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"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy


"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."  -  Author Unknown


"A man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too."  – Luther Standing Bear


"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."Imogen Cunningham


"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  - Ansel Adams


"When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else."  - Joseph Campbell


"You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you." – Rwandan Proverb


"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."  -  Pablo Picasso


"We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic."  -  Susan Jeffers


"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor."  -  Paul Hawken


"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."  -  Linus Pauling


Lightroom vs. Photoshop - Which is better, or do I need both?

We hear it every day.....what image processing software should I use?  Although there are tons of image processing software products out there, personally, we tend to stick with the industry standard which is a couple of Adobe products - Lightroom and Photoshop.  

And then the next question is inevitable....well, which one should I use?  Well, it depends.  We use both, but both may not be suited to everyone's needs.  I will say however, that I use Lightroom for about 75% of my photo editing needs.  When Lightroom came out it was immediately recognizable as a very different product from the traditional Photoshop. Where Photoshop requires the use of layers and selections and a number of fairly initially confusing tool choices to make said selections, Lightroom employes more of a slider-style type of adjusment.  Basically, it is just more intuitave for the newer user. 

As my work flow process goes....I import my images into Lightroom, add important key descriptive words for sorting and searching purposes.  Then I will use the common sliders for white balance, exposure, contrast, clarity, saturation, sharpening, etc.  Most everything I need can be done with the basic sliders. Now, technically there is a section in Lightroom where you can use a brush to make selctions that just affect a certain portion of the image.  I will use this very lightly, because heavy use seems to introduce artifacts and can look heavy handed. 

If I need to process different parts of the image separately or combine exposures, that's when I generally go into Photoshop. Then I get all creative with selections, layer masks and all of those other words that tend to scare the bejeebees out of new photographers.  Now I will make this disclaimer, I have not switched to CC (aka the Cloud) yet for the newest Lightroom they may have introduced some new features that will reduce your need for Photoshop even more.  Let's just say I've heard rumors.

So our advice?  Definitely start with Lightroom.  It's relatively easy and will get you up and running faster than trying to understand Photoshop.  But don't get me wrong, once you get to a certain level you will want to know the basics of Photoshop too because there are just some things that you can't do in Lightroom.

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