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Old 11-19-2007, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I never shoot RAW therefore, is their any reason anyone can give to switch from Adobe Elements 4 to Adobe Lightroom? In addition, I do not download in or to the organizer (Bridge in CS3) and keep sessions in labeled/dated folders in a photography folder, on my desktop. -Jim
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I never shoot RAW therefore, is their any reason anyone can give to switch from Adobe Elements 4 to Adobe Lightroom? In addition, I do not download in or to the organizer (Bridge in CS3) and keep sessions in labeled/dated folders in a photography folder, on my desktop. -Jim
If all you are working with is JPG files, then you can do just fine with Elements so LR wouldn't be needed. If you have CS3, however, then you have all the capabilities of LR for any kind of work you need to do with the photos. Keep in mind, that by bypassing RAW, you are giving up a good deal of possibilities.

But if you work only in JPG, you can set the CS3 RAW converter to directly load the JPG files and then you can use its tools for 99% of the workflow with only a very small number of photos needing to go on to PS or Elements.

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Re: Lightroom
Old 11-19-2007, 03:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you Mr. Smith…you confirmed my opinion about Lightroom.

Raw is a little “overkill” for me. Keep in mind that 99% of my work ends up at web resolution and everyone that views my images will have a little different result based on their make, model, and settings of their monitor.

Also, some of my shooting sessions are up to 1500 captures. This is about 6GB of memory already on “FINE JPEG” compression and besides, I have better things to do than add another task to my post processing workflow.

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Re: Lightroom
Old 11-20-2007, 07:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Go download the free version of lightroom, give it a try. You can get the same results from a jpg in lightroom as you can with a RAW image. It has saved me alot of time. There is a small learning curve that can be navigated by youtube, and itune video tutorials.

At least give the download a try. its worth the effort, and decide for yourself.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I like to shoot RAW since it's the closest I'll get to a negative. I could convert to DNG, but I'll just stick with Olympus ORFs. When I anticipate shooting a lot of photos, I'll shoot JPEG. For most of my work RAW works for me.

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Old 11-24-2007, 07:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Like someone said, download the trial version of Lightroom and try it. I find it to be an excellent tool to work with. Not only for touch-up etc., but for managing the whole process; downloading, tagging, cataloging, back-up and organizing.

Here is a url to free training videos it will give you an idea of the power of lightroom

http://www.whibalhost.com/_Tutorials/Photoshop_LR/01/
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Old 11-26-2007, 05:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I downloaded LightRoom and never looked back. It's clean, easy to navigate and more "photographer oriented" than photoshop. And as I do lots of wedding and portrait photography I am very fond of the fact that you can batch process images. I can "enhance" 3-400 images in an hour or two (see the "Sync" feature) and have them uploaded to my proofing site ALL looking spiffy unlike before when I just picked an handful that I liked and fixed up in photoshop one at a time. It's made me so much more productive... Easily the best investment I have made all year.

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Old 11-26-2007, 06:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks Jason...I will try the trial. Right now I have Elements 6 on trial and for me, there is nothing I see worth to upgrade from my version 4. -Jim
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There is no doubt that Lightroom is a nice product and does a good job as in a photographer's workflow. But I think one can accomplish approximately the same workflow in CS2 or CS3 which I've been doing with large batches of photos and at a rate of 3 or 4 hundrend photos processed in as little as 1/2 hour. I use the workflow that I outline here:

http://www.glamour1.com/forums/digit...low#post219883

Its even easier in CS3 since its RAW converter has all the same sliders as LR does. So if one has Photoshop already, then I'm not sure Lightroom is really needed.

I also have a problem with Lightroom's color choices for the interface. No matter how I try to change them, I never get something that I can really see compfortably. I have trouble with dark letters on a darker background.

In any event, I think one ultimately chooses the product that they like best. But what I'm seeing among many photographers is 20 different products being used in their work flow. Its a never ending spiral. You get one product to do X, another do do Y, and pretty soon you have an incredible investiment. So I've tried to narrow down the basic workflow tools to as few as possible. Now that CS3 is out, for example, I no longer need Breezebrowser or Downloader Pro since the Bridge in CS3 is now adequate for all these needs.

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Old 11-27-2007, 03:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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True however Lightroom costs $199.00.
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