October 16th, 2013
About a week ago I ran across a valuable resource for Lightroom users. The resource is LightroomQueen.com site by Victoria Bampton. Victoria has a couple of valuable resource that I wanted to pass on:
- Adobe Lightroom 5 Quick Start Guide, a free 75 page PDF for Lightroom beginners.
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 – The missing FAQ, a 530 page paperback publication.
Over the last two years I have evolved to the point of view that Adobe Lightroom is the primary photo-editing software for real estate photography. Forget Aperture. In versions 4 and 5 Lightroom has moved significantly ahead of Aperture for the things that are important to real estate photographers. Apple is just not paying enough attention to keeping Aperture up with Lightroom. Specifically, for real estate photo-editing:
- Lens correction – The new improvements in the lens correction panel in LR 5 are a huge time savings for real estate work.
- Highlight/Shadow sliders – The improvements in LR 4 are a must-have for real estate photography.
It’s now to the point that the only real estate related function that Lightroom can’t do is sky replacement and most real estate photographers can live without that feature.
After seeing a demonstration of OnOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 8 at Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom workshop last week and how it works as a Lightroom plugin I’ve come to believe real estate photographers will soon be able to get by without Photoshop very soon. Stay tuned for more details on this.