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That option adds the newer lightweight Lightroom CC, as well. Adobe no longer offers Lightroom as a one-time download, but you can still find version 6 online at third-party stores, and Adobe still updates it with camera support. The Windows version now only runs on bit operating systems, so get yourself up to date.
You install and update the program through the Creative Cloud utility that sits in the Taskbar; you'll need a fast Internet connection or lots of time for getting started, as it takes up nearly 2GB of drive space. You also have the option to download a full-featured day trial. When I first ran Lightroom, a ball icon bounced over to the software nameplate, showing that clicking on it opened a three-choice dropdown menu. This is where you turn on and off photo syncing with Lightroom mobile, address lookup for GPS coordinates, and face detection.
You can turn the mode entries on and off at top left and even change their font.
A nameplate appears at top left when you sign in for syncing your photos with Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom. Lightroom has a big, ever-present Import button and media auto-detect that launches the nondestructive importer. This lets you see thumbnails and full-size images on memory cards even before you import them.
Lightroom lets you start work on any photo in the set before all the import processing is done. Usually, you'll want to import photos as camera raw files, which offer more control over the final images. Lightroom supports camera raw file conversion for every major DSLR and high-end digital camera. Lightroom imports pictures using a database, which Adobe calls a catalog. The database approach makes sense for photographers with huge collections of large images, and you can store the database file separately from the actual image files.
This is helpful if you want to store them on external media or a NAS. During import, you can have the program build Smart Previews for faster editing, ignore duplicates, add to a Collection, or apply a preset such as Auto Tone.
Another way to get photos onto your computer is to tether it. Mostly of use to pro photographers, tethering lets you connect your camera with a USB or FireWire cable and actually control the shutter release from the computer.
Also new are control over ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and white balance in the software. In Library mode, double-clicking takes you between thumbnail and screen-fit view, and another click zooms in to percent. Zooming, unfortunately, is limited to Fit, Fill, and ratios like , and , and it doesn't make good use of the mouse wheel, as many other photo editors do. You can use a touch screen to pinch-zoom to any level you like—something I was thrilled to see in testing on my Acer THL touch-screen display.
There's even a touch interface with large controls, which you can enable by tapping a finger icon. Lightroom's Library mode offers unmatched organizational abilities, including the ability to group pictures into Quick Collections of thumbnails you select, and Smart Collections of photos that meet rating or other criteria.
Star rating, flagging, and rotating can also be done from within the thumbnails.
One basic fix you can't do unless you move to Develop, however, is cropping, but you can hit the R keyboard shortcut to get right to the cropper, which offers aspect ratio presets and leveling, as well. Another useful tool in Library mode lets you click on thumbnails to apply either metadata or adjustment presets. The program also does a good job of making it easy to compare images side by side.
A Survey mode lets you select several images for larger comparison views, and the loupe tool magnifies spots for close work. Face Detection Like its enthusiast-level sibling, Photoshop Elements , Lightroom offers face detection and recognition. You can get started with the feature either by clicking on the software nameplate at top left and choosing Face Detection from the dropdown, or you can click on the face icon in the toolbar in Library mode to enter People view.
The latter gives you options to start finding faces in your entire catalog or to only find faces on an as-needed basis.
To test this, I chose the first option, and the program began detecting faces right away. It built a grid of unnamed people, stacking those that it detected as being close enough to be considered one and the same person. It's interesting how a person in the same session but with a different expression sometimes isn't included in his or her stack.
Once it's done detecting, you type a name into the box with a question mark below the photo or stack, and it pops right up into the Named People section. Once you name a few, Lightroom proposes names for unnamed face shots. You just hit the check mark if it's correct. It's one of the smoothest and simplest implementations of people tagging I've seen. Adobe has clearly studied how other apps do this and come upon a great interface and process.
I am also impressed that in my testing it only claimed one nonhuman image—a pattern in asphalt—had a face. It did have some trouble with profiles and faces partially hidden by hats and other clothing in my testing.
Once faces are tagged, you can always get to them by tapping the same face icon in Library mode, but I wish you could also easily create smart albums based on peoples' names or even use a People mode as you can use Map mode. Face detection might seem like a consumer feature, but pros who shoot events with lots of faces could certainly make good use of it. Raw Profiles Most Lightroom users probably know that working with raw camera files offers the most leeway when you're correcting images.
It lets you change the image's white balance after the fact and enables you to bring out more detail in over and underexposed areas. Lightroom translates raw data from the camera sensor into a viewable image, using a rendering Profile.
The Profile option already existed in Lightroom and Camera Raw, but it was way down at the bottom of the Camera Calibration section and only offered a few basic choices, most of which were based on your camera manufacturer's software. Now they're at the top of the Edit adjustment panel in the Basic section. These Profiles reflect Adobe's color technology more than that of the camera maker. It's important because it's the starting point for any other editing you do, so it makes sense to put the option at the top.
One quibble is that I wish the option had also been added to Library mode's Quick Develop section; after all, if it's the first thing you should do, it would make sense to have it there. For a while, I've considered that Capture One has done the best job of initial raw conversion—that pictures look better right after you import them and before you make adjustments.
Phase One's software brought out more detail and color than Adobe's blander Standard Profile. Click to enlarge. Profiles are grouped into two basic categories: raw and creative. The raw Profiles only work with raw images, while the last four are special effects that also work with JPG images.
Adobe Color is the default for newly imported photos. It gets a bit more contrast, warmth, and vividness out of the photo than Adobe Standard, which is the same as the previous version of Lightroom. For several of my test shots, particularly of color portraits and landscapes, I now actually prefer Lightroom's initial rendering to Capture One's.
Any photos you've already imported will retain the legacy Adobe Standard Profile, so you may want to go back and switch that to Adobe Color or one of the others if you're working on an older shot. Camera Matching Profiles are based on your camera manufacturer's image rendering. I found these less effective than Adobe's Profiles.
The Monochrome Profile is a better option than starting with a color Profile and then converting to black-and-white. That's because it starts from the raw camera image. Portrait is supposed to reproduce all skin tones accurately, and Landscape adds a lot more vibrancy, since there are no face tones to worry about distorting.
Neutral has the least contrast, useful for difficult lighting situations, and Vivid punches up saturation and contrast. The Creative Profiles may remind many people of Instagram filters. I'm disappointed that they have names like Artistic 01, Modern 04, and so on. I'd prefer names that give you a sense of what the effect does rather than numbers. For example, Instagram users know what the Valencia filter looks like.
Despite that quibble, the Creative Profiles really do add moods, usually without being overdone. In some cases, they produce a one-step improvement. Enhance Details A new tool for raw camera files is Enhance Details, which has landed in both flavors of Lightroom in the February update. The feature is intended to clarify complex parts of an image. It's a very subtle effect, and for many photos, it doesn't do a whole lot, especially for parts of the photo that contain consistent texture, such as the sky.
You access the feature from the Photo menu or from a right-click menu , and then it shows you a dialog with a detail view of your shot. Running it creates a new DNG file. It's a very compute-intensive operation, and even crashed my system on one occasion.
On some shots, the difference wasn't noticeable at all, and on some, it was only noticeable at magnification. I did see more detail in a shot of wet pavement, and it could certainly make a meaningful difference in a large print. However, it doesn't feel close to a 30 percent improvement in detail. In the following shot, if you click and view full size, the gravel on the right side looks more gravelly. In the shot below, the medallion shows more detail to my eyes though not to those of some of my coworkers.
Still, I'm not convinced that it has 30 percent more detail. Photo Adjustment In the Develop mode, sliders for adjustments like Exposure, Contrast, and Blacks all sit right in the middle of their tracks at zero, letting you slide them up and down.