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With the advent of the Digital Era, photography had to evolve to keep up. Some professionals still use it, but film quickly left way to electronic storage systems. Such a change eliminated the need to shop for consumables and gave us the ability to tweak our photos way after the shutters had clicked. In a sense, digital photography shook our world.

For many, a trusty camera is not the only tool in their arsenal anymore. If you want to remain relevant, you’ll need to master post-production as well as shooting. There’s a huge number of photo editing programs out there, but I consider Adobe Lightroom one of the best. Today, I want to introduce you to this amazing suite of utilities!

Lightroom Screenshot - Grapess on the Vine, Upper Reach Winery, Swan Valley - Western Australian Landscape Photography

Lightroom Screenshot – Grapess on the Vine, Upper Reach Winery, Swan Valley – Western Australian Landscape Photography

What Can Adobe Lightroom Do For You?

Up to a few decades ago, pictures had to be developed before you could see them. In layman’s terms, that meant spending hours in a darkroom while you played around with chemicals. These days, the whole process takes place directly on your computer. I find myself using Lightroom to:

  • Store Pictures as RAW Files: vital if you wish to work on them;
    When images turn into a bunch of bits on a disk, compression can ruin the whole party. Storing the contents of your camera as RAW files lets you preserve their original quality. Lightroom also allows you to create albums and to sort your photos, making it easier to find them in the future!
  • Fine-tune Brightness, Color, and Size: producing exactly the image my clients want;
    One of the things that I love the most about Lightroom is the fact that it allows you to see the results of your work in real time. Without having to save the image, you can use this program to tweak luminosity, crop a picture, and apply a series of filters. The original file will still be there once you’re done, just in case you need it!
  • Improve the Photo’s Overall Quality: because, at times, you need to add a finishing touch;
    While Lightroom excels at on-the-fly editing, it is also perfect for more in-depth alterations. Through its extensive collection of plug-in and dedicated tools, the program lets you smoothen blurry pictures, remove artefacts, and even radically change the way your picture will look. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to turn photos that you would have otherwise deleted into perfectly viable commercial products!
Lightroom Screenshot - The Breakwater Tavern, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Perth - Western Australian Landscape Photography

Lightroom Screenshot – The Breakwater Tavern, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Perth – Western Australian Landscape Photography

In Conclusion

Adobe Lightroom is a professional suite of tools for photographers. Perhaps overwhelming at first, this program has the potential to become one of your closest allies in the long run. As you spend more time on it, you’ll learn everything you need to take more artistic, qualitatively better, and more valuable photos. Your clients and your inner self will both appreciate the effort!

Want to get right into it and start learning how to integrate Lightroom with your creative process? Take a look at Dave’s mini-guide on how to “How To Install Lightroom Presets & Brushes“.