Lightroom 4 testing

by Stefan Fletcher March. 08, 2012 5945 views

There are slightly different ways of dealing with lighting and tonal adjustments in the latest version of Lightroom.

I thought I'd try them out on an image which has been bugging me for a while. One of its many problems is that the “vaulting” feeling here isn't suitably conveyed.

I have a while to go before this works (and may have to return to Arles for a better shot).

I haven't posted these as “before” and “after” images; they're both variants of an extensively edited RAW capture.

Photoshop CS5 from a RAW capture

LR4 edit of the above

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Helen Hooker 8 years, 10 months ago

LR has done an impressive job of bringing out detail in the shadows. Have you have any problems with LR4 removing the tone curves in your LR3 photos? That's the one bug putting me off upgrading at the moment.

8 years, 10 months ago Edited
Michele Roy 8 years, 10 months ago

Mon grain de sel! J'aime les deux versions de cette photo! Elles viennent me cher her chacune différemment! Intéressant traitement! Je viens juste de télécharger LR4, alors ta chronique m'a donné le goût d'expérimenter un peu comme tu l'as fait!

8 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 8 years, 10 months ago

I have no idea why, but both images intimidate!
I feel overwhelmed in an uncomfotable manner by the first.
The second is lifeless ... there's a barren sterility... maybe your intention?

8 years, 10 months ago Edited
David Swatton 8 years, 10 months ago

There is something weird going on here and I'm not sure what so here's a few random thoughts.... in the first version I immediately thought "Georges Braque" - has a very abstract quality to it with the tones and shapes and angles. That, I like.

In terms of conveying the "vaultiness", I'm with you in that I don't think it does it and I think it might be something to do with the combination of the converging verticals mixed with the curve of the whole round the outside of the amphitheatre - together that gives me the impression that the whole picture is leaning to the right.

In the b/w version the contrast is too much for my taste (but I accept that is just a taste) - it feels almost like an etching.

8 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 8 years, 10 months ago

Do not ask me why, Stéfan, but the mono picture draws me right into picture and that is something the first picture does not do with me. Yet the warm tones grab my attention in the first picture.

8 years, 10 months ago Edited
Pete 8 years, 10 months ago

without the tonal differences, the second one becomes almost two dimensional.
Love the scene though

8 years, 10 months ago Edited