After a number of years avoiding having to spend a fortune on 3rd Party software and managing my workflow using a combination of Canon’s DPP (Digital Photo Professional) and Picasa to organise my photos, I’ve finally decided to give Adobe Lightroom a look.
I have actually tried Lightroom in the past (probably version 2-3) but I never really got on with it. The omission of various features and functionality that I’d grown used to via other tools meant I wasn’t prepared to shell out extra cash for something that would mean either dropping parts of my workflow or continuing to use additional software, as well as lightroom.
This has all changed now after I recently downloaded a full trial of Lightroom 5.3. Those missing features are now included so I thought why not give it another go. It seems that you can’t really consider yourself a serious photographer if you aren’t using either Photoshop, Lightroom or both at the core of your workflow or that’s what most of the photography press would have you believe.
Now being new (relatively) to Lightroom can be quite a daunting prospect. There is a steep learning curve to switch across from DPP which I still find more intuitive in terms of RAW processing if I’m honest. I thought I’d hunt out a few tutorials on the Adobe site and possibly look into getting a book on the subject to make sure I was setting up Lightroom correctly and understood the various “modules”, I really advise newcomers to Lightroom to do the same, avoid the temptation of jumping straight in at the deep end and take your time to familiarise yourself.
My saviour in this process was quickly found via the extremely helpful and unsung hero of Lightroom, Anthony Morganti. When searching for Lightroom tutorial videos on YouTube I stumbled across Anthony’s Channel, opened the lid (so to speak) and discovered a wonderful world of photography tips, tricks and tutorials including a playlist specifically geared at teaching Lightroom with over 8 hours (30+ videos) covering the subject, best of all Anthony provides these resources for FREE!!! So if like me you’re new or returning to Lightroom you really can’t go wrong with Anthony’s videos and you will save having to buy further material to help you get into the software.
So after watching a number of videos I’ve started on my journey of moving across to Lightroom. Two weeks in and I’ve purchased the full license so I guess you can say I’m committed now and am making my way through the back catalogue . I’m sure to blog more on this subject in due course but in the meantime if any of you ladies and gents reading have lightroom tips to share, please do by commenting on this post. BTW the picture above is one of the first pictures I’ve re-processed using Lightroom 5 – I’m going to have to be very selective about which of my past photo’s I have a play with using Lightroom or I’m going to be here a while!!!!
Thanks for reading and enjoy the weekend.