Lightroom 3

Adobe Lightroom 3 has some major improvements and new features that should prove very useful to any wildlife photographer. It is the result of listening to feedback from many photographers.

Below is a brief review of some of the main differences that you should find extremely useful when processing your images.

Improved Camera Raw Processing Engine

One of the things Lightroom 2 has been criticised for is its raw processing engine not being as good as some of its competitors. Adobe has now completely overhauled it.

Its capture sharpening and color noise reduction now give much better noise reduction while retaining fine detail.

The changes to this are so significant that Adobe has introduced the concept of a process version.

When importing new images the new lightroom 3 processing engine will be used. For images that were processed by lightroom 2 will be left alone or you can choose to automatically re-process them and take advantage of lightroom 3 improved camera raw processing.

More Intuitive Import Experience

A more intuitive import experience allowing users to more easily specify source and destination folders and which images to import.

Simply select the source from the left panel, the destination from the right panel and then preview and select the images to import from the middle panel.

A Loupe view is also available directly from the import screen, allowing images to be previewed before they’re imported.

This is a major improvement over lightroom 2 and makes it much easier to get your images into lightroom.

The video below shows both of these new features in more detail.

Vignetting Tool Improved

Major improvements to the vignetting tool to give a much more natural effect.

New Grain Tool

A new Grain tool has been added to add a film style grain to photos.

Embed Music in Slideshows

Add music to slideshows and export as high quality video (H.264). These can then be posted to video sharing sites or optimized for mobile media.

A nice feature of this is that he length of the slideshow can be automatically adjusted to the length of the music.

Flexible Printing

A Custom layout option has been introduced when printing. This allows any number of images to be placed wherever you want them on a page.

Useful Watermarking

Watermarking photos is now very flexible. They can be automatically added to photos when printing, creating slideshows, creating web pages or exporting.

More significantly, the size, position and opacity can be changed and they can be created from text or from a graphic image.

Publish Services

Publish services that allow you to create collections to be published directly to photo sharing sites such as FLickr. Lightroom 3 will then monitor any changes made to photos and synchronize them.

A great consequence of this is that you can have a collection that is published to a folder on your computer which is then kept in sync. with the collection. This could prove very useful as you could have a folder for each of your customers. As you make changes then the folder can be updated automatically.

Navigate Collections from Develop

In lightroom 2 I found it frustrating that there was no way to select collections from the Develop module. This meant that you had to keep switching between library and develop. The collections panel is now available in the develop module so you can now select your images to develop without having to keep switching back to Library.

The video below shows the rest of the features that weren’t shown on the first video.

There are plenty of other new features too numerous to mention. They are covered in the video below.