So, I’m Really Excited about Lightroom CC…

Good morning everyone!

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the weekend.  Then again, I probably don’t have to because many of you are looking forward to the same weekend.  And I’m being wordy for no reason.

I want to share something with you.  I’ve learned over the past week that a tool that I’ve had for the last two years is vastly more useful than I thought it was.  That tool is Lightroom CC.

What brought me to this realization?  Well, I look at a lot of people’s photos every day on platforms like Instagram and here on WordPress.  A few of those photographers have really had an effect on me.  I mean, I’m the type of person who doesn’t often congratulate people or find most accomplishments particularly noteworthy.  It comes off as me sounding like a giant arse, but it’s more that I’m just not a very excitable person…except for when it comes to photography.

I would describe how I feel about taking photos as something of a gambler’s high.  There’s that element of luck that drives me.  If any of you have gambled (and maybe have gone a bit overboard with it as I have in some periods of my life), you know exactly what I’m talking about.  That’s not to suggest that photography doesn’t require skill.  Unlike gambling, you do have to have technical skills to pull off some great works.

When I see people who exemplify those skills that make one an awesome photographer, I feel that same high, and I feel to the need to “compete” with them.  I absolutely love looking at others’ works because it inspires me to, in a phrase, “level-up.”  It’s a practice I’ve maintained from my poetry writing days ‘til now, and one of which has really benefited me in recent history.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, true, but it’s also a great way to learn.

As I’m reviewing the epic photos of other photographers, I’m realizing more and more that many of them are using Lightroom.  So I decide to try out Lightroom for the first time since I’ve had my Adobe CC subscription and here are the results:

Honestly, it’s not the greatest leap in logic and a few things need to be done before getting your photos to look like this (like shooting in RAW, for example).  Presets are a help, but I’m finding that, after investing in presets, you’re probably better off experimenting with the different settings in Lightroom and creating your own presets (tutorial on that to come).  Truth is, you can do many things in Photoshop that you can do in Lightroom, but Lightroom, in my opinion, streamlines the whole process of post production, and I personally think it’s much easier to accomplish desired results in Lightroom than in Photoshop.  My only real complaint with Lightroom is the limitations of cropping to specific sizes.

That’s all for today, folks.  Tell me, what is a thing that you’ve learned, recently, that has allowed you to “level-up” in skill?

Until next time, my friends, keep doing you!

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