A Beginner’s Guide for Photographers Using Adobe Lightroom

Statistics show that almost 111 million people own a digital camera in the United States. Not all of these people are aspiring photographers—some people take pictures just as a hobby on the side.

However, there are others who are interested in the creative side of photography. They are interested in creating a striking image, which leaves an impact on the viewers.

There is much more to photography than just clicking pictures. Photographers also need to learn how to use different kinds of softwares that are available on the market. These softwares help them edit and manage their pictures.

One such software is the Adobe Lightroom. Here are some things that you might want to know about Adobe Lightroom:

What Does Adobe Lightroom Do


Adobe Lightroom does not actually edit your images. It does however take a look at the images on your computer and provide you with guidelines on how to edit them.

To better understand this lets take an example of an image that you took of a cat. You feel that it is too dark and it would look better if you increased the brightness of the image. The Lightroom can allow you to preview the image after you have adjusted the brightness.

This allows you to see if the change would improve the image quality without actually making changes to the picture.

Lightroom Catalog


One of the benefits of this software is that it allows you to store all of the changes that you have made to the image in its catalog. You can refer to this file at a later date and make editions in the future while retaining the original picture.

It is also the first thing that you will need to create when you start using the software for the first time. Your computer will ask you to specify the location where it will store the catalog.

It is important to select the right position because usually photographers have more than one album. Storing them in one location is more convenient for them.

How to Import Photographs


Not all photographers store their pictures in their computers. Some prefer to store them in flash drives and memory cards. In this case, you will need to import the pictures to the catalog first.

When you connect the flash drive to your computer the first thing that you will see are the thumbnails of the pictures stored in it. In order to import the pictures to your computer, do the following:

  • Copy all the pictures on your computer by using the copy option. The copy option is available at the top of the screen.
  • Select the location in which you want to store the photos.
  • Mark the pictures that you want to import.

Click the import button on the corner of the screen in order transfer the selected pictures to the catalog.

Organize and Develop the Pictures

Lightroom gives you the option of organizing all of the pictures in different collections. This allows you to keep track of the images.

The developing option allows you to make edits to the images. There are different modules available in Lightroom. Some of them include:

  • Library
  • Map
  • Print
  • Slideshow
  • Book

You will also see different editing tools on the screen, which will help you make adjustments to the picture. Once you are done with the edits, it is time to export the files.

Make sure that you use the “save as” option. This creates a new image while the original image remains intact.

The author is a member of the blogging community at IYPO. His company offers online photography tutorials, which help, enhance the photography skills of aspiring photographers. Visit the company’s website for more information.

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