Lightroom/Camera Raw: New camera raw used in LR beta 4 looks very very promising

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Rob Cole

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How so?
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Babar_e

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I played with develop module and managed to recover shadows and highlight so that the photo looked a lot more natural that what I could do before, though I am not an expert. Which means it is either better or easier to use!
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I agree with you.
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Indeed. Although I'd like Adobe to do everything I want, right now, Lr4 develop module enhancements do make it much easier to do what I've spent the vast majority of my time doing in Lightroom - taming the highlights, appropriate shadows, and balancing in between...

So, big kudos for improved tone handling.

Although I'd have liked more refined color adjustment tooling, the local white balance and global RGB curves are very nice additions.

Although no global detailing enhancements, there is now (in addition to the obvious benefits of local noise reduction), the ability to combine sharpening with local noise reduction which allows local sharpening to be pumped up without making it too gritty. (Previously I used sharpening = -50 for local noise reduction, which worked surprisingly well, but obviously it was sharpening *or* "noise reduction" - now it can be both...).

I am however concerned about the new 'Clarity' - although it's absolutely awesome, you have to be willing to clarify the shadows in order to get to the mid-tones (previous algorithm targeted mid-tones mostly, a little bit of lighter tones, but shadows not at all). If Adobe does not allow separate control come Lr4-final, I may be using more local clarity instead of global sometimes over the next year or two...