Lightroom For The Road

In Adventure, Photography, Travel, Tutorial, Videos

The Airstream "Liberry" at Imperial Dam

In 2007 a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom was sent to me as a gift by a friend.  At the time I had been “Living In Tin” for a little over a year.  My travels over the course of that year had brought the Airstream through almost every state in the U.S., and many photos were taken and cataloged along the way.

As there was already a year dedicated to taking images from my travels, a personal “system” of photo management had been created.  My own workflow with Apple’s IPhoto, and I thought I was pretty well set.  So the copy of Lightroom that was sent to me was put away in a cabinet, and there it remained for several months.

During the Fall of 2007 I received a free copy of Scott Kelby’s “Adobe Photoshop Lightroom” book.  Don’t ask me how I won the free copy, I honestly can’t remember how it came about.  But on one boring laundry day I decided to bring the book with me for a little reading.  And during the hour and a half it took to get my laundry done I read several chapters and thought to myself, “I’ve been doing this all wrong!”  When I finished my laundry I returned to the Airstream and immediately installed Lightroom.

PHotography on the Road

When setting out on any adventure these days it’s pretty safe to say some type of camera comes along with us.  With smartphones in most pockets, small point and shoots, mirror-less systems, or huge digital SLRs, we’re all taking pictures.  And when you’re taking that epic road trip you’re sure to be snapping away.  That’s great!  And digital has made it so easy to capture and share amazing moments!

What isn’t great is the giant stockpile of images when it’s all said and done.  Thanks to digital we can fire away for hours on end.  Memory cards can literally store thousands of images, and since we can just re-format the card, who cares how many shots we take, right?

While digital lets us fire away, it presents a new problem.  Too many images to manage.  More importantly, how do we even begin to manage vast libraries of our vacation and travel photos?

The answer is simple.  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  It’s the best image management platform I’ve ever used, simple to learn, and incredibly powerful.  For the average photographer traveling for vacation, or as a full time lifestyle, Lightroom will cover 99% of your image management and editing needs.  Most people will never need the full version of Photoshop, and Lightroom will get the whole job done for you.

Processed in Lightroom
Shot with a Canon 7D, processed in Lightroom

Lightroom Tutorials From Living In Tin

For several years while working in the photography business I taught a series of classes on Lightroom.  As the classes were developed a set of instructional videos was also created.  Interestingly enough, many students remarked that the videos they took home with them really followed right along with the day long course I taught.  That was good to hear.  I also felt the videos mirrored the class almost perfectly, and could work as a stand alone series for people who weren’t able to attend the class in person.

Now for the first time ever, these instructional videos on my Lightroom Workflow are being made available here at Living In Tin.  In today’s post we’ll be covering the initial setup of Lightroom, importing to Lightroom, and the interface for the program.  Given the size of the whole video series, the tutorials will be broken up into several posts.  Lessons 1 and 2 take a little over 42 minutes to watch, and that will be enough to get you started creating your own Lightroom library.  Lessons 3 and 4 will be available in a few days, giving you time to digest the first lessons before moving on.

**Please note:  Make sure to set your playback mode on the YouTube Window to HD quality.  Each of the videos is clear and High Def, but you must make sure your player is set to high def.

Lightroom Lesson 1 – Importing

Lightroom Lesson 2 – The Interface