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Tim has been interested in photography for many years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's in Environmental Science. Writing nature articles allows him to combine his interest in photography and nature into one medium.

My Thoughts on Lightroom 5


I finally moved from Lightroom 4 to Lightroom 5about a week ago.  I have worked with it for several hours now and have developed some opinions about what I like (and will use) and the very few things I don’t like.

Here’s what I really like about Lightroom 5compared to Lightroom 4:

1) Importing photos seems faster.

2) Going from the Library to the Development module (and back again) seems faster.

3) The vertical alignment mode is great on architectural photos.  I used it on a few photos that I couldn’t make to look right in Lightroom 4, but was super easy in Lightroom 5.

4) The spot healing tool is fantastic now that you can drag it over areas instead of a single spot.

5) The radial tool is very handy and a tool I believe I’ll use a lot.

There are only a couple of things I don’t like or miss:

1) In Lightroom 4, there was a little icon on the bottom of old photos allowing you to quickly update the photo to the latest process.  It’s now in a sub-menu instead.  Not a big deal, but not as convenient (unless I’m missing something).

2) The “Lens Correction” tab is much more powerful (it has four sub tabs now), but it requires more clicking if you just want to do lens correction.

3) It’s $79 to upgrade (unless you have a coupon or some other deal) for the stand alone version (of course, there’s different pricing if you have the Creative Cloud).  I think it’s worth it, but still a good chunk of money.

Overall, I’m thrilled with Lightroom 5and I think it will decrease the number of photos that I’ll have to work on in Photoshop.  For a photographer, I think it’s a no-brainer to upgrade.

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