Photography is part of my research, and I also enjoy photographing my family and just generally documenting my world — more on that as my next potential project later. Between those various interests and commitments, I have about 15,000 images, all of which are safely cataloged by Adobe’s Lightroom. (I tried Aperture when it premiered at an unbelievable price point on the Mac App store, but either I have worked with Lightroom too long and couldn’t figure out how to access Aperture’s features or it doesn’t have the functionality on which I now depend that exists in Lightroom.)
I get a lot of questions about using Lightroom from students and colleagues. From now on, I am telling everyone to [start here](http://www.mulita.com/lightroom/tutorialpodcast45/). That link takes you [George Jardine’s website](http://mulita.com/blog/) and the half-hour tutorial he recorded on the basics of image management with Lightroom.
If the tutorial convinces you to try Lightroom, then you should also read [Rob Sylvan’s “10 Things I Wish I Could Tell Every Lightroom User.”](http://photofocus.com/2009/10/16/10-things-i-wish-i-could-tell-every-new-lightroom-user/)