Adobe Lightroom is the industry standard software among photographers both professionals and amateurs. The program is easy to use although it has a lot of features that sometimes can be difficult for beginners.
This is a quick introduction to the software and also includes a quick workflow that I found the easiest to manage my photos and do some quick retouching on them.
So let’s get into it.
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The Adobe Lightroom Interface
The software resembles to all other Adobe products, specially to Photoshop. On the left side you can import or preview your photos. On the right you see the photo itself, On the top you can select what you want to do with the photo(s): like working on them or creating a slidshow or webpage. At the bottom you will see all the photos in one folder as thumbs.
Developing a photo in Adobe Lightroom
Once you imported your photos and selected one from the bottom. Up at the top menu choose Develop and you are ready to make some modifications on the photo.
You can change exposure, colors, sharpen it a bit and do other things. And if you dont want a change you just made you can alwyas reset it (Lightroom is non-destructive, meaning it actually not changing the original photo)
Important note: Always import the RAW files into Lightroom for best results. You can also import JPG as well of course but the original camera files are better to change
Export, Print and share on the Web
Once you are done with your photo you can Export it out in different formats, or you can make slideshow out of them, or even create a websites by only a few mouse clicks.
Let’s see quickly what are these three options for outputs.
Go the the File/Export menu and you will see this window where you can set where to save the file, by what name. You can also resize it and choose formats (best is JPG for almost everything)
You can print the photo from this module. There are a lot of different options you can set. Much more than in a basic print settings on the Mac or Windows. You can apply watermarks and use templates (so it prints more then one photo on a page in different sizes. You can also make your own template.
In this last module you can create a website from the photos.Similar to the Print module you also have templates here and you can futhere modify the look of the web pages by adding titles, background colors, watermarks to it. You can publish the generated html and imafge files to your harddisk and also online to your server using FTP connection.