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A question that surfaces quite often is, "Chris, how do you use Lightroom and Photoshop together? You know, How do I begin to think about these two programs?" I thought it would be fun to show with you a few photographs that illustrate how I think about Lightroom and Photoshop. Well for starters, Lightroom and Photoshop are really good friends. They work so well together. You know sometimes you have a photograph that's a pretty stunning photograph. In this case of one of our family friends, Bailey. I love this photograph. And here is the original file. All that I need to do inside of Lightroom was remove the graphic on the sweater and a couple small blemishes and work on the color and tone.
And voila! The image is finished. Now, there are other cases, like this photograph with Ivan Basso, where I need to do quite a bit of Photoshop work. Here is the original file. And the original file is pretty good, and in Lightroom I need to do some cropping and some color balance and some clarity and sharpening. Yet then I brought in to Photoshop and that's where I really brought this image to light. Now, another photograph for you, this one of my daughter Sophia. I added in Photoshop the edge and the film grain. Here is the original photo and then the final photo. It's a very different aesthetic.
It's a very different look. Now, I couldn't have accomplished that inside of Lightroom. Let's take a look at a couple more. Here is one of Jack O'Neil. This is the man who invented the wet suit. Now for surfers that's really significant. We owe a lot of credit to him. One of things I love about his eye patch is it's actually made out of wet suit material. Now with this particular photograph, here is the original. Now, what I did in Lightroom was I cropped and flipped it and then I started to work on the tone. But to really get that unique aesthetic, I needed to bring that in the Photoshop in order to accomplish that. So how do Lightroom and Photoshop work together? Well, they work together really well.
Now here is a little secret for you. As more and more people start to use Lightroom, they will push their images really far inside of Lightroom because you can create just some amazing photographs from Lightroom. Yet, if you want to distinguish yourself, if you want to set yourself apart just a little bit more, use Lightroom and Photoshop together. And so, that's how I think about these two programs. I think about them together. And I'm always thinking about, OK, this image looks good, but can I make it look any better in Photoshop? Now, remember with that first photograph, the answer was no. There is nothing else that could be done. It looked perfect inside of Lightroom.
So it's not as if one program is better than the other. Yet it's both of the programs together that will ultimately help you create the most compelling photograph.
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