Lightroom Classic CC Speed Improvements?

Posted February 16th, 2018 by   |  Computers, Photography, Software  |  Permalink
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Adobe Lightroom Classic CC version 7.2

Adobe is listening to their user base about the speed issues in Lightroom and that’s a very good thing. This week, Adobe released a new version of Lightroom Classic CC called version 7.2. During my testing over the last few days, I’ve experienced significant speed improvements in three areas:

1. Panorama merges

2. HDR merges

3. Exporting images

I’m seeing dramatically faster initial previews and somewhat faster final merge times for panoramas and HDR merges. For image exports, I’m seeing a small improvement in speed.

I’m not seeing any speed improvement during other operations such as opening the program, generating previews after import, or developing/processing. However, Adobe has made it clear, through their press releases and interviews, that they are continuing to work on Lightroom speed and we should expect to see enhancements as time goes on.

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Here are the areas Adobe has worked on for this new version of Lightroom Classic CC

To test the claimed speed improvements, I went back to some panorama images I shot last year in Iceland. Each of these pano merges were shot with with anywhere from 5 to 10 images from a Nikon 36MP camera. The initial panorama merge previews only took 20 to 30 seconds, where they would sometimes take multiple minutes in previous versions of the software.

Lightroom’s overall speed is still an issue, but at this point, Lightroom remains as my go-to program for image organization and image development. The fact that Adobe remains committed to improving speed and efficiency in Lightroom is a very good thing since I know there are lots of other software companies nipping at the heels of Adobe … and they are all bringing their A-game.

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Here are six panorama merges I produced with the new Lightroom Classic CC 7.2 version

Version 7.2 also sports a few new software features aimed at organizational improvements. These are relatively small overall workflow improvements, but they will make my time in Lightroom even more efficient. They are:

1. The ability to make quick collections from folders. This improvement allows me to view the entire contents of a folder in the other modules. For example, if I’m making a book, then I can quickly make a folder a collection, and work on that in the book module. Before, I’d have to select all the images in a folder, then make a separate collection. Not a big deal, but the new method is more efficient.

2. The ability to search for folders by name using the new Nested Folder Search bar. This search bar exists over the top of the “Folders” section in Lightroom and allows me to quickly find images by searching for folder names. Cool.

3. New filter search for Edited or Unedited images. This provides one more logical way to find images based on whether or not they have any edited features (tone, contrast, brushes, etc.).





Nikon Firmware Updates for D7200, D500, D750, D810, and WT-7 Released

Posted March 7th, 2017 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink

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Nikon has released firmware updates for four of their cameras and for the WT-7 wireless transmitter. The updates fix a variety of issues related to wireless transmission of images, custom settings, distortion control, histogram displays, and some lingering software bugs.

Nikon D810 Firmware Version 1.12: Download Link

– The WT-7 wireless transmitter is now supported.

– Fixed the following issues:

Multiple exposures were not recorded correctly.

Incorrect histograms would be displayed for some images viewed in the RGB histogram display during playback.

If On was selected for Auto distortion control, distortion would appear at the edges of photos taken with NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine selected for Image quality and Medium selected for JPEG/TIFF recording > Image size.

Photos taken immediately after lenses were exchanged would not be recorded at the correct exposure.

The protect icon did not display correctly.

If On was selected for Auto distortion control, the camera would stop responding when the user attempted to take pictures with NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine selected for Image quality, Small selected for NEF (RAW) recording > Image size, and RAW primary – JPEG secondary selected for Secondary slot function.

Shutter speeds for the electronic front-curtain shutter would sometimes be faster than 1/2000 s.

Pictures would sometimes not be recorded.

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Here’s an overhead shot showing the articulated screen and the smaller LCD panel on the top of the camera.

Nikon D750 Firmware Version 1.11: Download Link

– The WT-7 wireless transmitter is now supported.

– Fixed the following issues:

Incorrect histograms would be displayed for some images viewed in the RGB histogram display during playback.

If On was selected for Auto distortion control, distortion would appear at the edges of photos taken with NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine selected for Image quality and Medium selected for Image size.

The option chosen for Custom Setting f5 (Customize command dials) > Change main/sub in CUSTOM SETTINGS MENU group f (Controls) would not be saved when Save settings was selected for Save/load settings in the SETUP MENU.

Pictures would sometimes not be recorded.

Nikon D500 Firmware Version 1.12: Download Link

– Fixed an issue that resulted in unreliable connections between the camera and the iOS 10.2 version of the SnapBridge app.

Nikon D7200 Firmware Version 1.02: Download Link

– The WT-7 wireless transmitter is now supported.

– Fixed the following issues:

If On was selected for Auto distortion control, distortion would appear at the edges of photos taken with NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine selected for Image quality and Medium selected for Image size.

Pictures would sometimes not be recorded.

Optimal exposure would sometimes not be achieved in photos taken in live view using a lens with electromagnetically controlled aperture (type E and PC-E lenses).

Nikon WT-7 Wireless Transmitter Firmware Version 1.1: Download Link

The D810, D810A, D750, and D7200 are now supported.

HTTP server mode is now available in Turkish.

Fixed an issue that prevented PASV mode connections to certain ftp servers.





Adobe Updates Lightroom CC 2015.5, ACR 9.5, Photoshop CC

Posted March 18th, 2016 by   |  Photography, Software, Uncategorized  |  Permalink

New Updates for Lightroom CC, Camera RAW, Photoshop CC

Adobe just released an update to their imaging software including Lightroom CC 2015.5/6.5, Camera RAW 9.5, and Photoshop CC. There are a quite a few software bug fixes in tehse updates including some significant fixes for tethering, especially with Canon cameras like the 5DM3, 5Ds, 1DsM3.

The bigger news however is Adobe now has support for a bunch of new cameras like the Nikon D5, Nikon D500, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon Rebel T6, Canon EOS 80D and the Sony Alpha a6300. This marks the first time I can remember that Adobe and Nikon/Canon/Sony worked together to allow shooters of these new cameras the capability to process RAW photos before the cameras are released to the public. Kudos Adobe.

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The new interface for Adobe Camera RAW is gray vs. the older white interface.

On the Adobe Camera Raw side, Adobe changed the default color schema in ACR to gray. This better matches other software interfaces and is a welcome change.

Updating Software

To update your software, use the Creative Cloud application/utility from Adobe as shown here.

CreativeCloud-update

Alternatively, you can download the files directly here:

Camera Raw 9.5 direct download for Windows and Mac

DNG Converter 9.5 download for Windows and Mac

 

Lightroom CC Installations

Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Direct download links:  Win | Mac

 

 

Links for more information:

Adobe’s Lightroom Journal http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/

Lightroom CC 2015.5 update http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2016/03/lr-cc-2015-5-now-available.html

Adobe Camera RAW 9.5 update http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2016/03/camera-raw-9-5-now-available.html

 

 

Bugs Fixed in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5

 

New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-CM10
  • Panasonic DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (DMC-ZS110, DMC-TZ100, DMC-TZ101, DMC-TZ110, DMC-TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE-6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4

 

 

 

Bugs Fixed in Camera Raw 9.5

  • Fix crash/hang in Camera Raw and DNG Converter on some Mac systems when saving multiple images.
  • Fix corruption issue that would prevent DNG images originally created by Parrot Bebop Drone devices from being opened after metadata updates.
  • Pressing the Option/Alt key while click-dragging on a perimeter handle of a Radial Filter will adjust only that side of the filter. This change in behavior was made to match Lightroom’s behavior. Previously, Option/Alt-clicking on a Radial Filter in Camera Raw would delete that filter.
  • Camera Raw Filter now displays the histogram and RGB color readouts using the assigned color space of the corresponding Photoshop document. Previously, Camera Raw Filter always displayed its histogram and RGB color readouts using the ProPhoto color space.
  • Improve quality of Boundary Warp for some panoramas.
  • Fix bug where EXIF metadata for SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 ART lens on Canon was incorrectly identified as Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4.

 

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.5

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-CM10
  • Panasonic DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (DMC-ZS110, DMC-TZ100, DMC-TZ101, DMC-TZ110, DMC-TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE-6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4

 

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5 & Camera RAW

Mount Name
Android Huawei Nexus 6P
Android LG Nexus 5X
Canon EF SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM A016
Canon EF-M Bower 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-M Rokinon 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-M Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-M Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Canon EF-M Samyang 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-M Samyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-M Samyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EF-M Samyang 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EF-M Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Fujifilm Bower 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Fujifilm Rokinon 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Fujifilm Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Fujifilm Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Fujifilm Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Fujifilm Samyang 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Fujifilm Samyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Fujifilm Samyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Fujifilm Samyang 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Fujifilm Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Nikon F Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Nikon F Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
Nikon F Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
Nikon F Nikon AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Olympus Bower 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Olympus Bower 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Olympus Rokinon 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Olympus Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Olympus Rokinon 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Olympus Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Olympus Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Olympus Samyang 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Olympus Samyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Olympus Samyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Olympus Samyang 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Olympus Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Olympus SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN C016
Panasonic Bower 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Panasonic Rokinon 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Panasonic Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Panasonic Rokinon 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Panasonic Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Panasonic Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Panasonic Samyang 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Panasonic Samyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Panasonic Samyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Panasonic Samyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Panasonic Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Pentax K HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR
Samsung NX Bower 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Samsung NX Bower 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Samsung NX Rokinon 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Samsung NX Rokinon 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Samsung NX Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Samsung NX Samyang 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Samsung NX Samyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Samsung NX Samyang 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
SIGMA SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM A016
Sony E Bower 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Sony E Rokinon 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Sony E Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Sony E Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Sony E Samyang 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Sony E Samyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Sony E Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Sony E SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN C016
Sony FE Rokinon 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Sony FE Rokinon 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Sony FE Samyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Sony FE Samyang 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Sony FE Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
Sony FE Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

 

 





What the New Nikon D800 Firmware Update Means for Your Photography

Posted May 15th, 2014 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

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Nikon just announced a fairly significant firmware update for the Nikon D800 and D800e cameras. The new firmware will upgrade your Nikon D800/D800e to:
A 1.10
B 1.10
L 1.004

[Click here to download your Nikon D800 firmware update: Nikon Firmware Update]

There are quite a few enhancements and fixes introduced with this new v1.10 firmware update. As usual, Nikon fixed a variety of bugs such as locking up in specific situations and fixing card errors with large capacity memory cards, but they also added a few interesting menu options into the mix. As far as I’m concerned the two most significant updates relate to the autofocus system and the movie record button.

Nikon added a new menu item, custom setting f13, that allows you to add functionality to the movie recording button and use it as another programmable button on the camera. There are three options available for menu f13.

  1. ISO sensitivity.
  2. Choose image area.
  3. Shutter speed and aperture lock.

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For my own photography, I will be programming f13 so that the movie record button activates shutter speed and aperture lock capability. This will allow me to lock shutter speed or aperture in order to prevent myself from mistakenly changing it during a shooting event. This capability has always been available in the menu system, but honestly it’s been a pain to have to go into the menu to activate the option and then exit the menu to keep shooting. Now, you can just push the movie record button and rotate a command dial to lock your shutter speed or aperture. This button will replicate the “L” button that has been on the flagship Nikon digital cameras such as the D2H, D2X, D3, D3s, D4 and D4s.

In the real world you need this capability when shooting sports or studio photography so that your camera settings don’t change in heat of the moment. For example, quite frequently when I’m photographing sports I find myself accidentally rotating a command dial, which then changes my aperture from something like f/2.8 to f/5.6. Being able to lock myself out of mistakenly making that change is a welcome update. Kudos Nikon.

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The next big change to the firmware involves the back button focus capability of camera. If you the type of photographer who uses the AF-ON button to focus, then you already know the benefits of using this method for your photography. With the previous firmware version, if you had set your camera for AF-S (single servo AF) and you had programmed the camera to use AF-ON, then the camera would take the picture whether or not the subject was in focus.

There was a custom settings menu item called a2 that allowed you to set AF-S priority selection. If you chose focus priority, then technically the camera should have prevented you from taking out-of-focus images. On the other hand, if you chose release priority, then the camera will allow you to take photographs if they were in focus or out of focus. One of the times this distinction becomes significant is when you want to create a focus trap. The concept of a focus trap is where you pre-focus on an area where the subject will be, then you wait until the subject comes into the frame while holding down the camera’s shutter release button. The camera will then take the photograph when it detects the subject is in focus.

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Now with the addition of this new firmware, the camera will wait to take photo in AF-S servo mode until the subject is in focus. This is a very subtle but significant change to the programming of the camera and will benefit mostly sports photographers and action photographers. I will have to put together a video in the near future to explain the details around using this function in the field.

There were a few more changes and improvements to the camera operation that came about because of this firmware update, but these two items that I described above are the most significant.

Here’s the entire list of firmware updates.

– Custom Setting f13 has been changed to Assign Movie Record Button.
– With Custom Setting f13 changed to Assign Movie Record Button, Assign MB-D12 AF-ON is now Custom Setting f14.
– Custom Setting f15: Assign Remote Fn Button has been added.

The following functions have been added or renamed when the D800 is used with the Communication Unit UT-1 running firmware Ver. 2.0. A Network (UT-1) option has been added to, and Wireless transmitter has been renamed Wireless transmitter (WT-4) in, the setup menu.

– Function that has been added:

HTTP server mode – Use to view the pictures on the camera memory card, or to take photographs, from the web browser on a computer or iPhone.

– Functions that have been renamed:FTP upload mode (previously Transfer mode (FTP)) – Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to an ftp server.

Image transfer mode (previously Transfer mode (PC)) – Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to a computer.
Camera control mode (previously PC mode) – Use to control the camera from a computer running Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately) and save photos and movies directly to the computer.
Support for the updated version of Communication Unit UT-1 firmware has been added.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To enable support for these functions, Communication Unit UT-1 firmware must be updated to Ver. 2.0 or later, and the Wireless Transmitter Utility must be updated to 1.5.0 or later. When camera firmware is updated, network profiles specified with earlier firmware versions cannot be used. Network profiles must be created again.
– Support for CompactFlash memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB has been added.
– When AF-ON only was selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation) and the AF-ON button was pressed to initiate autofocus during viewfinder photography, focus remained locked even after the user took their finger off the button, and the shutter could be released at any time. However, specifications have been modified so that the shutter cannot be released under the following conditions if the camera fails to focus.Autofocus mode is set to AF-S (single-servo AF)
– AF-area mode is set to Single-point AF
– Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection) is set to Focus
– When values for 12 or 18 lenses were stored with AF fine-tune > Saved value in the setup menu, only some of the lenses for which values had been stored were displayed under List saved values. This issue has been resolved.
– When the live view selector was set to live view photography with Custom Setting g4 (Assign shutter button) set to Record movies, a value for preset manual white balance could not be measured. This issue has been resolved.
– When the built-in flash was set to Commander mode, remote Speedlights sometimes did not fire. This issue has been resolved.
– In some rare cases, the memory card access lamp remained lit for longer than usual, and some time was required before any operations could be performed. This issue has been resolved.





Nikon Releases New Firmware – D600, D800, D800E, D4, D3s, D3x, D3, D7000, D3200

Posted April 2nd, 2013 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

Nikon released a bunch of new firmware updates for many of their cameras today. The firmware updates provide support for the new 800mm f/5.6 as well as improve a variety of things like autofocus, color rendition, miscellaneous errors, and live view functionality. Here are the links to update your camera’s firmware:

D600 Firmware C1.01

D800/D800E Firmware A1.01, B1.02

D4 Firmware A1.05, B1.03

D3s Firmware A1.02, B1.02

D3x Firmware A1.01, B1.02

D3 Firmware A2.03, B2.03

D7000 Firmware A1.03, B1.04

D3200 Firmware C1.01

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Nikon D4 Firmware Updates

Posted January 29th, 2013 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

Nikon has just released new firmware for the D4 camera.

A: 1.04
B: 1.02

Link: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18115

Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date January 29, 2013

Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.

Modifications enabled with firmware, release date November 27, 2012

Focus accuracy when a lens and teleconverter with a combined maximum aperture of f/8 is used has been increased.

Modifications enabled with firmware, release date July 4, 2012

An issue that caused the camera to freeze when attempting to format a memory card (setup menu>Format memory card) while the camera was connected to a network in HTTP server mode has been resolved.
Format memory card can now be added to My Menu.
Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera’s monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
The stability of network connections when the FTP upload option is selected has been increased.
When recording movies using a lens with an aperture ring in [P] or [S] exposure mode, and Aperture ring selected for Custom Setting f10: Customize command dials>Aperture setting, the minimum aperture was applied. This issue has been resolved.
When a still image captured during movie recording with 1920 ×1080; 30 fps; crop, 1920 × 1080; 25 fps; crop, or 1920 × 1080; 24 fps; crop selected for Movie settings>Frame size/frame rate and Live frame grab selected for Custom Setting g4: Assign shutter button was displayed in Capture NX 2 or ViewNX 2, the position of the focus point displayed differed from actual recording position. This issue has been resolved.
Modifications enabled with firmware, release date May 29, 2012

When a still image was captured while viewing existing images in playback mode, the monitor turned off, the memory card access lamp glowed steadily, and, in some rare cases, the camera ceased to respond to operations. This issue has been resolved.
When network functions were used with certain settings applied, RAW images were also transferred when Network > Send file as was set to JPEG only. This issue has been resolved.
When an option that utilized the main command dial was selected for Custom Setting f15: Playback zoom, and an image was zoomed in or out with playback with certain settings applied, shooting shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation settings were sometimes changed. This issue has been resolved.





Nikon Capture NX2.3.1 Released

Posted February 16th, 2012 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink

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Hey D4 and D800/D800E shooters – Nikon Capture NX2.3.1 is now released to enable RAW file compatibility for your new camera. Even if you aren’t buying a D4 or D800/D800E, then I still recommend upgrading for the new D-Lighting improvements and for some of the user interface improvements.

Nikon USA Link: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17660

Nikon Europe Link: https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/51366





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