Dear Crissy

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

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Every now and again, a reader will email me asking for photography tips.

For a beginner, my first suggestion is always to purchase a great DSLR body (I shoot Nikon) and one good fast prime lens. Next, learn to master the camera, and shoot, shoot, shoot.

My other go-to piece of advice is invariably to purchase a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS for editing — but for folks who are really serious about photography, and who are shooting a lot of photos, I can not recommend Adobe Photoshop Lightroom more highly.

Keep reading to find out why I simply adore Lightroom, and then find out how you can enter to win a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4!

lightroom review

So what is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom?

Lightroom is a workflow program that was developed specifically for professional photographers and amateurs who are serious about photography. It allows photographers to organize large quantities of photos in a visual index called a catalog, and to edit photos either individually, or as a batch in a completely nondestructive manner.

Why I love Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

While I no longer shoot professionally, I still deal with a large volume of personal photos, and photos for my blogs, so I consider Lightroom an absolute must have product — particularly to help cut down on the time spent managing and editing images that I use on this site.

My absolute favorite thing about Lightroom is the ability it gives me to save and apply presets. A preset is a group of settings, a formula if you will, that can be used to change the look of a photo. With one click, I can apply these settings to an image to give me the desired effect.

Presets may be simple, adding just a touch of contrast and saturation to an image, or converting a photo to black and white. Some presets, however, are highly artistic and may change the entire mood of the photo.

I have literally hundreds of presets stored in Lightroom, and I’m always scouring the internet looking for interesting new presets to purchase. Some of them are even available for free!

Here is an example of an image of Kara SOOC (straight-out-of-camera), and after I applied one of my favorite presets, and a made a few additional adjustments to the contrast and sharpness. Pretty dramatic difference, huh?

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Enter to win Lightroom 4

Giveaway has ended.

I could go on and on about the amazing features of Adobe Lightroom. Seriously! You really just need to try this product for yourself, and thanks to the fine folks at Adobe — you can!

This is going to be the easiest giveaway you’ve ever entered. I’m running a special Twitter contest to win a copy of Lightroom, and all you have to do is follow @Crissy, then ReTweet the following Tweet. Be sure to follow the link in the Tweet afterward to check out the promotion page!


I received a copy of LR to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own.

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  1. candy kratzer — May 15, 2012 @ 7:47 am (#)

    like, shared, followed and tweeted


  2. Lindsay — May 15, 2012 @ 7:50 am (#)

    Thanks for the giveaway, Crissy. I would love to be able to do more with my photos.


  3. Jessie Lucas — May 15, 2012 @ 8:08 am (#)

    I have an old version and love it! Great review and I would love to win!


  4. Valerie S — May 15, 2012 @ 8:29 am (#)

    I would love to win this.


  5. Journeysof TheZoo — May 15, 2012 @ 8:39 am (#)

    Hey Crissy,
    I’m Canadian, can I enter?
    If so, please email me.
    Regards, Sarah


  6. Karen — May 15, 2012 @ 9:19 am (#)

    What a great giveaway! As a professional photographer, LR is vital to my daily work life. It is an amazing application. I hope I win the giveaway :)


  7. Cind — May 15, 2012 @ 9:50 am (#)

    This is exciting. I’ve never even used Lightroom yet so it would be awesome to win.


  8. Kamlesh Patel — May 15, 2012 @ 9:51 am (#)

    I take alot of photographs for fun with a simple point & shoot. I would like to start trying to be more creative and this application you have up for grabs would be awesome to try and learn new skill.


  9. Deb Dorrington — May 15, 2012 @ 10:31 am (#)

    Wow the difference in the 2 photos is remarkable. I can see how Adobe Lightroom would so help me in my photo editing. Your little one is so gorgeous that any photo of her would be lovely..:)


  10. Kimberly Deacon — May 15, 2012 @ 11:49 am (#)

    Thank you for the giveaway Crissy. I liked, shared and tweeted.


  11. C.E. Hart — May 15, 2012 @ 11:55 am (#)

    Awesome! I’d love to win this. I have a great Nikon – now it’s time for Lightroom! :)


  12. Bethany Adams — May 15, 2012 @ 11:57 am (#)

    I hope I win. I need this so bad!


  13. Jonealle — May 15, 2012 @ 12:00 pm (#)



  14. gayathri kuppusamy — May 15, 2012 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    thanks for the oppurtunity.


  15. LaNan — May 15, 2012 @ 1:27 pm (#)

    I follow you and retweeted. I’d love to win this as I take a lot of photos. Thanks so much for this giveaway.


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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!