Adobe released a new version of Lightroom today for the Creative Cloud and stand-alone versions. Lightroom CC 2015.4 and Lightroom 6.4 address a number of bugs while also updating the software for new cameras and lenses.
As far as I’m concerned though, the two most important things about this release are the Boundary Warp feature in Lightroom CC and the ability to tether Nikon cameras for photographers using the newest Mac OSX 10.11 (El Capitan).
Here’s the link to the press release at the Adobe website: Lightroom CC 2015.4 Press Release
Boundary warp is a brand-new feature available in the Lightroom CC version aimed at improving panorama merging. It is designed to warp the corners and edges of the panorama so you don’t lose those areas of the image.
This slider works exceptionally well when merging photos taken with extreme wide-angle lenses. You don’t typically get much distortion with focal lengths of 50mm or longer, but you get quite a bit with 14mm and 20mm lenses. Boundary Warp helps solve this problem in a very easy-to-use interface.
Check out this video I created to help further explain the tool.
YouTube Link: Boundary Warp (https://youtu.be/2yt-A6OoZuc)
Another great fix with this release of Lightroom CC/6 is the ability to tether Nikon cameras in Mac OSX 10.11 (El Capitan). Finally!
Unfortunately, operating system updates can be very troublesome for us photographers. We heavily rely on software for our businesses, so any hiccup in the operation of our computers is a major deal. The most recent update to the Macintosh operating system, El Capitan, broke the ability of Lightroom CC/6 to tether with Nikon cameras.
For me, that was a deal breaker to upgrading to El Capitan since I use Lightroom tethering for my portrait and commercial work. Tethering really helps when shooting with clients on set as it allows them to immediately collaborate on images.
The newest version of Lightroom CC/6 now fixes the tethering issue for us Nikon shooters and represents my last obstacle to upgrading my Mac to El Capitan.
– SIGMA 50mm f1.4 ART lens was incorrectly identified as Zeiss Milvus 50mm f1.4
– Import from iPhoto would result in all photos receiving a “pick” flag
– Comments from Lightroom web come in to Lightroom on the desktop as already “read.”
– Lightroom would not display the correct EXIF metadata for some video files generated by Canon, Fuji and Panasonic cameras
– Vertical panoramas created using Merge could appear with the wrong orientation
– The video cache did not respect the maximum size specified in the preferences
– Fujifilm X70
– Fujifilm X-E2S
– Fujifilm X-Pro2
– Leica M (Typ 262)
– Leica X-U (Typ 113)
– Panasonic DMC-ZS60 (DMC-TZ80, DMC-TZ81, DMC-TZ85)
– Phase One IQ150
– Sony ILCA-68 (A68)
– Nikon 1 J4 Camera Matching Profile added
– The panorama merging process should complete roughly twice as fast as Lightroom 6.3
– Improved quality when applying Auto Straighten and Upright “Level” mode
– A preference was added to the Mac to prevent accidental “speed swiping”
– Metadata is added to merged panoramas to support Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide Angle filter
– Customers can now set the location of where photos are stored when downloaded from Lightroom mobile or Lightroom web in the preference panel or – contextually in the folder panel
– Thumbnails update much quicker when copying and pasting settings in the grid view
– Images load faster in the Library module when you are zoomed in and navigating images
– Tethered support added for the Nikon D5500 and Nikon D7200