Adobe Lightroom CC (6) Released; Best New Features Are the Little Ones!
Adobe Lightroom CC (or version 6 if you're using the standalone version) was released last week, and has a variety of new features that many will love. There are however two small – but utterly fantastic – features that make my coming-from-Aperture workflow so much better.
Add to Collection on import
Did you know that prior to Lightroom CC, you had to add your photos to a collection after you imported them… not when they imported? Meaning, you would 1) import, then 2) select all the photos you just imported and add them to a collection. Of course if you didn't already have that collection created, you would have to 2) create the collection, then 3) add the photos to that collection. Whereas in Aperture, you would at the time of import choose either an existing Project to import to, or create a new one in the import dialog, and the photos would be added to it. Of course in Lightroom you still have to create a Collection Set if you want to truly get into Aperture-level organization, but that's a whole other saga, for another day.
A big part of this discrepancy is that you don't have to have collections in Lightroom; you can just organize in Finder folders, but this is a methodology I have yet figured out how makes any sense at all, unless you truly never organize your photos beyond the basic put-'em-in-one-folder-and-be-done-with-it system. Personally, in Aperture, Folders, Projects and Albums were the mainstay of my organization techniques, and I expect(ed) the same from Lightroom.
If you're not using Lightroom, but have used Aperture, the above two paragraphs probably make your head hurt. If you've made the transition, you're probably saying “praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster” (or whatever you praise when things go well) right about now. Either way, you can finally do this:
The screenshot above is from the import screen, and the “Add to Collection” option is all new. The (+) you see on the right opens the dialog on the left, where you can create a new Collection, and even create it inside an existing Collection Set.
Filter in Collections!
The second feature that's got me excited either wasn't in the new-feature bullet list or I simply missed it, but you can finally (really?! This wasn't there before?! Someone tell me I just have missed it and it's now enabled… please) search/filter your Collections by name. In Aperture, this was the fastest way to find something. You were looking for a photo from that trip to Paris two years ago, and you were clever enough to name your Projects something like “2013-06-20 | Paris Holiday”? You could search the Projects list for “Paris” and find that project instantly. This isn't important if you have 20 projects. It's kind of critical if you have 2,000. Same in Lightroom… without the ability to search through Collections, it made the concept of having a multi-year Catalog (Library, in Aperture parlance) impractical. But now, you can filter… so now, you can expand.
This is insanely huge. Seems like a little thing, but you know… it is always the little things.
Of course there's more…
There are some other very nice features like built-in HDR merging, a first run at Faces, and some other fun stuff, but for all that I'm going to point you to someone who knows Lightroom far better than I do, Nicole S. Young, aka @nicolesy. She wrote an article on photofocus titled “Say Hello to the NEW Adobe Lightroom CC!”. I highly recommend reading that to get the full scoop.
Live Training can now begin
I've been waiting for this new version of Lightroom to arrive before I started my Live Training series for it; I didn't want to get a few in and have to start over when a new version was released. So sometime in the next couple of weeks we'll finally get that started! It's going to be very much a comparison of features to Aperture, with the idea of helping Aperture users make the switch. And as always I'll remind you that I am not stating that Lightroom is the right choice for everyone. I can only devote so much time to learning new software and I've chosen Lightroom for now, so that's what I'll teach at first. But these videos will certainly help you to make your own decision when the time comes.