Lightroom CC - Wild Eye

Lightroom CC: First Impressions and Some New Features

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 2 Comments

So, I’ve just downloaded the trial version of Lightroom CC as I prepare to start traveling this weekend.

Off the bat you won’t see a lot of changes to the user interface but there are a couple of small additions you might pick up and I will dig a bit deeper and share more on these in future blog posts.

For now, here are a few of the features that caught my eye and that might be of interest to you as you explore Lightroom’s latest rendition.

Lightroom CC - Wild Eye

This particular one I can’t see myself using all that often but had to see how Lightroom will deal with merging HDR images.  A simple pop up window and very simple interface seems like it will be quite easy to use but just hope people don’t get carried away and over-HDR all their pics now that it’s this easy.

Lightroom CC - Wild Eye

Been waiting for this one.  You can now ‘see’ what you’ve done in the Graduated Filter Tool by adding an overlay mask like you would with the Special Adjustment brush.  Small change, very handy!

Lightroom CC - Wild Eye

Even better than having an overlay mask on the Graduated Filter is the same overlay mask on the Radial Filter.  I used to have to over expose, check the area that will be adjusted and then go from there so this is awesome!

Lightroom CC - Wild Eye

For those of you who have issued with skew horizons, you can know ask Lightroom CC / 6 to auto adjust this and straighten it for for you.  Still need to check out how accurate this is but nice idea.

More to follow as I dig deeper into the new Lightroom.

If you have any questions let me know and let’s figure out the best way we can use this new upgrade from Adobe to streamline our workflow and to get the most out of our images!

Until next time.


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Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at or follow my journey on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter a look forward to changing the way you see the world.  I also host a Wildlife Photography Podcast and I Vlog!

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  1. Sallie Anthony

    Hi Gerry How did you get it. I trued the link and it said US only.
    How much was it and is it a one off payment or monthly?
    Will Andrew be able to help me with it when I go to the Durban LR workshop?

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      Gerry van der Walt

      Hi Sally,

      Hope you are well. I have installed the CC version – which you can find here – and will play with this for the next 30 days. I am thinking of doing the monthly payment of USD10 as I need to stay up to date with the program in order to best create content for our courses. The standalone version, which is USD 149 new or USD79 as an upgrade, won’t receive any updates but will also work fine for a lot of people.

      The nice thing is that the basics of LR has not changed so the content that Andrew will share with you in Durban will definitely help!! 🙂

      Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.


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