01 October 2017

Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin

Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Show Focus Points for Adobe Lightroom Version 1.01
This free plug-in is an easy and quick installation via the Lightroom Plug-In Manager and then provides access to your camera's focus points via the Library Module.

By default Adobe Lightroom 5 / 6 does not offer any way to view your camera's focus points, but the Show Focus Point Adobe Lightroom plugin shows which focus points were selected by your camera when the photo was taken.

All the relevant EXIF data and additional focus information will be available for each image viewed via the Show Focus Points plugin. 

I find the Show Focus Points plugin in Lightroom 6 an essential part of my own workflow for fine-tuning my Birds in Flight / Action photography. 

My own software operating environment: Windows / Lightroom 6 (desktop).

During my my Adobe Lightroom private training in Milnerton, Cape Town I briefly demonstrate the Show Focus Points plugin (and installation) if required.

Download >> Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

AF Points Lock On
For the below Canon EOS 7D Mark II example I used Large Zone AF and the Show Focus Points plugin clearly show the four AP points that locked on - spot on in terms of the area that I focused on. The legend in the plugin will provide more detail ito specific AF-system used and which individual AF points locked on when focus was achieved (in-camera).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF Focus Lightroom Points Plugin Example
For the below image I used my Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm capturing an Egyptian goose at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 

EXIF / Focus information provided by the Lightroom Show Focus Points plugin:
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
  • Focal Length: 400mm
  • Exposure: 1 / 5000s / f/6.3 / ISO 1000
  • Focus Mode: AI Servo AF
  • AF area mode: Large Zone AF
  • Focus / subject distance: between 15.17 m and 140.58 m
  • Depth of Field: 9.08 m (73.60 - 82.68 m)
  • Hyperfocal Distance: 1332.82 m
  • Total number of AF Points:  65 AF Points
  • Number of AF Points selected: 25 AF Points

Autofocus / Active Focus Point(s) Legend / AF Grid
Specific AF information will be provided by the plugin's Legend - Actual AF information will vary by camera and in-camera AF-selection options.

Image (From Canon EOS 7D Mark II / from the Library Module in Lightroom 6)
    
Image 1: Original file in Adobe Lightroom 6 (RAW to JPEG conversion)

Image 2: Uncropped RAW Image with Focus Point information from Show Focus Points

Image 3: Cropped RAW Image with Focus Point information from Show Focus Points 

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Image in Lightroom 6
Image 1 : Original RAW File (Adobe Lightroom 6)


Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin
Image 2 : Uncropped Image - Focus Point Information (Adobe Lightroom 6)

Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin
Image 3 : Cropped Image - Focus Point Information (Adobe Lightroom 6) 

Camera models supported by the Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

Lightroom Focus Points plugin currently works for all past-2002 Canon EOS DSLR and all Nikon DSLRs.

Canon EOS 1D X / 1D C, 1D Mark 4, 1Ds Mark3, 1D Mark3, 1Ds Mark2, 1D Mark2 N, 1D Mark2 - 5D Mark 3, 5D Mark 2, 5D Mark2, 5D, 6D, 7D - 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D - 700D, 100D, 650D (Rebel T4i), 600D (Rebel T3i), 550D (Rebel T2i), 500D (Rebel T1i), 450D (Rebel XSi), 400D (Rebel XTi), 350D (Rebel XT), 300D (Rebel), M, EOS 1100D, EOS 1000D. Most Canon Powershot models should work as well.

Nikon: D4s, D4, D3S, D3X, D3, D2Xs, D2HS, D2X, D2H, D1X, D1H, D1 - D750, Df, D810, D800, D800E, D700 - D610, D600, D300S, D300, D200, D100 - D7100, D5300, D5200, D5100, D7000, D5000, D90, D60, D40X, D80, D70s, D50, D70 - D3300, D3200, D3100, D3000, D40

Compatibility Source: Lightroom Focus Points Plugin PDF User Guide
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