Where the heck is Fill Light?

If you upgraded to Lightroom 4 and imported some new images, you might be a bit perplexed with the Develop module’s Basic controls. Fill Light, Recovery, and the Brightness sliders are gone.

Here is an explanation in the Lightroom Journal: http://adobe.ly/wMpLrU

Julieanne Kost goes into detail in this video:
http://adobe.ly/x7mwOK

The Lightroom Queen, Victoria Bampton, provides a quick insight in how to think about these new controls:
http://bit.ly/xzlIHU

By the way, if your question is: Where are these new controls? They are right there in the Basic panel, but you need to convert your image to Process Version 2012. Click the ! icon in the lower right of the image area. Julieanne discuss this in her video.

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3 Responses to Where the heck is Fill Light?

  1. A better question is: “Where did manual Chromatic Aberration correction go?”

    Using the automated profiles for this don’t really work correctly in all conditions, such as when certain filters are attached to a lens (these can add or change the degree of aberration too)

  2. Michael Salinero says:

    Good question. The manual sliders are gone and chromatic aberration correction was removed from the automated profiles. To manually apply correction, click the Remove Chromatic Aberration checkbox on the Lens Correction’s Profile tab. It may seem like you have less control with the old manual slider gone, but you should see better results.

  3. JonO says:

    I have the solution, although I cannot promise it will work on Lr4 as I have gone from Lr3 – Lr5.

    just go to settings > process > 2010
    and that should revert things back to exposure, recovery, fill light, etc…
    the annoying thing is that you have to do this for every file and thus create a preset just so you can use it effectively (if someone could tell me a faster way to do this, please let me know!).

    I am not sure If that fixes the chromatic aberrations slider…

    In my opinion Adobe Should have stuck with their guns on Lightroom’s old settings…
    I think the reason why they changed was because Lr was becoming more popular among the pro-photoshop users – but since they open RAW files in Camera RAW editor on photoshop (with those multi directional sliders like the current LR) the format might have been foreign to them…

    If my theory holds true, the next question posed will be then why change when the existing users are already in love with the current format? the answer is simple – more people start off with Ps and lots of old school photographers are still on Ps. The NEW Lr is (to some extent) more user friendly to them (the Photoshop Ps guys) than the 2010 format. Furthermore I think Adobe is reckoning that the people already on the Lr 2010 format would also have Ps and would adapt quicker than the Ps guys adapting to Lightroom…

    The new format (2012): in my opinion has brought me great results without going overboard with some of the settings that the old format (2010) used to give… however I find the new format’s sliders too timid, selective and time consuming… for what used to take me less than 12 seconds to grade a photo (without a preset) now takes me about 45 seconds which is an annoying waste of my time…