In my time in the photography world I have heard a lot of people say they don't post edit their photos because they think of it as cheating. Now don't get me wrong, there is no substitute for good old fashioned photography. Having your proper settings, framing your subject, being at the right place at the right time; all these things contribute to getting a great photo. Lightroom is just another tool that can help you take your photography to the next level!
Now the first way Lightroom will help you out will be organization. When you upload a batch of photos into Lightroom, it will store them by date range or another way of your choosing. It's very handy when trying to find an old photo. It also makes it easy to dump your memory card often and not save up those pictures. A key feature that sets Lightroom apart from other post editing programs is the ability to batch edit your photos. Let's say you take a bunch of photos at an event you attend and they all come out a little dark. Lightroom allows you to apply a change you make on one photo onto other photos of your choosing. I use this feature a lot for white balance.
Sunset and sunrise are the best times for taking photos. This time where the sunlight is at its best is referred to as "the golden hour". Now again, there is no substitute for having the patience to get that perfect photo. But there are plenty of times where you find yourself shooting in less than ideal situations. If it's noon on a bright sunny day, the sky might look washed out and dull. Getting a circular polarizer can help with this problem but even then I find it can look dull without the colors of a sunrise or sunset. This is where Lightroom is a great to help you make somewhat ordinary photos more interesting.
Below are some photos I took at Creve Coeur Park. These photos were taken about 6pm on a sunny day. Each photo has two examples, one as it was shot and one after it was edited in Lightroom. All the edits were done on one photo and then applied to the rest. It was quick and easy to edit these photos really stand out and have some vibrance to them.Â If you want to learn more about all things!
Photos taken with Olympus E-M5 mrkII w/ 12-40 2.8 lens.