Lightroom 6 is expected to launch within the next week or so with several new features. Thanks to leaks from Adobe, we now know a little more about the HDR Merge and Panorama Merge features that will be built into Lightroom 6.
The new HDR Merge feature in Lightroom 6 lets you combine two or more photos taken with different exposure settings into a single HDR image. Panorama Merge in Lightroom 6 stitches together multiple images, including raw files, to create panorama shots without leaving Lightroom.
Neither of these tools were possible using only Lightroom 5 and earlier versions. Part of the leaks from Adobe included a video highlight that demonstrated the process of creating an HDR Merge image.
The process is as simple as selecting the images in the library, right-clicking and selecting Photo Merge > HDR… Based on the screenshots, it also appears you can use a simple CTRL+H shortcut key. Lightroom 6 then merges the photos into an HDR output file that sits in the library alongside the original images.
Additional leaks on the Adobe Lightroom product page confirm the previously rumored facial recognition feature:
Easily find photos of family and friends.
Select a specific face in one photo, and Lightroom 6 uses Facial Recognition to find that person in all your other images.
Other internal leaks about the new features are dead right now, but expect news soon since Lightroom 6 is rumored to be announced on or before March 9, 2015.