Lightroom/Camera Raw: Display camera focus information

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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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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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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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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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Display camera focus information would be very nice to have in Lightroom.
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89 people like the idea but Adobe has not weighed in.
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Lightroom 4
Please add focus points ...this because it is easier and faster to see if i had a correct focus on the " moving " object ..or not !
I am sorry but I found it handy in Aperture and used it when photographing birds or animals .
Now that i've switched to LR#4 i miss the option.....it makes my workflow slower.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Focus point indication on LR#4..
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This feature should not be implemented just for Nikon cameras. Canon cameras also store full focus point information, including the entire grid layout, the grid points as enabled by the selected AF mode, as well as the currently selected AF point(s) and the AF point(s) that actually locked on. All of this information could be created to replicate the viewfinder HUD in Lightroom, which I would personally find very useful. Ever so often my camera will miss focus, and it would be useful to know what points actually locked, and determine if it was simply a camera miss, or whether I had accidentally moved the AF point off the subject, etc.
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Same for PENTAX camera's. Photome can display this data, so it is possible..
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Good idea. How about storing focus distance information?
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Focus distance was eliminated because it was not reliable enough. - it worked ok some-times/some-cameras, but others: not ok. To work-around you'll need a plugin like ExifMeta.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Ability to view autofocus points selected by your camera..


I feel that seeing the autofocus point used by my camera serves as a great learning tool when I'm critiquing my pictures and determining why my picture did not come out as sharp as I would have expected. Other software programs use this feature and I find it very helpful.
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Suggestion to make LightRoom better..


I come from Apple Aperture, after switching to LR5 I have hardly looked back. however two things I miss every day. the ability to display the active focus points, it can be done, it works fine in Aperture. And I miss a magnifying glass so you can quickly spot check a photo without having to enlarge the entire image.

Add the two things, and LR is the best RAW converter there is.

Kind regards Henrik
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Auto-focus points??.


It would be great if Adobe Lightroom would identify the autofocus point(s) used in taking photos once the image is loaded into the LR program. (Breezebrowser does this). Could you incorporate such a feature in future LR updates?
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Check out this free plug-in: http://www.lightroomfocuspointsplugin...
"Shows all focus metadata
Besides showing the position of the focus points used, provides all available info such as focus distance, focus mode etc. Also supports cropped images."
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I tried the new focus-point plugin and it works as advertised (displays focus points). It's still got some usability issues, but once those are ironed out will be a very worthwhile plugin.

I recommend everybody with Nikon and/or Canon cameras who is interested in focus points to try it, and give the author feedback.

(in the future it may support other camera brands too - author takes requests..).

Thanks to Son Nguyen for informing us (he is not the author, the author has not released his name, yet..).
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Thanks for a great plugin. It works fine on my MAC. :)
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Finally!! Glad to see this plugin come out and I would say it is spot on in terms of the information it captures. I really like the depth of field information as well. Great job!

Would be nice if the information could be presented within LR to make a more integrated experience but I'm assuming that would not be possible.

Anyway, really like the plugin and plan on using it often.
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A big thanks to Chris Reimold for the Lightroom focus-points plugin.
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Status update: usability improved for multi-monitor Mac users, and Chris is working on improving Windows version too (primarily for multi-monitor environment).
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled ACR - View the focus point in a Raw photo.

To the software creators of PS CC2015: Nikon and Canon software makes it possible to view the point where we focused in a RAW photo; would be very useful to add that feature to CC2015.
Some photographs come out out of focus (like when we focus in the eyes of a person but that was not the focus point chosen by the camera). That problem can be avoided if PS CC shows us where the focus point was selected.
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Poor old Aperture had a feature whereby the points that achieved focus could be overlain on the photo. I found this a really worthwhile feature as a means of quickly assessing whether focus had been achieved where it was intended, e.g. on the eyes or the bridge of the nose in portraits, or to give an idea of depth of field across the subject. Has anybody heard any rumours/rumblings about the possibility of this being added to Lightroom?
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Given that LR6 can recognise faces (supposedly, haven't used it myself) the facial recognition features/points could be combined with the focus points to become a very useful tool/filter that could indicate if the face was in focus. Of course there are always times when you *don't* want a face to be in focus but most of the time this *is* what you want...
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This should have been added to Lightroom long long time ago.

Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony all of these companies store this data in the exif.
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It's a reasonable request to help in processing workflow.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please add native support for showing focus points - available plugins are cumber....

Hi!

Just wanted to chip in as one of the persons really missing the possibility to natively show focus points directly in Lightroom, without having to use the available plugins, which I find rather cumbersome and slow.

I recently moved from Aperture, where this has been available for ages. That said, of course I find Lightroom much more powerful.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please add native support for showing focus points - available plugins are cumber....

Hi!

Just wanted to chip in as one of the persons really missing the possibility to natively show focus points directly in Lightroom, without having to use the available plugins, which I find rather cumbersome and slow.

I recently moved from Aperture, where this has been available for ages. That said, of course I find Lightroom much more powerful.