From RAW file to edited version.
I love using Adobe Lightroom, for its simplicity in uploading, organizing, selection of the best images (rating), basic and advanced editing tools and its ability to simplify creating collections, exporting to email (I use mail) and uploading to social networks and to Photoshelter too.
For years I used my mac (and PC users will love Lightroom too) and sampled Apple’s iPhoto and Aperture for organization and editing. I like to use iPhoto for more casual photos and to create books and slideshows but when comparing Aperture to Lightroom, Adobe’s product serves me better. I have not upgraded to Lightroom 4 yet, but will do so soon as I also want to edit video and time lapse sequences soon.
Here’s an example of a “before” and “after” and I’ve also added a screenshot of the sequence of my lightroom edit for this photo. I like working with raw files as they maintain all the original data and give me an opportunity to make photos “feel” like they did at the time I created the image. The idea of capturing the “light and shadow” at the time of exposure is important to me, as is exposing for the dignity of the clouds. I usually underexpose by a factor of -1/3 or -2/3 and then open up shadows in “post-production” in Lightroom.