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I love Lightroom. I started off using Photoshop. It was just the first thing I could get my hands on and I really didn’t know much about Lightroom at the time. Photoshop was a little overwhelming at first, but I was able to edit my images they way I wanted to. Then I finally got introduced to Lightroom. And, I’ll be honest, I thought it was hard. I didn’t understand how to edit images. I didn’t like it at first. But, I started watching tutorials and reading some helpful blog posts, and I finally was able to realize that Lightroom is actually far easier to work in than Photoshop. If you haven’t used Lightroom before, give it a go. It’s user friendly, you can do almost everything you want in it, and if you really need to, you can upload your photos into Photoshop for the finishing touches.
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Lightroom has this really awesome feature that allows you to compare images while you are editing them. Basically, you can pick one image as your reference image, and then an image that you are working on, called the active image. This feature is truly amazing and is one of the many reasons why I love Lightroom. All you simply do is click on the R|R button in light room, down where you can few just the image you are working on, reference, or see a before and after. After clicking the R|R button, you simply drag the image you want into the reference slot. After that, you can edit any picture you want and it will show up in the active spot. This feature is a life saver! Here are a few reasons why you should be comparing your photos in Lightroom.
it helps you have consistency in your work
This is a big deal. Having consistency in your work makes you look a little more professional. And who doesn’t want that? Say you had a photo shoot with a client. You want all of those images to look similar, to have the same feel to them. That’s why this feature is awesome! You can make sure your editing is the same, white balance, and overall feel of the image.
it helps you have consistent white balance
Speaking of white balance – I will be honest and say that white balance is probably my biggest problem. I think since using this feature in Lightroom I’ve been having more consistent white balance across all of my images. I really strive for consistency, but it is pretty hard. This feature definitely helps with that.
it will help you grow as a photographer
I think this goes without saying. The more consistent your work is, the better your photography will become. The more you compare and make sure each photo is consistent with the last, the easier it will become to get your white balance correct across all images.