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Adobe updates Lightroom Classic, adds a new texture slider and new Canon camera & lens support

New features and enhancements in the May 2019 (version 8.3) release of Lightroom Classic

Flat-Field Correction

You can now reduce shading, or lens cast, from your digital photos using the Flat-Field Correction feature. Shading can occur from a variety of different lenses and can result in both asymmetrical vignettes as well as color casts introduced by certain lens characteristics.

Flat-Field Correction is available in the Library module. To apply the correction, select all your photos in a natural interleaved order and choose Lightroom > Library > Flat-Field Correction.

For detailed information, see Flat-Field Correction.

New Texture slider

You can now smoothen or accentuate details such as skin, bark, and hair with the new Texture slider. You can adjust the Texture slider negatively to smooth skin and retain fine pore details to ensure natural-looking skin. You can increase the Texture amount to accentuate details such as bark or hair without affecting less detailed areas, like the out of focus areas in a photograph. Adjusting the Texture slider does not change the color or tonality in your photograph.

You can apply texture to your photos both as a global adjustment and to specific parts of the photo as a local adjustment. To apply texture, select a photo and switch to the Develop module.

Support for new cameras and lenses

Latest cameras added in May 2019

  • Canon EOS 250D (EOS Rebel SL3, EOS 200D II, EOS Kiss X10)
  • Google Pixel 3 Front Standard Camera
  • Google Pixel 3 Front Wide Camera
  • Google Pixel 3 XL Front Standard Camera
  • Google Pixel 3 XL Front Wide Camera
  • HMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Front Camera
  • HMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Rear Camera
  • LG V40 ThinQ Front Standard Camera
  • LG V40 ThinQ Rear Main Camera
  • LG V40 ThinQ Rear Wide Camera
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-G99 (DC-G90, DC-G91, DC-G95)
  • RICOH GR III
  • RICOH THETA Z1
  • Sony RX0 II (DSC-RX0M2)

Latest lenses added in May 2019

Manufacturer Lens Lens mount
Canon Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Canon
Canon Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM +1.4x III Canon
Canon Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM +2x III Canon
Canon Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Canon
Canon Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM +1.4x III Canon
Canon Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM +2x III Canon
Canon Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Canon
Canon Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM +1.4x III Canon
Canon Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM +2x III Canon
HMD HMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Front Camera HMD
HMD HMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Rear Camera HMD
LG LG V40 ThinQ Front Standard Camera LGE
LG LG V40 ThinQ Front Wide Camera LGE
LG LG V40 ThinQ Rear Main Camera LGE
LG LG V40 ThinQ Rear Telephoto Camera LGE
LG LG V40 ThinQ Rear Wide Camera LGE
PENTAX HD PENTAX-DA 11-18mm F2.8ED DC AW Pentax K
PENTAX HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 Pentax K
Ricoh Ricoh GR III 18.3mm f/2.8 Ricoh GR
SIGMA SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM A019 Canon, Nikon F, SIGMA, Sony FE
SIGMA SIGMA 28mm T1.5 FF HIGH-SPEED PRIME Canon
SIGMA SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM A018 Nikon F, SIGMA, Sony FE
SIGMA SIGMA 40mm T1.5 FF HIGH-SPEED PRIME Canon
SIGMA SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM S018 Nikon F
SIGMA SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S018 Canon, Nikon F, SIGMA
Sony Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Sony FE
Tokina Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE AF Sony FE
Tokina Tokina opera 16-28 mm F2.8 FF Canon, Nikon F
Tokina Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FF Canon, Nikon F

Other enhancements

Import photos from devices using the Files section

When you import photos from storage devices, such as SD card and CF card, the photos are now selected from the Import grid’s Files section by default. In previous versions, it used to be from the Device section.

Importing from the Files section is more performant. The Files section selects the DCIM folder of the storage device where the camera saves images. If you want to select any other folder, you can do so.

Improved performance of Auto setting

Experience performance improvements when you apply Auto settings. In the Develop module, the Auto option is located next to Tone in the Basic panel.

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Why can't people read and think before posting? Such a difficult task.

According to the stories about these warnings, Adobe is in a lawsuit with Dolby. Dolby claims unauthorized use of their product. Adobe disputes the claim.

These warnings seem to be a reasonable attempt by Adobe to warn customers that they could get swept up in the legal fight if they continue to use software that uses Dolby technology. If you have even the least bit of knowledge about the U.S. legal system, you know that lawsuits often name every conceivable party, in the hopes of pulling in deep pockets that will be held liable. In many states, liability laws allow a person to be held liable for the full amount of the award, even if they are only 1% responsible. Telling customers not to use the disputed software protects the customers. Of course, it also protects Adobe, because Adobe can show that they made a reasonable attempt to stop the use of the Dolby product.

Granted, the risk of an individual user being pulled into the lawsuit is slim. But, Adobe has thousands of customers who do have substantial resources and would be prime targets for lawsuits.
 
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I wonder did they fix anything else. I used to love Lightroom but it got extremely buggy and slow. It could do with a bit of re-engineering
I can’t understand why they don’t add a proper eraser tool ie the one in Photoshop (with content aware).
 
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unfocused

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Just tried the update to Camera Raw. Seems like a significant improvement in the algorithm for the "auto" setting. Old camera raw consistently lowered contrast, a ridiculous thing to do. The new one actually seems to add a touch (5%) of contrast. My default workflow when mass editing pictures is to see what the "auto" setting does, compare to the "as shot" and then adjust from there.
 
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Why can't people read and think before posting? Such a difficult task.

According to the stories about these warnings, Adobe is in a lawsuit with Dolby. Dolby claims unauthorized use of their product. Adobe disputes the claim.

These warnings seem to be a reasonable attempt by Adobe to warn customers that they could get swept up in the legal fight if they continue to use software that uses Dolby technology. If you have even the least bit of knowledge about the U.S. legal system, you know that lawsuits often name every conceivable party, in the hopes of pulling in deep pockets that will be held liable. In many states, liability laws allow a person to be held liable for the full amount of the award, even if they are only 1% responsible. Telling customers not to use the disputed software protects the customers. Of course, it also protects Adobe, because Adobe can show that they made a reasonable attempt to stop the use of the Dolby product.

Granted, the risk of an individual user being pulled into the lawsuit is slim. But, Adobe has thousands of customers who do have substantial resources and would be prime targets for lawsuits.
aware its because of litigation with Dolby

what it highlights is how now Adobe can control what you thought was yours on your machine, and that's not a good feeling. And before people get all 'but microsoft' or any other cloud, or subscription etc.. I see this as a larger problem, not just adobe, but it re-enforces why I don't like subscription models or anything where the vendor essentially can control your purchase in the future.
 

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aware its because of litigation with Dolby

what it highlights is how now Adobe can control what you thought was yours on your machine, and that's not a good feeling. And before people get all 'but microsoft' or any other cloud, or subscription etc.. I see this as a larger problem, not just adobe, but it re-enforces why I don't like subscription models or anything where the vendor essentially can control your purchase in the future.
Not just the subscription model, standalone users are also affected.
 
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Sounds like Texture is similar to 'Microcontrast' in DxO - which is one of the sliders I use there. Good news if I can now do it in Lightroom.
 

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what it highlights is how now Adobe can control what you thought was yours on your machine, and that's not a good feeling.
Your feeling is misplaced. It's not Adobe but some court that may decide that what you thought was yours legally belongs to Dolby.
 
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Unless I missed it in a previous update, this also brings support for Tethering to the EOS R. It crashed twice in 5 minutes, so still buggy... but when it was working it was blazing fast! Gotta love that USB 3.0 port.
 
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Not just the subscription model, standalone users are also affected.
Are you sure? Victoria Bampton (The Lightroom Queen) wrote "perpetual licenses are all still authorized exactly as before. This change only affects subscriptions".

I wouldn't be surprised anyway if Adobe tries to take advantage of some FUD to sell more subscriptions.
 
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Adobe bashing aside, Texture is a winner for me. I always found universal positive Clarity to be a bit too heavy handed and usually ended up with a setting of about -5 to -10. Texture seems to put the presence right where I want it and I've found it works pretty well all the way up to a setting of +40.

I think adobe envisions this as a tool for smoothing skin tones however and I didn't find it works well enough for that. Heavy handed and when used extensively it creates a somewhat plasticky look. OK as a quick skin smoothing tool but not something that paying clients would be happy with. A selectively used positive setting is great for bringing out hair and clothing detail so portait shooters should still get some benefit from it.

Overall though, a rare but well implemented addition to lightroom IMO so kudos to Adobe for this update.
 
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