A simple guide to Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom is hands down the best software for managing, editing and displaying your photos. It is simple enough to be used from the amateur photographers and powerful enough to be the professional photographer’s best friend. I doesn’t matter if you only photograph your kids and family vacation, it can offer powerful tools to make your images stand out. It is very easy to use and is my choice when it comes to editing.
This article will give you a basic idea just how powerful Adobe Lightroom really is. If you want to know more please make sure you check the “Photo editing with Adobe Lightroom” workshop that I teach.
After you install Adobe Lightroom your first photo catalogue will be automatically created and you will brought straight to the “Library” module and presented with an option to “Import” your photos. At the top right-hand corner of your screen you will see all available Lightroom modules:
Under the “Library” module, you can organise your photos into folders (for example “Family vacation”). Lightroom’s library module allows you to also tag, organise, filter and search your photos so you can find quickly the one you need.
Using the “Develop” module, you can edit and manipulate the photos you have imported. You can edit white balance, contrast, fix exposure, convert photos to black and white or apply different filters etc..
Under the “Map” module, you can pinpoint the location in which your photos were taken if they contain GPS data (depending on your camera model)
Use the “Book” module to create a physical book template. The Book Settings allow you to choose your book type, number of pages, text, layout, etc.). After designing your book you can upload and order it directly from the software.
The “Slideshow” module gives you the option of making a slideshow with your photos. You can add music, change transition times and export the ready slideshow as a movie.
Use the “Print” module and the available layouts and presets to print your photos.
Use the “Web” module to preview, save and publish your photos as a web gallery. There are a number of templates already included for easy and fast design.
Adobe Lightroom is an awesome tool for all photographers – professionals and amateurs alike. I personally use it on a daily basis for managing and editing client photos.
One of the biggest benefits to using Adobe Lightroom is its ability to help you to organise and manage your photos collection. The more photos you have, the more important it is to keep them well organised. Lightroom’s library module allows you to tag, organise, filter and search your photos so you can find quickly the one you need.
In addition Adobe Lightroom offers plenty of potential for editing your photos in the “Develop” module. Whether you work with RAW files or JPGs, Adobe Lightroom allows you to do just about everything you need in the editing process. Adobe Lightroom also integrates nicely with Adobe Photoshop, so you can seamlessly use the two programs for editing your photos.
Would you like to learn more? I teach a comprehensive workshop for working and editing your photos with Adobe Lightroom. Click here for more info.