“Your Photos Look Better Processed in Lightroom 4. Period.”

Photoshop guru Scott Kelby has high praise for the overhauled Develop Module that’s coming in Lightroom 4. In a recent post titled “Why I Think Lightroom 4 is Going To Sell Like Crazy“, he writes,

Your photos look better processed in Lightroom 4. Period. […] The improvements in Lightroom’s Development module are so significant, and so much better than what we’ve ever had before, that I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find most anyone still using Lightroom 3 in just a few months from now. In fact, if they didn’t add another feature, it would still be worth the upgrade just to get better looking images.

You can watch a walkthrough of new the new module here, or play around with the new engine yourself by downloading the free Lightroom 4 Beta release. This is also great news for Photoshop users: the same engine is coming to Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Camera Raw.

(via Scott Kelby via John Nack)

  • Rob Kerfoot

    More money to spend…damn you Adobe!

  • Mike Heller

    Looks like I’ll have to buy the upgrade.  Enjoying beta 4 at the moment and haven’t used 3x since.  Damn you Adobe.

  • Rob-L

    Of course Kelby is going to say it’s great. He’s not going to bite the hand that feeds him!

  • Info

    BEtter than Capture 1? I  doubt it.

  • OSAM

    I prefer using ACR in Photoshop; it’s just that much easier to get straight from developing in ACR to doing pixel edits.  And dont give me that “but it has a library system built in!”.  I have my own library system: it’s called not being retarded.

  • John Kantor

    They always say that when they want to sell you a new version of the same program. And Kelby is getting paid to go along. 3 at least was usable. Why does it take 4 iterations to make a good program? (Answer: greedy companies and incompetent programming.)

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  • 9inchnail

     Yeah, Adobe it totally incompetent, that’s why all their stuff is industry standard.

  • 9inchnail

    You are talking out of your a##, dude. The library improves your workflow a lot. If you shoot a lot of pictures in the same location or with the same model or same theme, library modules are essential. If you want to find all pictures you’ve taken in a specific place over the years, do you really want to go through all your folders or just search for a tag and be done with it in a second?

  • Hexx

    I guess you should try it at first. It’s also so much easier to achieve the result you want and also quicker. Basic panel now solves 90% of my needs where in v3 I usually have to amend curves and sometimes HSL. Can’t wait for the full version. Also NR and sharpening have been improved

  • Jim

    Yeah, it’s got some cool new stuff and I’ll likely upgrade, but you can’t be serious! Kelby- as nice a guy as he may be- is not exactly what I’d call a good source for objective reviews of software he makes money on.

  • Simon Meisinger

    haha, how cute.

  • Simon Meisinger

    lightroom1 was good

  • Zta

    Better than what?

    I’ve never used Lr, so I’ll probably destroy my photos in there.  But I do know dt, hence the equally biased, lack-of-reference, nonsense statement:

             Your photo will look better when processed in Darktable. Period.

    Darktable is freely availale from and has lots of video tutorials to get you started.

  • OSAM

    It’s really not that hard to be organized.  I can do all the things you mention simply by A) knowing my file structure and B) have a good file structure.  

  • Chrswggl

    So lets say you take 2000 photos of a wedding. Do you have a good way to quickly and easily weed out the best ones, whether through color coding or rating, and then quickly apply batch edits as you go? I thought not.

  • Guest

    I still remember buying Photoshop 5.0 (or rather, my dad buying it) back in the 90’s. I believe the basic photo editing functions were still the same, but the main things they improved over the years were gimmicky features like brush shapes. love CS5, but I don’t heavily ‘manipulate’ my photos so I never use things like content-aware fill.

  • Gianluca Lastoria

    Mr. Kelby has to sell more books and more courses, I would not consider his comments as unbiased…

  • Carly Erin O’Neil

    You’d be surprised- it only takes one time to use content-aware to make you a fan. Especially when you go into a client session knowing you have it in your back pocket. I have a hammer, doesn’t mean i USE it everyday! :) 

  • Carly Erin O’Neil

    The point in non-destructive editing is the fact that you CAN’T “destroy” your photos “in there”. 

  • Carly Erin O’Neil

    Great video! I’ll give the beta4 version a shot. I switched from ACR/Bridge to Lightroom last year b/c I felt that perhaps Lightroom would allow me to be a bit more intuitive with the editing process. It definitely took some cursing and getting used to- going from the file hierarchy system to keywords, but as I’ve finally imported my whole photography catalog into the system, I’m quite happy with it. When I need to submit images, or an editor calls me last minute- there’s absolutely no stress in finding, perhaps finishing or re-editing for magazine’s purpose, and exporting in the exact size, quality, etc. Unless I’m doing composites or graphical design I rarely end up in PS anymore…. 

    Great video! Does a really nice job explaining what we have to look forward to! 

  • ohno studio

    He has new classes to market. Yeah, they’re good guys there at Kelby, but still…

  • Zta

    That’s.. not what I meant.  I means that the result of my efforts spent in an application I am not familiar with will probably just be a picture that looks ugly.

    Darktable is non-destructive too, btw; a data file with filters applied and their parameters are written next to the original file, allowing Darktable to reconstruct all changes when the image is loaded and effectively bring back the “modified” image.