Not only is Andy Anderson the author of our Adobe Lightroom 5 Training Course, he’s also a professional photographer himself and a long time user of Adobe programs, including Lightroom and Photoshop.
Andy has been in the business for over 25 years and has established himself as a graphic designer, marketer, and motivator. He holds several degrees, including science education and history. Andy is also an accomplished chef who loves to cook and entertain; he’s even published two cookbooks!
So, what is Lightroom and why should you use it? Lightroom is a photography software designed to allow photographers, both amateur and professional, to effectively organize, process, and import their photos into libraries, among other useful features.
We spoke with Andy, author of this and many other Adobe titles in our Infinite Skills library, to find out his expert opinion on this comprehensive photography software, and why he recommends using it.
Q: What is your overall impression of the new Lightroom 5 program?
A: It seems that with each new upgrade, when it comes to new features, Adobe always pulls some mighty fat rabbits out of the hat, and to be honest with you, when I checked out Lightroom 5 I was not disappointed.
For example, as a professional photographer I was totally impressed with Adobe’s combination of DAM (Digital Asset Management) technology and the RAW processing application to create a smooth and efficient workflow between Lightroom and Photoshop. If, as a photographer, you are using Photoshop and Bridge as your main workflow, then this one thing alone will save you a ton of time – kudos to Adobe for that one!
Q: What are some major differences/improvements between Lightroom 4 and 5?
A: One of the features that I’ve previously mentioned is the tremendously improved workflow between Lightroom and Photoshop. When I’m working exclusively on photography I find myself saving up to an hour in a normal 8 to 10 hour workday. Time saved equals money earned.
Another new feature that’s pretty cool is Upright. With a single click of a button you can effortlessly correct angular distortion in just about any image. No more fussing about with things like Free-Transform and moving from Lightroom to Photoshop and back again. Smart Previews is also a hit in my book. Let’s say you’re a photographer on the move and you want to move your catalog of 100,000 images from your main system and work on them using your laptop. How in the world would you accomplish such a feat? Smart Preview.
Q: What is your favourite feature in Lightroom 5?
A: I’m going to cheat and mention two features, because they work so well together. As a digital photographer I work in some unique situations, and sometimes when I’m on a shoot I get dust on my camera’s sensor – I hate it when that happens! When I process that group of images, I have to look at each one in Lightroom and try to remove those pesky spots and do it as efficiently as possible – time is money. So, one of my favourite features is the improved nature of the Advanced Healing Brush, combined with Visualize Spots. The combination of these two new features helps me to make quick work of spot removal.
Check out two free tutorial videos posted below from Andy’s Adobe Lightroom 5 Training Course. If you’re interested in viewing more tutorials from Andy Anderson, or any of our other expert authors, visit our Infinite Skills website.
Tethering in Lightroom
Using the Graduated Filter