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Sat, Apr 16, 2011 5:02 PM

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Lightroom/Camera Raw: Display camera focus information

Nikon cameras stores the focus point that was in focus and the exposure was taken. This would be extremely valuable to see for a sports/action/wildlife photographer.

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408 Points

9 years ago

Capture One reportedly has a new feature where a green mask is overlaid where the picture is most in focus (thumbnails as well). As an action shooter (sports, airshows, etc) that would greatly help identify OOF shots for disposal.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How about a "mask" to show areas of sharp focus?.

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Merged to a wrong topic Please reference the new topic here: How about a "mask" to show areas of sharp focus?

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3.8K Points

9 years ago

My vote would go for the Capture One approach. A quick representation of the in-focus areas would rock.

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I already did. Looks like it's just you and me, kid.

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9 years ago

I went ahead and issued a separate 'Idea' for a sharpness topography feature.

Although related, I see some important distinctions:

- Focus point display is more for learning - to try and understand the relationship between focus points used and what's actually in focus.
- Sharpness topography is more for culling - eliminating out-of-focus photos or choosing amongst a set of related photos...

Personally, I think these two features would complement each other very nicely.

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360 Points

9 years ago

Hi,

Just being able to add a switchable overlay to the photo using the SDK would be a good step forward. Plugins could add whatever they wanted as a sidecar .PNG, for example. An additional 'decoration' icon would toggle each sidecar overlay.

Cheers,
Jim

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Good idea Jim, but might get lost in this thread - maybe a new 'Idea'?

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New Idea ahoy...

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- got my vote ;-}

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286 Points

9 years ago

Add the feature that highlights the focus point in the photo.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: highlight focus points.

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106 Points

9 years ago

Yes, I agree. I would like to see information about what focus point was chosen when a shot was taken.

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768 Points

9 years ago

I think it would be useful, not as some have suggested to find out what is in focus, but I look at the focus points when the image is NOT in focus in the way that I expect. Its part of a kind of forensic exercise: after I work out what I was doing, "what did the camera think it was doing then?". I'm not a professional, or even very good, and this kind of post mortem helps me understand how I have or may have screwed up.

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82 Points

9 years ago

I would like to be able to view the focus point on my images. This is the ONLY thing I miss since I started using Lightroom instead of Nikon NX2. This is particularly valuable when using focus tracking.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Camera Focus Point Display Option.

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124 Points

9 years ago

I also like to see the focus points - of course not only of Nikon but also of Canon gear. :-)

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102 Points

9 years ago

Lightroom does not display focus point for raw images making it difficult to determine why some pictures seem to be sharp and others not. It would be great if Lightroom could display focus point, with a display on/off toggle, for raw images.

As it stands now I launch Nikon ViewNX 2 to check focus/sharpness before importing to Lightroom 4. I will then delete directly out of ViewNX2. This is counter-intuitive to the Lightroom workflow and is frustrating.

This request has been in the queue since at least Lightroom 2 days so I would like to think it is getting close to implementation???

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom 4 - Display focus point in both grid and loupe views.

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9 years ago

There has been revived interest in Capture One. Capture one has a wonderful feature that tells you what part of a picture is in focus. People are also saying that Capture One does a better job quality-wise with Nikon D800 RAW files. I will try it myself.

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692 Points

9 years ago

I've tried a lot Capture One in the past (few month last year), it is a very good software, especially for portrait/studio photographer, skin tones, A so good white balance tool too, tether...

On the over side Capture One does not work so well with Noise reduction and the Sharp tool is awful especially with low megapixel photo (< 25 Mp). I think that Capture One is more designed for medium format.

Capture One's interface is fluid, simple to use and to configure. It have a very personal workflow and no catalog tool. So with not a very strong organisation, a big mess comes very fast in your files.

I'm very exited to use the focus tool before install the soft, finally it is not so useful because is not so accurate, and I didn't use it so much.
I prefer to see where is/are my active AF point(s) and jugde by myself the focus area.

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Yeah, I tried Capture One again after Lr4 came out, just to see again / compare.

It has some nice tools/features, but quality (for D300 pics anyway) is not as good.

They have a 2ndary cataloging program that you buy as an add-on, which I didn't try...

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9 years ago

Thanks Alban, that is very informative. I am shooting with Nikon D800 (36 Mp). Do you think the sharpen tool will be good with that camera?

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I can't tell, you'll need to try it to discover that, but there's is a good chance of good result I think.

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CaptureOne's noise reduction is not up to par with Lightroom, nor is the sharpening. I strongly recommend trying it, in case you like it OK, and if you don't, you'll appreciate Lightroom that much more. Please do share after you give it a go...

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178 Points

8 years ago

Display camera focus information would be very nice to have in Lightroom.

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8 years ago

89 people like the idea but Adobe has not weighed in.