lightroom reflections

For those of you who don’t know (or haven’t heard), the new version of Adobe Lightroom came out Sunday. My copy is still in the mail, but I’ve been playing around with the trial until my serial number arrives. All in all I’m really enjoying it, and the final additions from Beta 4 to 1.0 are, in my opinion, the two features I felt lacking in the earlier versions.

First, Lightroom now includes snapshots, where you can maintain multiple versions of your raw files as you work. The upshot of this is that you no longer have to deal with multiple xmp files for different versions of your files. Instead, you can maintain and adjust multiple versions – say one in color, another in black and white, and a third with a higher contrast setting. The second useful feature is a dust removal tool. What this basically means is that you really never have to send your images to Photoshop – Lightroom can basically serve as your one stop processing shop for RAW files of all types.

I think I’m going to like it.

I played around a bit with using the SB-800’s for macro stuff. The Carlsberg bottle was all I could find on short notice.

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