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Thread started 08 Apr 2012 (Sunday) 16:54
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Lightroom 4 vs Lightroom 3.6

 
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Apr 08, 2012 16:54 |  #1

Just was curious on others opinion if it would be worth upgrading from LR3.6 to LR4. Would love to hear what others have to say.




  
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Apr 08, 2012 18:03 |  #2

I did the upgrade and am very happy with it. I like the basic panel even more now. For the reasonable cost I am glad I did it. I have to play with the video capabilities a bit to see what that can bring.


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Apr 08, 2012 18:21 as a reply to  @ TTuna Eye's post |  #3

no question....absolutely satisfied with the upgrade


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Apr 08, 2012 23:06 as a reply to  @ DarenM's post |  #4

Well worth the upgrade. Only problem I have is the slow sliders in the develop panel but that should be fixed with the update.


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Apr 08, 2012 23:18 |  #5

But WHY are you guys satisfied?




  
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Apr 08, 2012 23:41 |  #6

TBH, I received the free upgrade from Adobe and it seems a lot clunkier and slower than 3.6. Otherwise everything else is great!




  
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Apr 08, 2012 23:45 |  #7

thedcmule2 wrote in post #14233188 (external link)
But WHY are you guys satisfied?

People like the updated Basic controls a lot. Then there is SoftProofing, which a lot of us have been wishing for.

The mapping and book functions please some people, but aren't as "fundamental" as the others.

If Adobe addresses the various performance issues users will be very happy! Those that don't have performance issues are very happy as it is!


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Apr 09, 2012 02:29 as a reply to  @ tonylong's post |  #8

I upgraded from 3.6 to 4.0 and are happy with the new raw converter. The results of the sliders are much more selective and side effects (halos, etc) are more rare.

HOWEVER: All the important sliders are completely different from what I was used in the old version. It took me quite a while to adapt my workflow to these new sliders. Actually, it was quite frustrating at times. Where in 3.6 it took me a few seconds to get me close to the look I was aiming for, it took me forever to adapt to the new sliders.


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Apr 09, 2012 03:31 |  #9

thedcmule2 wrote in post #14233188 (external link)
But WHY are you guys satisfied?

1. Auto highlight recovery maximizes DR.
2. Highlight enhancement increases highlight contrast and visible detail. Recovery in LR3 flattened highlights.
3. Shadows slider remaps shadows with more raising of high frequency edges, thus less increase in noise per unit of opening.
4. Better masking, smoother transitions, less haloing in both tonal masking in Basic and color masks in HSL.
5. Industrial strength Clarity with much less haloing.
6. Channel curves. R/G/B curves are also active in B/W mode.
7. Auto Anti-CA.
8. Soft proofing. Ability to create soft proofed and corrected VC, ready for printing. Ability to soft proof to sRGB before web posting.
9. Local color controls.
10. Local NR.
11. Local contrast with Highlights/Shadows on brush/DGF.


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sanadi
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Apr 09, 2012 04:40 |  #10

Why not try LR4 for 30 days. Then decide whether you like it.

I tried it, wasn't overly impressed. But I use it more and more it grows on me. Now I'm loving LR4. I was using LR3.6 btw.

Some may not like the slow or sticky sliders in Develop Module. Some like me learn to live with it.

Go to Adobe website and download the trial.




  
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Apr 09, 2012 08:21 |  #11

I just installed mine, having waited because of issues like the slowness of the sliders and the point curves from version 3 not showing. I updated with RC 4.1. The sliders seem fine with that update, and I assume that the final 4.1 will be available shortly. The better exposure controls and softproofing alone make it worth it to me.


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Apr 10, 2012 17:57 |  #12

great info




  
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Apr 10, 2012 19:04 |  #13

I love LR4. Simply put, my pictures look better with LR4. I love the controls of the new sliders. I was running LR4 on my Core2Duo laptop, and it was STRUGGLING. I got a desktop and now, LR4 is my dream come true. Its fast and snappy on my first gen i7 with 12GB of ram. I love it.


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