One of my friends showed Lightroom to me, and I fell in love with it! I love it's sleek design and it's friendly-user interface. It's a workflow software, allowing you to catalog, add tags and edit presets upon uploading. It's fast and perfect when you need minor to moderate adjustments to your photos. With a little slide here and there, your editing is done! What lightroom does is that it creates a virtual catalog, a copy, of your photos, all the time, the changes you make are done on this virtual copy never altering the original. I also use lightroom for all my RAW files.
Lightroom has 5 distincts panels, the first being Library. Where the catalog is, and all the collections you create. It has easy commands, so you can add your photos to the collections folders fast while browsing through your uploads. I like the stars system too! You can give up to 5 stars to a photo, just by typing the number while the photo is on the screen. A fast way to come back to the photos later and work only on the ones you gave 4 or 5 stars to. The library has a fast editing tool, but I rarely use it. When my work is sorted out I then go to the Develop panel.
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The Develop panel is so easy to use, you just slide away! A little more exposure here, a little contrast there! It's done! You want to go further, use the correction tools, you can add a graduated filter over your photo, for exposure, saturation, even a colored one! You have a brush too, if you want to work with a more defined tool.
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Then you have the Print panel, where you resize your photos for printing, again as easy as it comes! Finally you have the Web panel, where you can upload your photos to your website, you will need the FTP coordinates, but if you have already done a website with Frontpage or whatever website building software, you will see it's as much the same.
You can download Lightroom 2, for a 30 days trial version here...
Have fun playing with your photos!