Dan Marchant wrote in post #17854995
I learned Lightroom the way an earlier poster suggested. I sat down and started using all the sliders.
I had previously tried watching tutorials but they all explained what the sliders did... none of them seemed to explain why I would want to use them. So I sat down and used them all and watched what they did creatively together and apart so that I could understand why I would want to use them. The neat thing about Lightroom is that its parametric editing system means that nothing you do affects the original RAW file (unless you select the Delete command
). Everything can be changed or undone/reset so playing around with sliders is zero risk. The ability to create Virtual Copies also means you can try multiple different editing approaches without filling your HD with massive files.
And also chose the Delete from disk option, rather than the Remove from catalogue. So it is quite hard to to anything bad to your images in LR that is permanent. That reset button is a brilliant thing to have, hit it and everything is back to defaults.
I too love the options that VC's give you, they are the one thing that you don't get if you use Bridge/ACR as your image management and RAW processing system. ACR allows you to use Snapshots to have quick access to multiple different processing settings, but it's not nearly as flexible as VC's in LR. I don't know why Bridge could not do similar, all it would take is having multiple .xmp sidecar files for an image, with each one having a different set of processing settings.