I’m pleased to announce the release of Moving to Lightroom: Image processing and workflow. While this book will be useful for any Lightroom user, I cover all the things I wish I had known before I migrated to Lightroom. This guide represents a view of Lightroom from someone who was starting out with thousands of previously edited images, and had to learn how to re-process them. I’ve taken my lessons learned and written a complete guide to image management and processing with Lightroom.
I’ve spent the last several years learning how to leverage Lightroom’s underlying database for managing my images, and how it beats a traditional browser/editor workflow system. I also learned a completely new set of image adjustment tools and a whole new image adjustment paradigm. I’m happy to say that I use Lightroom to adjust all my raw image files and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’m happy to share my knowledge of Lightroom’s tools with you in this new guide.
So if you’re new to Lightroom, or getting ready to migrate over from another workflow application, check out Moving to Lightroom. It’s sure to lower your learning curve and get you up and running quickly!
Landscape photography is all about timing. By timing, I don’t necessarily mean the second you trip the shutter, but instead the time of day in which you shoot. I captured this image in Badlands National Park while leading a photo safari there this year. The sun had already set, and we were hanging around as the “show” was considered over. However, in the 15-20 minutes after the sun sets, you can often get treated to some serious color. Not only does the sky become deep blue (hence the name, “blue hour’), but the lack of direct sun allows colors that would otherwise get blown out to shine through.
This is a 3-shot (±1EV) HDR image that I tone-mapped in HDR Efex Pro 2, followed by processing in Color Efex Pro 4 and Viveza 2. The final image was polished off in Lightroom (minor local adjustments and sharpening).