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I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom as my main RAW converter and image management system since beta version 1, which was released last year. Previously I was using a combination of Adobe Camera Raw, iView Media Pro, and Capture One Pro depending on the image and my mood. With the release of the final version next week, I’ve decided to make it my primary solution, together with Photoshop CS3, for my complete workflow. Based on the last beta 4.1, which is very stable and feature rich, and what I’ve seen of the improvements and enhancements to the final version, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.
Although there are other programs like Lightroom available, namely Apple Aperture, I find the combination of a great interface, a visual approach to editing, and great quality output give Lightroom the edge, and make it the best solution for me right now. I plan on posting regular Lightroom tips in the future for anyone who can benefit from them. In the meantime, here are some online resources to get you started:

  • The Online Photographer lists new Lightroom titles from Martin Evening, Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, Tim Grey, Mikkel Aaland, and John Beardsworth, with links to buy each online.
  • has posted a series of free videos. They also sell the great WhiBal card that I never leave home without.
  • NAPP has a Lightroom site with video tutorials, tips, and their new Darkroom Magazine dedicated to Lightroom.

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