I love Lightroom, but not all my student have it!
As I have written before, I teach basic photography and image-editing at night school. Before starting the class, I decided that I did not want to force people to go out and spend a lot of money on gear and software, and in doing so, maybe prevent someone from attending due to financial issues. I edit all my images in an old version of Lightroom, and I love it, but now I have forced myself to look for a decent, and free, alternative. My choice fell on RawTherapee.
When I tell my students they can use this program as an alternative to Lightroom, I automatically set myself the task of learning how to use this program too. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon, than sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee, getting familiar with the possibilities of a new image editing software.
At first glance, RawTherapee looks a lot like Lightroom, with a somewhat similar interface, which is part of the reason I chose this program. I also like the fact that it doesn’t require me to create an account or sign up for anything, I can simply download the program and get started. I also like the fact that the program gives me the opportunity to edit
In working with RawTherapee I have found it to be quite different than Lightroom though, and the more I edit in RawTherapee, the more I love Lightroom. Don’t get me wrong, if you are new to editing, and just need a tool to enhance and play with your images without spending too much money, RawTherapee presents a free and totally acceptable editing software, but I would never switch.
Luckily there are manuals and tutorials available on the internet, in english, my guess though is, that most of it was not made by teachers. Considering my students are Danish, language is also an obstacle. Being the good teacher that I am, I have started to write my own small instruction manual in Danish, next step might be a video tutorial.