Until recently, the two main computer programs I used to process digital photos were Photomatix Pro and Adobe Photoshop. I was also aware of another program, Adobe Lightroom, used by many photographers, but really did not want to spend $300 for ANOTHER program. Well, those folks at Adobe are good marketers. They offered a free trial of their Lightroom 3 until the new version 4 appeared. I decided to try it and immediately could see the benefit of this program. It allows me to quickly do many of the operations I used to do in Photoshop plus helps me keep track of the thousands of images I have. But there was still the matter of the $300. However, when Adobe released the new and improved version 4, they had a pleasant surprise; they reduced the price to $149! I think they are trying to increase the number of people using their program. So now I am a happy camper, using a GREAT new program at not too painful a price. If there is one program you are looking for to improve your photos, I recommend Adobe Lightroom 4 without reservation.
I guess it is a little deceptive to say I only use those three programs. I also use what are called plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop. The ones I use are the Topaz Photoshop bundle and OnOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite for Lightroom and Photoshop. The framing of the picture you see here came from Perfect Photo Suite.
Speaking of this picture, here’s the story. Mary records at Raven Recording in Denver, run by Jim Ratts — a great studio run by a great guy. Most of her vocals are done as a solo. However, she invited the girls to sing along with her on a song, and I grabbed this photo, taken on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.