Learning Lightroom 5.2

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Gathering before a group plays a set.

As mentioned earlier, Lightroom offers the photographer a powerful toolbox of endless creative potential. There is no question that digital image editing software can be somewhat daunting, and frustrating. Adobe, with its Photoshop/Creative Cloud suite of products, is undoubtedly the king of the hill, the 800 pound gorilla. Many third parties have developed add-on’s, in the form of presets, for Lightroom. OnOne is one such developer. Their vignetting options really do work well. More stuff I shot with the Nikon D300, 70-200 f/2.8 VR, at StART on the Street-

On One Software makes some great presets for Lightroom, including many that are available for free.

Roller Derby! OnOne Software makes some great presets for Lightroom, including many that are available for free.

You can even add some grain, and effortlessly desaturate images, if you like, maybe, the pushed Portra 400NC kind of look I was able to create with this one-

Isn't this supposed to be fun?

Isn’t this supposed to be fun?

I mentioned in the last article that the program seems to have a very radical sharpening engine. I wrestled with the following portrait, almost finding it to be too sharp. The beautiful light of this early fall day seemed to be a specular highlight engine of its own.

Deep conversation.

Deep conversation.

The program contains beautiful, easy to use, black and white conversion presets. High contrast, low contrast, red filters, orange filters, multiple looks. Always a fan of higher contrast, the Lightroom B&W presets might be enough reason alone for a photographer to invest in this software. An early attempt at such a conversion, this reminds me a lot of the look of Ilford Delta 100:

Banging on the drums.

Banging on the drums.

Lightroom might bring some fun back to digital photography.

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