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How to Use Lightroom 5 to do work we used to do in Photoshop

Most photographers run off to use Photoshop when doing any kind of fix-up on a photo. It doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Lightroom 5 is adding more capabilities all the time. For me, it’s the best HDR software right now. In today’s video I show a super easy Lightroom 5 tip for cloning something into your photo that didn’t exist. This used to be something that could only be done in Photoshop.

Lightroom 5 Takes Over Many Former Photoshop Tasks

Learning how to use Lightroom 5 is more than worth the small effort!  Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t need to spend the big bucks on Photoshop?  Even better, wouldn’t it be great not to have to learn how to use all the complicated tools in Photoshop at all?  Imaging having one, easy to use and inexpensive program for all your post processing.  For most of us, that is now possible with Lightroom 5!  I hardly ever go into Photoshop anymore for anything when processing using the Perfect HDR Workflow and I like it that way. I like it a lot.  Judging by the number of emails I get from other HDR photographers who read about and try the Perfect HDR Workflow, they all are loving it too!

Photoshop isn’t Dead

There are many things that still can only be done in Photoshop.  It’s a very powerful piece of software. But, the thing is, most HDR photographers are still relying on Photoshop when they don’t have to. Most just aren’t aware of the Lightroom 5  option yet. Others simply stick with what they know… staying in the old comfort zone because that’s what feels good.

All of the top HDR photographers still teach Photoshop-Why?

A year ago, before Lightroom 5, I would say that Photoshop was a piece of software that HDR photographers should have and use.  Now, not so much.  However, none of the top HDR photographers I follow, except for Trey Ratcliff, have changed anything about the workflow they teach to rely more on the ease of Lightroom 5 and back off using the much more difficult Photoshop. One of them admits knowing about 32 bit processing, but dismisses it as being “too easy” and continues to teach and sell his Photoshop tutorials. With simple tricks, like the one I show in today’s video, Lightroom 5 can function perfectly well for lots of former Photoshop-only tasks.

32 Bit HDR Processing

There are a few softer voices in the HDR crowd that are like me and teach the ease and joy of  using 32 bit HDR processing, like the Perfect HDR Workflow. However, some of them still even use Photoshop to merge their RAW files, even though they process mostly in Lightroom.  Why?  Maybe to save the $29 that the Photomatix merge to 32 bit  the plugin costs. Change is hard.

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Golden Gate Bridge in Perfect HDR with all lights lit using Lightroom 5

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