We’ve covered Lightroom extensively. There are plenty of excellent blogs on there. We used it on this article. I’ve got some additional comments, too. In a few seconds, you can read a long and comprehensive introduction to Lightroom (you’ll probably be reading it on a mobile device, not on a desktop).
But to sum up:
Lightroom is amazing. It has an intelligent architecture for creating beautiful and detailed images. And it has some really powerful editing functions. It’s a powerful editor. But it’s a pain in the arse to use.
Is it too complex?
You may be thinking about that one.
No. Well, yes, and no.
It’s definitely got a bunch of things in it that aren’t obvious.
But Lightroom is very intuitive, it does everything, and there’s just enough information out there to find things you might need.
Lightroom gives you a whole bunch of tools and tricks to do a whole lot of work in a lot of different ways. In other words, it’s an incredibly well-balanced editor. But it is extremely intuitive and easy to get started with.
So Lightroom is very good. But is it not difficult? I really believe it is.
It takes a lot of time and money to improve your photos to their best. It’s worth it (well, in some instances). It definitely takes the right amount of money, but there’s absolutely no one-size-fits-all solution. Lightroom gives you a plethora of tools and techniques. It’s all up to you.
Let’s look at some examples, and see how they compare to Lightroom.
So let’s start. This is the first thing I’d like to talk about. There are two ways to open your images in Lightroom. Either manually, or with the “Apply” button.
If you want to open a file on your computer:
Right-click on the file and choose “Open”.
Or you choose “Lightroom” from the drop-down menu while on a computer.
This way works, but is a bit fiddly (and maybe not necessary). For those of you who find this method easier, you can just do something like this:
1. Open the photo into Lightroom.
2. Select “File” from the menu bar and click “Import