Does using lightroom help you get quality image result on DT?
February 9, 2012
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I use LR for almost all of my postprocessing, and I can say I am a huge advocate of the program. I only use photoshop for sharpening and for tricky removals of logos or unwanted parts of the photos. I highly recommend lightroom. The options for processing are so varied. I think it is well worth the investment. I hope you will purchase and use it. You will have to update us if you do. Good luck! :)
Hi, I have Lightroom 3 and I learned how to use it with a book by Scott Kelby "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers". I haven't got Photoshop at all and never used it. Lightroom 3 is avery nice and easy to use tool. But I have learned also to shoot only in RAW and not overdo the postproduction as the microstock does not like "plasticky" and too smooth images with no detail. I should think that the most important thing is to take a good photograph in the first place with enough detail and light. At the moment my acceptance ratio is 85%, so I think I can say that Lightroom 3 can help you to produce a good photograph aceptable by microstock standards.
Ligthroom is strong! Not only as a editor, but also it can support your workflow process! Together with Photoshop, then I think most photographers is covered pretty good.Output from Lightroom depends on input you have given! Eg. it is still you that have to point and shoot :)
the first thing you need for a good image is the right light, no light no picture, what you see is what you get, afterwards software can upgrade your images and lightroom is one of those.
Lightroom works for me. I still use Photoshop to take out brand names and do isolations. Most of my stuff is done in Lightroom. I used to use Topaz Labs Denoise as a plug in for PS for noise reduction but LR has that feature built in. I could do a better job using LR for organizing. I recommend Scott Kelby's book on the subject - thick book. Get the student discount on LR if you can.
Thank you so much guys, it's a big help to hear all your opinions. I'm a newbie and need to learn so many stuff and this is one of the things I need to learn.
I've just started using Lightroom - it certainly has a learning curve! So far it seems to be working well for me though and I think I'm getting the hang of it. Hopefully with practive I can get my workflow optimised.
I only use natural light. I have a nice bright kitchen, and control the lighting with the window blinds and white fill cards. Many of my images are isolated on white, which I do entirely in Photoshop. Knowing how to create a proper clipping path and cleaning up the subject is a must.
I use Lightroom for all my pictures submitted to DT. So far so good. But like what Mary981 has stated, dont overdo it.
I think the main purpose of a tool like Lightroom is helping you in optimizing your photography workflow.In my personal experience, Lightroom is a very valuable tool and is very helpful for Microstock!
lightroom and photoshop can help the quality of the images ,in my experience, however, you have to get past the beginning "overdoing-it" stage and learn how to do it right and learn the programs.
Lightroom is a very complex and the advice I can give is to try the tutorial on the internet and understand a basic level, what we mainly have to do! There are many video tutorials on Youtube!
Photo credits: Erogers30.