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.
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.