Lightroom: Integrate AutoSync & QuickDevelop (or add relative option to auto-sync)

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Presently, AutoSync sets all photos to the same values when one makes an adjustment. I'd much prefer it to work like QuickDevelop - relative adjustments.

Note: if photos are starting at the same values, relative is same as absolute, its only when one had already made some adjustments that they differ - in that case I rarely want to replace previous adjustments with incoming.

In the interest of maintaining the existing capability as well, a simple mode switch would solve the problem: AutoSync/Relative(new mode) vs. AutoSync/Absolute (as now).

Probably a good time to do this would be when Lib + Dev modules are integrated, but even if that is not done - I'd like to see an option for AutoSync to work differently.

As it stands, AutoSync is really only useful immediately after import - if I neglect to use AutoSync before making preliminary adjustments (which I often like to do as a part of culling, since sometimes its hard to tell if its a keeper until tone is in the ball park...) - its too late.

I presently use these workarounds:
1. Switch to Library/QuickDevelop if relative adjustments are of the basic variety, or
2. Use DevAdjust's relative adjustment feature.

But, I would prefer integrated/native support.
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Rob Cole

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  • strangely neutral - my workarounds get the job done, but I shake my head everytime I have to use them.

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Let me pose an alternative solution. I have suggested in the past that additional features from Library continue to be added to Develop as they have been over time. One of those is the relative adjustments from Quick Develop.

The idea here would be, if you grab a slider or enter a value numerically while autosync is active, the behavior would be as now - absolute. If you use the relative arrows instead or use the incremental adjustments we have now through the arrow keys while a particular adjustment is in focus, then the behavior would be relative.

Attached is a mock-up of a Develop panel with relative adjustment arrows. I don't claim to be an artist and this is a bit rough, so it's just to give the general idea that the QD arrows could be integrated with the Develop sliders in some way.
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I'd be happy with that implementation. Would solve the problem of yet another mode thing to be aware of... - good idea.

If this implementation were used, I'd especially like keyboard modifiers too, or something - I often want to adjust things more finely than existing keyboard increments or quick-dev allow.

e.g. ctrl, shift, or alt changes increment to finer adjustment.

Better still - just make them all finer - and maybe keyboard modifier to make coarser. Or something - as it stands increments are often too coarse. Its not *as* bad for QD in lib - which is intended for very rough n 'quick, but in dev module one may easily be fine tuning a bunch...
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"I often want to adjust things more finely than existing keyboard increments or quick-dev allow. "

You know, there are already - select and highlight the numbers and then use the arrows.
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Thanks. Funny - that's how I used to always do it in the earlier days (click to select first). Then I learned about the keyboard incrementation without pre-selection and started using that instead, without realizing the increments are different. Now will use both, depending...