A couple of days ago, Adobe announced that the next iteration of their popular photo management and editing tool Lightroom 5 was finally ready for beta testing. I’ve been a user of Lightroom for my photo work since the first iteration came out and I’ve always been pretty impressed with the features every increment brought to the table. Petapixel has put together a nice list of their top 5 features in the new Lightroom 5 Beta for you to see if the upgrade is worth it for you. I’ll give you a hint. Yes, it is.
Check out the video above for a rundown of their top 5 features in Lightroom. For me, I personally find the addition of the spot healing tool and custom brush shapes a very welcome addition to Lightroom. Now, instead of importing the image to Photoshop to do some minor touching up, you can actually do light heals and clones in Lightroom itself, saving valuable time from your workflow and not to mention those pesky TIFF files are pretty darn big.
The other feature to note for myself is the Smart Previews. Think about it as the fact that you’ll be able to create previews of your images that you can actually take with you and do your edits away from your main machine and they can then be resynced back to the high res photos and the changes will be made to your Lightroom Catalog. Instead of exporting or taking the entire library of photos, or even the high res photos, you can just take the previews! I see this feature being extremely useful for the way I shoot and process my photos.