I now have just one more class to complete in terms of learning everything there is to know about using Lightroom (well, at least enough to establish a consistent workflow). Much of what I’ve learned is based on Nat Coalson’s, “Streaming your digital photography process.” This process starts by switching your raw or dng files to black & white to make your histogram and tonal adjustments before returning to color. Thereafter, you make color adjustments before proceeding to any touch-ups. These completed, final adjustments to sharpening and preparation for printing conclude the development process. Obviously, I’ve compressed a lot into a couple of sentences.
Before I started this course I felt as though I was awash in a sea of software alternatives. Now I have a workflow (which I can adjust, as necessary) and I have a technical understanding of all the Lightroom tools at my disposal. I heartily recommend anyone venturing into digital photo software to take a class, or at least get a text-book that provides clear explanations for novices. Do avoid overly technical texts–there’s not much value added, in my opinion.
Next up, I ordered the Canon f4.5-5.5 100-400mm L USM IS super telephoto lens. I’ll let you know how this learning process goes in upcoming posts.