Monday, 9 April 2018

Latest Adobe Lightroom Update

Many thanks to Ken Wigfield for the following info and explanation

Lightroom Update, Tuesday 3rd April 2018: 
Adobe continues to release updates every two months (it used to be three-monthly).  Today Lightroom Classic CC, along with Lightroom CC desktop and Lightroom Mobile, received significant feature enhancements, support for new cameras and new lens and the usual bug fixes.
Most significantly, Adobe has introduced powerful new ‘Profiles’ into all those applications. These Profiles provide a starting point for your images in terms of colour and tonality.
Few of us use or are even aware of camera Profiles.  They’ve been available for application to RAW photos for years.  They lodge way down in the Camera Calibration panel in the bottom right of Lightroom Classic’s Develop module. In addition to the Adobe Standard Profile (the default Profile used to open all images in Lightroom) there have been Profiles that mimic your camera’s picture modes.  In general, quite limited.
Adobe has now expanded (to 6) the set of Profiles specifically for RAW files as well as introducing over 40 creative Profiles for many image file types (JPEG, TIFF, etc.).  More usefully, Profile selection has moved up to the top of the Basic panel to encourage their use at the beginning of one’s workflow.  Incidentally, Dehaze has also, helpfully, moved up into the Basic panel.

Profiles?  What Profiles?
The two most obvious questions for many will be “what are Profiles?”  and “why have Profiles when we already have Presets?”.
Profiles are intended to be one of the simplest starts to your image workflow.  You open up your image, you open up the Profiles section and run your cursor over those shown to see if you like the effect that could be applied; if you like it, click on it and you’ve got it.  “Adobe Colour” replaces Adobe Standard as the default Profile.  Some are designed for specific purposes – such as Adobe Portrait (to optimise skin tones), Adobe Landscape (slightly ups the saturation), Adobe Monochrome (for a range of black-and-white), etc.
Presets (on the left side of the Lightroom screen) apply an effect that has been generated by Adobe, or by you, or by some third-party.  Now that sounds remarkably similar to Profiles and in terms of the effect on the image they can be virtually identical.
The BIG difference, however, is the impact they have on your workflow.  When you apply a Profile it does not change the sliders in any of the Development panels.  That’s not the case with Presets.  So, when you apply a Preset you change all the earlier set up work you’ve done.  Adding a Profile doesn’t do that.  It can be added to or taken out of your workflow at any time leaving all your other adjustments intact.
I’ve not tried Profiles yet but the idea sounds pretty good.  Applying one Profile to an image at the beginning of your work could well be all you need to achieve the results you want.

Updating
If you are a Lightroom Classic CC subscriber go to Help>Updates and in the Creative Cloud application, click on Update next to “Lightroom Classic CC” (NOT Lightroom CC).  If the update is not listed in the CC app, click on the three dots in the top right and choose Check for App Updates.

It’s a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalogue before updating. If the Backup prompt doesn’t show when you close Lightroom, then in the menu bar in the top left of Lightroom go to Edit (PC) or Lightroom (Mac) then Catalogue Settings.  On the General tab, change the Backup frequency dropdown to “When Lightroom Next Exits”. Then close Lightroom and click the Backup button to backup your catalogue. (The backup frequency will then revert to the selection you had previously.  Better still, choose “Every time Lightroom exits” to have the option each time you close)

Note that there is no update to, and there will not be any more updates to, the non-subscription Lightroom 6 application – the last update was Lightroom 6.14, released in December 2017.

Ken Wigfield
Wednesday, 4th April 2018