As of today, I have over 35,000 image files in my photo library, which would become unwieldy without the right tools and process to keep them organized. A lot of those images were good straight off the camera, but many were not, so I also need the right tool to fix them (or at least salvage them as best I can) so that I don’t lose the moment captured in the image.
Enter Adobe Lightroom.
I have used both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and for some tasks (like digital scrapbooking), I have to have them. But most of my day-to-day edits are done with Lightroom, which I can not praise enough. It is, hands down, the best tool on the market for editing and organizing image files. Here’s an example of edits done solely with Lightroom.
The selfie below of Mr. Andi and me on our cruise is horribly blown out. Our faces, clothes, the sky – all washed out – and the sparkling blue water is a dull gray. About the only good thing I can say about it is that my wrinkles aren’t as visible.
But it COULD have been a cute picture of us, if it had been exposed correctly (even though my wrinkles would have shown up a lot more!)
So I reduced the exposure, applied a few presets to make the blues pop and warm up our washed-out skin tones, brightened the shadows, darkened up the blown highlights, and darkened the edges just a little bit. It probably took me about five minutes total to edit the photo, and what I ended up with was this:
It’s not perfect, and it certainly won’t win any photo contest, but it saved the photo – and the moment. I could have taken a few more minutes to smooth out my wrinkles and add a touch of color to my lips, but what you see is what is me, so… I didn’t.
Want to see another example? The photo I posted of Nathan in Monday’s blog post is one of my favorite photos from 2015, and some folks might be tempted to assume that it turned out that way because he’s cute and the setting was gorgeous. While both may be true 🙂 , the image I downloaded from the camera was a disaster. Here’s the before and after, thanks to a few minutes in Adobe Lightroom:
Photography is a learned skill, not a talent.
Sure, there are plenty of people who have a natural creative talent for photography. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, and I so envy them! But most of us just want to have quality photos that capture the moments that we treasure.
Our photos tell our stories in ways that our words sometimes fall short.
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Disclosure: Both the links to the Ultimate Photography Bundles and the links to Adobe Lightroom are affiliate links. I never, ever, promote products that I don’t believe in and am confident will benefit my readers.