Introduction to Lightroom

Well this week’s class was an introduction to Adobe Lightroom. Personally I have spent countless hours learning and using Lightroom (LR) since the release of version 2.0.

I love this software as it allows me to manipulate photos in so many creative ways. As the name states the link between film and the darkroom is now a link between the digital SLR to the lightroom. A lot of people feel post processing of images is cheating and I can agree to a point. These sentiments apply to the film days too. Get it right out of the camera not in post processing. I just think there is more than one way to skin a cat and sometimes post processing is the only way to express your artistic creative side. I guess it is to each there own.

Lightroom provides various ways to process your images as well make exposure corrections either globally or locally via the adjustment brush. From version 1.0 to 2.0 Lr has change to be a leader in its handling of both RAW and jpeg images.

I think the most important feature Lr has to offer is the unlimited un-dos via a non-destructive layering process. Lightroom layers the adjustments you make and stores those changes in its catalogue and never saves its changes to the image file itself. If you were to use your file browser to goto the original photo location on your hard drive, you would not see any adjustments you have made in Lr applied.

Getting your final image out of Lr to share requires you to export it to a new location. Other wise you can create portable slideshows or print via the print module in Lr.

Sticking to the themes, here are some images from session 4 class. These images were processed in LR a bit. Or maybe a lot in some cases.

2 Responses

  1. Aroop

    Hi Steve,

    Great site. Have you tried LR3, I downloaded the beta version a few months ago. Have not used version 2, but am thinking of buying 3 once it’s out.


    February 7, 2010 at 11:44

  2. admin

    Yup I have been using since it came out. It is much better than 2. But 2 is great too.

    February 7, 2010 at 12:14

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