Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use Lightroom?, part of Lightroom 2 Essential Training.
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In this movie, I want to conceptually answer the question, why use Lightroom? I want to do that by way of sharing a few images with you. This first photograph is a photograph of my friend Mike out at the Channel Islands and I love this photograph. It has some grit, it has some depth to it. And you know, using Lightroom deepens my appreciation of photography because it simplifies the process so that I get more out of photography. Another thing that it does for me is it helps me of a workflow that's interconnected rather than having to jump between different applications. I can stay in one place and I can do everything that I need to do.
And having that workflow that's fluid or interconnected is integral to an effective photographic workflow. Another thing that's important to me in regards to Lightroom is it brings a little bit of a smile back to the process. It reminds me why I got into the photography. It was for the passion of it, for the joy of it. And because the Lightroom is so simple and easy to use, I end up having more fun. I also end up creating images that I enjoy that much more. It brings more smile to my game. Another thing that Lightroom does is it helps me create a workflow that has pattern. Whenever I can create patterns in my workflow, I'm that much more affective.
So I can create templates or presets and use them again. And I can use them either as finishing points or as starting points to take images even further. Another aspect of Lightroom that's really important to me is it helps to expand my vision. Simply by minimizing the interface and getting rid of all the tools, I can step back for a moment. And I can think about the image from a different perspective. And that's incredibly important because when I'm working with tools I'm really focused on the task at hand. Every once in a while, you just have to step back from your work, step back from all the tools, and looking your photography with fresh eyes.
And Lightroom really helps me to do that. You know one of my favorite musicians is Jack Johnson. Here is the photograph of Jack from just a couple of months ago and if you don't like his music just run with me with this one for a moment. One of things I do like about his music is that it's simple, yet profound. Somehow, his music reduces things down to the essentials. Another story, I was on a train in the Swiss Alps now, sitting next to this guy who looked like he was in the Swiss Army. So I asked him, "Is it true, do you really have a Swiss Army knife?" And he pulled out the knife on the left. Compare that with the knife on the right.
That's kind of like the amateurs do, all right? All the bells and whistles, it weighs five pounds, you can't even really use it. Yet the pro uses a tool that is distilled down to the essentials and uses that tool really well. And I value that. I especially value that with digital photography. Because our files are so big and it takes so much time to work on them, anything that can help me whittle away the nonessentials and get to the core things that I actually want to do and ultimately create images that are compelling, I love it. And for that reason, I really enjoy Lightroom.
Now, another reason that I enjoy Lightroom is because it helps me get away from the computer. Now I love the computer. I love working on my files in Photoshop and in Lightroom. Yet, I have other passions. And by using Lightroom, I can work on my images in more affective ways. And then I can get to shooting or I can get to my other passions. And you know when I do things like surfing like I'm doing here in this photo. It helped me create better images. Isn't that weird? When I get away from photography and do something I love and then come back to photography, My photography is that much better and Lightroom helps me do just that.
Finally, one of the things that I have noticed is that Lightroom has reminded me is that space matters. The context within which I work really matters. So I have a question for you. In your own workspace, your own office, what you need to do to transform that into a greenhouse of creativity. Transform into a space that you really want to go to, that you're excited to be in. Now, I'm excited to work inside of Lightroom because the interface is simple, it's clean, it's minimal. And I can really get to the art and craft of creating photographs quickly. And for that reason and the others that I have mentioned, I found that I use Lightroom because it deepens my overall photographic workflow and ultimately helps me to create more compelling images.
- Understanding Lightroom's interface, modules, and new features
- Importing photos from a folder, camera, or memory card
- Sharing catalogs between multiple computers
- Sorting and filtering with flags, ratings, labels, and other attributes
- Correcting white balance, tone, saturation, and clarity with the Basic panel
- Cropping, straightening, and retouching with the Tool Strip
- Fixing color and exposure with the Adjustment Brush tool and HSL controls
- Converting to black and white
- Sharpening, reducing noise, and removing chromatic aberration
- Understanding lens correction and camera calibration
- Fine-tuning portrait, travel, and nature photography workflows
- Integrating with Photoshop