EARLIER THIS WEEK I ADDRESSED MOBILE EDITING.
And for good reason. In our present culture, nearly everyone has a smartphone on them throughout the day and so learning how to edit photos on the fly is an incredible way to push out quality content quickly.
But at the end of the day, if you're looking to take your photographic content to the next level, eventually you need to start using more powerful methods of editing...
...AND THAT'S WHERE LIGHTROOM COMES IN.
Aside from the on-the-go content that I process on mobile, 99% of my paid/professional work is edited exclusively in Adobe Lightroom. I've received a lot of questions from people asking about Lightroom, why I use it, and if they should consider using it, so today I'm going to address three reasons why I think you should be using Lightroom in your editing workflow.
1. Lightroom is Insanely Capable + Easy
One of the biggest myths that people tend to believe is that Lightroom is less-capable at photo editing than Photoshop. Now, don't hear me wrong, Photoshop is an incredibly powerful program with some amazing features and I use it every week – but for 99% of the editing you'll do on an image, Lightroom is just as capable, if not more so, than Photoshop.
Additionally, applying multiple changes quickly is ridiculously easy within Lightroom. White balance, exposure, contrast, tone curve, grain, noise reduction, and color changes can happen within seconds and all from a single sidebar making editing effortless. Plus, because Lightroom opens all of your images at once, you can quickly bounce from one image to another to maintain consistency, check for problems, and even copy all of the edits from one image directly onto another.
2. Edits and Presets are Non-Destructive
This is HUGE. In the Photoshop workflow, you open an image, add some layers to edit tones and apply changes, and then you save the image as a .jpg and your changes are set in stone. Lightroom, however, saves all of your images in a catalog right inside the software along with EVERY CHANGE YOU'VE EVER MADE and includes the ability to revert to any point in your editing process or completely undo every change you've made and start again.
For me, that means I can keep a catalog of every image I've ever edited along with all the changes I've ever made to those images – and then if I want to do anything from a small change to starting over completely, I can do so effortlessly.
**If you're looking for some great Lightroom Preset Packs, check out the blog I wrote last week on Choosing Lightroom Editing Presets!
3. Lightroom is a Powerful Archive Tool
Finally, far from being a mere photo editing software, Lightroom is also a powerful library for images. Lightroom allows you to tag, location map, and catalog all of your images into folders that are immediately accessible and ready for editing at any point. I keep a massive Lightroom catalog on my office desktop with every image I've ever taken – that means I can, at any point, revisit sessions from years prior, apply new edits to those images, or find with ease a file I may not have delivered to clients but need for a project I'm working on.
INTERESTED BUT NOT QUITE CONVINCED?
If you're coming from mobile editing on VSCO CAM and want an easy transition to Lightroom, look no further than VSCO's new Mobile Presets for Lightroom! These presets emulate the exact tones you'd get from VSCO CAM on mobile, but allow you to edit in Lightroom for even more control!
There's a lot more power in Lightroom that I could ever really talk about in a quick blog, so if you still have questions about Lightroom or how you could integrate it into your workflow, leave me a comment or shoot me an email via the buttons below and I'd be happy to help you out!