Light Auto Broken!

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The new auto mode is awful and broken! It absolutely ruins pictures. What were you guys doing! 
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Most of the photos I've seen have been an improvement over the previous autotune, so we'll need some specific examples. 
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I also am seeing widespread praise for the improvements in AutoTone.  Perhaps you could provide a few example images so we can see what you are seeing?
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I've posted a similar comment. For me the auto tone is too flat and HDR like. Obviously what feels right to one person would be good for all so some sort of 'preset' auto tone might accommodate more tastes.
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Here’s an example. And don’t even get me started on faces.
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It’s far too aggressive, and the colours are over-HDRed. Not sure what’s going on, but won’t use it again till it’s fixed.
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Here’s the original image.
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Wow, Auto Tone even made that teacher move!
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These are not the same image. 
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Wow. You guys are a real snobbish and hostile community. This was taken using a phone so I took them seconds apart and just uploaded one without any correction, and one with. Sure the guys moved but the lighting conditions were exactly the same. And besides, I wasn’t here to get feedback on my ability to spot differences but give feedback on the overly aggressive auto tune which has made it unusable for some photos as evidenced by other users too.

If you lot weren’t too busy being real Einsteins and spotting moving heads, you’d realise the area above the screen has had some serious and strange loss of detail - and it’s not because uploading it to the forum resulted in compression, it’s the same on my device. You would also notice that the wood of the table in the foreground has become a seriously unnatural yellow rather than brown in the “not the same image”.

What a bunch of “champion” snobs.
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Sorry, I didn't realize you have no sense of humor.
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Then a more serious note: there is no way that Auto Tone will please everybody with every picture. People have different taste and what works well on many images may not work on one particular image. That's the way it is. Maybe in future Auto Tone will learn from your personal preferences, so the result on your devices will be different from the result on my devices, even if we use the same image to try it out. But until then, all I can conclude is that most (not all) people think it is a big step forward for most (not all) images. And I agree.
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Auto Tone in Lightroom (or any image editor) can be a little too aggressive for me, but it can be a good way to quickly see a suggestion.

I have some sympathy for the original poster, but there's no need for war here. Uploading two different images and calling one "the original" is asking for the jokes that were made. Nothing says these two pictures used exactly the same capture settings or that the room lighting didn't change from a flash or reflection out of scene, so there's no proof that Auto is responsible for any of the differences in these images.

I didn't see the jokes as hostile or snobbish. I saw people being friendly.
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Auto isn’t the be all and end all of Lightroom CC. It’s a suggestion of how Lightroom thinks the levels could work based on data it has on other images that are similar (I presume). So as Rob mentions, more of a suggestion that can be ignored completely if it’s not fitting in to your workflow effectively :-).
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Patient: "Doctor, it hurts when I do this."
Doctor: "So, don't do it."
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Solution: Don't use Auto Tone and adjust each item manually.  But as Andrew Barnes said, I agree that it's only a suggestion of how LRCC thinks it would work.