Playing with Lightroom

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So far the photos I’ve taken with the DSLR have all been unedited, but that’s about to change because I discovered Lightroom! I had heard about it, but I always thought Photoshop was THE premier photo editing software and everything else was just Chef Boyardee in comparison. Fortunately, I stumbled across an article that explained a little more about the difference between Lightroom and Photoshop – the main difference being that Lightroom was design specifically for processing photos, and Photoshop is like a buffet of all things graphics/photography related – waaaay more bells and whistles than is necessary to edit a photo. I love how quick and easy it is to import, add metadata, edit, watermark and export photos. I watched the tutorials on Adobe and got hooked (and subsequently ruined my bedtime.)

I thought my photos were coming out fairly decent without editing, but when I look at the before and after, I’m kind of amazed at the difference. Sometimes the difference is really drastic, other times it’s slight, but editing can really take a photo up a few notches. My challenge has been to keep skin tones natural looking and not crossing over into “fake tan” territory, and I think I mostly succeeded.

Do you use photo editing software? What do you prefer? How do you know when a photo is “done” being edited?

3 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Yay for joining the Lightroom train 🙂 (are you using it through your Adobe online subscription?). If you don’t know already, I LOVE Lightroom, not just for ease of editing but for THE best way to organize photos. I organize them by importing them into “collections” by month and putting keywords like who’s in them (especially useful when making photo gifts).
    I agree that a little editing can go a long way. I think you only adjusted brightness and cropped, so it’s not overboard editing. I’m trying this year to edit all of my photos so they all have the same “look” to them. My “style”, so to speak. So I’m “done” editing when distractions are done away with, when skin tones look right (so hard to perfect!), and they tell the story I’m telling.

  2. Wow, I think I need to go check out Lightroom. I love Photoshop, but it is hard to find the right “look” for a photo with so many different tools and options. It can be distracting.

  3. I love it! Normally the difference between keeping or deleting a photo has to do with it being too dark. So this thing is awesome. I agree, photoshop has wayyy too many buttons to push for a simple fix. I seen this on Amazon, I’m totally gonna check it out!

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