The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book For Digital Photographers

1/200 f/1.8 ISO 100

Picked up Scott Kelby’s new book on LR 2.  Unfortunately, I have been busy with school and reading other titles to get a grasp of how useful it will be.  I bought it because Scott Kelby focuses on real world workflow rather than describe software feature by feature.  I’ll update you when I know more.

The image above was shot on Saturday and developed on Sunday.  There is a common phrase among both photography and software instructors: Get it right in the camera.  I wonder sometimes, though, how much of the final image is done in camera versus during development.  As long as composition, depth of field and sharpness, and exposure are close to what you had in mind, the rest can be done in post.  I believe this insistence on in-camera perfection stems from the stigma of image manipulation.  Luckily, I grew up in the digital age and have never owned my own film camera (other than disposable).  I don’t have that hesitation to make my images better through software.  To those that say too much manipulation is cheating, I say the following.

The level of expertise necessary to paint with light in software is at least equal to the expertise necessary to do it in camera.  But if one can master both, the possibilities are endless.


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