This barn (okay, it’s really a corn crib) is one of my favorite photography subjects, yet this shot is my favorite. With the help of Lightroom, yes I finally took the time and learned Lightroom 4 and I’m in love! This is the first time that I can actually say that this is truly what the barn looked like that day.
From what I understand in reading various photography blogs and sites a camera has difficulty collecting all the dynamic ranges of lights and darks. In simple terms you expose for the sky or your subject. That leaves the other parts of you picture over or under exposed.
The newest version of Lightroom 4 has an amazing capability of pulling out shadows, highlights, whites and blacks without leaving artifacts in the image. This was shot in RAW and I’m very impressed, puts my Photoshop CS2 to shame. The later versions of Photoshop do have more advanced algorithms that achieve the same thing, but I can only compare the programs I use.
I will still keep using Photoshop, Lightroom is only another tool to use and does not have text or graphic design capability. I still love adding drop shadows, borders and creating custom layouts.
Stay tuned for more Lightroom 4 examples, and possibly redo’s of previous photos as a comparision.
- Save 30% on Adobe Lightroom 4 – $99 sans Coupon or Promo Code (ProDesignTools.com)
- Scott Kelby: “Why I Think Lightroom 4 is Going To Sell Like Crazy” (blogs.adobe.com)
- The Red Barn: Why Are They All Red? (onelifethislife.wordpress.com)