Lightroom Classic now provides an easier and more intuitive way to customize the default rendering of your raw files in order to streamline your editing workflow. For example, if you prefer to apply custom raw settings upon import (such as using camera styles defined “in-camera” or using a different camera profile or slider settings in Lightroom), instead of first importing files and later changing the settings, you can use the new Raw Defaults Presets preferences to manage the default rendering of your images.
Early in 2019 I was cleaning up my Lightroom library. I ran a Lightroom plugin called Teekesselchen by Michael Bungenstock to identify duplicate files. The plugin seemed to work well. It helped me to identify many duplicates. However, for reasons I don’t understand, some images that had been flagged as “Picks” lost that flag. It’s possible that as a new user of the plugin I had a setting wrong.
In any event, I have many Smart Publish Collections that I use to post to Flickr and SmugMug. The images that became unflagged were marked to be unpublished from Flickr and SmugMug because they were no longer part of the Smart Publish Collection. That wasn’t my intent so I selected all the images in the Smart Publish Collection marked to to be unpublished and hit the “P” key, which is the Lightroom shortcut for the Pick flag. Nothing happened! I reckon the reason was that the photos were no longer in the Smart Publish Collection.
I wasn’t sure what to do and thought I would need to find each image in my library and add the Pick flag one at a time. That would have taken some time as they are from different dates and folders. The beauty of Lightroom Smart Collections is that they gather photos from different dates and folders in one convenient location.
I then tried right clicking on the images and there was an option to set “Set Flag” as Flagged, Unflagged or Rejected. I picked Flagged and my Pick Flags were all restored at once and I was back where I needed to be. I also managed to delete a lot of duplicate files and made a donation to Michael Bungenstock for his helpful donationware plugin.
I am passing this along in case it helps other Lightroom users who face the same issue.
What I’ve heard, from multiple reliable sources, is that Adobe is genuinely all-in on Photoshop for iPad. They view it as a serious, top-shelf project for creative professionals. The team of engineers working on it has grown significantly from a year ago, and they have plans to add features iteratively on an aggressive schedule. It’s reasonable to be disappointed that it isn’t further along feature-count-wise, but anyone who cares about Photoshop for iPad as a long-term product should be very excited about its foundation, direction, and the attention Adobe is paying to the fine details of a touch-first Photoshop UI.John Gruber
I mainly use Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and the Nik Collection by DxO to edit my photos but I’m always open to new tools.
Skylum will soon release Luminar 4 which will have some tools for replacing skies and retouching portraits that look groundbreaking. I have a license for Skylum’s Luminar 3 but rarely use it because I can do all I need to do most of the time in Lightroom, Photoshop and the the Nik Collection.
The Master Photography Podcast has an interesting interview with Dima Sytnik the co-founder and CTO of Skylum who discusses the artificial intelligence that went into the making of Luminar 4. I have ordered Luminar 4 and look forward to trying it to see if I find it helpful for what I do.
I doubt I will do much sky replacement as that’s not my cup of tea. But the portrait retouching looks like a real timesaver that will produce high quality images.
I regularly use Silver Efex Pro for my black and white photography. If you’re interested in learning more about Silver Efex Pro, this is a great introduction by Anthony Morganti to this very powerful software. Silver Efex Pro is made by DxO, a 15-year old firm based in Paris.