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3 years 8 months ago #5141 by Brent Ross
I've been using Bridge + ACR. I wanted to start using lightroom but see no point because i seems like just a skinned version of Bridge + ACR.

what's your take?

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3 years 8 months ago #5142 by Jim St Croix

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3 years 8 months ago #5148 by jerry
Are you on pc or mac? Lightroom is just better workflow, it is all done in one software as compared to Adobe, which you do metadata in bridge and then editing in photoshop or ACD.

I for one do not like working in lightroom, i don't like the develop module and the slideshow part kinda sucks.

I prefer to use aperture 3 (on mac) The user interface seems to be easier, a great slidshow maaker. You can do the same workflow as you can in lightroom. i guess I'm getting of the subject here, but lightroom is just a better workflow. I don't use it, I have Aperture and Photoshop.

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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #5151 by Conor Casey
I don't use Lightroom but I admit that it has a nicer user interface and is easier and more seamless to use as opposed to Camera Raw.

I tried the free Beta version of Lightroom 5 back in June and found it was much easier to use for editing lots of photos at once compared with ACR. The reason I don't have it however is because I don't tend to edit lots of photos at once and Camera Raw therefore works just fine for me.

Also, I've moved this topic into the correct location. :)

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3 years 8 months ago #5159 by jerry
Exactly lightroom and aperture are better if you have alot to edit, and the good points of both is that you can tell either software to open a photo in photoshop, do some editing (I don't know how lightroom handles it, but with aperture, as soon as you tell it to open a photo in photoshop, it automatically creates a new version)

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3 years 8 months ago #5160 by Luke

jerry wrote: Exactly lightroom and aperture are better if you have alot to edit, and the good points of both is that you can tell either software to open a photo in photoshop, do some editing (I don't know how lightroom handles it, but with aperture, as soon as you tell it to open a photo in photoshop, it automatically creates a new version)


When you tell Lightroom to open a file in Photoshop it will ask you do you want to edit original or edit a copy.


I like Lightroom because it combines what I did most in Photoshop raw and bridge nicely into one program. I find it covers the majority of my editing needs with 90% of my photos not needing the use of some of the tools in Photoshop.

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3 years 8 months ago #5161 by Conor Casey

Luke Sheehan wrote: I like Lightroom because it combines what I did most in Photoshop raw and bridge nicely into one program. I find it covers the majority of my editing needs with 90% of my photos not needing the use of some of the tools in Photoshop.

I think most people would agree with you Luke, which is why fewer and fewer photographers are using PS these days. I think one day Lightroom will be all most photographers will ever need.

One thing that I would miss if I used only LR is the ability to blend exposures; something which I still have to go into main PS to do. :( I think in the next couple of incarnations of LR, this is a feature that will be added.

I was well impressed with LR5's ability to straighten photos automatically so I think it'll only get better from here.

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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #5163 by Luke
Lightroom doesn’t give you much for merging multiple shots (or anything??). I mostly find myself going to Photoshop when I want more precise local adjustments; I find it much better in Photoshop when using adjustment layers and layer masks. I don’t think Photoshop is going away anytime soon, it is still a very powerful tool but Lightroom happens to be my first port of call for editing.

PS, there is no right way or wrong way for doing this, ie lightroom vs Photoshop. just find what works for you and go with that. Some people say my file system is cumbersome but it works for me.
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3 years 8 months ago #5164 by jerry
Theres an awesome new feature in photoshop CC RAW which took one of my photos that was bent in on both the left and right and not even close to level and with one click, fixed everything, just thought I would toss that in there ;).

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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #5189 by Brent Ross
Hey thanks for the feedback. Maybe you've inspired me to break the routine and use lightroom. I'm on pc so no aperture, but i rezpect that program. I'm just so used to bouncing photos between bridge it seems natural.

Lol Jerry, yeah its a neat feature when it works

Luke I'm not comparing lightroom to PS, they are for entirely different things. I tend to use PS mostly when I need
- pen pressure, tilt and rotation detection
- clone stamp
- blending
- liquify
- complex masking
- HDR
- Panorama
- effects like blurs etc
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3 years 8 months ago #5223 by jerry
Thats probably the only thing i don't like about adobe, the workflow, which software I used is determined by how many photos I have. I like Adobe Camera RAW's user interface, well, because I'm more use to it.

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3 years 8 months ago #5227 by Brent Ross
I understand why it exists the way it is. bridge+ACR+PS makes it possible for each program specialize at a job. Bridge as an organizing intermediate, ACR for raw editing and PS for image editing. It also works as other combos as well making it very versatile ei. Bridge+ACR+AE

I think Lightroom tries to wrap all the feature photographers care about into 1 program. It is sort of annoying when im only doing light touch-ups, I have to launch photoshop's image processor to convert to sRGB with proper web friendly resolutions. Someone like me doesnt mind because i'm used to it. But somebody jumping into it would get very confused by all the bouncing around.

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