6 Features That Should Have Been In Lightroom 6 (But Aren’t)

Lightroom 6 (aka Lightroom CC) was just announced (click here to find out what’s new!). I’ve been eagerly waiting for this release – pretty much from the moment Lightroom 5 was announced. And I have to be honest: I’m disappointed. Here’s what’s up.

From where I stand, it seems like significant development on Lightroom has stalled. Lightroom 6 is a fairly incremental update from Lightroom 5. Yes, there are some new features (like HDR, pano merge, GPU performance boost, facial recognition, etc.), but none of them are particularly innovative. Add to that the fact that Lightroom 5 was also a pretty incremental update from Lightroom 4 and you can see that it’s been a long time since anything really revolutionary has happened with this software. The biggest problem is that there are major areas that have been needing improvement for years, but have been mostly ignored.

So here’s a list of the features I think Lightroom 6 should have had…

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Introducing The Ultimate Guide to Buying a New Camera, and Our Recommended Photography Equipment!

Whew! That’s a long title, but it’s because we’ve been working for a long (long) time to get these two free new resources launched!

See, we’ve realized that finding camera gear that suits your needs can be tough. Really tough. So we wanted to help!

And today we’re super excited to announce the release of two pages designed to help you find the right gear…

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3 Secret Ways To Make Lightroom Smart Previews Even More Useful

There’s an important new feature in Lightroom 5 that you might not be taking full advantage of: Smart Previews. We’ve been using Smart Previews over the past year and there’s a big tip that I want to share with you.

About Smart Previews

First, a little bit about Smart Previews: You can create Smart Previews of your photos in Lightroom 5. Once you have the Smart Previews, you will be able to view photos in your library, even if they are not currently connected to your computer. You can even edit photos that aren’t currently connected! It’s like magic!

Once you re-connect a hard drive or storage system that contains the photos, the adjustments you made to the Smart Previews will then be applied to the original image.

Smart Previews work by creating a low resolution compressed DNG file from your original raw or JPEG photos in your Lightroom library. This all happens behind the scenes, and you may not even notice that you’re working with Smart Previews in Lightroom (except that the hard drive containing the original files isn’t connected). (For reference Adobe states that 14GB of original photos will take up about 400MB of space in Smart Previews).

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12 Answers To Your Burning Questions About Shooting Raw

Who ever thought that something called raw would be so scandalous?

When we wrote the very simple article, 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Shooting RAW, we had no idea what was in store for us. Over the past couple years it’s turned into a giant, and gets the most views and comments and debates of any post on our entire site! Crazy.

And while it has helped a lot of folks learn all about shooting in the raw format, and get better quality images from their cameras, it has also opened up some questions. So today I’ll be going over some of the most frequently asked questions and hopefully filling in the gaps about shooting in the raw format.

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How To Prepare For A Photography Trip

In less than one week we will be getting on a plane to go to Brazil, to watch the end of World Cup 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. (!!!)

But even though the trip is still a ways away, we’ve already been preparing for weeks, especially when it comes to the photography side of things.

There’s not much that’s more exciting as a photographer than the prospect of going off on a great adventure, camera in hand. New places, new sights, new experiences – all yours to document and preserve.

But getting ready for a trip can be a daunting task: choosing the right gear, making sure you pack everything you need, and ensuring that you leave everything at home in good order.

We’ve taken quite a few trips with our cameras, learned from lots of mistakes, and figured out a pretty good to-do list to make sure we’re prepared.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Shooting RAW

You’ve probably heard over and over that you should be shooting in RAW.

But do you know why it’s so important? And what it really means for your images? Let’s sort it out!

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