Differences between the tone curve and the basic settings

In addition to the common contrast and exposure (brightness) settings that are included in even the most basic photo retouching applications, it is possible in Lightroom to modify individual ranges of brightness, which allows for precise adjustments. There are a couple of ways to do it, though, and new users of Lightroom are often (and justifiably!) confused with the settings in the Basic and Tone Curve panels.
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New in Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC was released not long ago and here are the main new features:

  • Facial recognition: You can now easily assign keywords for people in your pictures. Lightroom automatically detects people’s faces and is often able to recognize who they are.
  • HDR Merge: Combine multiple pictures to create High-Dynamic Range photos.
  • Panorama Merge: As for HDR, you can now stitch pictures together to create amazing panoramas without having to use Photoshop.

I’ll do my best to write about those features in details in the near future, especially about facial recognition, which I think is in itself well worth the upgrade.