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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  2. I live and breathe Lightroom. I even teach a Lightroom class! Let me know if you have any questions!!

    P.S. iPhoto is the devil. πŸ˜‰

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    • Oh, I do have a question, Patty.

      I’m looking for a book for reference and/or which highlights each function . The video tutorials have been great but are impractical when trying to remember where things are or what something is called. Do you have any recommendations?

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

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      • Definitely go with Scott Kelby for sure! He is very straightforward and easy to read. He works for Adobe so you know he knows what he is talking about!

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  3. Each picture gives off a different feel. It’s interesting how little changes with lighting can do that.

    I’ve been considering getting Lightroom but have been a bit concerned about the learning curve. Where did you find the tutorials?

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    • On line with Adobe. They produced several sets of tutorials for the novice, like myself, to the more advanced user. They even have forums to ask questions if you get stuck.

      Honestly, I hate paying a mega giant for software. But the price has come down from thousands of dollars to something like 100USD for the whole year with extensions for our devices, the tutorials, and the forums. I think it’s at least worth downloading th 30 day free trial (which is what I’m doing).

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      • Good to know, thanks!

        I didn’t know they had a free trial, I’ll definitely give that a try.

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  4. Ditto, Bruce. And since I’m not a photographer – at all, I’ll simply comment: It’s good to have a hobby. And addictions suck, literally and figuratively.

    It’s always a choice. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the new found Steven.

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  5. I like the raw photo more because you can see the child’s lovely hair. Father and child look fine in this one. But then again, I prefer normal looking people for my blog; I’ll take chubby, crooked-nosed, rumpled hair people over shinny, emaciated models any day. I also use more minorities than most.

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    • I’m going to have to figure out what I can do. So far, I’ve been able to salvage some low light photos. πŸ™‚

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  6. Congratulations! :-). You will come up for air eventually. But it is just so much fun at first, and there is so much to learn. The only advice I have is just don’t overdo it. When we first start, there is a tendency to just go a wee tad overboard…later you will look back and want to redo all those photos. So until you get a real feel for it, just dial it back a bit and keep the skin tones natural. I think that was the biggest mistake I made…with skin tones.

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    • Thanks!

      I took my friends photos, removed all the saturation and then selectively added colors back in. It was like I put make up on him and his child. πŸ™‚

      It’s a lot of fun.

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  7. I’m from the old school film world, and do as little as possible to make a photo presentable, while still remaining honest. I rely on Google’s Picasa, which is free, and will brighten figure from ground, as you have done, while correcting color, in one second. That’s mostly what I use. I hope you are not going down a slippery slope.

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    • Jay, I am also from the old school film world of newspapers in the 80s! Yikes, talk about dating yourself. But I sure don’t want to go back! Computers are awesome.

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    • I dunno, I had fun removing selective colors from pics this afternoon. It’s truly amazing what you can do with an image. They Photoshop is Lightroom times a million. I think that would be the banana peel that sends me down said slope. πŸ˜‰

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