A Quick Rundown of All the New Lightroom 2024 Features

In the past few months, Adobe's suite of software has rocketed forward with features, most of which are AI-powered. Now, Lightroom 2024 has a plethora of new functionality that could be useful to you, so here is a quick rundown of what's new and what each addition does.

In the past, I have criticized Adobe Lightroom. It felt that while Photoshop was moving forward quickly, Lightroom was still cumbersome, awkward, and lagging behind on innovation. There is still a lot I don't like about Lightroom, despite using it for 15 years, but it has come along leaps and bounds. Some of these new features are admittedly impressive.

Serge Ramelli offers a nice, succinct breakdown of the new 2024 features in this video, and there's a trend that I could see coming. One of the most impressive features is the addition of blurring the background in post. We have seen a strange cycle with this sort of function. Originally, mobile phones added it to mimic dedicated cameras, but it became such a useful and effective tool after a few years of iterating on it, that now we have Lightroom adding it for photography with dedicated cameras. It might seem useless, but there have been a few times where I have used a narrower aperture than I would have liked, just to ensure I get the shot; it'd be useful there!

What do you think of these new additions? Is Lightroom going the right way?

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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