I have been working with Lightroom from the first betas. I believe I still have version 1.0 and up on CD and DVD disks. The interface then looked less complicated, but this new version of Lightroom Classic has so many beautiful new features. It is a dream tool to use and I hope Adobe will keep developing new versions with more nice features.
In the past there were some sudden changes inside the import window. People stood up to Adobe and they asked them to change it back to the old window. They did, and they apologised for the change. So customers still have a voice and I find that very assuring for future developments. Companies start to listen and I welcome that.
The fact you have to pay a monthly price for Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop is fine. I still prefer a perpetual license model like they had before, but this ‘lease model’ pricing for this package is ok. Some call it paying a continues ransom for software. I don’t agree. Lightroom has been developed like crazy each year and I don’t mind paying a small price for that. Compared you can get two or three coffees for that.
Lightroom has been part of my photography workflow for many years. On January 9, 2006, an early version of Photoshop Lightroom, formerly named only Lightroom, was released to the public as a Macintosh-only public beta, on the Adobe Labs website. You can find out more about the history of Lightroom on the Wikipedia website.
Learning Lightroom can be done by following online or live courses all over the world. Most of the time live courses are more expensive, but they give you a chance to ask questions, which should enhance the learning experience. I prefer websites like KelbyOne and the LightroomSummit, a yearly week long event with multiple learning videos. Most of the time I buy a VIP ticket so I can watch the videos I missed or I rewatch them. The beauty about Kelby is they also teach photography and other stuff.
Many people joked about their ‘new years resolution’ being 4K, 8K or higher. I decided to make a sidestep. No step-up in resolution, but in bit depth. My new drone, the DJI Mavic Air 2S has a 10 bit 5K4 sensor and it can also make 20 Megapixels RAW photos.
If you look at the picture above, the .JPG file had an almost complete blown out sky. Almost white everywhere. Using the tools inside the new Lightroom I could bring back the sky and also the shadows on the ground. Everything in this picture changed and I absolutely love the result. It also makes me want to learn more.
The DJI Mavic Air 2S is a brilliant camera in the sky. Same goes for the second smallest camera I have: the GoPro Hero 11. It has a little bit more resolution, also has 5K4 video and 10 bits + RAW photos. (stored as .DNG files). My flagship is still the Sony A7RIV which I will keep until the time is there to upgrade. The camera is almost 2 years old. I do like the new A7RV, but I am still learning. So no hurry there. 2023 will be a learning experience and also sharing experience. More about that later. I have plans.
For now I’m making a brand new photos library with optimal search tools, so I can easily find the pictures I need. In this new library I can search on camera + type, year, month, event, keywords, GPS coordinates, albums, smart albums etc. It will be a lot of work, but with more than 300.000 pictures made in 22 years I really need to organise. Want follow how I do that? Let me know!