Learning to develop with Lightroom 3.4

Here is my first post from 2011. Things have come a long way since then. We are now in Lightroom Classic version 6 which is now packed with ever more features–only some of which I use. There is less trial and error on my part. Since I now do a lot of black and white, I make basic adjustments in Lightroom, then import the image into Silver Efex Pro 3 for conversion to black and white and final editing.

I don’t know about  those of you who are new to digital photography, but I find that just learning to use photo software isn’t enough to get the best possible images.  Although I know how to manipulate most of the software menus, I end up making a lot of adjustments through trial and error, which takes more time than I want to spend with less than ideal results.

So, last night I began a Lightroom class. As the late W. Edward Deming (a continuous quality expert) would put it, I’m addressing the weakest point in my image production process. For those who don’t know, Lightroom is an Adobe product that integrates with their Photoshop line.  However, Lightroom is designed more for organizing and developing photos according to a more intuitive workflow process, whereas Photoshop focuses more on special effects. Lightroom also has the advantage of not making any destructive changes to your raw or compressed files.

Here’s to better images!

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