In This Chapter
Understanding what Lightroom does
Getting to know the Lightroom modules
Becoming familiar with the interface
Preparing for installation
Customizing your preferences
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom — from this point, Lightroom, because that's what everybody really calls it — is a workflow tool for digital photographers. Digital photography has come a long way in recent years. The increasing number of people who are moving from shooting in JPG format — where the camera processes the data captured by the sensor and produces a JPG file — to shooting raw — where you take over processing the "raw" capture data to create the type of file you need — has created a huge need for tools to help manage the processing of large numbers of raw files. Lightroom is not just a raw processing tool though! You can tweak and adjust JPG, TIF, and PSD files, too. And that's just the thing. We have so many files and file types that need to be managed, processed, and delivered! Although many raw-processing applications are on the market, few are as ambitious, multifaceted, and well designed as Lightroom. Add to the mix the idea of an integrated workflow application and you have real state-of-the-art software.
Okay, I've dropped the term workflow twice now. It's probably time to get my definition out in the open because you're going to hear me repeat it quite often throughout ...