A little while back I was asked to give a talk to our local Photography Meetup Group on Lightroom, and so before the talk I asked people to submit questions. My thought was that I could just stand up there for an hour or so and answer questions from people. However, the only question I was asked (by several people) was, “What is Lightroom and why would I want to use it, anyway?” So much for that idea… Since it seemed I was going to have to create an actual presentation, my next thought was that before I could talk about Lightroom I needed to cover some of the basics of digital photography just so everyone was in the same place. I created the presentation using PowerPoint, and today I created what amounts to a video version of that presentation. Clicking on the image below will take you to the video. It’s about 1/2 hour long, but if you’re a photographer I trust you’ll gain something from it. This post is complementary to but different from our ‘Photography and Colour Management‘ post.
P.S. There’s some debate about the truth of ‘ETTR’ or Expose to the Right in digital photography. On one side we have people like George Jardine, Michael Reichmann (Optimize Exposure) and Bob DiNatale (The Optimum Digital Exposure) and on the other side is Michael L. Baird (Histogram Myth explicated). These people know much more than I do, so I’ll leave you to decide. For me, I expose as much to the right as possible, without clipping the highlights and work out the rest in Lightroom. Michael Reichmann’s first ETTR post was written in 2003, and camera technology has changed a lot since then. Whereas with film we could get maybe 5 or stops of dynamic range, with some digital cameras we now get 12-15 stops. This also begs questions surrounding the need for HDR, but that’s another issue.