A Sad, Sad Post Production Pye – Preliminary Thoughts on Lightroom 4
**UPDATE – There is indeed RGB adjustments in the Tone Curve now. It is available when you click to manually edit the tone curve. A little hard to find, but it is there nonetheless and it is a huge improvement! Also, I forgot to mention that temp/tint is now an available option in local adjustments as well.
Adobe released the Lightroom 4 Beta a little while back and I finally got a chance to get play around with it a bit.
While there are some great new features like geotagging in the Maps module and prepping books for print in the Books module, there is very little in the way of actually improving the Develop Module functionality over Lightroom 3. While I look forward to LR4s new features and improved back end, the meat of Lightroom is really in the Develop Module and I was really hoping for additional features and controls in actually Developing photos.
Lightroom 4 does introduce a pretty massive change to the sliders in the Basic Panel in the Develop Module. A lot of people will probably be upset about the change, but in all actuality the new sliders and names in the Basic Panel are great change and are quite intuitive. Check out the video to see the details in those changes.
But, aside from that change in the Basic Panel sliders and the new adjustment to adjust Moire, everything else in the Develop Module is still pretty much the same, and that is what is disappointing. Here are the Develop features I was hoping Lightroom 4 would have to name a few.
1. Ability to create Presets w/ Adjustment Brushes
2. Improved Cloning/Healing Tools via adjustable brushes
3. **UPDATE – RGB Controls on Tone Curve are in LR4! Advanced Tone Curves w/ RGB controls
4. Advanced Split Toning control
5. Layers & layer adjustments (I know this is a dream)
Well, Adobe has made it clear that the Lightroom 4 Beta is just a preview. So, we can all stay hopeful, at least for a little while longer. Here’s looking at you Adobe!
— A Sad, Sad Post Production Pye