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-
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-
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.
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:
Lightroom might bring some fun back to digital photography.