Lightroom for the Road - Part 1
 
In 2007 a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom was sent to me as a gift  by a friend.  At the time I had been “Living In Tin” for a little over a  year.  My travels over the course of that year had brought the  Airstream through almost every state in the U.S., and many photos were  taken and cataloged along the way.

As there was already a year dedicated to taking images from my  travels, a personal “system” of photo management had been created.  My  own workflow with Apple’s IPhoto, and I thought I was pretty well set.   So the copy of Lightroom that was sent to me was put away in a cabinet,  and there it remained for several months.

During the Fall of 2007 I received a free copy of Scott Kelby’s  “Adobe Photoshop Lightroom” book.  Don’t ask me how I won the free copy,  I honestly can’t remember how it came about.  But on one boring laundry  day I decided to bring the book with me for a little reading.  And  during the hour and a half it took to get my laundry done I read several  chapters and thought to myself, “I’ve been doing this all wrong!”  When  I finished my laundry I returned to the Airstream and immediately  installed Lightroom.

Photography on the Road

When setting out on any adventure these days it’s pretty safe to say  some type of camera comes along with us.  With smartphones in most  pockets, small point and shoots, mirror-less systems, or huge digital  SLRs, we’re all taking pictures.  And when you’re taking that epic road  trip you’re sure to be snapping away.  That’s great!  And digital has  made it so easy to capture and share amazing moments!

What isn’t great is the giant stockpile of images when it’s all said  and done.  Thanks to digital we can fire away for hours on end.  Memory  cards can literally store thousands of images, and since we can just  re-format the card, who cares how many shots we take, right?

While digital lets us fire away, it presents a new problem.  Too many  images to manage.  More importantly, how do we even begin to manage  vast libraries of our vacation and travel photos?

The answer is simple.  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  It’s the best  image management platform I’ve ever used, simple to learn, and  incredibly powerful.  For the average photographer traveling for  vacation, or as a full time lifestyle, Lightroom will cover 99% of your  image management and editing needs.  Most people will never need the  full version of Photoshop, and Lightroom will get the whole job done for  you.