Speed Up Your Workflow With This Free Lightroom Plugin That Displays A Grid Of The Focus Points Used By Your Camera

Sep 20, 2014

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Speed Up Your Workflow With This Free Lightroom Plugin That Displays A Grid Of The Focus Points Used By Your Camera

Sep 20, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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The aptly named Show Focus Points, is a small, but extremely handy Lightroom plugin that allows you to quickly display the focus points your camera used to take each of your photographs. A feature that could vastly improve editing time, especially when working with a focus stack.  As Gannon from over at PetaPixel points out, having an option to display focus points seems so obvious, it’s a wonder Lightroom hasn’t built the feature into it’s module in the first place. 

Luckily, Chris Reimold, the brain behind the plugin, has released his little gem of a tool to public beta. You can download a copy of it for free by visiting the Show Focus Points website. Reimold only asks that users report bugs to him, so that he can continue to improve the plugin.

At the time of writing, Show Focus Points hasn’t been tested to work with a super extensive list of camera bodies, but a lot of the most popular Canon and Nikon bodies have been tested to work.

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If you use the plugin and can verify other camera models to work with it, be sure to let Chris know, and us too, by sharing your findings in the comments section below!

[ Show Focus Points via PetaPixel ]

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5 responses to “Speed Up Your Workflow With This Free Lightroom Plugin That Displays A Grid Of The Focus Points Used By Your Camera”

  1. Johan Avatar
    Johan

    I think it’s nice plugin, but I fail to see how knowing the focus point improves editing time, even for focus stacks.

    1. Fabrice Bacchella Avatar
      Fabrice Bacchella

      Because this page will be indexed in such way by google, and “speed up worlflow lightroom” must be a common request.

    2. ext237 Avatar
      ext237

      Getting images out of order when doing focus stacking can be a real drag. Trying to “eye-ball” the order can be time consuming. That-being-said, importing (or exporting) the images using a numeric naming system can resolve that. And some (even cheap) focus stacking software and photoshop plugins automatically detect focused edges.

      I can see how having focus point info could be helpful to display during workshops. But then again, getting a transparent overlay of the focus points and a little photoshop work could create those examples.

  2. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    OH, I see one great use: outing people that call themselves a “photographer” — but their focus points are always aimed at cleavage. LOL

  3. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    Also not quite understanding how this is useful, except to show beginner photographers how stupid their camera’s auto-focus is.