Photography

Lightroom Classic 10.3 Released. Apple Silicon Native and Super Resolution

One thing I did notice was that when importing a lot of images on the older rosetta version, it would sometimes set the fans going on my MacBook Pro, but this doesn’t seem to happen (at least not as much) on the current Apple silicon version.

Super Resolution

Lightroom now includes “Super Resolution” – the AI based upscaling solution that made quite a splash in the most recent version of Photoshop and Camera RAW. This now allows you to upscale your images at a high quality from within Lightroom. This also changes the older “Enhance Details” command to become “Enhance” and the previous “Enhance Details” is now called “Raw Details” inside of this panel.

With this release they have optimised the use of VRAM when in the develop module, so users with a higher amount of VRAM should see some performance improvements

They have also improved the performance of certain functions in the metadata panel, and fixes some performance related bugs.

Tone Curve

This release also improves the performance of the Tone Curve on MacOS.

Changes to Presets and Profiles

There is a minor change to Presets and Profiles with this release. This shouldn’t affect front facing users, but will change the way presets and profiles are stores. Basically, they are not longer stored as a hierarchy within the settings folder, but instead use the “group” data within the preset file to manage folders of presets.

If you create and share your own presets, it is now recommended that you use the “export group” function from within Lightroom rather than actually going to the settings folder on your computer.

there is also a change to the way the “Process Version” checkbox is handled. You will no longer get a warning if the checkbox is unticked, but the process version automatically gets selected if any other selected adjustment requires it. This also affects copy and paste.

Camera and Lens Updates

This release also brings the usual round of camera and lens updates, including the following new cameras.

  • DJI AIR 2S
  • DJI Mini 2
  • Pentax K-3 Mark III
  • Sony A7R IIIA (ILCE-7RM3A)
  • Sony A7R IVA (ILCE-7RM4A)
  • Sony FX3 (ILME-FX3) (final support)
  • Sony Xperia 1 Wide-angle Camera
  • Sony Xperia 1 II Telephoto Camera
  • Sony Xperia 1 II Ultra wide-angle Camera
  • Sony Xperia 1 II Wide-angle Camera
  • Sony Xperia 5 Wide-angle Camera
  • Sony Xperia 5 II Telephoto Camera
  • Sony Xperia 5 II Ultra wide-angle Camera
  • Sony Xperia 5 II Wide-angle Camera

For the full list of lenses added, see the release notes on Adobe’s website.

The update should be available now, along with updates to Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom (desktop and Mobile)

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