At first when I saw the BOOKS added to Adobe Lightroom, along with some other top level menu stuff like MAPS I was like – man – they are just filling this thing up with bloatware.
Okay, you don’t fill up a software product with bloatware, technically you take a good simple idea and turn it into bloatware.
I’ve been using Lightroom for a very long time and what I liked was that it followed the path of the photographer (at the time). You cataloged, and developed, and printed. Sort of. Actually I think you developed and then printed. But whatever – a long time ago and a lot of Dektol under the bridge.
And the web stuff was added. You had to do that didn’t you since the web was where pictures went to die.
And I suppose that some of the other stuff in the DEVELOP module was good. I confess that I stopped using the develop module when NIK came out and got integrated with Photoshop and Lightroom. I only used the WEB module when I needed to make a quick and dirty gallery for a client. (Can we see all the shots you have of the Empire State Building, Dave?)
When I was doing my own printing on the Epsons (big and little ones) I used the PRINT MODULE. Right now printing is done by DSI so I don’t use that module.
And so – to get to the point – if there is one – this morning I was looking through Lightroom 5 (I get the newest versions from Adobe Cloud) – there were all these new MODULE HEADINGS. And I just said, bloatware. The thing has everything but the proverbial kitchen sink.
But for fun, I clicked on BOOK and there was a book. Sort of. There was a default book with 72 pages, ready to be printed by Blurb (sort of), opened to a COVER PAGE, waiting for pictures and text. Fully integrated into LIGHTROOM was the sort of book publishing software that I had once used with Blurb and MyPublisher. No need to futz with different software for different companies, or with InDesign which I never did get the hang of.
And I have been meaning to do a book anyway – because – well frankly, I need the money (bad reason, huh?) and books are just about the only way to sell street photography (unless you are famous, and even then not so much). So like most of my ideas – this one came out of the blue and I’m going to spend the next few weeks putting together my book in Lightroom – and hey – it’ll give me something to write about.
Here are some pretty dumb things I just did as I was starting to play with the PRINT MOD. It was by chance that it came up with these pictures of a rainy day – and I thought – that would be funny. A whole hardcover book about a rainy day in Central Park. (Don’t worry. Not going to do that.)Lightroom Books (Huh) At first when I saw the BOOKS added to Adobe Lightroom, along with some other top level menu stuff like MAPS I was like - man - they are just filling this thing up with bloatware.