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Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 Just Killed My Workflow


Dallas
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Last week Adobe introduced the latest version of their popular Lightroom Classic CC software and at first it seemed like a pretty good upgrade. They introduced several new colour profiles in addition to the old Adobe Standard one and while they weren’t things I could see myself using on a regular basis, it’s always good to see new features coming out for the software. 

 

I was happy right up until I had to do my usual editing for another property shoot I had done last week and discovered that all is not well with the new version. Let me explain. 

 

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Over the years I have developed an efficiency in my workflow that depends on a number of presets that I have added to the develop module. Basically I have presets to do things like straighten vertical lines, remove distortion from my Olympus 9-18mm lens, apply Dehaze in increments of 10, apply a “vanity” filter (which is a value of -20 on the clarity filter), recover 50% highlights and shadows, and so on. 

 

What I normally do when editing a shoot is I open an image and I apply each of the usual presets and depending on how things look on the main preview I will either undo what I applied and select the next preset increment, or if I can’t get my preset to produce the look I want I will then move to the sliders and manually adjust them. The manual adjustments are a last resort because this is a real time sapper when you’re editing through a lot of images. It’s just very handy to be able to do these adjustments with a single click. Once I’m happy with the way the image looks I flag it as a pick (P) and move on to the next one. At the end of the editing session I filter in all the flagged images, select them all and export with (you guessed it) one of a large number of saved exporting presets. I’ve been working this way for several years. 

 

So, when I was editing my property shoot, I was clicking on a preset then moving my cursor over another unrelated preset. I couldn’t understand why suddenly my image was looking horrendous and also that the preset I had just applied didn’t appear to be working (it was the correct verticals one). I also noticed that the fan on my Mac was spinning like crazy and every now and then I would get the spinning beachball too, both things that have not happened in the recent past when doing the same kind of editing. 

 

What could be going on? 

 

It turns out that in Lightroom 7.3 when you move the cursor over a preset in the develop module, it applies that preset as a “preview” over the image you see in that module. In other words, it doesn’t appear in your editing history but you will see the effect that preset has in the main image window instead of just in the smaller preview window on the top left corner of the module. If you happen to slide the cursor over a whole lot of presets on the way to finding one of your regular ones you are in effect causing the computer to activate every one of them and display what they are going to do to the image you’re busy editing. 

 

Ok, I’ll just turn that behaviour off in the preferences, I thought. Except when I went into the preferences there was no option for that to be found. The coders at Adobe have neglected to provide that as an option. 

 

Are you kidding me? 

 

Nope. That’s the way it works now. 

 

Well, needless to say it has a lot of photographers up in arms and if the responses to a request to have this changed on the Adobe community forum are anything to go by, hopefully soon they will see the error of their ways and provide an option to turn this off. Or if they were smart, don’t make the user have to go into the prefs to turn it on again, rather allow us to activate the large preview by holding down the CMD key while hovering over a preset. That would be an efficient solution. 

 

For now I have reverted to the previous version on my iMac (finally returned to me after 3.5 weeks of waiting for the hinge to be repaired - a story for another column). At least I can get on with my work now and not be left wondering what on earth is going on with my images. 

 

If this change is also annoying or interfering with your workflow please follow this link to add your voice to the chorus calling for this to be turned off or at least provided as an option (it's currently "under consideration" by Adobe). 



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Since I normally only use a preset to be applied on import I have not run into the issue you have Dallas.  I really like the Olympus profiles that Lightroom finally added a few versions ago and have been happy ever since.  I find for the Olympus camera I greatly prefer the Olympus profiles over the Adode ones, even the new ones they added with this update.

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Dallas,

get used to it.

LR finally does what decent editors have been doing for a long time, making it much more efficient to quickly compare presets or other settings.

Just move your mouse in a slightly different path and everything is easy.

 

cheers

afx

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Feedback received from Adobe this week indicates that they are working on a fix as they have asked for beta testers to volunteer. I put my hand up because I really can't work with the software the way it currently operates with presets. Lr does show the effect of the preset in the small preview window, so I don't know why they would want it to show in the main loupe too. 

 

In other developer news it looks like DXO are going to break apart as they are filing for bankruptcy. 

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A very kind soul (F. McLion) on the proper Adobe forums has posted a solution to this very annoying "feature" of the new Lr Classic CC. Here's how to disable the presets previewing on the main image: 

 

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1. Launch Lightroom Classic CC

2. Choose Edit > Preferences.

3. In the Preferences dialog, go the Presets tab.

4. In the Presets tab, click the Show Lightroom Presets Folder button. The root preset folder opens in the File Explorer.

5. In the File Explorer, navigate into the Lightroom folder.

6. Go to the link https://adobe.ly/2He219B and download the config.lua file. Copy the downloaded config.lua file into the Lightroom folder mentioned in the previous step. 

7. Relaunch Lightroom Classic CC.

 

The System Info dialog (Help > System Info) should display the config.lua flags entry as shown below, indicating that Lightroom Classic CC is now disabling the live preset preview in the loupe view:

Config.lua-Flags:
Develop.disableLoupePresetPreview = true

 

At first this wasn't working for me but there is a new version of Lr out (7.3.1) that I had to upgrade to before doing this. Once I got the upgrade the fix mentioned works perfectly and you will only see the preview on the small image. 

 

Oh yes, when you paste the config.lua file you put it in the root of the folder that Lightroom takes you to when following step 5. Don't try looking for a sub-folder to put it in. 

 

Now to upgrade my production machine. :) 

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So now my iMac won't update any Adobe software. It goes for a few % points and then stops, throws up a 119 error and that's that. Last night I had a representative take over control of the machine and he managed to get Photoshop updated, but now the other apps are not updating either. Unbelievable. 

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6 hours ago, Dallas said:

So now my iMac won't update any Adobe software. It goes for a few % points and then stops, throws up a 119 error and that's that. Last night I had a representative take over control of the machine and he managed to get Photoshop updated, but now the other apps are not updating either. Unbelievable. 

 

Constant updates to software and operating systems are a mess!  The only solution to this dilemma that is offered by the vendors seems to be for us to buy an entirely new system every 3 years or so.

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I'm so anti-upgrades right now. Even camera upgrades. My 4.5 year old Olympus E-M1's are still going strong (touch wood) and I even dropped one onto hard tiles on a shoot the other day. First time I have ever dropped a camera in 18 years of holding them. Well, I didn't actually drop it, I stupidly undid the wrong knob on the tripod head and watched helplessly as it fell onto the the floor. It survived, as did the Olympus 9-18mm lens, although the lens was completely cockeyed in it's extended position. Somehow I got it back into position and while it was initially a bit tight to retract back into its collapsed position it seems to be perfect again. Thank the Lord. 🙏🏻

 

I gave Adobe another crack at fixing this disaster today and once again they have failed. I don't know what to say...

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      Regular readers will be quite familiar with this space. This is what it looks like when I am shooting pack shots. I don't do too much of that these days - it seems that most online entrepreneurs are quite content to do it themselves even if they don't get quite the result they really want. It does have me thinking that I might very well develop a short course for this group of people showing them how to get a better than cellphone pack shot. Typically I am using my two Olympus FL-600R flashes, one fired into the ceiling at full power (it's the one attached to the orange clamp on the backdrop stand) and the other through an umbrella (which you can see just beyond my camera closest to the desk). In the past I had the huge a/c strobes set up but in this space it's just too much to trip over. This shot is taken with the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye and then straightened with one click in Lightroom using a lens profile I downloaded from somewhere. If I get more pack shot work I am probably going to invest in a long active USB cable so that I can shoot this tethered, which will make it a lot easier to do. 
       

      This is the outcome of that setup above, deep etched in the dreaded Photoshop. It's not a finished shot yet.

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    • By Dallas
      It’s Saturday morning as I sit here typing this run-down of the past week or so in my world of photography. I’ve taken a break from shooting some product here in the studio, which is a nice change from all the real estate I have done this month. So far this month I have photographed 27 homes and I have a small queue of about 5 that I still have to do before the billing cycle ends. More will probably come in next week. I’m not complaining! This work is ideal for me as it gets me out of the house and I get to interact with other living, breathing humans, which is a real pleasure that you can’t explain to people who don’t experience the kind of loneliness that comes with working at home on your own. 
       
      The properties I have done this month range from dilapidated and neglected to spectacular and aspirational. Yesterday I had two homes on polar opposites of that spectrum. One was so bad I almost walked off site. The stink from the bathroom nearly had me retching. The other was an 80’s architecturally designed space that was immaculate and had me longing for a similar space to live and work in. The basement would have made the perfect home office and studio for me. Alas…
       
      Depending on the size of the property it takes me between 20-60 minutes to shoot a listing. The editing takes a similar amount of time and if I could only find a way of automating the Lightroom HDR process I’d probably not have to break much of a sweat when it comes to editing. I did try using the Olympus in-camera HDR features which produce a JPG and .ORF file from about 4 or 5 exposures but they’re not a match for the way Lightroom does it. They tend to come out very flat and look weird. 3 frames taken stop apart and then blended in Lightroom seems to work just fine, but unfortunately I have to tell the program which 3 it has to blend together, so that forms the bulk of my “editing” time. I also apply a few presets, such as correcting verticals and distortion of the Olympus 9-18mm lens. It’s weird that the built in profile doesn’t seem to be able to do this. 
       
      So my typical morning involves photographing up to 3 properties in the same general area, then coming home, having something to eat and commencing the digital output of between 15-40 shots per listing. The rest of the day is spent contacting home-owners and making appointments to do the shoots. Kind of like herding cats. 
       
      During the course of the week I was pointed in the direction of Lumenzia which is a Photoshop panel developed by a photographer named Greg Benz and is offered by him for free. Basically it’s a thing Photoshop experts call “luminosity masking” which sounds frightfully intimidating, but after watching a few of his introductory videos I might just give this a go should I find the time and inspiration to enhance some of the landscape (and property) work I have done in the past. 
       
      The trouble with editing in Photoshop, for me at least, is that I don’t find the interface very intuitive at all and there are so many concepts and hidden shortcuts that are quite daunting. For instance, if you hold down ALT when you click on certain tools or masks, an entirely different set of editing parameters can be activated. Remembering what all this stuff does is difficult for me, but I suppose it will come with practice. But that in itself is another discussion. Do I want to be spending an inordinate amount of time and energy on editing in Photoshop, or do I want to be out and about with my cameras? I think that if I am shooting for myself then yes, I can certainly see the rewards in spending the time and effort learning Photoshop properly, but for cheaply commissioned jobs like real estate and some pack shot work like I am doing today, working with Lightroom is perfectly adequate. 
       
      I like the simplicity of Lightroom. If I could make an analogy between working with the two pieces of software, it would be to say that Lightroom is the smooth highway and Photoshop is the 4x4 track that lead to the same destination. Yes, you can do much more with Photoshop, but getting to your end result requires a lot more technical expertise than that of Lightroom. Just like tackling a 4x4 route.
       

      Regular readers will be quite familiar with this space. This is what it looks like when I am shooting pack shots. I don't do too much of that these days - it seems that most online entrepreneurs are quite content to do it themselves even if they don't get quite the result they really want. It does have me thinking that I might very well develop a short course for this group of people showing them how to get a better than cellphone pack shot. Typically I am using my two Olympus FL-600R flashes, one fired into the ceiling at full power (it's the one attached to the orange clamp on the backdrop stand) and the other through an umbrella (which you can see just beyond my camera closest to the desk). In the past I had the huge a/c strobes set up but in this space it's just too much to trip over. This shot is taken with the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye and then straightened with one click in Lightroom using a lens profile I downloaded from somewhere. If I get more pack shot work I am probably going to invest in a long active USB cable so that I can shoot this tethered, which will make it a lot easier to do. 
       

      This is the outcome of that setup above, deep etched in the dreaded Photoshop. It's not a finished shot yet.
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