|I took this photo almost 2 years ago in the Old Town of Warsaw, Poland during sunset. There is quite a mess in the frame but what I like in this image is very soft light, resulting in very calm and tranquil atmosphere.|
With previous versions of Lightroom introducing so many new cool features (eg. version 4.0 reinvented most of the sliders, added Book module; 4.1 introduced tone-mapping as well as improved controls for chromatic aberration reduction) I expected the same from the next major release, i.e. 5.0 which beta was just released by Adobe yesterday. You can download the beta for free from Adobe website. It will continue to work until 5.0 is officially released (a few months from now probably).
Frankly speaking I’m slightly disappointed with scope of changes. Although there are some nice and interesting additions, there is nothing without what I couldn’t live (eg. I can’t live with Clarity slider from 4.0 🙂 ). Here is the list of major changes with a short comment from me for each of the features. Probably there are hundreds of smaller improvements but I’m yet to discover them:
Improved Spot Removal – spot removal saw some great overhaul in version 5.0. It is no longer simple spot removal in fact as you can select irregular regions (and not only “spots”) by making brush strokes. So I would say it’s now closer to Spot Healing Brush tool from Photoshop CS (although still not that powerful).
In the image below I used this feature to get rid of the trash bin:
There are also some improvements to Slideshow and Book modules. However, I haven’t looked into them yet as I don’t use neither feature often.
As I said these are pretty nice features but I don’t think they will greatly improve image quality like changes in version 4 did. For me the only useful ones are Radial filter and Upright so unless I will find some other useful improvements I will stick to version 4 for now.
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