Ever since the majority of the photography world switched from film to digital imaging, the world of photoshop has become more user-friendly than ever before. A variety of different photo editing programs is widely used by free editing programs such as GIMP and Picasso to programs that must be purchased like Adobe Photoshop and its various derivatives. Although any of these programs can arguably be better than another in usefulness, I have found that Adobe’s Lightroom is particularly user-friendly, for both the professional and amateur photographer. This Adobe Photoshop Lightroom may be much more expensive than other digital editing programs, but it is arguably worth the investment.
Lightroom offers its users a healthy amount of pre-programmed “presets” that can be used to automatically adjust the coloring and lighting within a photograph to a pre-determined setting, such as “creative-aged,” “creative black and white high contrast,” or “creative-antique grayscale.” Such settings will easily adjust the lighting/coloring of the photograph for a “quick fix.” Altering other elements of the photograph such as the exposure, contrast, blacks, or fill light after applying a preset will allow users to have the advantages of all of the adjusting that the preset automatically presents, with their own finishing touches finalizing the look they desire.
Another extremely useful component of Lightroom is the “color adjusting” tool. This will allow users to choose a particular shade from the photograph and then adjust the saturation, hue, and intensity of all shades of that color within the photo. This tool can be very useful if you are trying to get the colors of a flower, the red-breast of a robin or the blue of a sky to be more (or even less) vibrant in the photograph. The color adjusting tool is particularly wonderful because it allows for the adjustment of many different colors individually, instead of only permitting the altering of the brightness/coloring of the photograph as a whole.
A final, quick way to make a photograph look more professional through using Lightroom is their “lens correction” and “post crop” tools under the “vignettes” option of editing. These tools can allow a user to either lighten or softly darken the edges of photographs, thus causing the attention of a photo to be more focused on the center of the picture.
Overall, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offers its users quick and easy ways to alter the coloring/lighting of their photography. Professionals would agree that there is much more to Lightroom than the basics, but amateurs might agree that Lightroom’s basics are wonderfully simple to grasp and utilize for editing their photography. Although rather expensive (in comparison to free programs), Lightroom is well worth the investment.