Re: Lightroom should be coming today
|Yeah you! You will LOVE it.|
I'd give up Photoshop before I'd give up Lightroom. And I like PS quite a bit.
I use a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet with LR. In my opinion it's a must. But I do this stuff all day every day so your needs may vary.
When I was learning LR I googled LR tutorials and spent a day watching them. Then I was off and running. Scott Kelby's videos are the ones I watched as well as some others. Back in the day they were free but I'm not sure if they still are. His books are really great but nothing will compare to hands-on working with the program.
I absolutely, positively would recommend you get Victoria Bampton's book...it can be purchased as a pdf. It's my LR bible. You can buy it here: http://www.lightroomqueen.com/
In times of crisis she's even responded to personal emails (fun to imagine her talking to me in her British accent as I read them). She's a wealth of info.
Lightroomkillertips.com is another good resource. Matt Kozlowski is the host and he's great.
Before you dive in I would encourage you to get familiar with the difference between catalogs, collections and keywords. Determine a system that works best for you and use it. I decided on keywords because I didn't really understand the value of collections. Now that I do understand them I might have made a different choice. But, with over 70,000 images in my personal catalog (I keep business and personal in separate catalogs) I've not got the time to switch systems right now.
With all due respect to Emily (and I do respect her greatly) LR and PS are completely different beasts. LR is a digital asset management system (you can even bring video clips in if you like) while PS is image editing. They are both important but they are definitely not the same.
Good luck, have fun and please ask questions if you have them.
On Nov 30, 2011, at 9:45 AM, mark@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote: