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Whenever Adobe would release an update to any of its photo apps, Lightroom and Photoshop specifically, there was always a torrent of chatter beforehand on message boards and in the parents’ basements of grown men who lived in them about what they wanted, how terrible the current incarnation was, and inevitably, lots of speculation and conspiracy theories about what was coming next.

The thing about conspiracy theories is that they are like much of what comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth, useless and uninterrupted by fact. This behavior also tends to set the stage for disappointment, like hearing how great a movie is before seeing it – sometimes it’s hard for anything to live up to the hype. Adobe CC, however, has been delivering the goods consistently.

We’ve mentioned Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw’s flashy new De-haze tool a few times, we’ve seen the marketing before/after images, and some of us have put it to work. In case you haven’t, and you haven’t seen just how powerful this thing is, New York City-based photographer, Grant Friedman has recently shared a video showing the tool ‘saving’ and image. It’s impressive.

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What seems to stand out most, is that fears that this tool was little different from the Contrast Slider have been vanquished, because it’s as clear as the ‘after’ image that there’s more to this tool than deepening the darks and upping the lights. It does, in my experience, tend to induce too much over-saturation for my liking, so look out for that.


Here’s the thing to consider, however, and in the spirit of everything Jurassic of late, many people I’ve seen using this were, “so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Don’t be them. Don’t be INGEN. Be Malcolm. Use temperance.

Source: Grant Friedman YouTube