During most of my workshops I get a lot of questions from people wanting to know how to do simple edits in Lightroom. There is usually not enough time to go into the details of software during the workshops so I thought it would be a good idea to make a little screencast and show you simple things that can be done to enhance a picture in Lightroom. Remember that these images are all shot in RAW format. If you shoot in JPEG you definitely will have less options to edit your photos. You can still do the same things but remember that editing in a jpg, can give a lot of quality loss early on. Plus you do not have the range of controls you have in a raw file. If you have an SLR then I would strongly suggest using the raw files. You can start shooting in raw and jpg at the same time until you’re familiar with the raw process. It’s up to you but it does make a world of difference. Do keep in mind that if you shoot in only raw, you cannot use the photo without going through some sort of software.
Lightroom is specifically designed to work on raw files but there are loads of other programs out there that work too. Your camera usually comes with standard software that you can use or you can use Aperture, ACDSee or a free program like Gimp. They all work in their own way. I like to use Lightroom for all my editing and filing of photos.
The following tutorial shows you how to work on a file in the develop area of Lightroom. These are basic settings! O and keep in mind that this is my very first screen cast ever, so don’t laugh too hard.. 😉 I hope you find it useful! if you have trouble watching the video on the site; here is the direct link to Youtube http://youtu.be/CYIzJb4gmgg