Adobe is making it easier for photographers to edit their photos from within Lightroom. The update to the photo management app comes with performance enhancements and new tools for editing and organizing images.
The latest version of the desktop software includes an option that makes it a cinch to stitch multiple shots together. Meanwhile, the new panorama feature streamlines the process of merging of several images into a customizable high resolution panorama.
An HDR merging feature provides a similar tool for merging RAW images into a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image. HDR is the practice of taking multiple photos of the same scene — taken at different exposures — and combining them into a single image that has a wider range of light levels that is more representative of the the lighting when the photo was taken. In this way, an image with really dark shadows, for example, can be combined with one with overexposed highlights to create a more balanced picture.
Like the Panorama merge feature, Lightroom’s new HDR merge feature simplifies the HDR process by allowing users to quickly combine multiple photos into a single RAW image — a feature that was previously only offered in Photoshop.
Adobe Lightroom’s new HDR merge feature.
Lightroom is also making it easier to organize portraits and photos of people with a new facial recognition feature. The app detects faces within images and allows you to tag individual photos or groups of images with the same person. Adobe says the more you use this feature, the better it will get and it will eventually be able to recognize faces before you tag them.
Finally, the update improved the software’s slideshow capabilities with animations features, the ability to add multiple audio tracks and music syncing, which automatically times slideshows to the beat of your music. The updated version of Lightroom is available now to those with an existing subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan, Creative Cloud Complete plan or those with a perpetual license for Lightroom 6.