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February 27, 2012

How-To: Developing Sony Raw files in Adobe Lightroom 3.6!!


Follow my workflow in this 25 minute Lightroom 3 hands on instructional video tutorial and learn the concepts you need to know in order to get the most out of your Sony raw files!! Lightroom 3 is a very powerful program and Raw file developer as you probably know, and I honestly think it’s the best program out there for photo editing and management combined.  There are several other programs that will do a great job developing raw files including, iPhoto, Aperture 3, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and DXO Optics Pro 7. DXO Optics Pro 7 has great support for Sony lens profiles.

I worked on two photos in this video and used a variety of techniques to try and show you some of the power you have at your finger tips with Adobe Lightroom 3! I suggest grabbing a beverage and/or snack, as this video is pretty long!! And of course if you have any questions, please just ask them in the comments area below as others probably have the same questions as you 😉

Also, be sure to select the 720HD option in player settings so you can enjoy at maximum quality!!



Here’s the two pics we edited in the video  tutorial:

Sony A55 w/ Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 @ f/2.8, 70mm, 1/1250sec, ISO 100, Handheld

Sony A55 w/ Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 @ f/2.8, 70mm, 1/1250sec, ISO 100, Handheld

Sony A55 w/ Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens @ f/1.4, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Camera resting on the brick

Sony A55 w/ Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens @ f/1.4, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Camera resting on the brick


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  1. Amila

    Thanks buddy for the vid it was awesome, do you have any beginners guide vid tuts for SLT A77, I’ve just got one.

  2. Jean

    Dear Jay,

    thanks so much for this informative vid. I have two questions though if you don’t mind,
    1. could you go that one last step and show how you save it to .jpeg (or is there a vid I missed?)
    2. what are the main differences between Lightroom and Photoshop Elements with ACR for ‘developing’ RAW files? As a beginner in RAW, will I be better off with developing in ACR with the added manipulation tools that Elements gives, or are the tools such as recovery, blacks, massking, etc exclusive to Lightroom?

    Luckily I can try before I buy!

    Best regards,

    • Hi Jean,

      No problem at all and thanks for the comments!! Saving for jpeg is a little bit odd in lightroom and I can see why you want me to go the next step. I’ll record another video and cover the export part in lightroom 4 asap 😉 In the meantime, you can check out all my lightroom 3 tutorial videos on my Youtube Channel Here>>

      This link should bring you to all my lightroom videos, but if not just search the channel for lightroom 😉

      As far as Photoshop Elements VS Lightroom goes, they really are two different animals. Lightroom is designed to streamline your workflow with mass edits, syncing abilities, etc… It also allows for edits, but not advanced masking or Layers for that matter. As you know, with out layers and real masking, it’s limited in comparison. Lightroom is really designed for minimum edits, but it pretty powerfull nonetheless. When I need to do hard core editing, I go to photoshop. I am using photoshop way less than I used to though, thanks to Lightroom. Simple tasks are much faster.

      Can you sync images in Elements 10?? I honestly don’t know as I haven’t used Elements since version 4.

      I recommend watching my set-up and importing Lightroom videos, and that will give you a better understanding of what the program is all about. Then you can download the trial and play with it for a few weeks and decide if it will work better for your photography workflow needs.

      Hope that helps,

      • Jean

        Hi Jay,

        thanks for the in-depth reply. I am really enjoying your tutorials at the moment.

        I think I am getting to know the differences. Seems as if a good combination might be Elements 10 (pixel level changes) with Lightroom (for a nice workflow) as I have read that the ACR implementation in Elements is quite toned down and does not seem to be upgraded as frequently (for example, it does not seem as if Elements support ACR 7.1), or am I mistaken?

        I’m eagerly awaiting to see how to finalize the process of RAW to JPEG.

        Thanks again!

      • Hi Jean,

        I recorded the video but I have not had the time to process it yet, I will get it up on Yputube ASAP!!

        In regards to the ACR not being updated for elements, that sucks!! I did not know that. I guess it depends on what camera you have or plan on buying. Honestly the Sony Lens support is pretty poor in Lightroom, but the raw converter itself is incredible!! Another program you may want to look at is DXOptics Pro. It’s not as good as lightroom, but it does do a fantastic job woith Sony lens profiles and raw image conversions!!

        Thanks again for the kind words as well 😉


      • Jean,

        I’m working on the Video today, so hopefully I will have it up by tomorrow!! It’s over 30 minutes!!!

        In the meantime, check this video out on export presets as it will cover some of the same stuff.


      • Jean

        Hi Jay,

        thanks for all the effort with the vid! I also did look at DxOptics, but after checking the lack of profiles for my specific lens+camera combos, and given the amount of tutorials available for Lightroom such as yours (very important as a newcomer to RAW) I sided with Adobe for now.

        I hope you do not mind me posting links to other sites, but I found this round-up of RAW converters by Cor Oskam very helpful (he has others directly comparing LR4 to DxO as well):

        Best reagrds,

      • Jean,

        It’s uploading the Exporting in Lightroom video tutorial now to Youtube.

        I think you made a wise decision, and I don’t mind at all if you post links like that!! Links to advertisements and what I don’t want, but links to your blogs, photos, etc is cool as long as your a register user 😉 I appreciate the link and it clarifies a few things!!


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