Archive for the ‘Lightroom’ Category

Tuesday, May 1st 2012

Lightroom 4.1: 32-bit HDR Editing

In the latest release candidate of Lightroom 4.1 (RC2), Adobe has added the possibility to edit 32-bit tiff files. This means you can merge several bracketed files in Photoshop using Merge to HDR Pro, save the resulting 32-bit file and then edit it in Lightroom using all the new fancy controls.

I gave it a try on an old HDR series I shot with my Canon 30D back in 2008. Here is the middle exposure:

After having merged the exposures in Photoshop and imported the resulting (111 MB) tiff in Lightroom, this is what it looked like:

Not so different from the middle exposure. So I got going with the new sliders in the basic panel and it turns out you can do som pretty cool stuff!

When editing a high dynamic range 32-bit file, the key is to bring down the highlights and to brighten the shadows. Lightroom 4 has two sliders that are called just that, Highlights and Shadows, so it is pretty straight forward.

The beauty of having a 32-bit file to work on is that you can make these adjustments to the extreme and keep getting more visible detail.

Here are the settings I ended up with after a bit of tweaking:

I then continued by tweaking the tone curve slightly and boosted the blue saturation (and surrounding colours aqua and purple).

Tone Curve panel in Lightroom 4

HSL Panel in Lightroom 4

I didn’t feel I had to do any local adjustments at all really. Here’s the final result:

32-bit HDR image processed in Lightroom 4

Pretty nice and crunchy! (And I didn’t even abuse the clarity slider!) Now compare it to the version I made back in 2008 using Photomatix (if I recall correctly) just Photoshop:

The new version has the advantage of Lightroom 4’s new Clarity algorithm as well as the new Defringing. The latter makes a huge difference when developing HDR images. Colour fringing can easily spoil an otherwise nice HDR image. In the old version above you can see some red fringing on the oak branches to the left.

Here’s another one I re-did now:

32-bit HDR image processed in Lightroom 4

… and the corresponding old version:

All in all, the new versions are amazingly crisp next to the old ones. Which versions you prefer is obviously a matter of taste, but there’s no denying that Lightroom 4.1 very easily can produce a nice and punchy HDR image that still looks reasonably realistic. No weird halos and none of the weird greyness that Photomatix produces.

It is really quite inspiring and makes me want to go back and re-edit a few more of my old HDR images.

Tuesday, March 27th 2012

Ett par bilder

Tog en promenad här i Enköping i söndags och räknade inte med att hitta särskilt mycket med kameran, men tog ändå med den för skojs skull.

Det blir oftast min nya Sigma 30mm f/1,4 som sitter på kameran nu, så även den här gången.

C07157 Sjut migC07177 Svart och vittC07189C07188C07169 Obruten mark

Jag gillar verkligen den nya varianten av Clarity som finns i Lightroom 4. En bild som från början inte alls ser speciellt kul ut kan få sig ett ordentligt lyft, utan att det blir särskilt uppenbart vad man gjort med bilden.

I den sista bilden har jag i stället använt lite negativ clarity för att försöka få en lite drömsk soft-focus-effekt.

Monday, November 14th 2011

Alléer i dimma

I den finfina dimman häromdagen stannade jag vid alléerna som leder fram till Haga slott och Hjulsta säteri. Eftersom bilderna ändå inte hade mycket färg tyckte jag det blev ganska bra med en svartvit behandling. Vinjettering, lite extra korn och en svag färgton för extra dysterkänsla. 🙂

Monday, November 7th 2011

Re-uploading 10,000 photos to Flickr

When I first started using Lightroom with my Canon EOS 30D I had very conservative default image settings for developing my raw files. I used the camera profile ACR (Adobe Camera Raw), which is supposed to be colorimetrically correct, and for some reason i had contrast set to 0 and black levels at 1 (as opposed to Adobe’s defaults of 25 and 5 respectively). I increased the saturation slightly to 8 instead of 0.

I liked the idea of the photos being realistic, but to be honest, it just meant they looked dull and uninspiring. 🙂

With my 50D and my 7D I started using slightly more aggressive defaults. I ditched the correct ACR and went with the newer Adobe Standard, which has less of a yellowy-greenish tinge and boosts red and orange colours slightly. Less realistic, better looking.

I increased contrast and black levels to Adobe’s defaults of 25 and 5, and increased saturation from 8 to 10.

Here’s an example of the difference. Hover for the after:

What I’ve done now is to go back and apply these new settings to all my old photos that didn’t have any special edits, which meant the vast majority. I created a preset with the new settings for contrast, black level, saturation and camera profile and went about applying it to hoards of photos at a time. Just under 10,000 in all.

Since Flickr is, to me, in large part a backup of my developed jpegs, I wanted to re-upload the photos so I know I have them safe in their most current state.

Thanks to Jeffrey Freidl’s amazing Flickr plugin for Lightroom I have previously been able to link all my photos in Lightroom to their counterparts on Flickr. This meant that, after applying the new settings to all the old raw files, all I had to do was to republish them using the plugin. This replaces each photo on Flickr with a new one, while keeping comments and view counts for each individual photo intact.

The republishing is currently in progress, at 33% after running for close to 48 hours.

I got a bit curious as to what kind of upload speeds I was getting to Flickr, so I installed a network monitor (FreeMeter). I found this rather interesting pattern:

Graph showing upload speeds to Flickr.

Each red chunk is one photo. It looks like there are two different speed modes. Some photos upload at less than 1 mbps, while others top out at around 5 mbps.

Could it be that different images are uploaded to different Flickr servers in different geographical locations? That’s the only reasonable explanation I can think of.

In the graph above, from last night, Lightroom pushed 11 photos to Flickr in 10 minutes. This morning I found that almost all of the photos seemed to be uploading at the higher speed, so now it is churning through roughly 20 photos per 10 minutes:

Graph showing upload speeds to Flickr.

If it keeps going at this rate for the remaining 5,935 images I should be done in another 48 hours or so. 🙂

Tuesday, November 1st 2011

Lightroom 4 soon?

It’s been a while now since Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom 3. One year and five months, to be precise. So it isn’t unreasonable to start wondering if we’ll see version 4 soon.

Now Adobe aren’t likely to tell us in advance what’s coming and when, but since we’ve had three previous releases we can extrapolate from those release dates and guess when we’ll see Lightroom 4 and the beta that is likely to proceed it.

From this graphic on Wikipedia, we get the following dates:

Release Date
Lightroom beta 1 January 2006
Lightroom 1 February 2007
Lightroom 2 beta April 2008
Lightroom 2 July 2008
Lightroom 3 beta October 2009
Lightroom 3 June 2010

The main releases are 17 and 23 months apart. The betas have proceeded their respective final releases with quite varied amounts of time. 13, 3 and 8 months.

Since Lightroom 3 was released in June 2010, and we haven’t yet seen the beta of version 4, Lightroom 4 final probably won’t be out until late spring 2012.

Lightroom 4 beta on the other hand should, with a bit of luck, show up some time between now and the new year. At the very latest I would expect the beta in January or February.

What do you think about my guess work?

Who knows what Lightroom 4 will bring in the way of features. Here’s what I would like to see.

Tuesday, June 14th 2011

Några Enköpingsbilder

Fick i dag hem mitt B+W ND110 3.0 gråfilter, ett filter som bara släpper igenom en tusendel av ljuset. Vitsen är att man ska kunna fota i dagsljus med riktigt långa slutartider, uppåt 30 sekunder eller mer, för att kunna få rörelseoskärpa i vatten, moln, med mera.

Nu till kvällen blev jag lite inspirerad att ge mig ut och fota här i Enköping. Det var lite småmulet och inget superduperljus, men ganska fint ändå. Det visade sig snart att det räckte med mitt tidigare gråfilter (som släpper igenom 1/8 av ljuset) för att få lite fartränder i molnen.

Efter att ha suttit och pillat med bilderna i Lightroom blev det till slut såhär …

Hamngatan, Enköping

Rådhusgatan, Enköping

Rådhusgatan, Enköping

Sandgatan, Enköping

Thursday, June 2nd 2011

Graduated Neutral Density filter in Lightroom

I started thinking about graduated neutral density filters. I don’t own any, but my feeling is that they would be a lot of hassle to deal with in the field, so I got curious to see how much you can do in post processing. That’s to say, how much of a gradient can you add in Lightroom without it bringing out noise or looking generally stupid.

I started poking around with this old photo from last summer.

I added a gradient of 1.5 stops extra exposure from the bottom, while reducing the overall exposure by 0.4 stops:

I pulled the white balance down to 4600 K, to make the image cooler:

I increased the fill light and black clipping to about 60:

I also decided to pull the Clarity slider up to about 50 and increased the saturation from -35 to -15:

Finally I pulled the vignette in a little tighter:

Here’s a larger version of the final image. Hover to see the before.

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It ended up perhaps slightly over the top, but it shows that you can make quite a big difference with digital gradients in post processing too. I feel confident in skipping the real gradual neutral density filters and still being able to get the effect digitally.

On a related note, I’m very tempted to get a B+H ND110 (10 stop) neutral density filter to be able to experiment with really long exposures in daylight.

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

På jobbet

Hittade en fin Lightroom-guide för att få en snygg gammaldags look på sina bilder. Behövde något att prova på så jag tog det första bästa, en bild som jag utan anledning tog på Kuriren i dag.

Och då kommer man till den oundvikliga frågan … varför lägger man ner tiotusentals kronor på fotoutrustning för att få den bästa bildkvalitén om man tänker göra sina bilder suddiga och gryniga på detta viset? 🙂

Monday, April 11th 2011

En blåsippa, sex vinklar

Ofta är det de små nöjena som gör livet. Nästan varje vår brukar jag fota den blåsippa som står precis utanför mammas och pappas ytterdörr.

Bilderna blir väl inte så väldigt annorlunda från år till år, men det är ändå kul att återkomma till ett motiv. Och jag tycker nog att det lönade sig den här gången. Årets bilder är nog de bästa jag lyckats få på den lilla (och minskande) klumpen med blåsippor.

C00632 BlåsippaC00626 BlåsippaC00622 BlåsippaC00604 BlåsippaC00611 BlåsippaC00648 Blåsippa

Jag märker att jag mer och mer föredrar svalare bilder med högre kontrast. Här har jag också minskat färgmättnaden en hel del (-39 i Lightroom).

För att få det låga perspektivet använde jag min Gorillapod med benen så gott som platt mot marken, och en vinkelsökare. Utom i den sista bilden då jag gjorde Gorillapoden så hög som möjligt för att få blåsippan uppifrån.

Jag använde mitt 70-300mm (bild 2-5) och 50mm (bild 1 och 6) tillsammans med en försättslins för att komma riktigt nära. Försättslins 500D och 50mm f/1.4 är en förbjuden kombination enligt Canon, men jag använder den ändå. Galet! Det funkar ju riktigt bra till och med, förstår inte varför linsen inte rekommenderas till 50mm.

Jag använde förminskade AF-punkter för att kunna sätta skärpan så exakt som möjligt. Det blåste en hel del i lördags, så när blomman var någorlunda i fokus var det bara att trycka av och hoppas på det bästa. Förmågan hos 7D att ta riktigt snabba bildserier är guld värt för närbilder som dessa. 64 bilder blev det allt som allt. Alla utom dessa sex har jag sorterat bort.

Wednesday, March 9th 2011

Nya kameran inställd

Sådär, då har nya kameran anlänt, packats upp och ställts in enligt konstens alla regler.

Mitt första intryck var att 7D kändes större än jag hade trott. På bild tycker jag inte att den ser nämnvärt större ut än 50D, men när man håller den i handen känns den klart biffigare – på gott och ont.

Avtryckaren på den här kameran är lite annorlunda också. Den är mjukare och har inget tydligt klick mellan AF-läget och fullt nedtryckt. Men jag gillart.

Att få till alla inställningar har inte varit helt lätt. Den här kameran har så många inställningsmöjligheter att det är svårt att veta hur man vill ha det ibland. Vill jag att fokuspunkterna ska blinka rött när kameran hittar skärpan eller inte? Vill jag att de inaktiva fokuspunkterna ska synas i sökaren? Vilka och hur många fokuspunkter vill jag egentligen använda?

Mycket beror nog på situationen och jag kanske helt enkelt inte kan hitta en optimal inställning för allt utan får ändra från gång till gång.

Ett par saker är jag ändå rätt säker på hur jag vill ha dem, som jag kanske nämnt i något tidigare inlägg:

  • Det elektroniska vattenpasset kopplat till M.Fn-knappen precis intill avtryckaren.
  • AF stopp-funktionen kopplad till AF ON-knappen vid höger tumme, för att kunna bryta autofokusen tillfälligt.
  • Snabb växling mellan följande och ickeföljande autofokus kopplat till knappen som i vanliga fall aktiverar skärpedjupskontroll.
  • Snabbval av AF-punkt med den lilla joysticken på baksidan av kameran.
  • Set-knappen mappad till Quick menu för att komma åt t ex exponeringsgaffling med höger hand.

Jag blev en aning besviken när jag upptäckte att kameran bara har engelska eller japanska menyer. Men sånt kan man ta när man vet att man fått flera tusen kronors rabatt jämfört med svenska priser. Och egentligen är det inget problem förrän jag en dag ska sälja den vidare – själv hade jag ändå tänkt ha engelska i menyerna. Jag provade att installera om mjukvaran i kameran men det gjorde ingen skillnad.

Jag har också roat mig med att ta en testbild vid varje ISO-tal för att kunna tala om för Lightroom hur mycket brusreducering som ska användas för varje nivå.

Nej, det får räcka med kameranörderi för i kväll. Imorrn är jag ledig och om inspirationen håller i sig ska jag ut och upptäcka Enköping, vilket jag fortfarande inte gjort sedan vi flyttade hit i somras.

Friday, January 28th 2011

Uppsala Domkyrka

Felt like letting loose on an old photo, so I had a go with this one. Hover it to see the after.

Uppsala domkyrka.

I got my inspriation from Julieanne Kost’s great Lightroom video tutorial’s. I did a whole bunch of things. Added saturation, added contrast and adjusted the tone curve, added three neutral density gradients in the sky, increased the luminosity of the orange bricks, used local adjustments to lighten up the church slightly.

Thursday, January 20th 2011

Wish list for Lightroom 4

Lightroom 3 Lightroom 4 (mockup) icon was released in June 2010, so Lightroom 4 is probably quite a way off still. Even so, it is always fun to speculate, discuss and guess about upcoming software. So here are a few features and fixes that would be very useful – should anyone at Adobe be listening reading.

  • Local white balance adjustment using the adjustment brush. Would be great to have for mixed lighting situations.
  • Larger white balance picker that can sample a small area of pixels for a more accurate average in noisy images.
  • Sharpening in the slide show module. As it is now I need to export all the photos first if I want sharpening for sreen.
  • A real clone brush that isn’t limited to spots.
  • RGB curves for full control over colour balance and unlimited creativity.
  • Fix the cropping tool! It is currently very hard to make fine adjustments with the crop tool since both the border and the image moves. Keep the image still and make the border a 1 px dashed line, please!
  • Fixed auto sync behaviour. If I select a number of photos in the film strip, activate auto sync and hit + + + + to increase the exposure by 0,4 stops I want the exposure for each photo to be increased relative to whatever it was before, not relative to 0.

Those features/fixes are all relatively doable. But if I allow myself to get a bit more dreamy, here’s what I’d like …

  • HDR merging/tonemapping. I have no idea how this would be implemented, but I’m sure the Adobe boffins could work it out!
  • Panorama stitching. Again, no idea how. I just know I’d love it if I didn’t have to go to an external app for this.

Ps. I am guessing that the Lightroom 4 icon will be a white one, something like my quick mockup above. ^^

Saturday, December 11th 2010

Före & efter

Ibland känner jag bara för att ta upp en bild och helt hämningslöst göra om den. Den här gången blev det väl kanske ändå inte så crazy, men ändå.

Det här är en bild jag tog vid Digerhuvud på Gotland sommaren 2008. Kan inte låta bli att undra varför fiskmåsen står på ett ben där längst ute på klippan. Men det är klart, det är väl inte lika pirrigt att balansera där om man vet att man har vingar att flyga med.

(Om måsen faktiskt vet att den har vingar kan man väl iofs diskutera, men den är ju uppenbarligen inte höjdrädd i alla fall.)

Dra över bilden för att se hur den såg ut före. Man kan verkligen fråga sig varför jag låtit den se ut så i två års tid!

Sea gul balancing on one leg on the edge of a cliff.

Jag tog bilden med mitt 70-300 mm objektiv på 300 mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/250-dels sekund.

Här är det jag ändrade nu i Lightroom:

Exposure: från +0,33 till +1,5 steg
Blacks: från 5 till 8
Contrast: från 0 till +31
Saturation: från +8 till +26
White balance: från 5550 (-6) till 5250 (+3)

100 procent o-photoshoppad alltså!

Monday, December 6th 2010

Ledig

Helt underbart skönt att vara ledig efter en rätt intensiv sexdagarsvecka på ekuriren.se med två tolvtimmarspass nu i helgen. Har ingenting jobbigt alls att göra i dag, men möjligtvis tar jag en vända med dammsugaren.

I går hann jag förresten ikapp snösvängen på E20. Att köra om den första lastbilen, som körde i högerfilen, var inga problem. Knepigare blev det att köra om plogbil nummer två som körde i vänsterfilen och kastade ut snö, slask, is och salt i ett stort moln åt höger.

Det innebar at jag dels fick forcera den snödriva som han hela tiden skyfflade över i högerfilen, och dels att sikten framåt minskade proportionellt med avståndet till lastbilen. Sa jag förresten att det var becksvart?

Visserligen gick det inte speciellt snabbt, kanske 50 km/h. Men känslan av att inte veta var jag, den enorma plogen eller vägen var under en eller två sekunder var ingen höjdare. Det där gör jag aldrig om. Då ligger jag hellre och sniglar bakom fram till Strängnäs.

Apropå ingenting, jag insåg en stor fördel med att bara använda Lightroom. Jag kan helt sanningsenligt säga att inga av mina bilder är Photoshoppade.

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

Reworking my favourites

Over time I have realized that during my first few years of digital photography I was very careful when editing my photos. Meanwhile I have become more and more daring with the contrast, saturation and a whole bunch of other sliders.

So I decided to go through all my favourites and re-do them as I would have done if I had taken them today. Some photos have made me wonder why on earth I put them in this collection in the first place, and have been brutally removed.

I have come about half way, but I won’t upload them to my Flickr account until I’m done. But here are a few before-and-afters of the photos I’ve done so far:

Rose hips.

Rose hips.

Apart from lacking in contrast and colour, I found that many photos felt too warm. So I have nudged the white balance slider down on quite a few.

Uppsala konsert och kongress.

Reflection in a glass wall at the Uppsala concert hall.

On the honeymoon.

One of the picnics we had on our honeymoon on Gotland.

Chevrolet Chevelle.

Chevrolet Chevelle.

Here I also thought the cropping was a bit off, so I made it tighter.

What do you think, better or worse?

Tuesday, June 22nd 2010

Converting to DNG

After having thought about it loosely for ages, I decided to finally convert all my raw (CR2) files into the open DNG (digital negative) file format. But before I did so I sat down and did plenty of internet research to make sure I wasn’t doing something stupid.

If you didn’t know, DNG is Adobe’s attempt to create a universal and openly documented raw image file format. The (perhaps optimistic) idea being that camera makers will start using it instead of their proprietary raw formats (*cough* nikoncanon *splutter*). Whether or not this will ever become true remains to be seen.

Thankfully all photographers that want to can make use of DNG and its benefits regardless of which camera make they have, thanks to Adobe’s free DNG Converter.

Here are the factors that made me convert …

Future proof

Imagine the following scenario. Canon make a few bad decisions on their camera line-up. Nikon make a few really good ones. Nikon gains loads and loads of market share, making Canon a minor player. Canon is bought by Sony or Nikon, who proceed to terminate Canon’s own camera production. (Nikon users: Imagine the opposite.)

That could all happen in say five–ten years in a worst case scenario.

Then, in 2019, it is time to buy a new computer. And with a new computer comes a new operating system. Then, it turns out, there is no software for Windows 10 that reads CR2 files from a Canon EOS 30D. Dead end? Well, probably not, but there would be a lot of hassle for sure.

Actually, even if Canon are still around in 2019 it is quite possible that they won’t release software to cater for the oldest camera models and their raw files.

With DNG files the chance of there not being compatible software is much smaller since the specification is entirely open. (Read it here if you like.) Even if Adobe were to be blasted off the face of the earth, the DNG specification would live on. And someone in the intersection between photography geeks and computer geeks would most certainly write a program that can read DNGs.

Granted, you could argue that as long as Adobe’s DNG Converter is around there is no need to rush. And there isn’t really, but there are a few more pros that made me do the switch now. Read on.

Previews and metadata

DNGs will contain a preview JPEG (tiny, medium or full size) and all the metadata of the original raw file, plus any metadata you want to add such as keywords, titles, captions or develop settings. For anyone using Adobe Lightroom, Bridge or Camera Raw this means that you’ll have one DNG file instead of a CR2/NEF image file and an XMP metadata file next to it.

Also, when you’ve changed the appearance of a photo you can render a new preview JPEG and embed it in the DNG. (In Lightroom: Right click and choose Metadata -> Update DNG Preview & Metadata.) I don’t know how NEFs work, but with CR2 files there is definitely no way of updating the embedded JPEG.

File size

DNG files are often smaller then the camera’s raw file. This is thanks to better compression, but also thanks to the possibility to use a smaller size JPEG than in the original.

I chose the medium JPEG size (1024 pixels I think) and the DNG files are on average 19 percent smaller than the CR2s from my Canon EOS 50D. My thinking here is that I don’t really need a full size preview in the raw file once I have it on the computer. In the camera it’s a different matter – there I need the full size preview to be able to check focus. And even if I do choose to embed a full size JPEG the DNG ends up ~10% smaller.

It will be a while though before I will actually see the benefit of the smaller file size, because right now I’m keeping my CR2 files in parallel with the DNGs. I also have them backed up to our two external drives (one off location) as well as on DVDs. So I have essentially doubled my storage needs.

In a few weeks though I’ll probably feel 100% comfortable with the conversion, and then I’ll delete the CR2s from my working folders and only have the three backup copies.

No negatives?

Considering that DNGs are just that, negatives, there are very few drawbacks. The only one, as I see it, is that I won’t be able to go back and use Canon’s own raw converters Raw Image Task or Digital Photo Professional. This is a rather academic point though, since I have never wanted to use either of them since moving to Lightroom. The only reason I might want to do that in the future would be to see how much better raw image processing has become since I bought my camera. So I might make such a comparison before I actually chuck the CR2 files.

Conclusion

Being a Lightroom user, the DNG format is very useful. I’m not sure if DNG is quite as sweet a deal if you’re using some other raw converter though, and DNG isn’t necessarily for everyone. But for me it definitely is a great step up from the CR2 format. So far I haven’t had any second thoughts at all, and I doubt I will have any later on either.

Thursday, June 10th 2010

More Lightroom 3 Demos

Here are a few more hover comparisons of Lightroom 2 and 3. (Here are some previous ones I made.)

Highlight edges look much better in Lightroom 3.

See how Lightroom 3 deals with the highlights. Somehow it manages to get rid of those unnatural red edges.

Lightroom 3 can deal with chromatic aberration automatically.

Here you can see how version 3 automatically deals with chromatic aberration, based on what it knows about the lens that was used. Here I used my Canon 17-55mm, which is one of the many lenses that have been profiled by Adobe. Also, you’ll notice that Lightroom 3 is much better at showing the fine branches to the right.

Automatic correction of geometric distortion in Lightroom 3.

The automatic lens correction can also deal with geometric distortion. This lets you get rid of that bulging look you often get at the wide end of a zoom lens. Since this affects cropping slightly, I’ve personally left this off by default. I’ll only use it when necessary.

Automatic vignetting correction in Lightroom 3.

LR3 can correct for lens vignetting too, but more often than not I think vignetting adds some natural punch to a photo, including the example above. So I probably won’t use this very often at all.

Wednesday, June 9th 2010

Lightroom 3 and High ISO Images

Hover this image to see what Lightroom 3 can do with a hopelessly noisy ISO 12,800 photo:

High ISO noise reduction in Lightroom 3.

(This is a 100% crop from my Canon EOS 50D.)

And since I can set up defaults based on the image’s ISO setting, I can make it do that automatically.

Tuesday, June 8th 2010

Lightroom 3 is Out!

Sooner than I dared hope, Adobe have released the final version of Lightroom 3. The biggest improvement for me will be the automatic lens correction, which deals with chromatic aberration, vignetting and distortion based on lens profiles. (Although I will probably only get rid of chromatic aberration by default.)

Now I’m going to spend all afternoon playing around with the new features, and I’ll post my thoughts later on.

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

Automatic Lens Correction in Lightroom 3

The one major feature that I have always missed in Lightroom is now being added! Me and about a zillion other Lightroomists have been waiting (and asking) for this for ages.

Now Adobe have announced that this will be in the final version of Lightroom 3.

So what is it? Automatic Lens Correction based on lens profiles. It lets you deal with the three main optical flaws of a lens in just a single click!

Here’s Adobe’s video showing off the feature in Adobe Camera Raw 6:

Exactly how it will work in Lightroom 3 remains to be seen, but I’m sure we’ll see the same sliders. The question is how Lightroom will handle local adjustments (spot cloning or dodging/burning) when the image is warped by the lens correction feature.

When Adobe released Lightroom 3 beta 2 without this feature, I was convinced we wouldn’t see it until version 4, at the earliest. So, three cheers for the Adobe Lightroom developers!