Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Early on in 2006 I became aware of the development of a new application by Adobe. The Lightroom Beta was available as a free download and released in the Spring of 2007. From Adobe: “Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® software is the professional photographer's essential toolbox, providing one easy application for managing, adjusting, and presenting large volumes of digital photographs so you can spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens.” Actually, in my experience, Lightroom does even more. If you are a photographer who shoots a lot, (and who doesn’t these days?) then Lightroom is for you. I admit I am a disciple of Apple. I love my Macs and seize almost every opportunity to tell others (obnoxious, isn’t it?). When Apple introduced Aperture, I couldn’t afford to purchase it. Consequently, I waited and became involved with trying out the Lightroom Beta. But, after comparing Aperture and Lightroom, I chose Lightroom. My experience is that Lightroom is more intuitive and faster than Aperture. When Lightroom was introduced it was priced at $100.00 less than the regular price of $299.00. I didn’t hesitate to purchase it, and believe the $199.00 paid is the best value in software I’ve ever seen. As of this writing, Lightroom is available for $279.00 at B&H, $276.95 at Adorama, Academic discount versions are listed on the web for $99.00. In addition Adobe has a discount available through their online store if you buy Lightroom and another application together. See the Adobe website for details.

As I said before Lightroom is extremely intuitive. Originally, Adobe posted “The 5 Rules” as the only directions on how to use the program. “The 5 Rules” reflected the simplicity and ease of using the program, and I discovered within a short period of time that I was editing images in Lightroom quicker and with more pleasing results than Photoshop. I first acquired Photoshop Elements in 2005, and Photoshop CS later that same year. The Elements version I acquired was pretty easy, but I struggled with Photoshop. I believe if I had Lightroom to learn first I would have progressed quicker in learning about making basic edits in Photoshop. Lightroom has almost completely replaced Adobe Camera RAW and Bridge in my workflow. Lightroom is a great piece of software, which Adobe has endeavored to update and maintain through the new versions of MS Windows and Mac OS X. A 30-day trial is available at:

If you want to make a promo sheet or small poster of your work in Lightroom, try this.

Happy Shooting!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Lunch Time

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Hillbilly Hotdogs in Lesage, West Virginia
A wonderful place for lunch

Hillbilly Hotdogs has a very entertaining website at:

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Sonny Knight, Proprietor Hillbilly Hotdogs