Lightroom CC and 6 have gotten a .1 update today, along with a matching Camera Raw 9.1.
The big news is already out of the bag from Terry White last week, and it’s the Dehaze slider, which removes haze in landscapes shots. Like the good old Clarity tool, you can use it in reverse to add fog to a shot. Great for adding mood. Here’s a look at the effect.
In addition, there’s also two new local sliders, Whites and Blacks. These allow you to make adjustments using Brush, Graduated Filter and Radial Filter on the extreme ends of the tonal range at on individual parts of your image.
A huge thing to note is these features are Creative Cloud only. Please note that you CAN use presets that contain the effects though.
The Legal Stuff
To all the disappointed perpetual users, you’re getting the same level of update support in previous versions of Lightroom, which is ongoing lens and camera support. If you weren’t aware of why new features can’t be added to perpetual software, it’s because the US Government has made ‘it illegal for a vendor to add unadvertised features to software that has already been paid for through the Sarbanes-Oxley act’ as noted by Micah Burke in the Lightroom Journal comments. If you want this changed and you’re a US citizen, then start lobbying your politicians. While people will use this a vehicle to imply greed on the part of Adobe, it’s simply Adobe complying with a law they have no say over. It doesn’t apply to the subscription model because you’re renting the software.
The iOS version of Lightroom mobile now supports videos and adds Vignette, Color, B&W Mix and Tone Curve to the available tools.
Camera and Lens support
As with all single digit releases, there is support for new cameras including the Fuji X-T10, officially out this week. The entire list is on Lightroom Journal.
Again there’s a load of bug fixes, but as a Fuji user, the note that ‘In collaboration with Fujifilm, we are still investigating methods to improve fine detail rendering and overall edge definition.‘ is a great one!