"Simplify photography from shoot to finish."
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the essential tool kit for any professional photographer, offering a simple application that deals with the management, adjustment and presentation of large volumes of digital photographs. This means that the author will spend less time on the computer and more time using the digital camera and its lenses. In essence, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom was designed for the professional photographers in mind. Let’s have a closer look at this product’s features.
The installation of Adobe Lightroom is genuinely a breeze. It is fast without any problems encountered and you should be ready to see the product's interface and set it up very quickly. By default, Adobe Lightroom doesn’t come bundled with other programs but you will find bargains from several retail stores such as a Photoshop/ Adobe Lightroom bundle. In terms of the system requirements, you might want to know that you need a pretty decent and up to date PC. It is, after all, a professional product designed for professional photographers. With that in mind, a PC equipped with 2GB of RAM and Intel Pentium 4 processor or equivalent is required. Adobe Lightroom is supported by Windows as well as the Mac OS X.
Lightroom treats your photographs as premium possessions and helps you finish your computer work faster. As a result, the interface is clear and elegant. It’s not hard to conclude that the interface comes with features that are well thought out with great care. Furthermore, it is extremely intuitive and easy to navigate. Common photography terms are used for all of the features and every professional photographer should be able to identify with the names in a speedy fashion. There are two panels: one for the right side and one for the left side while in the center, you can find the work area. The product has a modal operation and you are provided with five modes – each of which can be accessed by tabs. The five modes are “Library” (collections can be viewed and organized), “Develop” (used for the adjustments to images), Print, Slideshow and Web.
Adobe Lightroom first appeared in 2007 and since then it has been constantly improved upon. Lightroom is a fast tool that will quickly take you from one step to another during the work flow, from capturing an image to the presentation work done for that photograph. The faster library importing, better noise reduction and sharpening algorithms, improved lens correction, perspective correction as well as more flexible watermarking are the main strengths of Adobe Lightroom. What’s more, the drag and drop web gallery publishing is easier to use than before and the multi-image print layouts have been improved upon. Through Adobe Lightroom, you can manage the processing of a large volume of photos and personalize them with the help of a wide range of functions. Other great feature of Adobe Lightroom is the fact that video and PDF slideshows with music can be exported. The printing section of Lightroom is another strong and stellar feature. Multi-image print layouts and contact sheets can be easily produced by using pre-set layouts or any customized layouts you choose to create.
Adobe Lightroom is a great tool but critics have found a few shortcomings though. In my opinion, these cons are rather easy to be forgiven as the functionality itself is already outstanding. For those wanting a simpler interface, there is some room for improvement here though I feel that a professional photographer will definitely appreciate the features-packed interface. Many recommendations direct us to take a look at Aperture's UI, for example. A photo-book and a face recognition feature would be also useful according to various reviews online.
Alternatives to Adobe Lightroom include the following products: Picasa (Windows), Shotwell (Linux), digiKam (Linux), Apple's Aperture (Mac OS X), F-Spot (Linux) and many more. Aperture offers face detection which is a real delight. At the end of the day, you can always try them for free for a limited amount of time and decide yourself which one suits you more. More features for hobbyists are provided by Aperture.
Adobe Lightroom is certainly a strong and reliable tool targeted at professional photographers. Its main strengths are its elegant and enhanced functionality interface which professional photographers will instantly love, the excellent image adjustment and noise reduction. It is jam-packed with useful features while the program works fast too.