I am by no means a Lightroom expert, but I have learned quite a bit by simply using the program over the past two years. Many of the features I now use I learned by simply reading and playing around withing different settings. In today’s post, I wanted to take some time to show you a few of my favorite features, tips, and tricks in Lightroom.
Apple’s Aperture 3 is the latest release of the software designed to help photographer’s manage, and edit their images. It’s direct competitor is Adobe’s Lightroom 3. Adobe’s Lightroom 3 runs on both PC and Mac platforms while Aperture is just made for Mac. If you have a Mac I would try both Lightroom and Aperture so that you can decide which works best for you.
RAW files are all the rage among photographers: the Holy Grail of better image quality is seducing us into thinking all images should be shot RAW, just in case. After all, that Pulitzer-prize winning image is just a trip down ACR away. The reality is somewhat different. RAW files suck space and processor power like there’s no tomorrow, and are probably best left to professional photographers (who might actually need the data which is in a RAW file but not in a JPEG) and people with plenty of time for post-processing and have the computer power to match. Which brings us to PiRAWnha, an iPad App for processing RAW files. From the outset let me say this is a useful, possibly job-saving application – but is also a complete waste of time for most photographers.
The Nikon D7000, like most modern DSLRs, has a fun little palate of built in filers for creative effect and RAW processing. To really jump into creative filtering and RAW processing, though, photographers have been drawn for years to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (currently available as version 3.3).
- Apple’s iPadis a great way to display photographs, whether to family and friends or to show to clients, and it’s easy to get images onto the device, either with the Camera Connection Kit (from Apple) or via a connection to your computer and even wirelessly using software such as Shuttersnitch. However, unless you’ve spent time correcting your images on your computer and then transferred them, you’re basically stuck with the images as they were in camera, which isn’t good enough: nearly every digital photograph will benefit from some correction and enhancement. Athentech Imaging has produced Perfectly Clear HD, its image enhancement software, to do just that on the iPad (as well as being a plug-in for PhotoShop, but we’ll deal with that in a later article).
Nero’s latest offering, Multimedia Suite 10, is an excellent toolkit for the video inclined. You can burn, rip, convert, back up, organize and edit digital media. The suite is divided into three programs: Nero Vision Xtra, Nero Burning ROM, and Nero BackItUp & Burn. In this post, I’ll provide a brief tutorial for creating a basic video with Nero Vision Xtra.