October 4, 2012

Lightroom!

So as I’ve mentioned, I’ve been reading the book  The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby and teaching myself Lightroom.

When Blake started talking about Lightroom, I didn’t even know what it was or why Photoshop wasn’t good enough but now I see. Lightroom is a big program and I don’t even know probably 1/4 of it yet (I’m only halfway through the book and I’ve been skipping over the batch editing stuff) but here’s what I’ve done so far:

Original image.

After Lightroom tweaking.

 More tweaking.

Normally I would delete a picture like this for not being perfect and it’s kind of amazing to me how much control you can have over editing it after the fact. I still say that’s cheating but if it’s what everyone does then I guess I’ll do it too.

I definitely know Photoshop better but I like Lightroom’s system better. I hate it when people say this but I’m going to to anyway, it’s more intuitive. Being such a big program though and not knowing all of it yet (and I’ll probably have to read the book several times to really know the program) and can’t say I’m an expert or exactly *what* I like about it better than Photoshop, I just do. For fast editing though, I think I’d still use Photoshop because I still don’t understand Lightroom’s whole “workflow” deal or how it works. I read that chapter but it didn’t make much sense to me. And I can’t figure out how to add text to photos in Lightroom except watermarks and copyright information, which I don’t want, so Photoshop is still necessary.

Anyway, that”s what I’ve been doing for the past 3 days. I have more dog pics to play with in Lightroom and it’s my intention to keep working on them so I can get the hang of the program. Also my dogs are assholes who don’t understand what to do when a camera’s in their face, especially Lucky. I tell him to “sit”, then I scoot backward so I can take the big and he tries to crawl in my lap and sticks his nose on my lens. For the picture above, I had to bribe them with Fritos (I didn’t have any actual dog treats. We normally have Milkbones but we were out.)

And now I’m going back to the drawing board to see what I can do with the rest of the pics.

PS. One cool thing about Lightroom is that when you crop, it puts a grid for the rule of thirds right over top!

Posted at 1:37 pm in: Fall , Hoover Dog , Lightroom , Lucky , Pets , Photography

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  1. scutterman says:

    I expect it feels more intuitive because it was specifically designed for this sort of photo editing, whereas Photoshop has grown into a general editing and digital art tool