Photoshop provides an often-bewildering range of ways to achieve the same end result – for example, almost 20 methods to make pictures black and white. Its newer, better techniques now co-exist with those they have replaced, or with methods designed for other tasks but which can be adapted to other uses (using LAB is a great example). This accumulation of history makes it hard to choose which technique is best, and proponents of poor methods gladly hide behind a smokescreen of platitudes such as “your mileage may vary”, “whatever works for you”, “different strokes for different folks”.
Lightroom is designed for a more narrowly-defined range of tasks. There is often only one right way to do something in Lightroom. Occasionally it does offer more than one route to the same destination – for instance, there are 2 or 3 ways to make pictures B&W – but in Lightroom all ways are certainly not of equal worth, and some methods are simply not good advice.
These articles are opinion pieces, and I do phrase them a little controversially to shake you out of a Photoshop mindset. I hope they help crystallize your thoughts about Lightroom and decide for yourself the best way to work.
Moving your workflow from Aperture to Lightroom is not difficult, and it doesn't mean losing all the keywords and other metadata you've entered in Aperture. It just requires a little bit of thought and care. Where do you begin?
It was interesting to read Scott Kelby’s 10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users. In fact, I was a little surprised to see how many of his points would also be on my list. So items 1, 2, 3, . . .
Without being too fancy about it, my goal is “the maximum number of relevant keywords in the time I think it’s worth spending” – which is intentionally a pretty elastic phrase – and I’ll do it in 3 passes.
Until you really know what you're doing, you should only use one Lightroom catalogue. But even then, why fragment control of your workflow?
There are ways to use more than one catalogue, but each has disadvantages. First be sure you know what you're doing.
What Lightroom features do you show a group of photographers - including existing Lightroom users - when you're allowed just 20 minutes?
This is a technique for managing your workflow with a system of smart collections (sample catalogue included)
Lightroom’s panel end decorations - so frequently derided as a waste of programming time - can be made to serve more than their trivial decorative purpose