I’m doomed — I’ve downloaded Lightroom — doomed, doomed, doomed

Last week my image editor, ViewNX 2 from Nikon, suddenly stopped working. I went over to Adobe to check out Photoshop and decided I was too smart to pay, so I found clones (like Gimp). Blah. iPhoto wrecked my RAW photos. I’d decided I wasn’t going to pay for software. I downloaded a pirated version of Adobe Creative Suit and, gosh darn it, the hack wouldn’t read my RAW files. By this time I weighed the cost vs frustration and decided the investment would be worth it, so I signed up with Adobe and downloaded Lightroom yesterday (I get a 30-day free-trial).

OMG. I had no idea the control I can have! — and I’m borderline control freak.

I’m still working my way through the first couple of tutorials. Already I’m dissatisfied with every photo I’ve ever taken. I am doomed to spend my days and nights hunched over the tutorial with all the photos I’ve taken in mindful repetition; a bucket to my left; pizza pockets to my right.

After my last hiatus I wanted to check in, so this is a photo of my friend and his daughter from last weekend (my first posed pic!). I only applied a minor edit to something called Presence.

If you have any tips, words of advice, means of cutting me away from my desk, I’d love to hear what you have to offer.

Alexi with an adjustment to decrease blacks and increase whites, which I like.

Alexi with an adjustment to decrease blacks and increase whites, which I like. I’d love to make this more “gothic”.

The photo without the edit.

The photo without the edit.

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27 Comments on “I’m doomed — I’ve downloaded Lightroom — doomed, doomed, doomed

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    • Right!

      Yesterday I bought a color calibrator. It’s like I have a new computer. Unfortunately I want to go back and redo everything I’ve already done on top of the pics which came before. And so the hours flew by yesterday on Lightroom as I saw the differences.

      Do you use Photoshop, too? I’m working through a beginners tutorial from Linda.com at the moment.

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      • I don’t use photoshop …yet but I’ve got it with my adobe package. I’ll have to try tutorials right now I’m trial & error and harassing Patty Nguyen my wordpress friend

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      • Oh, I love Patty!

        I’m sure by now she regrets telling me she teaches Lightroom. 😉 She’s a great teacher.

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      • Patty is a dear, I met her in June in person and she’s coming to visit me here in LA in a few days. She is super bright, funny and talented.

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