Lightroom: LR4 Brightness adjust - 'tone curve' - unweildy

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I've been experimenting with adjusting brightness using the tonal curve.

I'd like to suggest Adobe brings back brightness adjust for two reasons:

1 Tonal adjust simply does not work as well as the old brightness adjust and - potentially because of the litany of bugs in LR4, is sluggish and requires far more adjustments to achieve what 'brightness' did with a couple of pulls...

2 I edit between 200 - 600 images a week. I don't want to have to switch out of basic to Tonal adjust everytime I need to tweak brightness. It makes no sense at all ("it will create better pictures" I hear you say... possibly, but it takes significantly longer.

Bring it back please and let the user decide which is the better solution.
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For all practical purposes the new Exposure is the same as old Brightness.
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You obviously don't understand the differences between brightness and exposure.
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Exposure Sets the overall image brightness, with a greater effect in the high values.
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Brightness Adjusts image brightness, mainly affecting midtones.

Have a read: http://photo.stackexchange.com/questi...

http://lightroomkillertips.com/2010/l...

And if you still conclude that the exposure is the same, then you've missed my point entirely. I need control over my midtones and you don't get that with the exposure slider.
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Dorin,

All good points.

Although exposure slider is a primary determiner of mid-tone brightness in PV2012, I also think it's wise to consider all 6 sliders when adjusting photos in PV2012, before heading for the tone curve and/or locals...

Rob
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Cheers fella, Am experimenting with this right now ;)
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Please bring back the brightness control.
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Nobody knows what Lr5 will be, but brightness will not be coming back to Lr4, so it's essential to learn how to control brightness with the existing controls. Turns out it's easy once you learn how, but hard to explain - hint: involves balancing exposure with whites and highlights, and all the rest...

PV2012 rocks (without the brightness control), once you learn how to use it - granted: it can be tricky, so give yourself some time to adapt. - but don't give up!

Cheers,
Rob
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To have more refine controls is not a bad idea. Is good to have it and it can refine photos to look much better.

However, if we have only left (Black) and right (White) control and losing the center control of " balance" , this will take much longer time to balance it.

Please consider to bring back the center of control. It really helpful to control both left and right in one go, and refine it later (if needed). Brightness control has been good in its way for many years, so please don't lose it. Moving ahead we may have find more different ways of doing it, but please keep along the good and proven ones as well.