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Discover What's New in Lightroom: August 2022

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

A quick look at the new features and fixes for Lightroom and Lightroom Classic

 

It's mid-August, which means another round of Lightroom updates are upon us, taking the app versions to Lightroom 5.5 and Lightroom Classic 11.5. While we wait for the much bigger updates that usually roll out with the Adobe Max conference each October, let's take a quick look at what's new.


These are minor updates, so there's no supporting video (in case you were wondering). If you're behind on the bigger updates that came in June, be sure to check out my What's New in Lightroom: June 2022 blog post, and/or my Top 5 Big New Updates for Lightroom video over on YouTube.

 

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What's New in Lightroom Classic


You may want to grab a favorite drink or snack and get comfortable because there's... well, not much, actually. We're in the gap between the bigger summer updates and the large Adobe Max announcements, so these August rollouts are typically reserved for bug fixes, and that is indeed the case for the cloud based Lightroom desktop app.


That said, there are a couple new - and convenient - features for Lightroom Classic that are worth exploring.


A screenshot of what's new in Lightroom Classic for the August 2022 updates
New features for Lightroom Classic

Those first two items sound interesting but, unfortunately, when you click on the Learn More button when you're presented with this update splash screen when launching Lightroom Classic you're taken to an Adobe page where you don't really learn much more.

THE NEW KIND FILTER


This probably falls under the "Huh, that's cool" category. I'm not sure how often I'll use it, but the new Kind filter available in the bottom filmstrip lets you quickly filter by media type within a folder or collection.


A screenshot of the new Kind filter in Lightroom Classic
The new 'Kind' filter in Lightroom Classic

I use Virtual Copies a fair bit, and sometimes I don't want to see them - or I only want to see them - so having the ability to quickly filter the filmstrip to show only Originals or Virtual Copies, or Videos, will come in handy here and there.


Conveniently, since it's in the filmstrip filter options, it's available across all modules.


NOTE - If you don't see the filter icons next to the word "Filter" above your filmstrip, simply click on Filter to unhide them. For whatever reason, they were all hidden after I upgraded to Lightroom Classic 11.5.


A screenshot of Lightroom Classic and its filter options
Click Filter to unhide filter icons
 
 

ADD LEFT COLUMNS FOR LIBRARY FILTERS


For this one you'll need to be in the Library module using Grid view. When there, above the grid, you have a few different Library Filter options you can activate to help filter your images. With Lightroom Classic 11.5, you now have the ability to add columns on both the left and right when using the Metadata filter panels.


A screenshot of Lightroom Classic 11.5 showing the Library filter options
Lightroom Classic Library filters
A screenshot of Lightroom Classic's Metadata filter options
Lightroom Classic Metadata filters

To add (or remove) a column, simply click on the tiny dropdown menu that appears in the upper right of any column when you hover on its top bar:


A screenshot of Lightroom Classic 11.5 showing the options to add Metadata columns to the left or right
Add Metadata columns to the left or right

Previously, you could only choose to add a column and it always defaulted to adding it to the right of the selected column. Again, nothing groundbreaking, but a nice convenient update.


To learn more about using Library filters, check out Adobe's written guide here.


 
 

ALLOW PERMISSIONS TO OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE ON macOS


This may actually be a fairly helpful update for macOS users. Since Apple added new privacy enhancements in macOS 10.14, Mojave, some Lightroom users were encountering issues accessing files. There's now a warning dialogue that will appear if Lightroom Classic detects any permissions issues:


macOS permissions warning in Lightroom Classic
macOS permissions warning

By clicking on Learn More, you'll be taken to a handy Adobe page that walks you through the steps to provide the needed permissions to avoid running into issues (they also provide guidance on when to ignore the warning). You can find those macOS steps here, as well.


Annnnnd... that's all for the August updates. Below, I share some of the more significant bug fixes that have been addressed in both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic.


 
 

New Lens & Camera Support for Lightroom & Lightroom Classic


I'll keep the new camera support short and sweet: The Samsung Z Fold4 cameras are now supported, as are the cameras on the Sony Xperia. You can find all the details around Raw file extensions and Camera Matching Profile availability on the Camera Raw info page (keeping in mind Lightroom and Lightroom Classic run on the Camera Raw engine).


As for new lens support, there are few bigger additions that are worth calling out on their own:

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Head to the Camera Raw supported lenses page for the complete list of newly added lenses in the August 2022 updates.

 
 

Bug Fixes in Lightroom & Lightroom Classic


Many of the bug fixes included in any given update for Lightroom or Lightroom Classic are rather obscure, to the point that most users may never encounter (or notice) them. Below are the ones I've personally run into, ones that others are likely to have encountered, or ones that were the most impactful to workflows.


FIXED BUGS IN LIGHTROOM CLASSIC

  • DNG files have a pink cast in preview and thumbnail

  • Library previews are not updating

  • Import is creating OS-level duplicate file names

  • Graphic watermark with opacity below 100 turns grey upon export

  • Boundary Warp in panoramic merges fails

  • Unable to enter Copy Name

FIXED BUGS IN LIGHTROOM (CLOUD BASED APP)

  • Error: "Some photos were not added. Unable to copy file."

  • Grid overlay missing in Geometry/Rotate, Horizontal/Vertical

  • Filmstrip not visible in Compare view

You can find the complete list of bug fixes below:

 

Parting Words


As noted at the start, there's nothing to get too excited about with these August updates, although I'm pretty happy to see some of those bugs addressed.

As always, if you have any questions, drop them in the comments below!


Until next time, take care.


-MR