Adobe Lightroom!

One of the things I love to do is look back at the pictures I took when I first got my DSLR.  I mean literally when I first got my camera... day 1.  I think I've come a really long way.  I've learned so much about how my camera works, composition, lighting and so much more.  However, when I think about what one thing has change the quality of my pictures the most (of course after learning all the basics), it has to be learning how to use Lightroom. You can find Lightroom 4 online for as little as $90 and I promise it will be one of the best investments you'll make when it comes to improving your photography.  Not only is Lightroom a fantastic way to organize and categorize your photos, but where it really shines is in its post processing capabilities.  It really gives you the ability to enhance your photos to the way they look when you took the photo.  Your camera has a limited dynamic range, or ability to see the range of light and color that you actually see when you capture a photo.  Lightroom allows you to bring lots of that information back, with just the adjustment of a few sliders.  Below you'll see one of my favorite photos from my recent road trip to the Grand Canyon.  The difference between the before and after is really only about 2-3 minutes and a few small adjustments, but I think in the end the change is really significant and the difference between a good pic and a great pic that you'd want to show off! If you thinking about purchasing Lightroom give it a shot and if your not, you should.  It won't make you a better photographer, but it will allow you to create better images with bigger impact and make people think you're a better photographer. 

Before processing with Adobe Lightroom. 

After processing with Adobe Lightroom.