Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 was released in early June. Since then I have been experimenting with the new features and tools. One of my favorite features is the new healing brush. I love this because it saves me from having to go into photoshop to remove unwanted irregular shaped items. Lightroom also has a visualize spots checkbox that goes along with the new healing brush. This works great for finding and removing sensor dust spots. I can't tell you how many times I used this feature on older images and found dust spots that I had previously missed.It will also pick out pesky insects that may be flying around in your image at the time of capture. Lightroom 5 also added the upright tool. This will align the photo if the horizon isn't straight or if a building looks like it's going to fall over. It proves to be very useful, and works rather well. This makes fixing those crooked horizon lines quick and easy. Some difficult images with crooked horizon lines and "falling buildings", proves to be difficult. Keep an eye out for a funky looking image if used on auto mode in the aforementioned scenario. The upright tool is located under the lens correction menu in the develop module.
Of all the new tools, my favorite lightroom 5 feature is the radial filter. I know it may seem insignificant to some, but I love the versatility of it. I can make most any round shape and make it the size I need! Making multiple radial filters is an option as well. I use this filter to direct the attention of my viewer. The eye looks for the brightest part of the image, knowing that I can map out a path for the eye to follow. My goal is to keep the viewer looking at my image as long as possible. This filter helps me accomplish such a difficult feat.
Is it worth the upgrade? Well technically I could accomplish all aforementioned techniques in photoshop, but with the ease and time savings of lightroom 5, it is well worth the $79 upgrade fee. To purchase your copy of Lightroom 5, follow the links below.