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Auto Upright changed algorithm recently?

Community Beginner ,
Aug 01, 2022 Aug 01, 2022

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Not sure whether it is just me. I use auto upright on 95% of my images and it saves me a lot of time. It used since the day it was introduced and is used to do a good job, and rarely needed further corrections. I'd say good results on 7 or 8 out of 10.

 

Now it seems I rarely get a good result when I click auto upright and just on today's jobs so far, it only got right 8 out of 65 images.

 

Has the algortihm changed recently? Just re-set my prefs, so it's not that.

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Aug 01, 2022 Aug 01, 2022

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AFAIK, nothing changed. Unless Adobe changed it in silence.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Aug 01, 2022 Aug 01, 2022

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Works as usual on my end.

Can you explain in more details or share samples?

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Aug 01, 2022 Aug 01, 2022

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It's usually basic interior rooms, with typical verticals, and when I hit the auto upright, it does sort of tries to correct it, but most of the time I'm finding it is just short of properly corrected, and I need to go with the guides to make it right. 

 

In the past this was a rare occourance, now way too frequent.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 01, 2022 Aug 01, 2022

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Please post your System Information as Lightroom Classic (LrC) reports it. In LrC click on Help, then System Info, then Copy. Paste that information into a reply. Please present all information from first line down to and including Plug-in Info. Info after Plug-in info can be cut as that is just so much dead space to us non-Techs.

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Aug 01, 2022 Aug 01, 2022

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Please post your System Information as Lightroom Classic (LrC) reports it. In LrC click on Help, then System Info, then Copy. Paste that information into a reply. Please present all information from first line down to and including Plug-in Info. Info after Plug-in info can be cut as that is just so much dead space to us non-Techs.


By @GoldingD

 

And what would be the purpose of doing that if (as far as we know) the routines did not change anyway? Is there anything you know that we don't know?

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Aug 01, 2022 Aug 01, 2022

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Please post your System Information as Lightroom Classic (LrC) reports it.


By @GoldingD

 

Hi Golding, if you don't mind asking, why is this info relevant to my question?

 

Also just to add, I have zero plugins installed.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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These are a couple of images from my first shoot today. I have plenty more but these are just random two. 

 

As I said, I've been using this feature since it was first introduced and know it's limitations and quirks. Auto align should work fine on these, but it actually makes them worse than originally shot.

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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There are not many horizontal lines in these images, and the lines that are more or less horizontal are shot under a slight angle, so they should not be horizontal. I can't predict what an older version of Lightroom would have done, but it does not really surprise me that 'Auto' does not work perfectly on such images. Have you tried 'Vertical'?

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Hmmm... Lightroom has been working great on thousands of images like this I shot over the years, and clicking "auto" was correcting verticals (and horizontals) nicely.

 

The "Auto" upright feature is meant to: "Corrects both vertical and horizontal distortions while balancing the overall image, and preserving as much of the original image as possible."

 

Are you familiar with this feature at all Johan?

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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If I wasn't familiar with this feature, then I would not comment on it.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Can you post these images somewhere (like Dropbox) so I can see what Lightroom does on my computer? 

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Community Expert ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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I also use UpRight now and then. Looking at these images, that should be rather easy for UpRight.

I like Joahn's idea to have you share these, so we can test and see what it does.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Yes, these are straight forward images for auto upright to correct. It usually gets confused with vaulted ceilings.

 

These are the above images as shot, but cropped the same as above becuase I think that these corrections work on what's inside the photo only and ignore what is cropped out.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a1fdbmgasmkgwjg/AADElFOu009ZeNFDc_pktCRJa?dl=0

 

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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I partly see the same thing as you, and partly not. As you can see, the outdoor image is corrected just fine on my MBP M1 Max (so running Apple Silicon code of Lightroom Classic). This is definitely better than on your computer. The difference may be due to the fact that you shared a cropped image, however. You said that you think that Upright only looks at what's inside the crop overlay in Lightroom, but I don't think that is true. I think it looks at the entire image, regardless of the crop overlay. The other image shows why I think that.

 

1 2022-08-02 16-34-51.jpg

 

The other image shows the same problem on my system as you have. If you look at all the verticals, then almost all of them are just fine. The only vertical that is clearly off is the wall line all the way to the right of the image. But now look at the left side of the image. The photo frames hanging on the wall are also almost vertical, but that should not be the case...

1 2022-08-02 16-36-58.jpg

 

So I wondered if Lightroom was confused by the photo frames hanging on the left wall. These frames are clear lines, and the only lines on the left wall, but they are not verticals in real life. The top of the frame is further from the wall than the bottom, and that may confuse Lightroom and cause it to try to correct them. I first tried cropping them out in Lightroom, but that had no effect. Contrary to what you think, it seems Lightroom does ignore the crop overlay. So next I exported a cropped (uncorrected) version as a new image and imported it again. Lo and behold, now 'Auto' does a fine job...

1 2022-08-02 16-51-42.jpg

 

My conclusion: As I said earlier, I do not know if Adobe changed the algorithms without telling us. Maybe they did, and maybe for the worse. But these images are not as simple as they seem at first glance, just like I also said earlier. This is especially true for the interior image. I'm not so sure earlier versions of Lightroom would have done such a better job after all.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Thanks Johan, I processed 1000s and 1000s of images like these in Lr and I assure you there is nothing extraordinary about them. Lightroom used to nail auto upright most of the time for me. I always found that most of the time  it successfully found walls and aligned with them not furniture or fridges or picture frames....

I think I'll just add this to my growing list of grievances with Adobe. 

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LEGEND ,
Aug 04, 2022 Aug 04, 2022

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I tried Transform > Auto with those two sample photos and got the same results in my LR 11.4.1, 10.4, and 9.1 (Mac OS):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/evybhxuzttmx8uf/auto-upright.2022.08.04.zip?dl=0 

 

Something might well be going wrong with your use of Transform > Auto, but Adobe isn't likely to pay attention without photos illustrating the problem.

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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I'm noticing the same. Not sure when it started to happen, but not very long ago, some months maybe. It is not working properly for no apparent reason.

 

We used to use this daily and pretty much stopped using auto upright and just use the guides, which is slower and a pain in the a.

 

And as usual, no help or guidance from Adobe.

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