Adobe – Creative Cloud Photography update

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Within the Creative Cloud Photography update, there are many components for the Photographer that have been updated, including Lightroom. This blog post will outline the majority of new features, and will be followed up with deep dives on specific items at a future date.
Lightroom has got some great new updates that include inbuilt HDR and Panoramic stitching, but also the ability to create HDR Panoramic’s. There are also great new ways to publish your work and create engaging stories, by integrating your Lightroom Mobile catalog with Adobe Slate and Adobe Voice.
Adobe Slate and Adobe Voice have been designed to enable you to create your stories on the go. Adobe Slate integrates directly into Lightroom web or from the mobile apps on your mobile device. On your mobile devices, both apps link with your Lightroom mobile collections and Creative Cloud folders and assets.
64 Bit Support
Lightroom now has a minimum requirement of 64bit Operating systems for both Windows and Mac.
GPU Suport
Lightroom is now able to utilise the power of the Graphics processor (GPU) within the development module. This not only means that images will load much faster, but Lightroom will be much quicker when editing in development process. This support will enable newer computers, as well as older computers to get a performance boost ,(higher resolution (4K and 5K screens) will notice an improvement in performance as well)
HDR
Working with the community we have heard that Photographers are using HDR techniques more and more, but there is a requirement for a more integrated solution. Lightroom now supports HDR as a dedicated feature, and on output creates a new 32 bit RAW DNG file, supporting over 30stops of tonal range. This means that now for the first time ever you can use HDR created images in RAW space and all of the Lightroom Development sliders will be able to work on this data. Also, the DNG HDR file will be created in the background, so you are able to carry on working whilst it is being created.
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Panoramic’s
The ability to create Panoramic’s is another feature that Photographers like to create. Similar to the HDR feature, the Creative Cloud Photography update includes creation of DNG RAW Panoramic’s. During the creation process Lightroom keeps all of the lens and camera meta data information from all the images (so things like Lightroom Upright as well as Photoshop’s adaptive wide angle technology can play well with the output and correct any distortion).
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Adobe DNG RAW Support for Google devices
Adobe has been working with Google and as of the Lollipop Android update, will now support the Adobe DNG (Open Raw format). This essentially means that a mobile first RAW file workflow is here, enabling photographers to capture RAW data from within the Phone or tablet device and take full usage of the RAW data directly within Lightroom.
Is this the first time you have heard of the DNG format ? If so, what is it?
The DNG open RAW format was introduced by Adobe to offer a publicly documented version of the RAW format, as opposed to a closed propriety format (like CR2, NEF, OLY or RAF etc). The format is in use today, and companies like Leica, Pentax as well as others) and now Google have adopted this as a native camera format. The benefits for the photographer are significant. Both Lightroom and Camera RAW support DNG out of the box. This means that a DNG files can be opened with Lightroom (both current and past) without having to convert them. This means that if a camera manufacturer supports the DNG format (like Leica, etc), Lightroom will be able to open the RAW file without the need to wait for updates to Lightroom for for Adobe to support the file format. 
Converting a propriety RAW format to DNG. 
Some photographers have adopted the DNG format was part of their workflow. As already explained above, Lightroom can import DNG formats, it can also export DNG formats (which can also embed the original RAW file), but also Adobe provides the Adobe DNG format convertor (which is a free download for Windows and Mac) and is able to convert supported propriety files to the DNG format. 
 
HDR Panoramic’s
One of my favourite features in this update, is the ability to created RAW HDR files and then create Panoramic’s from them. For the first time ever, you can now create a Panoramic’s based on HDR Raw DNG files direct within Lightroom. To explain how this works, let’s look at the following example.
In the example below, the pictures were taken with a 1 stop bracket exposure. This means that the far left picture is one stop under the meter reading in the camera, the next is the metered reading and the third is one stop over the meter reading. The last image is a Lightroom HDR blend of the first three.
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This step is performed for the next 4 set of exposure brackets and will create 4 HDR images that are reading for turning into a panoramic.
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A total of 5 HDR images are now ready for turning into the panoramic. By Selecting the HDR images and choosing to create Panoramic will present the Panoramic screen and output the combined file.
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This DNG RAW panoramic is over 8500 pixels on the long edge. Having the Development module utilising the Graphics Processor, means that Lightroom won’t hang about when the image is zoomed into or worked on.
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Filter Brush
One area that Photographers have been enjoying is the new Filter Brush which was included in Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw as part of the Creative Cloud updates. This is a highly useful feature is now available in Lightroom and enables filters such as the Gradient filter and Radial filter to have areas of the mask refined to suit the image in hand.
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Face Recognition
This update to Lightroom also includes the highly anticipated Face Recognition, and the ability to easily and efficiently recognise and tag faces within your catalog. As Lightroom has got some amazing performance improvements to the Development module, the new performance isn’t inhibited by this feature. Face Recognition has been implemented in a way that once turned on will work in the background and while the computer is idle.
Face recognition is enabled in the Lightroom catalog settings
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, when this is turned on, it will allow Lightroom to search in different ways :-
  • When images are imported into Lightroom, they will be automatically indexed into the People database.
  • When Lightroom is parked in the library grid mode, faces through your whole catalog will be indexed
  • When Lightroom is within the People module for a folder, faces will be index within this folder
Once indexing has been performed, the faces for both unnamed and named will appear in the People mode.
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Slide Show
Slide has received the ability to include multiple music tracks (up to 10) into the slide show, but also the ability to dynamically tune the slideshow to the speed of the music.
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Touch
Adobe is always innovating and supporting technology which creative people enjoy using. This release of Lightroom supports Windows touch devices and now supports the Wacom Companion as well as the Microsoft surface touch mode. Lightroom’s touch interface is available just above the film strip at the bottom of the screen to the far left hand side. Changing to the Lightroom touch interface will allow you to work more intuitively on these devices. You can now work on the majority of the Development features all within the Lightroom regular interface, or move Lightroom into the new touch interface.
 
Lightroom mobile on Android Tablet
Lightroom mobile has been available on the Creative Cloud for quite a while now and unlike Lightroom for the desktop has seen a variety of updates being delivered thought out the year, via the Creative Cloud. Lightroom for Android phones can out a short while ago, and now as of this update for Creative Cloud users, now supports Android Tablet.
Adobe Slate
Adobe Slate is a new type of App for the iPad which allows any Creative Cloud user to make visual stories quickly. Adobe Slate has integration to Lightroom mobile collections, as well as your assets on the Creative Cloud storage space.
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To see the Adobe Slate project, please click on the following image.
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Adobe Voice
Adobe Voice is an app that enables you to make a visual animated video. Adobe voice also has links to your Lightroom mobile catalog, as well as the Creative Cloud storage area.
Pet Eye
If you have animals and are taking photos of them with a flash, then you are probably experiencing the pet red eye, which cannot be easily removed using the standard human read eye reduction. This version of Lightroom now brings the Photoshop Elements Pet Eye removal feature into the fold.
 
Import Directly into Collections (Including tethering)
 
Throughout my travels, I see Photographers using Collections in many different ways. This might be to just automatically organise their images based on metadata or Keywords from the camera using Smart Collections. For example, I know photographers that will use a Smart collection to help with their star rankings (i.e. One star is ok, Two stars are good (good B roll supporting imagery for a story perhaps), and Three for outstanding ‘A’ class work).
Photographers have also been using simple collections to manually organise their images, possible into a Blurb book (images in a collection can be manually re-ordered), unlike in a standard folder. Or maybe using a collection as a Target collection, and adding selected images into using the ‘B’ key.
Collections are also at the heart of Lightroom mobile. Once a Lightroom catalog has been enabled for sync with Lightroom mobile, a collection can be marked for sync. This essentially means that images inside this collection will be synced to Lightroom on the Web as well as into Lightroom on the mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android Phone and now Android tablet). Lightroom collections are a great way to collaborate on your images with other photographers, or with your clients for feedback and review.
Now with this update to Lightroom, adding to collections in different ways has been added :-
  • Import direct into a Collection
  • Tether into a collection
 
 
Lightroom for mobile
GPS Support into Desktop
When images are imported from a Lightroom Mobile catalog taken with the device, images with GPS data are brought across for reference in Lightroom on the desktop and representation on the map.
 
 
 
CMYK Soft proofing support
Lightroom soft proofing under the Development mode now has the ability to soft proof for CMYK profiles. These profiles are also available in the printer ICC profile configuration under the Print module.
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Profile selector
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New MetaData filtering options?
There is now the option to set up a custom order as well as sort by last reviewed comments on Lightroom mobile enabled collections on this dialog on
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New Camera and Lens support

All the new camera support that’s been added for Lightroom 6.0 so far :-

  • 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)

Lens Correction Support

All the new lens correction profiles that have been added for Lightroom 6.0 so far:

  • Canon EF
  • Canon EF 24-­‐85mm f3.5-­‐4.5 USM
  • Canon EF 100-­‐400mm f/4.5-­‐5.6L IS II USM
  • TAMRON SP 15-­‐30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012E
  • Canon EF 8-­‐15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
  • Canon EF 11-­‐24mm f/4L USM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
  • Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
  • SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
  • Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-­‐Macro Lens   

DJI

  • DJI Inspire 1FC350

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 o Voigtlander LTM 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar o 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 F

  • 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
  • Voigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-­‐Skopar Aspherical o Voigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-­‐Skopar Aspherical o Voigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton
  • Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
  • Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-­‐Macro Lens

Pentax

  • SIGMA 18-­‐200mm F3.5-­‐6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
  • Pentax K
  • Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-­‐Macro Lens

SIGMA

  • dp1 Quattro* o dp2 Quattro* o dp3 Quattro*
  • 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
  • ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 Pro
  • Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
  • Sony FE 28mm F2 + Fisheye Converter
  • Sony FE 28mm F2 + Ultra Wide Converter o Sony FE 35mm F1.4 ZA

Yuneec

  •  CGO2gb

Tether Support

All the new tether support that’s been added for Lightroom :

  • Canon 7D Mark II
  • Nikon D750
System Requirements
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Lightroom
Will still be available as a perpetual version at your local retailer.
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