Lightroom: Intelligent dust spot removal syncing.

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One of the problems with removing recurring dust spots is that whether the photo should have it removed depends on the nature of the photo where the dust spot occurs. I propose an intelligent dust spot sync whereby Lightroom assesses the area in the photo where the dust spot is and can decide to apply, skip or downthrottle the correction (opacity) depending on area.

when syncing spot removal adjustments, don't apply (or go easy on) adjustments in the busier areas.

Bonus idea:
Use special indicator for spot removal that was applied automatically, and those that were skipped or down-throttled upon sync, so user can review Lightroom's decisions.

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Rob Cole

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  • often not syncing correction of recurring dust spots because I often need to check each one anyway.

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So if I understand you correctly, you identify the sensor dust spots by examining a single photo in the shoot (perhaps one with a white background), you remove the dust spots on that photo, and then you would like to apply the removal to all other photos in the shoot.

I agree with your suggestion, but I think it would be better still if LR/ACR could identify the spots on its from a reference photo.
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Rob Cole

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Hi Photographe,

Manual syncing of DSR adjustments is supported, as is AutoSync of DSR adjustments. But one must exercise with caution...

I would like to see intelligent DSR adjustment syncing *and* support for reference photo. I see them as a killer combo, as opposed to alternatives:

With your idea, if you have a reference photo, the software can know the exact shape and density of the spot and use that to its advantage.

With this idea, you can (taking advantage of reference photo if available, but not required) downthrottle the adjustment based on likeliness of "improvement"...

If in the bokeh - apply with full force, if in a highly complex/detailed region of the photo - ease up or omit altogether.