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Lightroom 4 Beta Released
Thanks +Jim Davis for passing on +Matt Kloskowski's post on this news, I'm creating a new post to include the list of useful new features:
New Features in Lightroom 4 Beta
- Highlight and shadow recovery brings out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights.
- Photo book creation with easy-to-use elegant templates.
- Location-based organization lets you find and group images by location, assign locations to images, and display data from GPS-enabled cameras.
- White balance brush to refine and adjust white balance in specific areas of your images.
- Additional local editing controls let you adjust noise reduction and remove moiré in targeted areas of your images.
- Extended video support for organizing, viewing, and making adjustments and edits to video clips.
- Easy video publishing lets you edit and share video clips on Facebook and Flickr®.
- Soft proofing to preview how an image will look when printed with color-managed printers.
- Email directly from Lightroom using the email account of your choice.

Due to the high degree of control offered and the ability to easily and quickly edited batches of images, Adobe Lightroom has almost completely replaced HDR in my workflow. I used used to produce all of my 2011 images, including adjusting the 2% or so which I still tried HDR on.

The new highlight and shadow recovery feature and the white balance brush will further enhance my ability to produce the best possible results without having to wrestle with the artifacts of HDR. I can already think of a few photos which I'll want to go back and use those new features on!

Here's an example of one of my 2011 #StarryNights images, which I adjusted in Lightroom 3.4:
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Very good news. I just upgraded to 3 last month, but looks like I'll get this one as soon as its out of beta.
 
Do I have to talk about light room? I like the photo too much!
 
+Todd Green I forgot to mention... try the Lightroom 4 beta, and in the past Adobe has offered a discount on the product purchase to beta users at the end of the beta period.
 
Very nice image, +Jeffrey Sullivan .
I'm liking how you lined this one up.
I just may try to get out here this weekend.
 
+Marc Briggs I think the general orientation of this was southward. A quick look at the Star Walk app confirms that the Milky Way is more oriented East-West right now, and that more dense portion facing the center of the Milky Way is below the horizon. Summer is generally recognized as a better time for Milky Way photos. This one was taken in June.
 
Dude, this is really cool, well done. I like the bit of light painting that you did on the distant spires.
 
Ah +Jeffrey Sullivan That is why I was wondering the milky way was so dim when I was in DV. It used to be so much brighter in the summer. Thanks for the tip.
 
+Matthew Dillon Thanks, everything I care to disclose will be in my upcoming guide book to California landscape photography, to be published by +Laurent Martres, author and publisher of the popular Photographing the Southwest series. My volume will cover the southern half of the state, from Yosemite to San Diego. (I don't mean to be evasive, but I have tens of thousands of dollars in costs which I hope to eventually offset, a buck or two at a time through the book.)
 
This shot truly rocks, Jeff. Love the wide open space and the comp is fantastic.
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