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Thinking About Adobe Lightroom
Old 02-12-2009, 11:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Guys,

I am taking on a project where I will be photographing lots of individuals and groups and I am thinking of buying Adobe Lightroom which I have heard is better suited to large scale photographic projects than PhotoShop is.

Does anyone here have experience working with Lightroom? What can you share with me? Pros? Cons?

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Re: Thinking About Adobe Lightroom
Old 02-12-2009, 11:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Buy it! I wouldn't want to work without Lightroom. Despite the "photo" in the name, Photoshop was created for graphic designers. Lightroom was created for photographers. You want to use the best tools for the job, and Lightroom delivers the ability to do so much more that you cannot do in Photoshop.

Large operations are easy. Have a series of images that need exactly the same correction? Just select the images in thumbnail and apply the correction to all of them at once. And you can apply metadata - including ownership, rights, and copyright info - wholesale to a batch of images.

You have considerable control through the contrast curve, with four regions: highlights, lights, darks, and blacks.

You can reduce noise, adjust exposure, brightness, and contrast (as you can with Photoshop), but you can also adjust recovery (for blown highlights), add fill light, clarity, and vibrance, and intensify blacks.

The one-click Auto Tone has completely recovered some underexposed RAW files I took.

You also have considerable control in the Develop Module, with precise control over color corrections through a series of sliders for red, orange, yellow, green, aqua, blue, purple, and magenta. You don't have that in Photoshop (at least CS2, which is what I use, soon to upgrade to CS4).

You can even compensate for chromatic aberration and lens vignetting!

I wouldn't be without Lightroom. I just bought the latest version.
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Re: Thinking About Adobe Lightroom
Old 02-12-2009, 12:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mike pretty much summed it up. And I agree completely. I would hate to go back to the days before lightroom.
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Re: Thinking About Adobe Lightroom
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First you should be buying Lightroom II. Second, lightroom is a photographic filing system that has some global controls, like white balance and exposure, but seamlessly links to Photoshop for the specific image controls. You don't use one without the other.

The real benefit of Lightroom is the ability store your images in multiple locations (disks,drives, tape, etc.), but still be able to search all the locations by a varierty of filters (names, locations, dates, wardrobe) to find the image you want.

Definitely upgrade to CS4, skipping two, since the upgrade is the same price and there was a big change between 2 & 3, but not so much beween 3 & 4.
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Re: Thinking About Adobe Lightroom
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If you arent doing glamour retouching, no need to leave lightroom and edit in photoshop, all the controls are there, and you can batch process a group of images with the same settings, Lightroom ROCKS!!!!!
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I have to disagree with Kgphoto, Lightroom 2 is very usable even if you never intend to install Photoshop. The new adjustment brushes do most of the things people were using Photoshop for. And all of the changes are non destructive. I'm not trying to diminish the value of Photoshop. I use it all the time, but not nearly as much as I did before Lightroom.
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Re: Thinking About Adobe Lightroom
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Depending upon your workflow, either or both tools might be the appropriate choice for you.

You can download and try both tools:

http://www.adobe.com/products/
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If you arent doing glamour retouching, no need to leave lightroom and edit in photoshop, all the controls are there, and you can batch process a group of images with the same settings, Lightroom ROCKS!!!!!
Not quite sure why you think Photoshop should be limited to "Glamour" retouching. The point is, Lightroom has global controls, color and such, while Photoshop has image specific controls, like background drop outs, removing blemishes with a variety of tools, etc., along with its image management capabilities.
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Not quite sure why you think Photoshop should be limited to "Glamour" retouching. The point is, Lightroom has global controls, color and such, while Photoshop has image specific controls, like background drop outs, removing blemishes with a variety of tools, etc., along with its image management capabilities.
Just the opposite,,, wasnt saying photoshop is limited to glamour retouching,
Its just easier to do the retouching in photoshop as compared to lightroom at least for me, but as far as doing other adjustments and such lightroom is the way for me...but to each his own.
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I have to disagree with Kgphoto, Lightroom 2 is very usable even if you never intend to install Photoshop. The new adjustment brushes do most of the things people were using Photoshop for. And all of the changes are non destructive. I'm not trying to diminish the value of Photoshop. I use it all the time, but not nearly as much as I did before Lightroom.
You are not disagreeing, you are talking about a different subject. We both agree that global changes are well handled by LR. I simply went further as to the benefits of PS on image specific needs.
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