If you’ve watched any of our recent workflow videos, you would notice that we’ve mostly started our editing process in Adobe Lightroom Classic. And there is good reason for it as our data shows that the majority of our users use that app to manage and edit their photo collections. However, a growing number of photographers are either starting their Lightroom journey with the “new” version of the app, sometimes referred to as Lightroom Desktop, Lightroom CC, or simply Lightroom. I am one of those photographers who uses Lightroom primarily to store every photo I’ve ever taken since 2009, as you’ll see in the video below.
Let’s start with Lightroom
While this article isn’t meant to compare the benefits and limitations between both versions, it is worthwhile to show Lightroom users a functional workflow that incorporates Photoshop as the conduit to our apps. In this case, those apps are DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI. The reason why I’m using Photoshop as the conduit is because that is the only app that Lightroom recognizes as an external editor. Fortunately, our apps play very nicely within Photoshop and it’s easy to move from one app to the other in a layered workflow.
Let’s start with the photo in question. I took this photo of a bald eagle recently and when you look at the metadata, you’ll notice that I had to crank my ISO very high. I needed to do this to get a fast enough shutter speed to properly freeze the bird, whose head was constantly swiveling in all directions. It was quite overcast, as well, so the amount of available light was somewhat dim. Here’s the original photo and the metadata for it.