Adobe recently introduced the Adobe Creative Cloud. The Creative Cloud has many features, not least of which is the ability to buy a monthly membership for all of the Adobe products, or just for a combination offering of Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge. This is the plan I have, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is into photography. What is the advantage to the monthly membership plan over buying the software outright? Instant updates are available including new features as soon as they come out. Not to mention, the initial price for Photoshop alone can run as much as $800, only to become outdated in a couple of years. If you are like me, you want the latest and greatest technology as soon as possible, and for a limited time you can have it for $9.99 a month.
If you prefer and have no need for Photoshop or Bridge, you can still purchase Lightroom as boxed software.
When I first got the plan and downloaded the three programs, I felt that Lightroom was redundant as I already use Bridge to organize my photos. I couldn’t have been more wrong. As much as I love and use Photoshop, Lightroom is giving it a run for its money as my favorite photography software and Bridge has been kicked to the curb.
What is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom?
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a powerful organizational tool for all of your photos. You can organize photos into folders, catalogs, or collections. You can add keywords and metadata to your photos and quickly search for a photo. You can even attach photos to a map to quickly find photos taken in a particular location.
The organizational abilities of the program are far superior to Adobe Bridge, and organizing your photos is just the beginning of the things you can do with Lightroom.
A Few of Lightroom’s Capabilities
A few of my favorite features in Lightroom are:
- Easy changing of exposure, tint, temperature, contrast, highlights, and shadows.
- Quickly convert color photo to black and white.
- Snapshots of photos as you make changes and history of changes to revert to another version of the photo.
- Ability to make changes to a large number of photos simultaneously (synchronization).
- Advanced healing brush.
- Camera and lens profile for auto corrections.
- Ability to add a watermark to a whole collection of photos at one time.
- Quickly straighten crooked photos.
- Easy transfer of a photo to Photoshop for additional editing.
Lightroom makes processing RAW files quick, easy, and painless. It doesn’t, of course, replace Photoshop for functions such as layers and text, but Lightroom is a powerful program that can stand on its own for many photography lovers who would never use Photoshop.
There are so many features to Lightroom that it would be difficult to list them all here. The details are available at the Adobe website.
Learning Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Are you convinced yet that you need Lightroom but the idea of learning it is overwhelming? There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars for training in Lightroom. Adobe has video tutorials that can get you up and running, making beautiful images, in no time.
Why Lightroom Gets Thumbs Up From Me
I love any software that makes my life easier. Organizing hundreds of photographs is no easy task and can be extremely time consuming, and finding a particular photograph amongst hundreds a frustrating endeavor. Lightroom makes these tasks so much simpler and quicker and has the additional functions to give me complete control over the final product – an image that is as pleasing to the eye as I can make it.
Note: I’ve received no compensation of any kind for this review.