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Fwd: [photo-203] Function and Value of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

From: user 5.
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:07 PM

Begin forwarded message:
From:?"Karen_H" <[address removed]>
Date:?January 24,[masked]:49:15 PM EST
To:?<[address removed]>
Subject:?Re: [photo-203] Fwd: Meetup Message from John Barnes: Meeting places for Montg Cty Photographers Meetup

Who could POSSIBLy understand all of Photoshop?
Could you just give me a quick idea of what/how Lightroom would add/help/benefit a photographer who currently is using Photoshop CS3.

Karen, I have taken the liberty of posting my answer to you in the group's message service because I believe that others will benefit from it.?

Really, the best resource for an overview of the product is:?

In brief, the product is designed for "Digital Asset management" - the complete management of one;s workflow from capture all of the way to finished product. Lightroom starts by helping the photographer organize the myriad of images captured in a shoot into a coherent "library" with each file tagged according to its particulars. The photographer can then characterize the photos with respect to their interest and overall quality by assigning ratings to them. Those images that re worth further work can then be organized into "Collections." The photographer can then "Develop" these images by adjusting their tonality, sharpness, contrast, etc.... in a "global" fashion with taking recourse to Photoshop. If "Local" corrections are required the photographer can ask Lightroom to make a new "version" of the file and send that file to the user's chosen image enhancement application (Most often Photoshop, preferably CS3). Once the needed adjustments are made the latered version is saved back into the Lightroom Library alongside of the other images that are there.

Lightroom maintains a "catalog" of the files in the Library. It keeps track of the user's actions to enhance the RAW file, but it does not actually apply these changes to the file itself until the file gets exported into some end use (printing, web gallery, e-mail, etc).

Given that a working photographer can easily captures thousand of images in a shoot the ability to build a tidy catalog and conveniently carry out simple adjustments without having to waste time opening Photoshop is very useful. Photoshop (or some other image editor) can, however, be invoked if the need arises.

Dr. John D. Barnes
7710 Chatham Rd
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
email: [address removed]

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