The folks at Adobe seldom disappoint us when it comes to product updates, and Adobe’s Lightroom 4 is no exception. Already considered part and parcel of the digital workflow process of serious shooters at all levels of the photographic hierarchy, Lightroom 4 brings a number of noteworthy features to the party.
For additional information and insights into Adobe’s Lightroom 4, click below to see Scott Kelby’s take on Lightroom’s latest incarnation.
The original premise of Lightroom was its being an extension of Adobe Photoshop, which has been and continues to be the "iPod" (or iPad, your choice) of photo-editing software. Compatible with both Mac and Windows platforms, Adobe Lightroom largely serves as the "organizer" to Photoshop’s "editor" when it comes to digital workflow. In addition to the many organizational, display and photo-sharing features found in previous versions of Lightroom, Lightroom 4 offers a number of organizational and nondestructive photo-tweaking tools of its own. Lightroom 4 gives you speed, efficiency and an easier workflow.
|Adobe Lightroom 4||Adobe Lightroom 4 - Student and Teacher Edition|
Included among Lightroom 4’s newest features are the following:
Sharpness and resolving power aside, the difference between a terrific photograph and an "eh" photograph often has to do with dynamic range, or in layman’s terms, highlight and shadow detail. Lightroom 4 contains enhanced tools for extending the dynamic range of your image files in order to bring out the maximum levels of detail from your photographs.
Half the fun of taking pictures is sharing them with others. Here too Lightroom takes the ball and runs with it by enabling you to create books illustrated with your own photographs. With simple-to-use templates, creating a book requires little more than clicks of your mouse and a bit of imagination.
Additional enhancements and improvements over previous versions of Lightroom include the following:
Lightroom 4 allows you to share your photographs with others on Facebook, Flickr and other online image sharing and social media sites, and depending on the website, Lightroom 4 also enables you to monitor any online comments friends and family members might post about your images.
Just as Lightroom makes it a piece of cake to share your still images with others on Facebook, Flickr and other social media portals, Lightroom 4 makes it equally easy to share your videos in HD format on your favorite social media sites. With LR4 you can also save HD video formatted for sharing and viewing on smartphones, tablets, HDTVs and similar image-sharing hardware.
In addition to organizing your photographs, Lightroom 4 also has the ability to include any GPS-gathered data when importing image files from GPS-enabled cameras and smart phones, making it possible to sort images by location as well as to use this data to plan or retrace trips and travel plans.
Still imaging aside, the organizational and editing skills of Lightroom 4 include the ability to organize, view, edit, enhance and embed video clips. LR4 also enables you to trim video clips, extract still images from any portion of the video feed, and adjust the imaging properties of the video using LR4’s Quick Develop tool.
One notable difference between Photoshop and Lightroom is the nondestructive environment. When making adjustments to images within Lightroom, changes are recorded within a cache and only applied to your image once saved. Lightroom doesn’t require as complex a workflow to undo edits—no use of layers, etc. This allows you to be a bit more experimental and risky with your corrections without the fear of overwriting your original files.
From an efficiency standpoint, Lightroom has always excelled in terms of batch processing. Like previous versions, the ability to apply one or more image adjustments to a group of images is a simple task.
If you ever wished there were a simple set of brushes that would allow you to go in and easily correct color balance, reduce noise levels and even eliminate pesky moiré patterns in your still images, Light Room 4 has you covered here too. The ability to go into your image files—locally or globally—and clean up jarring differences in white balance within single images or being able to match the coloration of a string of images is mighty powerful, and with Lightroom 4 it really couldn’t be easier. The same can be said for any noise and moiré patterns that might diminish the integrity and overall quality of your image files. A click or two and they’re gone, or at the very least, greatly eliminated.
Convert your RGB image files into full-bodied monochrome images using an 8-channel mixer for maximum tonality and detail.
Save time, ink, and output media by being able to soft proof, or preview the way your image will appear when output on color-managed printers.
Mail your images directly from Lightroom to any email address quickly and easily.
In addition to the exciting photo book, email and social network output options, Lightroom is also capable of publishing your work in a variety of electronic media. HTML and Flash galleries can be created for use on your own personal website as well as easy-to-share video slideshows.
If you need to perform a bit more work on your images than Lightroom permits, there is a quick and seamless interface between it and Photoshop for detailed pixel-by-pixel modifications to be done. Any adjustments made in Photoshop will show up instantly within the Lightroom environment for a more productive workflow.
Import still imagery and artwork from other sources and applications directly into Lightroom 4 for editing and output to wherever your images are destined to go.
Adobe Lightroom 4 is available in the following complete package and upgrade configurations:
|Lightroom 4 System Requirements (Windows)||Lightroom 4 System Requirements (Mac)|
|Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor||Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support|
|Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1||Mac OS X 10.6.8 or 10.7|
|2GB of RAM||2GB of RAM|
|1GB of available hard-disk space||1GB of available hard-disk space|
|1024 x 768 display||1024 x 768 display|
|DVD-ROM drive||DVD-ROM drive|
|Internet connection required for Internet-based services||Internet connection required for Internet-based services|