Adobe Lightroom

For those trying to decide whether or not Lightroom 3 should be part of your stock photography workflow, do not bother.

Not that Lightroom 3 is not a great product created for photographesr, rather than designers workflow for cataloging, developing and exporting digital photos, its just that the latest version of Lightroom, Lightroom 4 is released tomorrow!

The new Lightroom promises to have improvements in hightlight and shadow recovery for more dynamic range as well as photo book creation, enhanced online sharing integration, video publishing and video support, location-based image tagging, white balance, noise reduction, and moiré-removal brushes and advanced black and white conversions.

If you haven't tried Lightroom before but use Photoshop you'll want to know that the one most notable difference between Photoshop and Lightroom is the nondestructive environment. When making adjustments to images within Lightroom, changes are recorded within a cache and only applied to your image once saved. Lightroom doesn’t require as complex a workflow to undo edits—no use of layers, etc. This allows you to be a bit more experimental and risky with your corrections without the fear of overwriting your original files.

The upgrade is going to cost $79 so hopefully it will lead to a few more sales.

Photo credits: Peanutroaster.

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Pricing - Lightroom at first seemed priced for professional photographers. Three times the price of Photoshop Elements. I managed a student version myself to make it reasonable.

Maybe now Abobe is realizing that this product is better suited for all digital photographers and should be marketed (and priced as such). IMO most photographers out their just want to tweak their photos and don't need off of the manipulation capabilities of Photoshop.


I am a great fan of Lightroom 3. Honestly, the more I use it the more I learn and discover and the more I enjoy it. The best way to combine the results of Photoshop and Lightroom is to use Lightroom together with Photoshop Elements.


Thanks for sharing


I have to say that I'm very happy to see the reduced pricing for upgrades! I wasn't really that excited about upgrading, but that will probably tip the scale towards the upgrade...guaranteed I'll buy a camera sometime that needs a new camera RAW module :)


Thanks for sharing.. great info.


I have installed new Lightroom 4 just today and it is amazing...I use Lightroom with Photoshop for all my images for a longer period of time, and I cannot imagine my postprocessing workflow without those two pieces of amazing software.


Lightroom and Photoshop work well together. I use Photoshop for trademark removal. For most photos that just need some development work Lightroom makes for a nice simple workflow while keeping the original negative intact.


I guess it depends, what fits your needs more ... if Photoshop or Lightroom. I'm the photoshop fan :)

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