I had a meeting with a local photographer (Everett Heller) and as we were talking about photography (a hobby of mine, a passion of his) he mentioned that he used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for managing and developing his digital images. So I downloaded a free 30 day trial and began to play with it on my Mac. I love working on my Mac because it has a wonderful 24″ display but I don’t have any software for it that I regularly use. This may change things.
As you can see on the left, there are hundreds of things you can do with Lightroom including create a catalog of photos, organize them into clean folders, importing in batch and adjusting as you import, create custom filters or use the defaults that come standard. If you click on the picture, you will see it full size. It is a very powerful resource for professionals and amateurs alike. It will even upload to your social media sites like Facebook and Flickr.
Download a copy and watch some of the videos available on Adobe which will show you everything you need to know to get started in less than a half an hour. If you are like me, you need instant gratification. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom will deliver that and more for a mere $149. A very good investment.