Grading with Lightroom 3 beta-1

Lightroom 3.0-beta1 was released last night for free, so I downloaded it and had a look at it. A 64-bit version is available too in the .zip file. App will work until April 2010.

I never tried that app before, since JBQ seems to dislike it. However, upon trying it, I really, really liked it. It’s like iMovie for pictures. It doesn’t do everything that Photoshop does, but it does enough to bring life or a more artistic look to your pictures. I only wish it had masking and an HDR mode. Look below my before and after images.


Richard wrote on October 22nd, 2009 at 6:52 AM PST:

Look good. Does it offer an improvement over ‘curves’ in Photoshop? Or is it mostly similar?

Dominique wrote on October 22nd, 2009 at 10:50 AM PST:

I like how the red on the boat now pops.

tOnGAs wrote on October 22nd, 2009 at 10:54 AM PST:

Lightroom is not a replacement of Photoshop. It’s more a photographer-friendly version of Photoshop.
I use it for quite some time now and really like it. Nice cataloguing features, non-destructive editing and batch resizing are my favorites. It’s not the perfect software (does that kind of animal exist anyway?), but it’s definitely worth a try.

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Eugenia wrote on October 22nd, 2009 at 11:32 AM PST:

Richard, I am not sure what kind of improvement you need. There are Curves, but there are also other ways to change things, so have a look at the app itself. It’s easy to install.

Nick Vettese wrote on October 22nd, 2009 at 1:23 PM PST:

Lightroom was designed for photographers. Where Photoshop can only do a single image at a time, and there is no database to tag or code your images, Lightroom can fix multiple images at once using Sync.

You can keyword your images, color code them, flag, and star them, so that you can adjust the way you need to work.

Once of the most used tools I use is the use of independent color sliders to adjust skin tones and more. no need to slide all colors, when you can do what you need.

JDonner wrote on October 27th, 2009 at 8:10 PM PST:

The image correction of the seagull image could be better, the image has too much red it in.
I took the original image, used levels to set the black and white point, converted the image to LAB and adjusted saturation with the curves command on the a and b channel.
Sadly I can’t show you the endresult in this comment box, because an image speaks more than a 100 words.

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Eugenia wrote on October 29th, 2009 at 12:39 AM PST:

I liked the hot look, that’s why I made it look orange-ish.

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