Although film has all but disappeared from professional portrait photography, what many don’t know is that the process of getting images from the camera to the client is essentially the same. Professional photographers must deliver the highest quality product possible, which still includes color correction, cropping, retouch and any number of other image adjustments in order to make the final image match the vision of what we set out to capture. In the film days many of us didn’t have the immediate feedback that our digital cameras have in the form of a display on the back, so what we did in the camera required that much more forethought and confidence. If we’re disciplined, we still have the same requirements with a digital camera (even with the immediate feedback). By getting it right in the camera, we spend less time editing and fixing images in Photoshop, and can go on to more important things.
Digital photography offers some powerful enhancements that a film negative never could. With tools like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, photographers can apply color corrections, cropping, noise filters and any number of other adjustments to one or more images before producing the final output files. Lightroom also allows a photographer to add keywords and other important metadata (such as a copyright) to the images, then catalog them for easy look-up later on. Lightroom is a very important part of my workflow at True Image Studio. It is easy to use and feature packed, allowing me to spend as little time as possible on editing. I would recommend Lightroom to any professional or serious amateur photographer who wants to easily edit and organize their images.