As the rise in both the availability and popularity in DSLRs continues, more people are discovering the benefits of shooting in Raw mode. While Raw offers much more control to the photographer, rather than reliance on the cameras processor, it also can be slow to process the images and also hard to keep track of the images and the changes you make to them.
There's a raft of software available to process Raw files, and we've looked at some of it in a previous tutorial, but one in particular has become a daily tool for me and many other photographers, and it perfectly complements Adobe Photoshop. That software is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, which at around £130 is hardly bank-breaking but certainly breaks the back of your Raw workflow.
We looked at the Lightroom 2.0 Beta recently, but for this tutorial we'll stick to the current version 1.4.1, which is still going to be with us for a while yet. The software is a modular system and in this article we'll take an in-depth look at the Library, followed by the Develop module in a couple of weeks, before moving onto the other modules later.