Having used Adobe Photoshop for so many years and more recently, Nik HDR Efex Pro for more streamlined tone mapping, I was a little apprehensive about trying something else. After downloading the free beta version of Lightroom 4, I was delightfully surprised. And since I am totally new to the product and a little overwhelmed with what it can do, I decided to focus on the “Quick Develop” area, mainly the automated settings for color/black & white and White Balance. These seem to give more control at a global level with the ability to do fine setting manipulation for exposure, contrast, etc., as well.
Lightroom Tonality – Living Color
My starting point is a middle exposure from a 5 bracket set. The image below is what the camera would have produced in single shot mode.
Please see my complete post at http://www.hdr4real.com/2012/01/12/adobe-lightroom-4-beta-my-2-cents/