Thunderin' Through the Lightroom 4 Beta

I downloaded the Lightroom 4 Beta last week, but I finally was able to play with a bit today. The verdict? I'm impressed! I decided to process an image only using LR4 to see just how far I could take it. Surprisingly, the end results was a file that looks like it has been through my normal workflow of Photomatix, Nik Color Efex, Photoshop, and LR3 edits...


First, it does seem that RAW files are rendered a bit differently by default. I wouldn't say it's a dramatic change, but when opening the same file in LR3, the LR4 files seem more detailed. I'll have to continue to evaluate this claim, but it's just an observation.


What is very different, however, is the Develop Module. Gone are some old favorites like fill light and recovery, but they seem to have been replaced with some equally impressive sliders that are now called highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks. Perhaps even more significant are some new additions to the Adjustment Brush such as temperature, tint, and noise. For this image, I was able to totally transform the sky with few quick swipes of the Adjustment Brush using the Auto Mask feature.


I'm sure there are tons of changes that I haven't even discovered yet, but to make a longer story short, this upgrade is a must buy!


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  • Brett Kiger 3y

    Here's the starting point, a RAW file straight from the camera:

  • Rob Knight 3y

    Told ya!
  • DrWoots 3y

    That is very impressive. Rob you have to say it really loud and several times for me, I am old, deaf and short attention span. Thank God I'm so damn handsome.
    Great shot Brett, very nice results.
  • Rob Knight 3y

    I have used every LR beta since #1 and I have never had any real problems with them
  • Susan Silberberg-Peirce 3y

    Very nice results and thanks for the helpful review.
  • Allen Castillo 3y

    Awesome job with the beta.
  • Michael Greening 3y

    Holy Cow! What a transformation. I have had Lightroom 3 on my computer for over a year and still haven't figured out how to do ANYTHING in it. Is LR 4 easier?
  • Rob Knight 3y

    Michael Greening Sounds like you need a good Lightroom teacher... I know a guy ;)
  • Brett Kiger 3y

    Yeah, Mike, you've come to the right place. Rob's a Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom. You don't mind a 2,200 mile drive for a few classes do you? :)
  • Steve 3y

    Those are some fantastic colors. Nice work!
  • Joe Penniston 3y

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