Lightroom Classic CC 8.2 has been released today. As well as performance improvements, bug fixes and new camera/lens support, the engineering team have spent this release cycle focusing on some interesting camera and raw file enhancements. The entire Lightroom CC ecosystem has also been updated.
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Overall 8.2 is looking pretty stable. Some notable bugs have been found in Enhance Details and are being investigated. They appear to be hardware-specific.
- Enhance Details – needs Windows 10 release 1809 (even if you think you’re already up to date). Here’s how to force the Windows update.
- Enhance Details – All black preview & final render
- Enhance Details – Turns photos purple
- Enhance Details – Creates squares on image
There’s one more issue, opening photos from Lightroom into Photoshop if the photos are stored on a NAS. This is a bug in Camera Raw, and the temporary solution is to roll Camera Raw back to version 11.1.
Adobe’s big news in this release is the Enhance Details tool. It’s designed to extract additional detail from raw files at the initial demosaic stage of raw processing.
Let’s say from the outset, this isn’t a tool you’ll use on every photo. As this advanced demosaic is slower than the standard demosaic, the result is saved as a linear DNG file next to the original, with -enhanced added to the file name, and these files are much bigger than the originals.
On most photos, the standard demosaic is already extracting all of the available detail, but you may see a difference if:
- You’re a Fuji X-Trans photographer (especially if you’ve noticed “worm” artifacts when sharpening your photos).
- You’re shooting with a high quality Bayer sensor without a low pass filter and you’re using a very sharp lens.
- You’re creating large prints or expensive books.
- You’re affectionately known as a pixel peeper because you like to view your photos at 1:1 view or greater, and eek out every last bit of detail on your best photos.
To play spot the difference, zoom into 1:1 or greater, or use the preview in the Enhance Details dialog. Look for very fine details, especially if they’re diagonal or curved, such as twigs in a tree. Also look for edges of contrasting colors, such as autumn leaves against a blue sky.
Adobe’s shared some additional technical information in a special blog post, which you can read here.
Enhance Details requires Windows 10 October 2018 release (1809) or later, or macOS 10.13+. Microsoft had some issues with their initial 1809 update release, so many people’s computers are still saying they’re up to date even though they’re on an older version. Here’s how to force the Windows update.
Nikon tethering has been updated to match the October 2018 Canon tethering updates. Now, whether you’re shooting Canon or Nikon, you can control the basic camera settings directly from your computer.
There’s also a new Disable Auto Advance checkbox in the Tether Capture Settings dialog, which keeps the existing photo on screen instead of automatically switching to the newly captured photo. It’s useful if one person is working on the images while another person is shooting.
As you may not be on the ground when shooting a photo, automatic address lookup no longer adds / updates the altitude automatically when you drop photos onto the map. If you do want to apply updated Google Maps altitude data to a photo, click the Altitude icon in the Metadata panel.
- Nikon COOLPIX A1000
- Olympus OM-D E-M1X
- Sony A6400 (ILCE-6400) (preliminary support)
- Click to view the full list of supported cameras
- Nikon Z6
- Nikon Z7
- Click to view the full list of cameras supported for tethering
- Nikon F
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR + 1.4x
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR + 1.7x
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR + 2.0x
- Click here for the full list of available Adobe Lens Profiles
There are loads of bug fixes, but Adobe only publishes the ones that were reported by users:
- Library & Map
- Unable to use the Folder panel while exporting images with “Add to this catalog” option selected
- Map shows the details of the place when you pin a location.
- Synchronized folder creates duplicates when non-Latin letters are used
- Keyboard shortcut for stacking images does not work when the application language is set to Dutch.
- Edit sliders in the Develop module accept non-numeric input
- preset:getSetting() returns all Develop settings, not just the settings actually changed by the preset
- Update to Current Process Version option is truncated
- The original Black & White slider position is lost while toggling HSL between Black & White and Color.
- Panorama Merge of IQ3-100 files merge in incorrect orientation
- Output Modules
- Unable to export with droplet if multiple files are selected.
- Caption of the images is reversed while sending them through email
- Unable to save book as PDF
- Cell borders are displayed in the exported JPEG
- Page Grid is displayed in the exported JPEG
- (Mac only) Info Overlay is missing in the Print module
If you find another bug, click here to learn how to report it to Adobe.
To update, go to Help menu > Updates or click the Update button in the CC app. The update servers take a while to push the updates around the world, to avoid overloading the servers. You can also open the Creative Cloud app, click the … icon (top right) and select Check for Updates to give it a nudge.
The eBooks for Adobe Lightroom Classic – The Missing FAQ are already updated for these changes, and can be downloaded immediately after purchasing. If you’re already a Classic Premium Member, the updated eBooks are available for download in your Members Area.