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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