Adobe’s famous Lightroom program has easily become perhaps the most useful photography editing and enhancement tool for photographers worldwide. If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud membership, you may have this program in your laptop or computer, and if you’re not using it, then you’re missing on a lot of things.
Raws Will Shine
If you’re a photographer and you use raw shots, this is where Lightroom gets to shine as a program. This is because its features are best used when you use them to edit raw shots.
If you’re new to photography, a lot of cameras – if not most – actually rely on raw shots to get the most details in photographs. This is prevalent in digital cameras that aim to capture crisp details for your utmost benefit. This is why before you use Lightroom, you may have to be familiar with how raw shots work and how you can convert them into various formats as well.
- In a basic sense, Lightroom allows you to do general modifications to your images. You can rate, select, search, and delete images.
- Likewise, you are also afforded a lot of opportunities for sophisticated alterations. This means you can edit the raw files and have them ready for extraction.
In speaking of extraction, Lightroom is best used before editing photographs inside Photoshop and other tools Adobe offers. Here are some more tricks you can do with Lightroom.
- Import Galore
You don’t have to be afraid if you think your raw files aren’t compatible with Lightroom. Chances are, they are. Lightroom is built to be the ultimate photographer assistant, and it proves everyone right.
- You can easily import images from your camera into Lightroom in easy steps. Press the Import button along the bottom left and you’re right there!
- The Import box will more or less expand to the left, allowing you to check the folders in your computer.
- If you click the Add on the top of the list, this allows you to keep the images on the location instead of placing them on Lightroom’s own storage.
- Organization Is Easier
Lightroom allows you to have a handy way of customizing your photos based on your personal preference.
- Lightroom offers a handy system of accessing parent folders, and accessing organized folders inside of them.
- If you want to put a brand new folder inside the parent one, you can do so and just right click the parent folder. You can then select “Synchronize” and you will see a ton of new features.
These include the number of photos that will be added to the primary folder, and this is much faster than ordinarily importing photos via the first step below.
- Adjustments For Everyone
If you’re not too much of an expert and just want to make basic edits in Lightroom, then you’re in a good place. The Develop part of the program allows you to make a lot of basic adjustments to improve your photos.
- Press “Basic” on the top right, just below what is called the Histogram, and you have the basic slate of features.
- This allows you make adjustments including Exposure, Shadows, Saturation, Highlights, Contrast, and White Balance.
- The Tone Curve
The Tone Curve is an excellent tool if you want to manipulate contrast and make appropriate adjustments in various colors. This is less complicated than the Curves feature in Photoshop.
- You can select Linear, Medium, and Strong in terms of contrast.
- You also have the option of manually adding the points in the curve.
The Tone Curve is extremely relevant if you aim for a more “symmetrical” photograph with balanced layers of blue, green, and red colors. The option to manually adjust these curves make for some great opportunities to edit colors without damaging the entire photograph.
- The Histogram is Your Friend
The Histogram in Adobe Lightroom is a tremendously useful tool if you want to check the tones in your image. The range is shadows to the left, midtones at center, and highlights to the right.
- Perhaps the most basic thing to check is to make sure the left and right of the histograph don’t touch the ends.
- This is because tsome part of the tones have been removed, and thus some important details may be lost.
The Histogram is most useful if you’re aiming for a more technical “symmetry” with how the colors blend in with the shadows and highlights of your photograph. This is because the whiteness or blackness or grayness of your photograph is just as important to determine its overall artistic “flair.”
What’s So Great?
Adobe Lightroom contains the signature Adobe flair of allowing users access to an amazing set of tools, regardless if you’re a beginner or a professional. The same applies with Lightroom.
Lightroom affords photographers the opportunity to have access to tools the way classic photographers have a big lightroom (hence the name) to edit their photographs.
Unlike classic lightrooms, Adobe’s creation allows us to make minute modifications in a very simple interface.
This is highly unlike the more intensive Adobe Photoshop that can be used with both photos and artwork, and Adobe Illustrator that is best used with illustrations. Lightroom is the prime editing tool you can use to make your photographs shine.
- There are Basic tools you can use if you’re not into photography editing but you want to try adding a dash of sophistication to your photographs.
- For intermediate users, you will be surprised with the depth of control you have over all your images.
- Advanced users will be glad that the app is more or less compatible with almost all kinds of files, such as raws of photographs, JPEG files, and TIFF files.
Of course, these are just some of the many things Adobe Lightroom has to offer that can make your photography editing life extremely easier. Whereas Photoshop allows you to make more processing edits that can apply to both photographs and artwork, Lightroom can be your best friend for photographs.
If you have some neat tips and tricks for other Lightroom users, feel free to share them below!