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.
I have just finished reading this book ‘Camera Lucida’ by Roland Barthes. I found this book a lot easier to read than ‘Mythologies’ but didn’t find it very interesting or useful in terms of ideas or methods of thought. To be honest, I personally would categorize this book along with the wardrobe of the Emperors new clothes. All about nothing, intellectually trendy twaddle or how to fill a book about absolutely nothing. Not a book that I would recommend.
The one thing that I got but didn’t fully realize until now is his idea of studium and punctum that I first understood but then half forgot it after reading on and it then got buried under all the theory that he lays on top of it. I spent so much time trying to decipher what he was saying I lost the thread. Fortunately, a fellow student had just posted a link to a good video explaining this theory from Barthes book which has brought the idea back from the depths of my confusion. https://phlearn.com/punctum-better-image
Maybe I am just an ignorant retch in the eyes of a true academic but why oh why say so much with so much unnecessary thesaurus fuelled language when it could be much more easily explained and summed up? I found I needed a dictionary for practically every paragraph of this book for words I have never seen before and it even defeated by Oxford dictionary from time to time! Maybe I needed Latin, Ancient Greek and French.