Hi Laura, glad you are enjoying Lightroom I've been using it since version 3 and I love it.lauracaptain wrote: ↑Thu May 03, 2018 10:59 pmHi Tim and Hi BobEdwards.
Here's my 2 cents, LOL. If I'm just taking snapshots I usually use my camera phone and I will post those photos straight from my phone. If I'm being serious and wanting to take nice photos then I use one of my DSLR cameras and shoot in raw or maybe even high quality jpg, I prefer raw for the flexibility.
I have limited software editing skills and little patience for editing but I'm currently taking a course from Mike Browne to get a good grasp and foundation in Adobe Lightroom. The course is great by the way and Lightroom is amazing software for organizing and finding your photos, not to mention editing them but that refers to the class Bob posted a link for. This is the class I'm currently taking and it deals with learning your way around Lightroom and the things it can help you do. https://www.photographycourses.biz/cour ... m-workflow
I'm of the mind that I like to try to take the best picture possible in camera and only do minimal editing if necessary. But, like a lot of things, there is usually room for improvement. I do edits like straighten horizons, brighten or darken a photo, remove rubbish, increase or decrease saturation and that's about it. Just to clean things up a little when needed. I have also been playing around in Adobe Photoshop and like that software as well. But there are a lot of great software options out there and like you said, some are free.
Don't forget about the lightroom and photoshop tutorials on the ClickASnap blog that Tom mentioned.
The reason I shoot RAW is because of the amount of data the files contain which makes editing so much easier, I often shoot for clients who demand high quality images and there is no way I could shoot jpeg and allow the camera to produce a final image which would have limited data for editing. As an example I recently did a shoot for a hotel and they wanted photographs of the bedrooms to include the view from the windows, which was mainly the waterfront in Liverpool. Shooting RAW meant that I could be confident that even if the interior was slightly under exposed or the exterior slightly over exposed, I would almost certainly have enough data to produce an image the client would be happy with. I have attached an example photograph produced from a RAW file. https://www.clickasnap.com/i/cb1w59bbvbbnn1p4
Under normal circumstances though I agree with you Laura, shooting high quality jpeg would probably leave you with an image you are happy with.