Getting aquinted with Lightroom 3.0

Over time, I seem to be taking more and more pictures when I have a photo session. It is great to have a lot of different images to choose from, even if they might be close in look. You might get that “special” one where everything comes together like you wanted it, instead of sitting there going: “I like the eyes on this, but the mouth on that”.

I have to admit, it was getting increasingly cumbersome to manage a huge number of photos, selecting the shots, doing standard editing like white-balance, contrast, color matching and so on.

It is not really possible to load all 300 shots in Photoshop at a time, so you have to load 10 or so, maybe perform the same things, so for me the obvious that I needed something that could help me do that.

I have been using Picasa for a number of years as my photographic organizer and importer and I have actually been quite happy with it. You cannot argue with the price tag, and it is very fast and has some nice features.

Since I am already a happy user of Adobe Photoshop; Lightroom seemed like the choice for me. I had a look at it at version 2.7, and actually felt quite confused with the work flow, but I decided to give it another go.

I picked an old photo session with my daughter a few years back. The quality of the pictures is actually pretty low, since I did not own a flash gun at the time, and I really hated the look of the built-in flash, they were taken using high ISO, but there were a number of shots that had to be sorted, selected, and processed.

I also wanted to make sure that the pictures had the same overall color tone, which I had not achieved during my first processing of the pictures.

I worked out a pretty nice work flow. One of the pictures required a little bit of clone brushing to remove some stray hairs so that got worked in as well. All in all, I have to say, that I think Lightroom will make my life a lot easier, when it comes to processing a large amount of pictures at the same time.

Here are the 5 shots that I picked from 86:

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