Happy to have found this forum. I just purchased Light Room 4 and am eager to get some learnin on how to use it. I have also purchased Martin Evening's book and am wading through it. I have already learned several good tips just surfing the threads on this forum. I especially appreciate the attitudes towards noobs like me. I look forward to surfing and searching for more tidbits here.
I first got interested in serious photography when I purchased my Canon AE-1 back in 1981. I still have that camera and it has never let me down. I have many fond memories of the hours spend in the dark room.
About 5 years ago, I was seduced to the darkside and went digital. I am now shooting a Canon 30D, but never seemed to have the time to get out and shoot.
About a month ago, I learned about my company's photography club which is a fancy way to describing a small number of people who meet during lunch and look at pictures. This was the nudging I needed and I dusted off my camera and started taking pictures. I was shooting JPEG only.
One of the members, who I have designated, with out his knowledge, as my mentor, recommended Light Room. I had expermented with earlier versions of PS Elements but found the learning curve a bit steep. Especially when I did not use the software often.
I got a really good deal on Light Room 4 and the new PS Elements 10. This coincided with my decision to buy a new much more powerful computer (Birthday). More importantly, I have decided not to find time to shoot but to make time to shoot.
My interests are mostly close up/macro photography. With Light Room 4, some of my pictures even come out well. Go figure! One advantage of digital over film is that digital images are practically free so I need to adjust my paradigm to shoot more.
I look forward to being a member of this forum and perhaps sometime in the future actually writing a post or two. For now, I have a lot of threads to sift through.