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Adobe Updates Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic

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Adobe has announced an update to both Lightroom Classic (to version 10.2) and Lightroom (to version 4.2 on desktop) with a few new changes and performance enhancements. Both updates are available to download from Creative Cloud immediately.

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Starting with Lightroom Classic, Adobe has stated that in addition to performance improvements (faster load times), tethered view for Nikon cameras is now available in Beta, new cameras and lenses have been added to the list of supported profiles, and Red-Eye Removal was removed from the Copy/Paste workflow.

Adobe specifically improved performance when it comes to Filmstrip and Grid scrolling on macOS. Navigating through sets of images in filmstrip in the Library Loupe, Develop, and Compare View is now faster and smoother. Adobe also added optimizations to the Library grid so that scrolling through collections has “less friction.”

Common batch editing functions like Copy/Paste, Sync Settings, Quick Develop, and Auto-Sync will have reduced wait time which will be more noticeable with larger batches of images.

Tethered Live View for Nikon (Beta) has been added, which allows you to control the camera from the application. When active, the live view from the camera will appear in a resizable window with the option to rotate orientation. Focus control, including autofocus, will also appear. At present, this feature is only available for Nikon DSLRs, although Adobe says that support for Z-series cameras is coming soon.

With this release, Red-eye removal will not be a part of the Copy/Paste workflow, including the Paste From Previous option. Red-eye removal adjustments can now only be copied from one image to another via the Auto-Sync functionality.

Finally, Adobe has added several lens and camera profiles to Lightroom classic. The Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+, as well as the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Sony 35mm f/1.4 G-Master, the Sony Alpha 1, the Fujifilm GFX 100S, and the Sony FX3, have all been added along with several other camera bodies and lenses. You can peruse the full list of cameras here and lenses here.

Adobe Lightroom CC

Adobe Lightroom received the same support for new cameras and lenses as Lightroom Classic while also seeing several other updates and feature enhancements.

New in Lightroom for the desktop are the Learn and Discover sections, which is a social-focused addition that shows tutorials and interactive edits by photographers from the Lightroom Community. Adobe has also added new profile support for Apple ProRaw images: those are now imported using the ProRaw Profile by default, which was done to ensure that Lightroom desktop and mobile closely match the in-camera viewing. Lightroom also sees a new activity panel in both the desktop and mobile applications that combines the activity of people and shows them as notifications. You can also mute the settings of a specific panel if you want to see your photos edited without those specific settings active.

In any view, you can now click the Filter icon next to the search bar to filter viewing options such as Edited, Type, Keyword and more. The Edited option is now where you can filter photos based on if they were edited or not, for example.

Adobe has published all this information on its site, so if you’re looking for a deeper dive on any of the notes above, you can find that for Lightroom Classic here and Lightroom CC here.

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