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  • It's Lightroom update time again! As well as the usual new cameras, lens profiles and bug fixes, Lightroom Classic has a new local Hue tool, improved ISO-specific defaults, performance improvements and more. The Lightroom cloud ecosystem also gets local Hue, as well as Versions, Activity notifications, text watermarking and the ability to upload your own Discovery tutorials. Here are the full updates about Lightroom Classic and the Lightroom cloud ecosystem.

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  1. Eric Bowles

    What do you do with different versions of your images?

    I'd suggest two strategies. Lightroom is a very good digital asset manager - or catalog. Use it. Every edited image goes in LR so you can search, organize, and locate the images. Take the time to add keywords reflecting processing or other searchable terms. If you have similar images and...
  2. Eric Bowles

    File naming - when useful

    I've been using the same naming structure for about 12 years. I'm using Photo Mechanic as a front end for downloads, naming, rating, and keywording - and it uses variables. It's a lot faster than Lightroom, but the ideas are similar. My folder structure is intended to stand alone without...
  3. Eric Bowles

    So Frustrated w/ Lightroom

    I'm not saying it is a problem. I'm fine with Win 10. I'd look elsewhere for the issues the OP was having with LR.
  4. Eric Bowles

    So Frustrated w/ Lightroom

    Like some of the others, I also copy from the card to my computer first, then import to LR as a separate step. It's faster and eliminates potential issues. For me, the Lightroom Import step is the first step in editing, so I normally apply some basic presets making the Import step take longer...
  5. Eric Bowles

    Lightroom Classic Catalog

    I had the same message. I did a reboot of my computer after the LR Classic update, and upon opening LR got a message about approving a catalog update. Apparently LR Classic 9.0 updates your catalog. The error message you got is because the software does not open until you also update your...
  6. Eric Bowles

    Frequency of monitor calibration for non-professionals

    As mentioned, your images don't change. But often an uncalibrated monitor is much too bright and a little too cool. When you are editing, you look at the monitor and adjust the scene to your taste. But if the monitor is to bright, you probably are ending up with prints that are slightly dark...
  7. Eric Bowles

    LR/ Photomechanic question

    Not yet. PM is a lot more flexible in terms of having multiple catalogs. PM supports Collections in a similar manner to LR including across catalogs, but I don't know the details yet. The PM search and filtering is as good or better than LR because of the use of variables. And the structured...
  8. Eric Bowles

    LR/ Photomechanic question

    Hi Phil It looks promising right now but I'm just getting started. I was delayed by a crash because Microsoft shoved through an Office update concurrently. But the crash did not adversely impact creating the catalog and everything is working nicely. System performance is fine. I think for...
  9. Eric Bowles

    LR/ Photomechanic question

    Linwood describes the process I use. I have both windows open side by side and move the navigation panel of the LR Library out of the way to have more space.
  10. Eric Bowles

    Has the Photography Plan changed? Did Classic just double in price?

    One of the interesting things about this test is it did highlight a $9.99 per month Lightroom + 1 TB Cloud plan. I see a lot of photographers that never use Photoshop, and many of these photographers lack appropriate storage and backups. The LR+ 1TB plan is a good solution for those that are...
  11. Eric Bowles

    LR/ Photomechanic question

    I'm using a similar workflow for PhotoMechanic 6.0 and Lightroom Classic 8.2. I'm also running the PM6.0 Catalog Beta. But I'm on Windows 10. I rate all my images in PM, cull deletes, apply keywords and captions, and then go through my 4 and 5 rated images to choose Selects and give them a...
  12. Eric Bowles

    Are 8GB enough for a laptop (with Smart-Previews) ?

    There is a difference in the RAM required for a laptop with a fast solid state drive vs. a laptop with a spinning hard drive. I was concerned about just 8 MB of RAM on one of my laptops, but it's actually working fine with a fast solid state hard drive. If you are doing a lot of panos or HDR...
  13. Eric Bowles

    LR Classic editing issues

    For convenience, Export a small JPEG file - -800 pixels on the long side and medium quality - and put it in a folder designated for the web. I apply a watermark with my export. I call this folder "Web Post". I have a subfolder for each year - Web Post 2018, etc. This puts all the photos for...
  14. Eric Bowles

    Lightroom Classic CC Update 8.1 - Nikon Z6 support and more

    Adobe Creative Cloud has been updated to support the Nikon Z6. There are updates to Lightroom Classic CC, Camera Raw, and Bridge. Nothing for Photoshop yet but I'm sure it is on the way - and you can use ACR. The latest version of Lightroom Classic CC is 8.1. I've done a quick test on a single...
  15. Eric Bowles

    Classic CC much slower than LR5.x ?

    With the kind of upgrade you made, I suspect the issue is your import settings or your preferences. Are you seeing the slow performance on Import or when editing images? Usually the issue is related to applying settings and creating large previews on import, or the way minor edits are applied...
  16. Eric Bowles

    LR 8 upgrade

    LR 8 is part of the Adobe Photographer's Plan. You can't get LR 8 as a stand alone product. I'm very happy with LR Classic using the Photographer's Plan. I get regular updates and enhancements and the initial out of pocket is much lower than stand alone programs. It's not for everyone, but...
  17. Eric Bowles

    Copy Edit Settings from One Photo to Another

    I've used Synch in the past 24 hours with the latest version. It's working fine on Windows 10. Make sure your selected images are highlighted. Try making a minor change to see that the Synch function is working. After Synching, you can watch the progress bar as the settings are applied to...
  18. Eric Bowles

    Frequency of monitor calibration for non-professionals

    Most modern monitors don't drift - even over a number of months. So the practical side is for most people, monthly or even quarterly calibration is fine. The initial calibration is really the key. Most monitors are far too bright and too cool/blue compared to a calibrated monitor. If you...
  19. Eric Bowles

    Setting white balance

    As far as forests are concerned, WB is making an attempt to neutralize more than just warm and cool temps. It also neutralizes tint. If you have a blue tent in a shadow from reflected light of a blue sky, it neutralizes that by making it warmer. If you have a green tint in a forest scene from...
  20. Eric Bowles

    Add Text to Photo

    You can use the Watermark feature in the Export dialog to apply text. There is a lot of flexibility. This is not as good a solution as Photoshop or Elements. Occasionally I'll use Photo Mechanic to add text for presentations. PM allows the use of wild cards in a watermark, so I can...
  21. Eric Bowles

    Setting white balance

    While edit order is not important, your choice of tools and how you edit may matter. For example, if you adjust contrast it could cause you to blow highlights and need a highlight adjustment, but you could accomplish the same objective with different edits that don't involve contrast...
  22. Eric Bowles

    Setting white balance

    Good discussion. There are different situations that call for different types of white balance. For studio work, product photogrpahy, and many other indoor situations, you want to have balanced light temperature and a neutral white balance. On the other hand, for landscapes you would almost...
  23. Eric Bowles

    Is Lightroom Classic end-of-life?

    It's great to see the input here. I'm wearing multiple hats. As an Adobe shareholder, the company just announced positive earnings and is forecasting increased revenue growth over the next quarters - and the immediate response was a 15% rise in stock price. That alone has paid for me to...
  24. Eric Bowles

    Can my images stored in the Adobe cloud be accessed by non-Adobe apps? or even the OS?

    Victoria makes a great point about API. With that approach, there is no need to "Move" RAW files to edit and use them. The file that moves is simply the output or export file. A low res export for use on social media is much smaller and faster than a full size output for Blurb. And there is...
  25. Eric Bowles

    Which Lightroom version for me?

    It looks pretty clear to me that having a way to integrate workflows and catalogs would be useful. I would not be surprised at all to see that as a next step. Let me decide what I want on the cloud - or at least exclude certain destinations. That should not be that hard. Right now...