With so many amazing editing programs available today, it can be a daunting task to choose which one is perfect for you and your photography.
Let's start with the most obvious choice, Lightroom.
In a nutshell, Lightroom is workflow efficient, no question about it. The way it is designed, it gives photographers a precise and easy to follow system that guides you through the entire editing process.
Let's briefly go over what makes Lightroom so amazing for not only editing your photos, but creating a flawless workflow from start to finish!
The Library Module
This is where you import your photos into your Lightroom interface to start working.
To put it quite simply, this is the most powerful part of Lightroom. With it's database capabilities, ease of photo organization, and a quick and easy visual reference, the Lightroom Library is the ultimate structure to keep track of your photos from start to finish.
Culling and organizing your photos
After you have imported all your files into the library, you can start to get to work!
With the abilities to flag, rate, and color code your photos, sifting through hundreds of photos at once could never be more simple!
Following along the filmstrip will be a lifesaver to your culling process and will expedite this (sometimes mundane) process.
When you are all set and ready to start editing your photos and make them look polished and finished, presets
can save you an abundance of time (need I say, more money in your pocket???).
A preset, in it's simplest definition, is a recorded editing step that you can quickly apply to your photos.
One cool perk about using presets is that you can hover over them each individually and see the preview in the Navigation menu screen. You can quickly analyze which preset would be a suitable choice for each photo before you even apply it! This in itself will save you a lot of time determining how you want to edit your photos and your whole workflow process.
Once you determine which preset(s) you will be using for photos, you can easily apply them and batch edit your session, thus cutting down on your editing time even more. When you have a series of photos that are similar in lighting and exposure, you can sync all of the settings from one photo to the remainder of the series. Simply put, batch editing allows you to edit one photo and apply all of the adjustments to the rest of the photos in an instant. How's that for a time saver?!
The develop module
Maybe you need to touch up blemishes on a portrait or crop your photo differently; Lightroom comes well equipped with just the tools you need for that!
You can use the adjustment brush to brighten areas of your photo or add a certain color tint to a portion.
Then there's the ever- handy spot removal tool; a tool that can help you erase unwanted flaws and cover up skin imperfections. And let's not forget the graduated filter, radial filter and effects panel where you can add vignettes and other processing actions.
With all of these features, and all of the things that you can accomplish in Lightroom, it's a no-brainer why Lightoom is the best editing program on the market for the busy photographer!
Lightroom is non-descructive
I'm sure you've heard this before, but if you haven't, this might simply be the most amazing part of Lightroom in and of itself.
When you work on making changes to your photos in Lightroom, you essentially are never touching the exact photos itself. In fact, you are only making changes to your Lightroom catalog; your RAW (or unedited) photos never get touched, leaving you with the originally files still intact.
When it comes to exporting, you are exporting the file changes to the catalog which makes your photos appear to be altered, but they are completely left untouched in their original resting place on your hard drive or computer.
Once you are finished putting the final touches on your photos, then you are ready for the final step, exporting.
When you export, you are moving a copy of the finished files from your catalog to the source that you select.
There are several exporting options to choose from, which is why it's so versatile and workflow friendly. It's easy and simple to watermark and size for web, apply it to all your images, and export onto your media device. This will save you time with re-sizing for different purposes.
For example, I can export files that are sized for web, add a watermark, and they are ready within minutes to add to my client galleries. There is no limitation on how much your export, so the possibilities and options are up to you!
With everything Lightroom has to offer, it's obvious why this program is known for it's efficiency. If you are a busy photographer and not using Lightroom in your workflow, you could be missing out on a lot!
Do you use Lightroom for all your editing needs??? If not, what's holding you back?!