Well, I'm stoked.
I've been playing with the beta for the new Lightroom for a few weeks and I think the team at Adobe has done a great job. This project is NOT a full review of Lightroom CC/6. For that, please check out Victoria Bampton's review. Rather, this project shows the results I've been able to achieve, often very quickly, while never leaving Lightroom.
The two areas that most interested me were panoramas and HDR, as these are two workflows that originally required me leaving LR to get the job done.
Most of you have probably already seen my panoramas. I've included a few here but they are NOT new. What IS new, are all the HDR images. These are all newly processed, all from RAW NEF files. On average, each HDR has at least 3 images merged together, but I recently learned that all LR really needs is an over exposed and under exposed image to work from, because RAW files retain so much exposure range. This really helps in reducing ghosting issues, too.
That's not to say LR doesn't handle ghosting; it does and overall, quite well. But the less you have to experiment with the degrere of ghosting (None, Low, Medium, High), the faster you work!
Another interesting point. The merging for HDR or or panoramas happens in the background. This means you can start the process and go back to working on other image files. You can also que files; start one HDR, then move on to creating a second one.
And - it's pretty freaking fast!
The other thing I like is LR's approach to HDR. It generates very accurate, very photo-realistic HDR images. If I want some far-out HDR version, I can certainly go into the Develop module and crank the sliders to get the other-worldly effect I'm looking for.
Lightroom is available both as CC (subscription) or in perpetual version (Lightroom 6). Keep in mind, that if mobile is part of your workflow, you would need the subscription version of Lightroom (CC). Adobe has both LIghtroom mobile and a web viewer version of LIghtroom that are both part of the mobile offering. Add to that, the abilty to access synced LR collections in a variety of Adobe's other mobile apps, such as Voice, Slate and Photoshop Mix. For more on the differences, check out Laura Shoe's post.
Creating HDR Images in Lightroom
In broad strokes, I've listed the major steps below.