Now you have the choice of using Lightroom/Aperture or Photoshop. The difference is a good $400 - at $123 retail, Lightroom 4 is a real steal given the amazing non-destructive editing it allows you to do. Can it do all that Photoshop does? Of course not. That said, there's a lot Lightroom can do which Photoshop can't. Managing your photos, tagging, organisation, printing workflows, tagging, branding are just some of those advantages of Lightroom. I guess it's a toss up between Lightroom and Aperture for the Mac. Given it's availability on multiple platforms and my current familiarity with it, I prefer the former. In today's blogpost, I'll introduce you to the basics of post processing in Lightroom 4 and save you a boatload of cash. This is not an exhaustive set of tutorials, but just enough to get you started. If there are more tutorials you want me to add, please let me know. One word of caution. I assume that you know how to use your camera and to read your histogram. I also hope you know the basics of picture controls such as saturation vs vibrance. If you have some of that covered, these tutorials will help you take your images to the next level.
- Introduction to Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw
- Import Pictures into Lightroom
- Basic Editing in Lightroom
- Removing Blemishes in Lightroom
- Work with brushes in Lightroom (and reduce wrinkles)
- Noise Reduction in Lightroom
- Hue, Saturation and Luminance Adjustments in Lightroom
- Black and White Processing in Lightroom
- Process Landscapes in Lightroom
- Sharpen Images in Lightroom
- Add a vignette to your image through Lightroom
- Split Toning in Lightroom
- Export your images from Lightroom
I look forward to hearing from you about the utility of these tutorials. My next aim is to create a series of tutorials on Photoshop and focus it on editing photographs. If there are specific topics you'd like me to cover there, just let me know. Thanks for being patient with my erratic posting.