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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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LIGHTROOM: support for camera focus points, sharp focus auto-check, facial recogn....

Where's the best place to post a features wish list? If Lightroom could support reading the focus points from the camera metadata, it seems like it would be easy to run an action to check those focus points for sharpness and automatically reject any images that aren't sharp. What about blink detection or facial recognition and auto tag for naming? If FaceBook can do that, I don't see why Lightroom can't. How about selecting a group of photos and having Lightroom check the faces and finding the best one? I work on a lot of other photographer's photos and for us that shoot events and a lot of photos... these would be huge time savers!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled BRIDGE - Show focus point.

I use Bridge to organize and review images.  It provides all the information I need, with the exception of showing the camera focus point.  When taking upwards of 1000 images per day, it would be extremely helpful in my first cull.  Nikon ViewNX2 shows the focus point, but has many disadvantages when used in that manner.  The focus point is captured in the metadata, so it should be a relatively simple addition.
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Apple's Aperture did this for years. Hard to believe it's a technical challenge for Adobe. I recently migrated from Aperture to Lightroom, and I'm frankly stunned that Adobe doesn't get this. I love LR's merge to HDR and pano features, but there are just too many headslap moments like this. The lack of 3-up view is another major step backwards in my culling workflow. Honestly, what Adobe needs more than engineers is some real-world (not studio) photographers consulting on product design. From a UI standpoint, Aperture was brilliant. LR not so much. I mean, jeez, no customizable keyboard shortcuts? Really?!?! I better shut up now before it gets ugly.
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It is a bit clunky and slow, but there is a plug-in that works for quite a few Canon and Nikon cameras:

http://www.lightroomfocuspointsplugin.com/#faq

This same link to a plug-in has been repeated in earlier posts within the thread you've been merged into.

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Focus points not useful if you focus and then move to compose your shot. Far better would be image analysis showing what's in/out focus and by how much.
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Hi Benjamin,

Though you of course have a point, I do not agree with you statement that this is not a useful feature.

I totally agree on your point with the image analysis.

I am using a Canon EOS 1D X with 61 focus points spread over most of the frame.
Hence, I Compose my shot/frame and then select the correct focus point for the shot. Depending on the scene, using the method "focusing/reframing" can throw the subject out of focus. 

The method suggest by me to ensure perfect sharpness of course is only ideal with cameras with sufficiant focus points spread across the frame. But, most new pro and semi-pro cameras have sufficient focus points to easily accommodate this work-flow. 

Focusing and then reframing is a popular way to work, but not the optimal if you want to make sure to have pin-point-focus. IMHO showing focus points is hence very essential; I think that it is an extremely annoying omission by Adobe and do not understand why they do not implement this feature.

Concerning the focus-point-plugin mentioned in another post: I personally find the plugin way too slow and cumbersome - but it shows that it is doable and it is nice that somebody has spend his time making this available.

As already mentioned by another member prior in this thread, Aperture did this and Canon and Nikon's prorpriatory software shows the focus points as well.

Adobe, wake up!

Didn't Bridge use to show the focus points (six years back or so)?

Have a fantastic day and good luck with your photography.
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I would like to see focusing points in Lightroom and not a plug in!.  This thread started 6 years ago and it is not addressed.  It is basic photography information which would make my initial sort of images much much easier and faster.  Thanks.    
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Canon also stores the focus point.
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I find that use of several plugins to show focus points and to apply a focus mask in Lightroom a very handy tool and wish that it was part of Lightroom since the focus point used is easily obtained from EXIF.

Of course, it would only show WHAT focus point was used, not necessarily where focus actually was achieved, but that could easily be added as an option as well, since there are 3rd party plugins that do that quickly and easily as well.

Be nice if both the focus point used and the focus masking would just be a keystroke, built into ACR/Lightroom.
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Except the Mac plugin on github, haven't most of the external focus point plugins disappeared?  No longer compatible....
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Toggle Focus Points On and Off in Library Mode.

Show Focus Points in Library Mode: There is a 6-year old thread that talks about Lr showing focus points. I think it would be very useful to be able to toggle on and off the location of focus - for focus stacking or choosing among similar photographs. I use a plug in called Show Focus Points, but just seeing the focus points in Library view would be much more convenient. Thanks for considering this.
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I also use Show Focus Points - but also am starting to use Focus Mask, which shows what is in focus instead of what focus point the camera used.  Helpful if you focused and recomposed. 

http://www.capturemonkey.com/focusmask/
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This looks great. Unfortunately, it's LR only, and I use CR. So I still want something like this from Adobe because they keep LR and CR in sync—basically.
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Definitely would be better if built in for sure!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Camera Focus Point Feature.

After purchasing LR a few days ago, I was surprised and disappointed to learn that it was not able to display the camera focus point(s) on my RAW images.  I do bird photography, and found this very useful while using Aperture and Canon's DPP for editing.  I encourage Adobe to add this to LR.

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AS mentioned in a few earlier posts the use of Show Focus Points plug seems to meet many needs and maybe helpful here. Take a look at http://www.lightroomfocuspointsplugin.com 
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I have used this plugin for quite some time now, and it can indeed come in handy, but it shows what focus point was selected and used by the camera (pretty much what any will do) If you focus, then recompose then of course the focus point is not necessarily what is in focus - I have also added the focusmask plugin to Lightroom from CaptureMonkey, which ends up showing what in the image is in focus, not just what point was used.

http://www.capturemonkey.com/focusmask/