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It was very useful to have brightness in LR3. If I process images in LR4 I find they are better for then going through PS and adding some brightness. In LR4 exposure raises the contrast, and all I want to do is raise the brightness of the image. Its quite annoying
Agree, that and the default highlight recovery is way too aggressive. Another problem and the reason I've passed on process 2012, the highlight recovery isn't just brightness, it's also adding a massive dose of desaturation in the highlights, does very nasty things to faces and you can't stop it. The blacks tool are also way too tame, you used to be able to cut through flare with the blacks tool, not any more.