Adobe Lightroom

Let me say this: I am not aiming to be a professional photographer… but I just love to have applications which let me pretend.

I’ve just discovered Adobe Lightroom. On the Mac, I could also choose to use iPhoto + Aperture. However, Lightroom has me completely transfixed. I think this is the first time I am seriously considering paying a vast sum to own a piece of software like this. I’m downloading the trial version of Aperture as I type, but right now, I am not sure why I am bothering… perhaps because its Apple software and I feel I ought to give it a tryout.

From the Lightroom website:

Enjoy robust support for more than 150 camera raw formats, and experiment with confidence. Adjustments you make to images in Lightroom won’t alter the original data, whether you’re working on a JPEG, TIFF, DNG, or camera raw file.

Fine-tune your photographs with precise, easy-to-use tools for globally correcting white balance, exposure, tone curves, lens distortion, and color casts.

Seriously, its like having a darkroom right there on your computer. And the changes are non-destructive… unlike in iPhoto where if you make a change it gets saved whether you want to keep it or not. There are ways round that but its a pain… I like the way Lightroom works… because it works like I do.

If you are even halfway serious about digital photography, you owe it to yourself to take a look, try it out. I haven’t been this impressed with a piece of software for a long time.

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5 thoughts on “Adobe Lightroom

  1. oooh yes indeedy. Photoshop is good for a truckload of stuff but if you have a lot of images to process, Lightroom is just magic. Best way to find out is to download the trial and have a play.

  2. I’d recommend trying Aperture. Its file management is much stronger than Lightroom’s – plus, it works with all of my Apple stuff…iPhoto-iLife, iWork…my iPod…(integration is a big plus for me)

    …also, to clarify / correct the original post, both iPhoto (’08) and Aperture are non-destructive.

    re: Michael – both Lightroom and Aperture add a lot around project / file management and i f you’d prefer, can be setup to work pretty seamlessly with PS as an editor…

  3. Alas, Michael is still a PC user, so Aperture and iPhoto are not available to him. Re non-destructive iPhoto editing, I must have missed something because I made some changes which I then wanted to reverse, and could not. It was not on something critical, I was just playing. I’ll investigate some more.

    Aperture seemed quite slow on my iMac (2.4Ghz, 20″) but that may have just been because I was in a rush at the time. I’ll be looking at it more closely this weekend.

  4. I’m not that impressed with Aperture. I think I need to have LOTS of RAM to make it worthwhile, because its still as slow as molasses in winter. I’ve asked it to import the photos from iphoto, there are only around 1300, and it imported them okay but then every time I wanted to select a particular photo to work on, it just bogged down. I shan’t be pursuing it any further until I have added more RAM, but given that Lightroom flies with my current setup…

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