A Fresh Look at Lightroom

by David Miller

In the world that goes in my laptop, I find that there are few things more refreshing than grabbing an updated piece of software that I rely on and taking a walk through its halls, both in familiar and unfamiliar nooks. There are a couple benefits to taking this time out from my regularly scheduled editing:

  • the first benefit is to see what new features and tweaks have been added to the piece of software, and
  • the second — and secondary — benefit is to notice features that have been around for a while but that I haven’t even considered adding to my flow.

For applications — like Lightroom — that have a non-trivial learning curve, taking a fresh look at what’s inside the box can shake up your workflow in ways that go beyond the itemized feature list in the release notes. We all like getting things done in the most comfortable way possible; we appreciate comfortable surroundings and thrive in simplicity through repetition. That’s all part of the learning process.

But sorting through gigabytes of data in an effort to stay afloat in your sea of photos can lead you to form a groove that is difficult to break. Every once in a while it helps to take a step back and look at the bigger picture (so to speak) and see how we can adapt our flow as we learn all of the nooks and crannies of our tools. Setting aside some time to take a step back and look at your workflow after an application update can pay off in the long run.

And for those of you running Lightroom on Leopard, it never hurts to have the application actually work on your operating system, either. Viva Lightroom 1.3!