Sweet Suite

This look was made using a preset for Adobe Lightroom Classic called "Red from Left." It's an obvious name and look, but it is a tool in my photographic toolbox.
This look was made using a preset for Adobe Lightroom Classic called “Red from Left.” It’s an obvious name and look, but it is a tool in my photographic toolbox.

Thanks to my relationship with the Pontotoc Technology Center, I have access to all the applications in the Adobe Creative Cloud 2020 suite. This software is super powerful, versatile, and complex. The suite includes applications for photo editing, video and motion production, design and layout, augmented reality and 3D, user experience and user interface, and social media.

I had a recent teaching job that required me to learn some additional video editing skills.
I had a recent teaching job that required me to learn some additional video editing skills.

I am essentially a photographer, photo editor, and writer, and have literally never even opened some of these very powerful programs, though I have a cursory knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro I made myself learn so I could integrate it into teaching a class.

For day-to-day photo editing, I use an older version of Lightroom Classic at my office every day, which I don’t love, but the newest iteration of Lightroom Classic has become my go-to photo editing application. It’s not the image-altering behemoth that Photoshop has become, but it’s easy to stay organized and work to edit images in it.

Adobe struggled with their naming conventions when advancing the suite, so Lightroom is Lightroom “web,” and Lightroom Classic is the real thing. Yeah, lame, I know.

One thing I like about Lightroom is the ability to add “looks,” in the form of presets, which are available both for purchase and for free. I can also build my own “look” presets and save them… honestly, I expect that will be how I end up using presets in Lightroom Classic.

My bigger goal, though, is to learn, learn, learn. I want to learn how to use more of these software applications, but also how they can improve my storytelling narrative. Great things are ahead!

Adobe Photoshop has certainly come a long way since I first started using version 5 in 1998 on my beige Apple Macintosh G3 computer.
Adobe Photoshop has certainly come a long way since I first started using version 5 in 1998 on my beige Apple Macintosh G3 computer.

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