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

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    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...

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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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    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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    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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