Hope you’re having a good week.
Today I just wanted to pick your brains if I may…all in the name of research you understand 🙂
Ok so Lightroom 5 has been out for a short while now and more recently the release of the new Creative Cloud Apps i.e. Photoshop CC etc…
Now I know there are going to be folks who haven’t (and won’t) upgrade for all kinds of reasons and that’s fine so can I just ask that you excuse me as I direct this post towards the folks that have and will (Geez I hope that makes sense)
Anyway, getting to the point…
Those of you who have been along to some of my more recent training sessions/workshops or maybe have caught some episodes of my new Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom video podcast [Link] may well have noticed some changes.
You see my workflow has, I think, changed considerably over the last couple of months. One way in particular is how I’m integrating Lightroom much more into the beginning of my workflow and whereas before I tended to use it as more of an expensive cataloguing utility, now with Lightroom 5 I’m finding I can do so much more BEFORE heading over to Photoshop…and I’m loving that.
I’m finding my workflow has become a lot more streamlined which in turn is meaning that I can get to the really creative side of the retouching process so much quicker.
But that being said I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with effects in Lightroom and Camera RAW and I have to admit I’m really enjoying it…as always.
Here’s an example of having just played around in Lightroom to create lighting effects; sure it’s not perfect but I think the possibilities here are very exciting:
Smart Object are playing a much bigger role in my retouching workflow now; it’s not that they didn’t before but now with Photoshop CC we have the Camera RAW filter and that in my opinion is HUGE. Maybe a lot of people haven’t quite grasped how big a deal it is that we can use Camera RAW as a Smart Filter but this I think is what has been instrumental in my workflow changing for the better.
So, if you don’t mind I have just a couple of questions for you:
- How (if at all) has your workflow changed in the last few weeks/months?
- Do you use Lightroom on it’s own or do you use it as part of your workflow in addition to Photoshop?
- Do you use Smart Objects?
If you could take a few moments to answer the 3 questions I’d really appreciate it and I’ll let you know why in the near future.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.