| Dave May Photography
After spending some time with the new version of Lightroom I’ve come to a couple of conclusions. First off it’s definitely heavier than version 3 which means some older system will struggle. Secondly it has the potential to bring your photography to another level if you aren’t a Photoshop user. Arguable they’ve just caught up the develop module with Apple’s Aperture in some respects.
The whole workflow for going through the develop module has been altered, and I still feel like there’s less room to push things around. Without the brightness and fill sliders I find I end up using the exposure slider a lot more than I once did to get things where I want them. The white and black sliders function much like the old black slider, but with reduced latitude.
The meat of the changes lie in the highlight and shadow sliders now which can be used to compress the image into something closer to an HDR without that HDR illustration look about it. The clarity seem stronger such that I find l I use very little most of the time when I implement it – something in the magnitude of 10 or less. I went back to some old photos from the 20D and breathed a whole new life into them. When I took them in their time they were great, but after a LR 4 touch they’re even more impressive.