I’ve mentioned before that I’ve become a fan of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, which is an incredibly useful package for managing photos and turning RAW files into final products suitable for web, print or slideshow use. The beta of the forthcoming version 2 adds some nifty new stuff which makes it even better, and for me, means that the number of images that I need to export to actual Photoshop CS3 is greatly reduced. The upshot of this is that I spend much less time getting each image into a presentable form, which means that so long as I’m in the right frame of mind, I can deal with piles of pictures and get them on show, which is what it’s all about, really.
Because all the work I do in Lightroom is non-destructive – it leaves the original file untouched, saving all my work in its database – it’s really easy to try different approaches, and to create different versions of the same photograph. The keywording feature will make it easier to find particular images in the future, so long as I make a point of adding suitable keywords to all new photos, which I am making a point of doing now. As I slowly work back though last year’s pictures, I’ll be adding keywords to those, too – even the ones I don’t immediately use for the Gallery. This isn’t just me being obsessively geeky, it’s an investment for the future – at some point, a picture I rejected might be just what I need for something else..