… or How to Cope in the Digital Age of Photography
Updated October 14, 2011
It was a glorious morning on the Outer Banks as I began typing this installment of the blog. We were meeting our students at breakfast and heading down to Ocracoke, since we were supposed to get rain later in the week.
As I finished this article, adding recent shots from the Outer Banks, we had just returned from one of our favorite locations where we got some great photographs in the fog (I’ll post a couple of those next time)! As we say on our website, Mother Nature has a mind of her own, and we try to photograph her in all of her moods.
Now, back to the article!
Photoshop vs. Lightroom
I am not addressing Aperture, because that program lacks several features I consider critical, including graduated filters, limitless brush sizing, and some other things of which I am reminded in our workshops, but which I forget, since I do not use the program.
There are a couple of very big differences between Photoshop and Lightroom. Photoshop was created for graphic artists, and as such does not always intuitively meet the needs of photographers. Lightroom, on the other hand, was designed by photographers for photographers. What a concept!
Photoshop can deal with layers, photo merging (some Nikon models offer this in camera), softproofing for better results in printing, and other more sophisticated aspects of imaging. That said, the breadth of other adjustments in Lightroom exceeds that allowed in Camera Raw. Any tweaks you make in Camera Raw in Photoshop stay with the image in the metadata, but if you have more adjustments to make than Camera Raw affords, you have to Continue reading