Well it is here, Adobe have released version 5 of their brilliant Photoshop Lightroom photo management and editing software.

I have been using Lightroom from the initial beta and have watched it grow from strength to strength. Just over a year ago I celebrated the release of Lightroom 4 which brought with it considerable improvement in image quality, especially when it comes down to image noise.

Lightroom 5 brings a strong focus on the photographer’s workflow and some of the new tools really are brilliant, I suspect even less time in Photoshop as a result of the ‘advanced healing brush’ alone.

It is now possible to paint out larger areas of an image for correction but the big bonus is the fact you can be much more accurate. For example in this image I had to use a large circle to remove a bird yet the new brush means I can create a smaller circle and heal only the pixels necessary.

Lightroom 5 healing

Vertical Straightening

The vertical straightening tool is particularly intelligent in auto mode. This image was taken at the bottom of a waterfall at a slightly skewed angle to ensure all of the fall is in the shot. Lightroom was able to bring the wall forward to correct the vertical perspective.

Waterfall, Lightroom 5

Having played with the beta and now the full version could I survive without this upgrade. Well, probably but at the cost of time. I see the new tools considerably reducing the time I spend in additional applications. Could LR5 mean I no longer need the additional power of Photoshop?

The upgrade is also very reasonably priced. At less than £60 if you upgrading from Lightroom 4 It is hard to justify not upgrading.

If you really want to hit the ground running with Adobe Lightroom 5 check out Piet Van den Eynde’s brilliant “Lightroom 5 Up to Speed” introduction and in-depth look at the new features.

Lightroom 5 Presets

I have created a number of free Lightroom presets and a few that also came with The Long Exposure eBook. Additional free presets include :
FlixelPix Grit
FlixelPix Summer (Set)
FlixelPix X-Pro1 Mono preset
FlixelPix Ethereal

Lightroom Tutorials

Using the Graduated Filter
Improving your Lightroom Workflow
More Free Lightroom 5 Presets
How to Sync White Balance in Lightroom 5
How to create a Lightroom Preset

If you are using a previous version of Lightroom then version 5 is a worthy upgrade. In my opinion Lightroom 5 is an upgrade in performance and workflow. It is already evident that I will spend less time in Photoshop with the ability to fine edit photos now added directly to the develop module. Now it is time to revisit some of those old RAW files and see what LR5 has to offer my historic catalogues.

Lightroom Related Ebooks


long exposure ebook

The Long Exposure (PDF eBook)
The eBook covers everything from the equipment you will need right through to post-production processing in Adobe’s brilliant Lightroom 4. This guide has been written with the beginner to the long exposure process in mind; however, the enthusiast and professional alike may find something of relevance also. The Book comes with 6 dedicated Lightroom Presets. The Long Exposure Ebook  

 

About The Author

David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is also an official Fujifilm X Photographer.