photographers need to create a Photo Book and export it to a PDF for online viewing or directly upload it to the online printing site, Blurb.

Now Lightroom 5 lets photographers customize Photo Books more than ever, with a variety of easy-to-use book templates that you can now edit to create a customized look. Photographers can add page numbers, individual photo captions, and page captions.

Slideshows with Videos and Still Images

Lightroom 4 provided photographers tools to do more with video clips—from organizing, viewing, and making adjustments and edits to playing and trimming clips and extracting still images from video footage. With Lightroom 5 photographers can now easily combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD video slideshows that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.

Lightroom 5 Additional Features and JDIs

  • PNG file support
  • True Full Screen Mode
  • Configurable grid overlays
  • Additional search criteria for filters and smart collections
  • Lock zoom position preference settings
  • Direction field in EXIF metadata panel
  • “Set as Target Collection” checkbox in Create Collections dialogue
  • Integrity verification of DNG files
  • LAB color readout
  • Aspect slider added to the Manual tab in the Lens Correction panel
  • Persistent clipping indicators between Lightroom sessions
  • Crop overlay aspect ratios
  • Visual indicator of Favorite book pages
  • Transparent buttons for improved Text creation in Books

Additional Known Issues

General

  • Localization is still in progress. The UI for all new features has not been translated to non-English languages.
  • Offline photos can go missing from Lightroom when moving folder of images to a different volume.

Book Module

  • Make sure to review your book carefully before printing. In particular, please avoid using the ‘Creative’ templates in this build due to a issue where the borders will not be printed.

Develop

  • Clipping Indicators turn on automatically with each new session

Smart Previews

  • Please build Smart Previews in batches of 1000 images or less.

Slideshow

  • The audio of trimmed video keeps playing even if the video slides is passed
  • The exported slideshow video does not applied the develop presets
  • Occasionally the exported slideshow video cannot be played
  • Stroke border draws incorrectly during transitions between slides.
  • Occasionally the slideshow will not allow you to stop playback.  In this case, please Force Quit Lightroom 5 beta.
  • Most of the keyboard shortcuts will be disabled during slideshow playing in the preview/full screen mode.
  • Quick Develop Adjustments will not be applied to exported video clips as part of Video Slideshows

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 support in Lightroom 4.4

Lightroom 4.4 has full raw support for the recently released Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6.  If you are currently on Lightroom 4.4, there’s no further action required, it’ll just work with your new DMC-GF6.

Lightroom 4 customers can update their version to 4.4 using the Update Mechanism within Lightroom.

Camera Raw 7.4 and DNG Converter 7.4 Now Available

Camera Raw 7.4 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6.  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Camera Raw.  Customers of previous versions of Photoshop can utilize DNG Converter 7.4 for raw file support for newly added cameras.

Changes to Existing Camera Support:

Camera Raw 7.4  includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor. This specifically impacts the following cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-Pro1 (*)
  • Fujifilm X-E1 (*)
  • Fujifilm X100S
  • Fujifilm X20

(*) Based on user feedback, the default sharpening amount applied to Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Fujifilm X-E1 raw files has been increased between Camera Raw 7.4 Release Candidate and the final Camera Raw 7.4 release.

Camera Raw 7.4 includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the EXR sensor. This correction applies only to raw images captured using the “EXR HR” mode with the following cameras:

  • Fujifilm X10
  • Fujifilm XF1
  • Fujifilm X-S1
  • Fujifilm S200EXR
  • Fujifilm HS20EXR
  • Fujifilm HS30EXR
  • Fujifilm F550EXR
  • Fujifilm F600EXR
  • Fujifilm F770EXR
  • Fujifilm F800EXR

Adjusted Nikon default white balance for the following camera models:

  • NikonD2X
  • NikonD2Xs
  • NikonD2Hs
  • NikonD200
  • NikonD40
  • NikonD50
  • NikonD80

- Fix default aspect ratio support for Fujifilm X-E1 raw files.

Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 7.4:

The following bugs that were part the Camera Raw 7 releases have been corrected. The team appreciates the very detailed feedback the community has provided on Camera Raw 7 and we’re excited to correct a number of issues experienced by our customers. These issues have been FIXED:

  • Improve interactive performance at intermediate zoom levels (e.g., 33% and 66%).
  • Remove strong color cast when converting images to grayscale.
  • Rendering of floating-point HDR images with unexpected embedded ICC profiles (non-linear gamma).
  • Ensure that local adjustments are synced properly when copying & pasting settings in Bridge.
  • Prevent point curve adjustments from disappearing off the top and bottom when using the arrow keys to adjust curve points.
  • Square tile artifacts while painting with local adjustment brush.
  • Grid overlay artifacts in Lens Correction panel when adjusting crop rectangle.
  • Shortcut (control-click, right-click) to adjust local adjustment brush size and feather size.
  • Local adjustment redrawing incorrectly after selecting a pin.
  • Redraw error with the noise reduction option-drag visualization.
  • Redraw error when local adjustment mouse over rollover mask, etc.
  • Crash when adding a custom input/output values in per-channel RGB point curves.
  • Color casts when using the Camera Calibration saturation sliders.
  • Line artifacts when processing floating-point images with a rotated crop.
  • Crash when using the local adjustment brush. This only occurs on images with a large number of local adjustments and on a system with limited RAM.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 7.4:

  1. Canon EOS 1D C
  2. Canon EOS 100D (Digital Rebel SL1 / EOS Kiss Digital X7)
  3. Canon EOS 700D (Digital Rebel T5i / EOS Kiss Digital X7i)
  4. Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  5. Casio Exilim EX-ZR710
  6. Casio Exilim EX-ZR750
  7. Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR
  8. Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR
  9. Fujifilm FinePix SL1000
  10. Fujifilm X100s
  11. Fujifilm X20
  12. Hasselblad H5D-40
  13. Hasselblad H5D-50
  14. Hasselblad Lunar
  15. LEICA M (Typ 240)
  16. Nikon 1 J3
  17. Nikon 1 S1
  18. Nikon D7100
  19. Nikon Coolpix A
  20. Nikon Coolpix P330 (**)
  21. Olympus XZ-10
  22. Pentax MX-1
  23. Samsung NX300
  24. Sony Alpha NEX-3N
  25. Sony Alpha SLT-A58

** denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 7.4:

Lens Name Lens Mount
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Canon
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Canon
SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 Canon
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 Canon
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Nikon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Nikon
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 Nikon
TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A009N Nikon
TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Nikon
F004N Nikon
SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM Pentax
SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 Sigma
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 Sigma
SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM Sony
SIGMA APO MACRO 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Sony
Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS Sony
TAMRON SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di USD A007S Sony

Download Links

Camera Raw 7.4 – Please use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6

DNG Converter 7.4 - WindowsMac

Lightroom 4.4 Now Available

Lightroom 4.4 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 4.  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Changes to Existing Camera Support:

Lightroom 4.4  includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor. This specifically impacts the following cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-Pro1 (*)
  • Fujifilm X-E1 (*)
  • Fujifilm X100S
  • Fujifilm X20

(*) Based on user feedback, the default sharpening amount applied to Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Fujifilm X-E1 raw files has been increased between Lightroom 4.4 Release Candidate and the final Lightroom 4.4 release. 

Lightroom 4.4 includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the EXR sensor. This correction applies only to raw images captured using the “EXR HR” mode with the following cameras:

  • Fujifilm X10
  • Fujifilm XF1
  • Fujifilm X-S1
  • Fujifilm S200EXR
  • Fujifilm HS20EXR
  • Fujifilm HS30EXR
  • Fujifilm F550EXR
  • Fujifilm F600EXR
  • Fujifilm F770EXR
  • Fujifilm F800EXR

Adjusted Nikon default white balance for the following camera models:

  • NikonD2X
  • NikonD2Xs
  • NikonD2Hs
  • NikonD200
  • NikonD40
  • NikonD50
  • NikonD80

- Fix default aspect ratio support for Fujifilm X-E1 raw files.

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 4.4:

The following bugs that were part the Lightroom 4 releases have been corrected. The team appreciates the very detailed feedback the community has provided on Lightroom 4 and we’re excited to correct a number of issues experienced by our customers. These issues have been FIXED:

  • The crop overlay tool resized incorrectly when used in conjunction with the “Constrain to Crop” checkbox in the Lens Correction panel.
  • Background graphics were not correctly rendered within the Book Module.
  • Reading metadata from file would sometimes result in keyword and and GPS metadata to not save for video files.
  • Updated the “Missing File Icon” for HiDPI / Retina displays
  • The supplied lens profile for the Sony RX-1 did not contain vignette information.
  • Preview in Develop Module was not updated with the latest adjustments.
  • Square tile artifacts while painting with brush.
  • Previews of photos in portrait orientation were blurry when viewed in the filmstrip in the Develop module. (Mac only).
  • Image in Book Disappears After Changing Modules.
  • Error changing modules when in Slideshow with second monitor connected.
  • Stack badges displayed the wrong count when creating new stack that included a preexisting stack.
  • Local Adjustment Effect (Brushed Adjustment) Disappears (temporarily) After Selecting a Pin (Win only).
  • Book changes are not saved after switching between modules.
  • The Filter scrollbar within the Library module was not rendering properly.
  • Auto-tone was not working properly when used in conjunction with the Exposure adjustment slider. (Win only)
  • The Black&White button was not creating a History state within the Develop module. (Win only)
  • When switching from image to image, remnants of previous image visible on fringes of new photo. This occurred on Retina screens only.
  • RGB color readouts were specified in the Adobe RGB colorspace rather than the ProPhoto linear colorspace. This occurred when working in Soft Proofing within the Develop module.
  • Horizontal artifacts would occassionally appear in DNG files.
  • Adding a page behaved inconsistently in the Book module depending on the method used to add a page.
  • The state of the “Remove Chromatic Aberrations” checkbox within the Lens Correction was not persistent between sessions of Lightroom.
  • Cannot add contacts from Address Book to email on Mac.
  • Sliders can no longer be moved on Win by using mouse wheel.

New Camera Support in Lightroom 4.4:

  1. Canon EOS 1D C 
  2. Canon EOS 100D (Digital Rebel SL1 / EOS Kiss Digital X7)
  3. Canon EOS 700D (Digital Rebel T5i / EOS Kiss Digital X7i)
  4. Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  5. Casio Exilim EX-ZR710
  6. Casio Exilim EX-ZR750
  7. Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR
  8. Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR
  9. Fujifilm FinePix SL1000
  10. Fujifilm X100s
  11. Fujifilm X20
  12. Hasselblad H5D-40
  13. Hasselblad H5D-50
  14. Hasselblad Lunar
  15. LEICA M (Typ 240)
  16. Nikon 1 J3
  17. Nikon 1 S1
  18. Nikon D7100
  19. Nikon Coolpix A
  20. Nikon Coolpix P330 (**)
  21. Olympus XZ-10
  22. Pentax MX-1
  23. Samsung NX300
  24. Sony Alpha NEX-3N
  25. Sony Alpha SLT-A58

* denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 4.4:

Lens Name Lens Mount
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Canon
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Canon
SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 Canon
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 Canon
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Nikon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Nikon
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 Nikon
TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A009N Nikon
TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Nikon
F004N Nikon
SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM Pentax
SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 Sigma
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 Sigma
SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM Sony
SIGMA APO MACRO 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Sony
Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS Sony
TAMRON SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di USD A007S Sony

Download Links

WindowsMac

Thank You

A big thanks to everyone who submitted bug reports, posted entries in the U2U forums and blogged their issues so that we could improve the Lightroom 4 experience in this update. Thank you.