OK, I’m sure you are curious about jumping into the driver’s seat and giving this new version of Lightroom a few laps around the block. There’s a lot of cool stuff in here, and if you have been using Lightroom for awhile you should feel very much at home, but there are a few things I want to mention before you go too far.
I don’t often get questions about how to apply keywords to photos, but I do hear from people who are struggling to regain a bit of order over an unruly keyword list, so it is to them that I devote this column. Unfortunately, there is no magic wand to wave and automatically fix a disorganized keyword list, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves, put the kettle on, and just get down to business.
I’m very pleased to be able to share an excellent guest post from Dan Moughamian on creating and styling black & white photos in Lightroom 3. Many thanks to Dan for taking the time to create this and share it with us. Enjoy!
I want to recommend a really solid book, Adobe Digital Imaging HOW-TOs, which is for anyone who is using a Lightroom, Photoshop/Camera Raw workflow. I think an intermediate level user who knows the big picture, but may not have really dived into all the details will get the most out of this book. Though it would also be a great companion book for a new user who already has a more soup-to-nuts reference book for Lightroom and Photoshop.
With Lightroom 3 freshly minted and rolling out, I’ve heard from some folks using Lightroom 2 who are confused when they press F1 or go to Help > Lightroom Help from inside Lightroom 2, and wind up on a page that has a lot of info about Lightroom 3. Don’t despair! Adobe has not abandoned you.
Let’s say you’ve had Lightroom and Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4 working happily side by side on your Windows machine, and you decide to upgrade to CS5. Now Lightroom sees CS5 as the primary external editor and you proceed happily on your way.