It’s rare that the photos you upload directly from your camera are exactly what you want, and in this day and age most photographers, designers, and bloggers use some kind of post-processing software to tweak their images. For a long time Adobe Photoshop was the go-to software and over the years has evolved to include a vast array of tools that are great for highly stylized editing and manipulation.
But more recently Adobe has released Lightroom which is specifically geared towards photographers with all the features they really need. While it may not have the advanced graphic design tools of Photoshop, its workflow-centric design, and ease of use make it a standout. So if you’re currently working with Photoshop, here are five reasons to make the switch.
1. Bulk Editing
If you want to work on multiple images at the same time using the same aesthetic, then Lightroom can’t be beat. It’s easy to create collections and add the same adjustments or presets to every image, significantly reducing the hours you spend post-processing. The same can be said for exporting these images directly to clients, adding keywords or creating web galleries, with Lightroom making bulk editing a breeze!
2. Lightroom Presets
Lightroom presets allow you to apply a select set of adjustments to images to create a desired look. For bloggers wanting impressive images, without spending hours tweaking adjustment sliders to get things just right, then filters are heaven sent! You can find filters for the aesthetics you want easily online, then just add them into your Lightroom software and transform your images in one easy click!
3. Work On The Run
While Lightroom may have less editing tools and features available to photographers, this also means that it has lighter processing requirements. As a result, it runs far better on laptops with small hard drives or for those without tons of memory available, making it more user-friendly for bloggers who work on the run.
4. Organized Workflow
One of the real advantages of Lightroom is its logical workflow, being organized into different modules that only display the relevant features for that module. You can easily view your images in the Library module and work on them in the Develop module, then add locations in the Map module, create a Slideshow or Book, and upload direct in the Web module. Lightroom also makes grouping images simple with their Collections feature, and because the catalog is a database file, you can easily search for images based on keywords or metadata.
If you’re buying the full version of the software, then Photoshop is a fair bit more expensive than Lightroom (ie a few hundred dollars more expensive), and that money could be put to use elsewhere. But the good news is that if you’re not yet sure you want to make the switch, Adobe now offers both as part of their Creative Cloud Photography Bundle at $9.99 a month. It means you can do most of your organizing and editing in Lightroom, then still make any more advanced tweaks using Photoshop’s tools later.
While it may seem more expensive over the course of a few years than buying the software outright, when you consider the technological advancements and new features that are made available with the release of each new edition of the software (that you won’t have to re-buy), it’s an economical approach.
Most Popular Lightroom Preset Collections