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Is Lightroom Worth having?

Feb 29, 2012 9:29 PM

Hi All...


I have the CS5 Web Premium Suite and it includes Photoshop CS5 Extended...  Is/Are there any differences with lightroom which would make me purchase it?  Any Added Benefits...


Me...  I'm a web designer but also a sometimes photographer...  But Not professionally.  Should I buy Lightroom if I have Photoshop CS5 Extended?  What functionality would it offer me I don't have with Photoshop CS5 Extended?

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    Mar 1, 2012 1:14 AM   in reply to Prodigy9

    LR3 does three basic things - it catalogs all your images, it applies 'processing', and it creates exported media (prints and web galleries). LR4 adds more features such as GPS tagging. LR can't be directly-compared to PS as it doesn't aim to do the same things, but it can be compared to Bridge:


    • The catalog system is a database rather than a file browser (which you get with Bridge), so it can index offline content on external drives, etc.
    • Everything LR does to an image in the processing panel is nondestructive, so it doesn't alter your original file - unlike in PS. This means you have much more freedom to experiment, and creating many 'virtual copies' of an image doesn't eat your disk space.
    • The print and web export features in LR are way more powerful and flexible than in Bridge.
    • PS, Bridge and LR can process raw images, and they use the same Camera Raw engine - so the effects are the same - however LR's noise reduction and toning controls are considered to be much better than the tools in CR or PS.
    • Bridge will browse pretty much anything (images of any kind, PDFs, video, PDF, InDesign, etc.) - LR only indexes photos and video.
    • Both LR and Bridge can import files from your digital camera, plus LR has the option of tethered shooting for a few models.
    • Both LR and Bridge can link to a social media account (Facebook, Flickr, etc.) and upload files directly to your albums, provided you're using the US English version.
    • While LR has sa couple of touchup tools (spot removal, etc.) in addition to the developing tools (curves, tone mapping, etc.) it's not in any way a replacement for PS.
    • If you work with raw files, LR4 is designed to work much better with DNGs - it's adding things like multi-core preview rendering and embedded thumbnails so viewing a large folder of DNGs is many times faster than in Bridge.


    Suggest you watch JK's video here for more : uld-i-use-lightroom-or-bridge/

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    Apr 7, 2012 4:48 AM   in reply to Prodigy9

    My opinion is NO Lightroom is not worth having. Too slow and a complete waste of time. You're better off sticking with Photoshop.

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