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The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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George Jardine – Lightroom Workflow & Catalog Management Series

Nose On | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 pre-ASPH

Nose On | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 pre-ASPH

(While leaving the aircraft on the Netjets Ramp at the Westchester NY Airport I grabbed this shot of the nose straight on.)

I wanted to talk about my experience this week working with George Jardine’s Lightroom Workflow & Catalog Management Video Series.  Lightroom (LR) has become my default photo library and editing management system.  Those of you already using the software know that it has a lot of features and can be intimidating getting around how all of the options available work together.

When I began with the software I knew I had to relearn a lot of new things as LR manages your photo files much differently than my previous management software I was using, Aperture.  I made the move to LR for a couple different reasons but mainly it came with my Leica M-E purchase and Leica creates its in-camera RAW files in DNG format an Adobe standard.  Plus Leica and Adobe have been working together to ensure Leica’s RAW files are supported in Adobe’s Camera RAW engine.

I read Scott Kelby’s book on Lightroom and I found it a great place to start.  He hits most of the highlights to help a new user like me get comfortable using the program.  But I have still been wanting an in-depth course on using LR.

I don’t know why I never found George Jardin’s video series sooner but I’m glad I finally did.  I’ve just completed the first series: Lightroom Library Workflow and Digital Photo Library Management.  This video series has answered many questions I still had pertaining to file renaming, folder organization, virtual copies, collections and filtering.  After importing images from the shoot the above photo was in, I’m finally happy I now have a process I can duplicate every time and know that in the future when I’m looking for that one photo I know I can easily find it.

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