Good analysis - I find Lightroom a very valuable tool as well. It is the primary software I use, only using Photoshop for more extensive work like cloning out a logo. It isn't free, but I highly recommend the LR4 tutorial video on Luminous Landscape
I have thought in the last time about trying to use the L4 but I always had a doubt. Now, after reading your blog, I am gonna try it. There is nothing to lose, besides some hours of my time, but if everything is as many people say, I might probably win a lot! :)
Thanks for sharing!
Peanutroaster mentions a couple of other benefits of LR4 as well. The non-destructive element is key to getting photos accepted with Dreamstime, as many buyers need photos they can manipulate after purchase... and if we've already squeezed everything out of every pixel they don't have much room to play around.
Also, Peanutroaster mentions organization... if you don't already have a clean and concise workflow LR4 can help with that, too. I recommend Scott Kelby's Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers. He shares his own workflow when using LR4 in a bonus chapter.
Please help me. I 've been looking for 2 days for pictures to put in a book that I want to write for my mom and brother-in-law. My sister died 2 months ago and using blurb.com I wanted to write this book using sketches of like a school, a home, afamily christmas, a birthday, her job...colored pencil or abstract art would work and I need about 40 warm,cute pictures - like a wedding picture but I do not want to use actural photos. Do you know where I can find this ??Please write back. 'Nita