Don’t trash that photo! LightRoom it. (Is LightRoom a verb? Google is, right?)

Sometimes, try as we might, we just can’t get the perfectly exposed shot, as was the case with this pair of backlit, Red-Tailed Hawks. I used different metering modes, even my trusty spot metering, and nothing worked to get the subject properly exposed.

Enter LightRoom…

Because I shot the image in RAW, and not it’s lower quality cousin JPEG, I was able do a better job at teasing out the details in the image. I increased the overall exposure, adjusted the contrast, brought down the highlights and raised the shadows until I got the results I was looking for. As you change each slider, you see the changes happening to the image.

LightRoom makes it very easy to make adjustments to your images in a non-destructive way. The more you use LightRoom, the more you realize that there is checklist of adjustments to go thru every time you edit a photo. After a while, it become like a recipe you need to follow to make a good meal.

I call it my 7 Step Method.

The desktop version is called Adobe LightRoom Classic CC, and can only be purchased on a monthly subscription plan. Gone are the days when you bought the program outright and installed it from a CD.

The Photography Plan from Adobe starts at $9.99 a month and includes LightRoom Classic CC, the mobile version called LightRoom CC, and the favorite of graphic artist, PhotoShop CC. The CC stands for Creative Cloud, for those of you who are still following along.

What to learn more?

Bring your laptop and your photos so we can learn by doing. Beginners are welcome.

 Here is what we will cover:

Import – Folders and Collections, 
Crop and Straighten,
White Balance, 
Exposure – Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks and Clarity, 
Radial Filter and Spot Removal, 
and Export