Lightroom 5.2 & Camera Raw 8.2 Released 9/17

Summary – Many or most photographers use one or both of these tools. Adobe keeps making them better. The latest release has several new features (in addition to the usual bug fixes & new camera added).

 

I’m coming around to LR & ACR

As much from necessity as anything

Mostly due to Nikon’s ineptitude when it come to

Capture NX2, my previous Raw converter of choice

The more I use LR & ACR, the more I like them

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Autumn Leaves in New England

Headed up this way at the end of the month

Ten shot vertical pan in-camera (Nikon D300) multiple exposure

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New Features in Lightroom 5.2 (taken from here)

  • A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction. This helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts
  • Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool:
    • New Feather control
    • Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage
    • Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle
  • Auto Exposure has been improved to be more consistent across images and across different image sizes.
  • Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge.
  • Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush:
    • Right Click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete
    • Control+Alt+Drag (PC) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment

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New Features in Camera Raw 8.2: (taken from here)

NOTE – these also appear in the LR5.2 list above, including the interactive histogram which is not mentioned there.

  • The Histogram is now interactive. This enables the ability to click and drag on the Histogram to adjust the Blacks, Shadows, Exposure, Highlights, and Whites sliders.
  • A Color Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel. This helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts.
  • Added new “rectangle mode” to white balance eyedropper tool.  Click-and-drag with the eyedropper tool to define a rectangular pixel area.  Upon releasing mouse, Camera Raw will use all the pixels within the marked rectangle to set the global White Balance.
  • Workflow presets are now available and can be selected by context-clicking the workflow link.
  • Presets have been added to the Save dialog box.
  • Auto Exposure has been improved to be more consistent across images and across different image sizes.
  • Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool:
    • New Feather control
    • Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage
    • Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle
  • Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush:
    • Move brush adjustments by clicking and dragging on brush adjustment pins
    • Right Click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete
    • Control+Alt+Drag (PC) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment o Alt+Click (PC) / Option+Click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to delete the adjustment

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4 thoughts on “Lightroom 5.2 & Camera Raw 8.2 Released 9/17

      • On a related note, I have just received Freeman Patterson’s “Photography and the art of seeing” after the praise from you. Let’s see whether I can get a head-start on your series.

        And while “amazoning” for it, I also came across Michael Freeman’s “The photographer’s eye”, which on a first 30secs scan looks even more comprehensive. Maybe. Do you know that book? Any comments?

        • MF’s book is also good. I can also recommend Mante’s book “The Photograph” and Zakia’s “Perception & Imaging”. All approach the subject in both similar and different ways making the total collection very good. Depends on how deep you want to go.

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