First try at lightroom beta, C & C Please!

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  1. Jacki

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    I was reading a post on here, and I found a link to a free version of Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta, and I downloaded it. So far I am really liking it, although it is a little hard to learn all the functions.

    Here is one of my first edits with the software:

    Original Picture Before Editing:
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    After Editing:
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    I am sticking to #1 before the lightroom edit.
     
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    You're trying too hard.
     
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    +1, post processing is not supposed to create a new image, its supposed to show how the subject really was before going through the camera, so adjusting colors and brightness, not super saturating everything
     
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    Oh, I was actually trying to make it look completely different...I realize that mostly lightroom is used to enhance the original picture, but I was just having some fun.
    It didn't take long to do, I just messed with the colors and contrast a bit; I can tell you for sure that I am not "trying to hard" - I wasn't trying to make a sensational work of art, I just thought it turned out kind of neat and looked quite pretty.
    Thanks for the input anyway.
     
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    I kind of like it although personally, I would have left the foliage and background more muted.
     
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    i think i disagree with this statement.
    one could use a photo as a base and make something totally different with processing.
    post processing is 'supposed' to do whatever the photographer/artist envision as the final product.
     
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    I like the philosophy of "less is more". In one of my Photoshop classes the instructor said that subtle edits are far better than drastic. Don't bump the saturation a bunch, just a little. Don't bump the contrast a ton, just enough to get the effect you're going for. If you ever have a slider in lightroom all the way over on either side, chances are you've over done something. :)

    Of course I'm speaking in general terms. Sometimes you want to over do things for creative reasons. But often times new users have a tendency to over do things.
     
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    Yes, but rarely have i seen a good post processed photo or an "artistic" photo created from lightroom. Lightroom itself is meant to restore images, to the best of my knowledge, i wouldnt see why lightroom vs photoshop would be preferable. I like the edit if it wasnt for all the noise IMO.
     
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    Yup, some guys cut up images, superimpose images on top of images, render digital elements, etc. But a new user trying to tweak the colors and saturation of a flower picture isn't one of those types of users. :)

    If he were a CS3/4 guru then sure, go crazy with things. But a new user just starting out with Lightroom probably wants to back off the sliders just a wee-bit IMHO.
     
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    i agree with that. if you feel like over-saturating etc. that go for it.
    although we don't have to like it :)
    enjoy pp-ing!
     
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    got it....see i am not a LR user, but a photoshop addict.
    so i get what youre saying. lightroom is meant to 'develop' not go crazy and get creative. that's what my beloved PShop is for ;)

    thanks for clarification! :D
     

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