Lightroom Plug-Ins

PLUG-IN: Show Focus Point Lightroom Plug-In

A while back I wrote a post on some features I’d love to see, but I really didn’t think would make it in to Lightroom. Well, one of those features was the ability to show me my focus points. At times, I’ll shoot the same photo but focus in different areas. As a landscape photographer, sometimes I’ll merge a few photos together (focus stacking) to get an ultra sharp photo. Other times, I just use one photo, but knowing where I focussed can help me in the future.

Well, a few blog readers pointed out a plug-in that I hadn’t seen before. It’s called Show Focus Points and it only does one thing – it shows you your focus point. After you install it, you just go to the top menu to Library > Plug-in Extras > Show Focus Points (make sure you’re in the Library module first).

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It’s not incredibly elegant, but it opens a window that does the trick and gives you lots of focus information, including showing you the focus points. Pretty cool eh!? It only works with some cameras, but it’s totally free. So keep your whining to yourself 😉

Here’s the link to download it. It’s free and only takes a minute to install. Enjoy!

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61 comments

  1. Warrenvon 26 May, 2017 at 13:09 Reply

    AS of May 28th 2017 I can no longer find a VALID URL for the Show Focus Points Lightroom plugin. It appears to have been pulled from distribution. Any idea why or if it is still available?

  2. Tony Grubb 20 July, 2015 at 15:01 Reply

    hi i’ve got focus point’s plugin for lightroom cc but after coming back from a shoot in local woodlands i discovered it does’nt give focusing distance for the canon 50 mm f1.8 11 it gives everything else but not the depth of field ( sorry brain is a bit old ) but it give’s the information for the 24-70 that i also used. i will try again toomorrow going back to do some more shot’s

    Cheers Tony

    • Marcela 10 July, 2016 at 02:49 Reply

      Hi. I have looked for it in Image-Browser EX; DPP and Picture-Style-Editor and I can find it. Please Give a clue.

  3. Lisa Parisot 26 September, 2014 at 18:03 Reply

    Love this – installed and began checking my images. I struggle with focus often due to my old eyes – and while I trust auto focus, this really helps me to see where I intended to focus and whether I achieved that goal.

  4. Show Focus Point is a Lightroom Plugin That Does Exactly That 22 September, 2014 at 08:06 Reply

    […] Matt Kloskowsi recently featured an impressive new Lightroom Plugin called Show Focus Point. The plugin works with the Adobe software to display to the photographer exactly where they tried to focus the image when they shot it. This works very well if a photographer goes through a session of shooting multiple images. Based on where the focusing point is, the photographer can then later tell which of the image(s) in the series is best in focus. It could be very useful to sports photographers, street photographers, wedding photographers or the average ordinary clutz that needs to take millions of photos in order to get that one right shot. […]

  5. Bob Rockefeller 20 September, 2014 at 09:26 Reply

    This appears to be very “spliced on” as opposed to well integrated. Perhaps Adobe’s SDK does not allow better. If this plug-in proves popular, maybe Adobe will buy this (best) or develop their own (sad, but most likely) and integrate it more tightly.

  6. Karsten Qvist 19 September, 2014 at 05:07 Reply

    Thanks, interesting as long as you keep in mind that which focus points were in use, and where focus was within the picture frame, can be very different things if you use the focus and recompose a lot 🙂 For me this plugin is mostly useful when I use a tripod.

  7. Michele Stapleton 18 September, 2014 at 11:27 Reply

    Thanks for sharing! Was just talking with another photographer the other day about helpful it would be to look at the focus points!

  8. Dennis 17 September, 2014 at 10:56 Reply

    Although it is nice to see what the focus points where ate the moment the photo was taken, when using the focus-recompose technique it will make this information invalid.

    It would be great if one could see that the focus-recompose technique was used and, even better, what the actual focus points where. But that is information that must be provided by the camera.

    • Huh? 10 January, 2015 at 13:24 Reply

      How would the camera know that you moved it from the original position to then take the photo after focus was achieved? Unless the camera has a gyroscope and is storing this data in the exif (before and after focus is achieved) – there is no way to get this data.

    • Rob 17 September, 2014 at 15:56 Reply

      Why do the niche camera people always seem to feel the need to complain when something supports the mainstream cameras and not theirs? That’s sometimes the price you pay for your niche choice. The rest of us don’t give a rat’s ass. (And to be fair, Matt pointed out in his article that it only supports some cameras.). Geez…if it doesn’t work for you, simply move on.

  9. Dustin Grau 17 September, 2014 at 05:58 Reply

    Dude, that is an awesome plugin! Works with my D600’s files, and I’m surprised at the info it can deliver. Not only does it show the focus point that was primary, but also any others that were in use but not active. It even tells you if AF lock was achieved on the available points. Sure enough, some of my blurry shots showed the right point was active, but no did not have lock. Thank you!

  10. Peter Gamba 17 September, 2014 at 05:24 Reply

    I have always wanted to know where the focus points were on the images I’ve shot. If for no other reason, than to see if where I selected was the actual point. Thanks for sharing

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