Last week I purchased Adobe Lightroom 2, the new version of the software I use to manage and edit my photos. Ever since trying out version 1.0 of the product, I have been thrilled. It’s easy to use, lets me get great results from my photos, and helps manage the ever-growing stack of images (20,000+ right now).
I’ve been testing out several of the new features and must say that I’m quite impressed, it’s a great upgrade to one of the most fun pieces of software I use.
To get up to speed on using the new stuff (and some things I didn’t know about 1.x), I’ve been watching lots of videos from Lightroom Killer Tips. A couple days ago I downloaded beta camera profiles which can be used from inside Lightroom 2 to assist in the processing of RAW images, and there’s a nice video posted today about them. I’ve always just shot JPEGs because I found RAW to be a bit too much work to deal with (did it look like this? or this? or this? or this?…). But with these camera profiles and the power of Lightroom, I may reconsider and give RAW another shot. Is it worth it? Anyone?
There’s one feature I was hoping Adobe would have added to Lightroom, and that’s the ability to fix barrel distortion. I know some cheap 3rd party apps do it well, but I’m too addicted to the non-destructive edits that Lightroom provides. Oh well, maybe in another version 🙂