I have just read this book for a better understanding of Lightroom. I first discovered Lightroom when I took up photography again and began to learn about the art of digital photography. After a bit of research I purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements and got the basic principles of how it worked but I struggled to understand the connection of Adobe Bridge and I only understood that Adobe RAW was to be able to read my camera’s RAW files and nothing more. I then came across Lightroom read the reviews and decided to try it. It seemed to do all the things I needed and it didn’t need Adobe RAW however, I was a little confused as to why and Adobe had made it and where it sits in the workflow for a professional. I found Lightroom easier to understand and use; so I have found it my best programs for photo editing. Talking to other serious photographers, it appears that they all tend to use it more than Photoshop, which has been kept for just more extensive and complicated editing, as when required. This book co-oberates this idea as the intention of Adobe to create a more user friendly photo editing package and also recognising that not all photos will want or need extensive editing and also the feather in the cap of this software is the batch editing capability for commercial photographers who will need to do basic adjustments to RAW images for straightforward output.
However, Photoshop is much more than just an editing suit it offers photo management tools that allows you to archive and retrieve your photos in lots of different ways; so you can cross file your images and retrieve them using all sorts of methods from date, location, camera, lens, or search words. Lightroom is also compatible with Photoshop and an edited picture can be exported to Lightroom for further editing. This is a very good book to read it is 700 pages of detailed information and I would highly recommend reading it and keeping it handy on your book shelf.
Camera Lucida, by Roland Barthes, (2000) London, Vintage Classics, ISBN: 9-780099-225416.
Barthes examines, photography, what photography is, and how it works as a medium for art, commercial, social and private use. This is an important book to read, unfortunately it can be a little hard to read, perhaps because of the translation and Barthes academic language; but worth persevering with.
A photograph is never anything but an antiphon (chant) of, “Look see,” “Here it is.” It points a finger at the relationship it hold, it can not escape its denoted meaning. (page 5).
A photograph never distinguishes itself from its referent (what it represents).
A photo is a ‘signifier’
Barthes identifies two elements to a picture that is needed to make it interesting and he named them ‘Studium’ and ‘Punctum’. Words he has taken from the Latin language. ‘Studium’ is the general pleasing or good composition of the picture and Punctum is an element that punctuates through the image, an element that ‘pricks’ / creates an emotional response of some kind. (Page 25 – 28.)
The one thing that I got but didn’t fully realise until now is his idea of studium and punctum, a fellow student helped me with this when he posted a link to a good video explaining this theory. https://phlearn.com/punctum-better-image