Adobe adds book printing, video enhancements to Lightroom 4

With Photoshop Lightroom 4, Adobe Systems says it introduces “refined technology for superior shadow and highlight processing,” as well as photo book creation, additional local adjustment controls, and video tools.

New adjustment controls maximize dynamic range from cameras, recovering exceptional shadow details and highlights, Adobe says, with improved auto adjustments to dynamically set values for exposure and contrast. There are also local adjustment controls for noise reduction, moire and white balance.

Lightroom now provides photographers the tools to “create beautiful photo books,’ the company says, with text controls and a variety of easy-to-use templates. It also links directly to the Blurb printing service.

Lightroom adds native video support to play, trim and extract frames from video clips. Video-specific presets and many standard Lightroom image adjustment controls can be applied to video clips, and adjusted videos can be exported as a H.264 file or published directly to Facebook or Flickr.

The photo management and processing program is now $149, which Adobe says is “an incredible value for photographers.” It first shipped for $299 in 2007.

More information is here.