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Lightroom, To Upgrade or Not: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace

September 16, 2019


In this week’s episode of ‘Exploring
Photography’, I’ll tell you how you can optimize the performance of Lightroom
cc-by turning off an optimization feature and we’ll look at the new import
dialogue. I like it. A lot of people don’t. We’ll let you decide what you think. AdoramaTV presents ‘Exploring Photography’ with Mark Wallace. Hi everybody, welcome to another
episode of ‘Exploring Photography’ right here on AdoramaTV. I’m Mark
Wallace. Well, I’m hanging out here in a hotel lobby. I’m on my way from Madrid,
Spain to India and I was doing some work in Lightroom and I started to think
about all of the emails and comments and posts I’ve seen on Facebook and Twitter
about the performance issues of Lightroom. Now, all of this comes from the fact that Lightroom, Adobe, actually has released some new versions of Lightroom
recently and a lot of people are complaining, saying that there are some
performance issues, that the new versions of Lightroom are actually slower than
the older versions of Lightroom. Now that’s one thing, the other thing is
Adobe has released a new import dialogue and that’s making some people shy away
from updating their Lightroom altogether, so I wanted to talk about those two issues
two totally different things: performance issues and the new import dialogue. So let’s first talk about the performance issues. Now, what happened around April or May of this year, Adobe released GPU acceleration. What
that means is that the computer can now use that video card to accelerate and
increase the performance of Lightroom, but what’s happened on some machines
it’s actually making it slower. Let me tell you why. When you use the GPU, the
graphical processing unit, you have to actually take all of that data, the
picture information from the CPU, that’s the brains of your computer, you have to put that all over to the GPU and that takes some time so that now the GPU can do some stuff. That has to come back and forth and so there’s some overhead
involved and what happens on an older computer or a computer that doesn’t have a high resolution display or a fancy GPU, that overhead actually slows things down and it actually is faster if you turn GPU acceleration off. The GPU acceleration is
really for those users that have high resolution displays. There’s 4K displays
or if you have a Retina Display if you don’t it’s probably not going to help
you out and the good news is you can turn that on and off to see if your performance increases really easily, so let’s hop into Lightroom
really quickly I’ll show you how to turn off your GPU acceleration to see if that
might increase your performance. Alright, if you’re having those performance issues remember this is only specific to the develop module,
specifically things, zooming in, zooming out, panning around on an image, using the
tone sliders, the present sliders, those types of things. If you’re having issues
there then what you probably need to do is shut off that GPU acceleration so
it’s pretty simple to do that. Just go to your preferences, your Lightroom preferences and then on my
performance right here on this Performance tab. I’ll click on that and then you can see it right here. This is the Use Graphics Processor. Uncheck that and that’s going to fix those performance issues for you because that overhead
goes away. So it’s pretty simple. If you’re having issues just uncheck that. Alright, well that’s GPU acceleration it’s up to you. Turn it on, turn it off to see if it works. The other thing that people are talking a lot about is the new import dialogue. Now, this happened because Adobe got a lot of feedback from new users saying
that importing photos was just confusing. They weren’t sure if the photos came in
or where they went and so Adobe said ‘Hey, enough is enough let’s start from scratch and redesign
the entire thing.’ Now, people have been using Lightroom for a long time have looked at this and said “It’s horrible. I don’t like it. Make it go away”, but the news is it’s not going away. The new import dialogue is going to stick around forever And the thing is, if you’ve been waiting and hesitating to update your Lightroom because of this new import
dialogue, I think should go ahead and update because in my opinion it’s a
pretty good Import dialog. I think it has most of the stuff the old dialogue had,
just laid out a little bit differently. It’s a lot easier to use, in my opinion,
so here’s a look at that import dialogue. Let’s take a look at the new Import
dialog. I’ll just click Import here. Now, in the past everything was on one screen. Now
it’s divided into two separate screens, two separate steps. The first step is
selecting the photos that you want to import. Now, the Lightroom will actually go and scan your hard drive and look for some common folders. Well you might have pictures that need to be imported into Lightroom, your pictures folder on your
desktop, places like that, and so those will show up or you can also browse your
computer to go to a specific file or a folder if you need to. Then of course you
have your camera connected. That will show up. I’ve got a card plugged in, also an external hard drive. So, you can go to any of those places, it’s really simple to
select where the photos are coming from, so in this instance, I’m going to select
this card here and the first thing that’s going to happen is you’ll see everything
shows up and this is a much simplified interface so you’re asking where are the
destination folders and where the source folders? Well those are sort of hidden
away, and so to get to those you could just say import these photos. You don’t want to do that because you haven’t said where they’re going to go. So, over here there’s this little gear. Once you kick that out this little side panel shows up and now here are some of those things that you’re familiar with, things like the destination where you want your
photos to go and if you want to import preset or develop preset or build the
previews, smart previews etc. Those are all there. Some things are missing,
specifically file handling now has copy and add. Move has been removed, it’s no longer a feature and the other feature that’s most notably missing is the check box that will automatically eject your card when you’re import is finished. That has been removed. There’s a lot of people asking for Adobe to bring that back, myself
included, but for now it is gone so to get to the destination, you’ll notice
that there aren’t all those folders and names down here that used to be down there so
now it’s just like any other application, where you want to store your images, you
just select and then you go to the folder that you want to store your images in so I’m going to say in my photos folder so I’m going to hit cancel because it’s already there by default and then you can put that into a subfolder. From this I want to put these
in the Portugal subfolder because I’m in Portugal right now. You can organize these into
one folder, you can organize them by date, just like you had before so this should
be pretty familiar to those of us that have used Lightroom for a while. The other thing here is you can now add these to a
collection on import. That’s sort of tucked away in underneath there. It’s really sort of nice and then you can also add copyright information so when you click that you can add in your copyright 2015 Mark Wallace, if I want to do that. Also, you can have your keywords
added right here, so I can put in here bus rides, this was a fun bus ride or
whatever it is that you want to key word your images with. All the rest of the
stuff I think is pretty self explanatory for those of us that have been using Lightroom for a while. The other thing that’s hidden away over here is this little folder right
here. You click that. Now you can see all of those source file so if you didn’t, maybe, get it right on the screen as previous to this, selecting which files you wanted
to import, you can always do that here, you can go in and figure out which device
you want to use or which folder or you can just browse the computer and it works just like it did before but by default, that is hidden. Once all that’s done then
you can just click the Import and all of your photos are going to be imported
and everything else works just like it did in previous versions of Lightroom. Alright, well I think you can see that the new Import Dialogue is much simpler,
it’s pretty easy to use . Yeah, it’s going to take a little time to get used to it but I
think once Adobe restore some of those features that are missing specifically
ejecting your card once the import is complete and maybe that move feature and some other things we’ll be right back where we were and we’ll start to love the software, just like we used
to and I think for new users, it’s actually better, I know a lot of people don’t agree
with me on that, in fact most people don’t, but I think it’s going to be good for
new users because it’s much simpler. Well, thanks so much for joining me for
this episode of ‘Exploring Photography’. Don’t forget to check out the Adorama Learning Center. We’ve got a ton of videos and articles and things that you can check out to learn how to use Lightroom. You can check out all the reviews on latest software and hard drives and all that kind of stuff as well. So don’t forget to
check out the Adorama Learning Center and also don’t forget to subscribe to AdoramaTV. It’s absolutely free and that way you don’t miss a single episode. There’s just so much free and amazing contentt, you don’t want to miss out. So
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