It was a quantum leap upgrading from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 4.0. So much more control and many unbelievable new features in the new version to speed up the post processing. Now, Adobe has made this even better with the latest Lightroom 4.1 release. Just to entice you… it now offers direct editing of 16, 24, and 32 bit HDR files, excellent chromatic aberration & de-fringing controls (which were also pretty good in Lightroom 3 but somehow missed the boat in Lightroom 4.0), direct output to jpeg in the Book module. These are all pretty big and makes it worth the free upgrade to Lightroom 4.1 if you already have 4.0. Even if you don’t have Lightroom at all yet, Adobe sells it for $149, which I consider a steal for everything that this software does for photographers of all skill levels.
With Lightroom 4.1 I can now do almost all my post processing right inside of Lightroom. Only when I occasionally need to use layers do I need to take an image into Photoshop and, even that is very simple to do with seamless integration of the two programs with Lightroom’s intuitive export/import. If you like and use Topaz and Nik filters, they are easily accessed right inside Lightroom as well. Nik filters didn’t work in Lightroom 4.0 and, thankfully for those of us who use them, they are now working in 4.1 and all is right with the world again.
I like this new release of Lightroom 4.1 so much and find it very friendly. With it I can see the possibility that beginning photographers can now easily and inexpensively produce great HDR photographs for an outlay of under $200 US. HDR used to be only for super dedicated photographers who would spend hours tweaking tricky sliders and using layer masks in Photoshop. The (lack of) mastery of the process caused so much bad HDR to proliferate because it was really difficult to control for photographers who didn’t have command of the process. Now, with Lightroom 4.1 as the centerpiece of post-processing, photographers can easily produce really wonderful HDR images in a short amount of time and without having to learn arcane software and spend $1,000 or more on software. It’s so exciting that this will open up the art of HDR photography to so many more people.
I am putting together a tutorial of how to make stunning HDR photographs using only an inexpensive image compositing algorithm and Lightroom 4.1 ($149 US). If you want to be alerted when this tutorial is ready so you too can make HDR photographs that will amaze your friends, just sign up for my FREE HDR Newsletter today and I will shoot you a quick email when it’s ready.
Yesterday’s post, Gothic Study at Hearst Castle was processed completely within the new Lightroom 4.1 and no other filters, such as Topaz or Nik, were used. It was fun & easy to do and I think it came out really lovely. Imagine yourself easily making images like this!
Getting around Sydney Australia is fun, easy, and cheap. You can buy an all-day pass which works on all the ferries, busses, and trains for about $20 US. Everything is clean and schedules are always on-time. Some of the underground train stations are very pleasing architecturally too like this one in North Ryde. Yes, just like the Beatles song, Ticket to Ryde…