Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Lightroom and why use it?, part of Lightroom 5 Essentials: 01 Importing with the Library Module.
Lightroom is one of the most powerful and most widely used image editing applications in the world, yet if you're new to Lightroom you may be wondering, well, why is that? And what is Lightroom, why should I use Lightroom? Well, here in this movie, we'll go through a few slides in order to introduce you to Lightroom and in order to begin to answer a few of those questions. In order to really understand Lightroom, we need to dig a bit deeper. It's almost like we need to take an X-ray photograph of Lightroom, in order to discover how it's built.
If we were to do that, we would encounter that Lightroom is built based on different modules. Now, all of these modules, they revolve around the photographer's central task of managing and working on images and video files. Let me show you the various modules which we'll encounter when we start to work in Lightroom. Each of these modules allow us to accomplish different tasks. Now, this particular glance of all of these modules may be a little bit overwhelming or a touch confusing, so let's focus in on one module, the library module.
Now if I were to just highlight that. We could mention, that you would go to the library module, in order to import, manage and organize all of your photographs. Then you might select one of those images and bring it over to the develop module. Now, the develop module, that's where the magic takes place. That's where you correct, enhance, and develop your photograph. And each and every one of these modules, they allow us to do different things. And herein lies the strength of Lightroom. And in a way, I like to think of these modules almost like different rooms in a studio.
So that you have one room that you go to in order to do some organizational work, another in order to make your photographs come to life, and then yet perhaps another in order to work on a book project. And all of these modules, again, are one of the reasons why Lightroom is such a strong application. And if we had to distill what Lightroom allows us to do. Say, into three different words. Here are the words that I would choose in order to describe Lightroom. Lightroom allows us to manage and organize a high volume of photographs. You know, one of the problems with digital capture is that we all capture so many photographs.
If you only have 100 images, well, Lightroom isn't a good tool for you. But if you have hundreds, or maybe even thousands. What you'll discover is that Lightroom will allow you to manage, view, and access, and work with all of those images relatively easily. Another reason why people use Lightroom is because it's phenomenal when it comes to improving, enhancing, or correcting your photographs. We all know that as we capture digital images, almost every image, it needs a little bit of work. Well herein lies really one of the core strengths of Lightroom which is to improve our photographs.
Another thing that Lightroom allows us to do is to share our pictures in some unique ways. We can create prints or book projects or share our images online. Well, so far we've focused in on describing a little bit of what Lightroom is. Yet, what I want to do next is dig a bit deeper into the question of why. Why should I use Lightroom? Now, again, in order to distill this, what I would say is that there are three main reasons why people tend to use Lightroom. They use it because of its simplicity, because of its speed, and also because of its strength.
Lightroom is a relatively simple application, and that's a good thing. It's easy to learn and it's easy to use. Compared to other applications which really have complex menus and take literally years to learn, you can get up to speed in Lightroom, in a relatively short amount of time. Another reason why Lightroom is such a great application is because it allows you to work quickly, because the interface is simple, and also because it allows us to raw process our images and video files. We can work quickly, without having to wait to save those files or without having to wait for any kind of a delay.
We can simply work on our images and we can move on to other things. And by being able to work more quickly, this obviously makes us more effective, but it also makes us more creative. Last but not least, people use Lightroom because of its strength. It really is a powerhouse. As you'll discover, it's a tool which provides us with controls and techniques which we can use in order to accomplish professional results in a relatively short amount of time. Alright, well, whenever we talk about Lightroom, we also have to talk about another application, Photoshop.
People say, should I use Lightroom? Or should I use Photoshop? And really that's the wrong question. It isn't an either or question rather, it's both and. Remember Lightroom's official name? It's Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. And Photoshop and Lightroom are almost like brothers which work really well together. Often our workflow will begin in Lightroom, and then we'll make our way to Photoshop. And by combining these two applications together. Well, we can often create really stunning and professional results. And one of the reasons why people like to use Lightroom is because of its tight integration with Photoshop.
In other words, it creates a connected or a cohesive work flow. So that you can quickly and easily jump back and forth between these two really powerful applications. Alright, well to summarize a few things that we've talked about here, let me pull up one more slide and highlight a few reasons why people use Lightroom. Well, Lightroom is a workflow application. It's an application which allows us to manage a high volume of photographs and to do so relatively easily. It also enables and empowers us to improve, correct and enhance our photographs in some phenomenal ways.
And last but not least, it's a program that gives us some options when it comes to sharing our pictures whether we want to create prints or books or just share those images online.
- What is Lightroom?
- Importing images and video files
- Choosing an import destination
- Renaming files
- Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
- Working with tethered capture
- Exporting a catalog
- Using Smart Previews
- Customizing the Lightroom background