15 Minute Parking

15 Minute Parking, originally uploaded by theothermattm.

With the new camera, I've switched to shooting in RAW. To process the RAW files, I've been doing quite a bit of tinkering with Adobe Lightroom lately, this is a shot that is the result of some of the initial tinkering.

I downloaded the 30 day trial of Lightroom and I was very quickly convinced that it was worth the (unfortunately) hefty price tag. I can see why my friend Dave calls this the "best peice of software I've ever used." I did get a nice $25 discount for being "Green" and not having Adobe ship me a box.

I also got an excellent book by Nathaniel Coalson called "Lightroom 2: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process." It's a fantastic book that includes lots of general workflow tips as well as the expected information on Lightroom.

One of the best tips: If in doubt about exposure - overexpose. Overexposing will give you more data in the RAW file which can always be underexposed during post-processing in Lightroom.

Also, it may be common sense, but Nathaniel consistently stresses writing out your workflow before you start using it, thinking about it, then tweaking it. This is something that might seem obvious to some, but for someone who loves to just "dive right in" to things, this was something I needed to be told to do.

The amount of options for processing in Lightroom is dizzying, though much more straightforward than badass-old Photoshop. This shot is one of the better end results I've come up with so far. The colors straight off the camera were very "cool". I was able to do some minimal tweaking on this one to enhance the contrast and make the colors pop a bit more.

Now, on to more shots in this amazing weather we've been having lately.

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Posted by Matt 5/27/2009 12:20:00 AM


At June 17, 2009 at 11:49 PM , Anonymous Nathaniel Coalson said...
Matt - glad you are finding some useful tips in my book! Thanks for blogging about it.

I like your photos that you've posted recently on your blog; hope you are doing more and more in Lightroom without using Photoshop at all ;-)

Seriously, I'm a big advocate of making the shot as perfect as possible in the camera, then using software to process the final shots with minimal manual intervention. I've seen my work change over the years by relying less on technology and more on "my eye" and taking more time when shooting. Plus, it makes shooting more fun!

Anyway, I like your blog and wish you the best... keep it up!

At June 17, 2009 at 11:54 PM , Anonymous Nat Coalson said...
Oh - I forgot to mention - if any of your blog readers have Lightroom questions I will be happy to help answer them. My blog is at


At June 18, 2009 at 7:49 AM , Blogger Matt said...
Thanks for the kind words Nat! A friend of mine who is a more seasoned Lightroom user is now enjoying the book as well. Keep up the good work.

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