Here’s my first Adobe Lightroom 2 video tutorial. Why Lightroom instead of Photoshop, you might ask? The main reason is that I’ve been using Lightroom (LR) for a while now. I used version 1 primarily as an image database and to easily create beautiful, professional web galleries. I also used it for basic image correction but most of my post processing was done in Photoshop. This has all changed now with the introduction of Lightroom 2. There are tons of new features but the main one is the adjustment brush. This powerful tool, let you adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, clarity and sharpness… locally and non-destructively. No more going into Photoshop and using adjustment layers with masks. One click instant masking! Just this feature alone is worth the cost of Lightroom 2. Just the amount of time I’ll save on post processing using the adjustment brush justifies the upgrade. It will pay for itself in a few weeks.
Another reason I’m showing you Lighroom 2 is that I’m now very happy with it’s post processing power and I find that it is complete enough for most photographers post processing needs. And it’s less than half the cost of Photoshop! Photoshop CS3 is retailed at $649.00 and Lightroom 2 is only $299.00.
Here are a few books on Lightroom 2 that might come in handy:
Enjoy the tutorial!