I didn’t mean to write really anything about Lightroom 4, but alas, here we are. Before buying the application I toyed around with the Olympus Viewer 2 software. I think it’s decent but now that I have Lightroom I have no urge to return to it. Lightroom 4 is a handy tool for post processing images. You can easily twiddle with settings and also add some effects. Adobe offers a category of built-in presets that, in my opinion, are great for producing black & white photos, for example. If they don’t please you, it’s pretty easy to use the presets as a starting point and create your own look.
I was really surprised by how easy to use the software is. I.e. the spot removal tool is really smart and requires minimal micromanaging from the user. Adding photos, cataloging pictures and “developing” them is fast and effective. Like I said, I did some post processing with the Olympus Viewer 2 software before, but now I tend to do some post processing for all the photos I use. I’m still learning to use the application correctly so pardon me if some of the post processing is a bit over the top. Most recently I started using the noise removal tool, which can be pretty darn impressive.
To keep things short, I’d like to evoke a videogame comparison. For me, Lightroom 4 cost about 60 Euros I think, thanks to the student discount (the student verification process was pretty painless, by the way). For about the same price I could’ve bought a new console game. I’d like to think that Lightroom 4 offers more entertainment and value than an average console game.