Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Software for Mac & Windows

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Software for Mac & Windows

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Software for Mac & Windows

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Product Highlights

  • Photo Organization & Management
  • RAW Conversion
  • Nondestructive Editing Workflow
  • Tethered Shooting
  • DSLR Video Support
  • Enhanced Noise Reduction
  • Film Grain Simulation
  • Lens & Perspective Correction
  • Printing & Sharing Tools
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Overview

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The Photoshop Lightroom 3 Software from Adobe is a complete photo management and editing suite for Mac OS X and Windows. Perfect for enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom takes a nondestructive approach to photo editing. When editing your photos, the original files are left unmolested. All of your adjustments and edits are stored in a database and applied to an image on the fly, so that you'll always be able to go back to the original image. This lets you perform as many post-processing adjustments on a photo as you'd like, without making permanent changes to the original image.

Lightroom also serves as a powerful organizational tool for your photographs. You'll be able to organize photos to suit your needs using a powerful folder-based data structure. Lightroom lets you store images on multiple storage devices, and it stores low-resolution previews of each and every image in its central database, allowing you to browse your photos even when the original files are offline. You'll be able to search through your images based on any number of criteria, helping to speed the process of locating a specific image.

Lightroom's interface is broken up into five major components: Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print, and Web. Each screen serves its own purpose, and you can go back and forth between them with ease. Of course, there is some overlap in functionality, but for the most part they are compartmentalized.

The Library screen is where you'll be able to organize and browse your photos. You'll have full access to all of the folders in your library from this screen, allowing you to reorganize them as needed. This is also where you'll apply keywords, ratings, color labels, and metadata additions to images. You can create custom searches to create "Collections" based on any of these criteria. There is even a "Smart Collections" function that updates on the fly as additional images meet your criteria. For example, this will allow you to have an up-to-date collection of all images that you have rated with 5 stars. There is also a "Quick Develop" panel which allows you to make minor adjustments to an image, without having to venture into the Develop screen.

The Library also serves as the gateway to import and export images. Clicking "Import" brings up a redesigned screen that will be unfamiliar to users of previous versions of Lightroom. The Import window now expands to fill your entire display. You'll be able to browse through your hard drive or a memory card to locate images for import. You have the option of leaving the images in their original location, copying or moving to a different folder, or copying them and converting to Adobe's DNG format. You can apply Develop settings, add metadata, and add keywords during import -- perfect for users who like to add a keyword for the camera used to capture the photos. You can also rename files and make a second copy to a backup drive during import.

Getting your photos out of Lightroom is just as important as bringing them into the program. When you've finished editing, you can use the Library screen to export them with ease. You have the option of using the "Export" function, which brings up a window with numerous settings -- including image size, sharpening, file format, and the like -- which you can customize. There is also a new "Publish Services" section, which allows you to send images to your hard drive or Flickr with ease. You'll be able to create as many presets for Publish Services as you'd like, giving you one-click access to frequently used export operations. This section can be further expanded by use of third-party plug-ins, available from Adobe's Lightroom Exchange website.

The second major component of Lightroom is the Develop screen. This is where you'll do the vast majority of your photo editing and toning. You can perform any sort of adjustment imaginable here -- color temperature, exposure, black levels, contrast, sharpness, and brightness are just a few examples. You'll be able to make adjustments via sliders or tone curves, discretely modify color channels, and convert images to black and white. Numerous presets are available, allowing you to quickly apply a certain "look" to a photo, and you can create your own presets based on your favorite settings.

The Develop screen also features powerful History and Snapshot functions. History allows you to browse through all of the adjustments you've made to an image, in the order that they were made, so that you can revert back to any stage in the image process. You can create a Snapshot of an image at any time, which saves all of the settings that you've applied -- this allows you to continue to experiment with a photo after you've found a look that you like for it.

You'll also be able to remove dust spots and red eye from photos thanks to Lightroom's spot editing tools. Create image masks to apply graduated filter adjustments to a photo, or use the brush tool to dodge, burn, and make other spot adjustments. You'll also be able to add vignettes and simulated film grain to images, perfect for breathing analog life into your digital photos.

Distortion correction is one of Lightroom 3's most impressive new features. Owners of fisheye lenses previously had to export photos to Photoshop in order to "defish" their images. Now, it can be done from within the program. You can correct for both fisheye and rectilinear distortion, perfect for users of extreme wide angle lenses. Numerous lens profiles are included with the software, and you can save your own presets for your own oft-used lenses.

Lens corrections can also be used to eliminate the keystone effect that can be caused when your camera is not straight-on with a subject when shooting. Of course, basic crop and rotation tools are also available for quick and simple adjustments. If there is anything that can't be handled by Lightroom, it's easy to export a photo to Photoshop CS4 or CS5 for editing -- any changes you make to an image in Photoshop will be automatically reflected in Lightroom.

Lightroom's other three screens are all about sharing your images with others. The Slideshow screen gives you all the tools necessary to create digital slideshows of your images, complete with transitions and music. You can view these from within Lightroom, or export them to a PDF or video file to share with others.

The Print screen allows you to print your images in any way imaginable. It can be adjusted for many standard paper sizes, and it lets you visually lay out photos on them. This allows you to maximize the number of photos on a single page, helping to reduce your printing costs. Lightroom can automatically position photos so that space on a page will be utilized in the most efficient manner. You can adjust prints for different paper types, color profiles, and add a signature plate if desired.

Finally, the Web screen gives you numerous means to output your photos to the web. Adobe includes a number of HTML and Flash galleries, allowing you to create a web gallery without having any knowledge of programming. These can be customized to suit your needs, and third-party galleries are available via the Adobe Lightroom Exchange website.

Note: Subject to the terms of the software license agreement, the primary user of the computer on which Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is installed may install a second copy of the software for his or her exclusive use on either a portable computer or a computer located at his or her home, provided that the software on the second computer is not used at the same time as the software on the primary computer. Lightroom is sold as multiplatform software, which means it can be installed on either Mac OS X or Windows.

What is Lightroom?

Create Brilliant Images
Above all, it's your images that matter. Make them as great as you imagined they could be using the leading-edge image processing tools in Lightroom. From sophisticated exposure and color controls to superior noise reduction and sharpening, Lightroom provides what you need to create stunning photographs
State-of-the-Art Editing Tools
Create the perfect look for every image, whether you shoot RAW or JPEG. Designed by the makers of Adobe Photoshop software in partnership with top photographers around the world, Lightroom includes a comprehensive range of leading-edge image processing tools. Make precise overall adjustments to color and contrast or use a flexible brush that lets you edit in targeted areas of your photo for just the look you want. Dodge and burn, convert to black-and-white, add grain, reduce noise, adjust sharpness, and much more
Develop Presets
Save your favorite looks and apply them instantly. Handy presets -- many are included, or you can create and save your own -- enable you to apply a series of favorite adjustments in a single click
Nondestructive Editing
Experiment fearlessly with as many image-editing controls, enhancements, and looks as you like. Lightroom is a nondestructive environment that encourages your creative exploration. Your original images are safely unaltered, and it's easy to reverse your steps or save multiple versions of any photograph
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Integration
Select multiple photos in Lightroom and automatically open them in Photoshop CS5 to merge them into a panorama, a high dynamic range (HDR) photo, or a creative composite. See your edits immediately back in Lightroom
Streamline Your Digital Photography
In every way, Lightroom boosts your creativity and saves you time and effort. Built to be fast, intuitive, and a pleasure to use, it's the efficient assistant you need -- one set of powerful tools for your digital photography tasks, whether you're adjusting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands
Your Photography Essentials in One Package
Quickly achieve the best from your photography with proven, refined software that provides efficient tools for your entire photography workflow. You can edit, manage, and showcase all your images with one integrated solution
Intuitive Environment
Be productive and efficient, and enjoy the freedom and creativity that comes from working within an intuitive environment perfectly designed for the job. The controls of Lightroom are easy to master and let you breeze through your photography tasks quickly and smoothly
Highly Tuned Performance and Design
Quickly edit one photograph or work efficiently with libraries of up to hundreds of thousands of images. The already fast performance of Lightroom has been accelerated even further in Lightroom 3. The newly designed import interface is easy to set up and navigate, with clear visual indications of where your photos will be located and how they'll be organized. Save time when processing images by applying the same Develop settings to all photos in a group at once using presets or the sync feature. For example, correct the exposure from an entire shoot or convert all of the images to black-and-white
Efficient Image Viewing and Selecting
See, evaluate, and select your images quickly and clearly with flexible image viewing features. Instantly magnify one image or compare several. Even hide the background and application interface so that you can focus on what matters most -- your images
Image Management
Get organized and find images quickly with powerful asset management features. Easily group photos into collections, quickly assign searchable ratings and keywords to one image or hundreds, manage your library across multiple drives, and sort or search for photos using many different criteria
The Lightroom Community
Trade tips, experience, Develop presets, and more with a thriving worldwide community of Lightroom users and photographers just like you in many venues online and offline
Make an Impact
You shot your images because they had meaning, whether to you, your client, or your subject. Use Lightroom to communicate that meaning with style and impact. Create customized print packages, dynamic slide show videos with music, and elegant web galleries. And showcase your images online using new, streamlined integration with photo-sharing sites (may require third-party plug-ins)
Customized Print Layouts
Easily showcase your photos at their best with a top-quality printing engine and customized print layouts that let you print several copies of one or multiple images on a single sheet of paper
Easy-to-Share Slide Show Videos with Music
Show your images to clients, friends, or family with more style and flair using elegant slide shows with music. Slide shows are a breeze to create, and you can share them easily by exporting them as videos, even in high definition
Flexible Online Publishing
Post your images to selected online photo-sharing services directly from within the Lightroom Library (may require third-party plug-ins). Showcasing your work and keeping your web images fresh has never been simpler. Support for Flickr, a Yahoo! service, is already built in, and when friends or clients post comments on your Flickr galleries you can immediately see their feedback in the Lightroom 3 Library alongside your images
Professionals: Boost Your Bottom Line
Lightroom is an invaluable assistant for professional photographers. You're juggling deadlines, processing and delivering proofs, soliciting client feedback, generating finished images, and marketing yourself and your work. Use Lightroom to do it all better and faster
More Time for Shooting and Marketing
Free up time so you can shoot more and expend more effort on promoting yourself and your photography. Lightroom is a fast, intuitive toolset that handles your whole post-shoot workflow in one application. Import, organize, review, and search your images quickly and easily. Adjust multiple photos from a shoot and generate proofs with efficient, timesaving batch operations. Distribute and showcase your images quickly using new flexible print layouts, streamlined integration with online photo-sharing sites, easy web gallery creation, and more
Sophisticated Output Options
Take advantage of new opportunities to effectively market your work with the comprehensive output options in Lightroom. Create sophisticated, customized print packages and elegant, easy-to-share slide show videos with music. Easily maintain a fresh, constantly updated web portfolio with flexible online publishing features that let you post images directly to your own web gallery or selected photo-sharing services from within the Lightroom Library (may require third-party plug-ins)
Easy Access to Assets to Build Your Brand
Never lose a potential sale. The superior image management, keywording, and searching features in Lightroom let you easily find and reuse any shot in your image library. Easily embed your name, logo, or other information in your images with the new watermarking function. You can apply text or graphic watermarks to an image with adjustable size, position, and opacity, so your brand is reflected in your own style

Creativity and Flexibility

Nondestructive Environment
Set your creativity free in a nondestructive editing environment that encourages experimentation. Your original images are always safely unaltered, and it's easy to reverse your steps or save multiple versions of any photo
Superior Image Processing
Get the absolute best from your images with state-of-the-art image processing controls that work with RAW files from more than 290 camera models as well as JPEG, TIFF, and other file formats. Make precise overall adjustments or correct targeted areas. Dodge and burn, convert to black-and-white, add grain, reduce noise, adjust sharpness, create vignettes, and more
Selective Editing Brush
Extend your creative control with a flexible brush that lets you adjust selected areas of your photo for just the look you want
Tracking of Editing Adjustments
Make multiple adjustments to an image while retaining complete freedom to undo your mistakes or try something different later. The History panel automatically tracks your changes with easy-to-understand text entries as you edit. Add set points in the panel at any time so you can instantly return to those versions of the photo
Before-and-After Comparison
Get a clearer sense of the effectiveness of your editing adjustments by viewing an original image side by side with a version of the photo that shows the effects of your edits as you make them

Tone and Color

Advanced Black-and-White Conversion
Gain powerful, subtle control over the tonal qualities that make or break black-and-white images. Familiar sliders let you precisely adjust the mixing of information from eight color channels when you convert to grayscale
Simplified Tone Curve Tools
Make quick, intuitive adjustments to the highlights, midtones, and shadows in your images with sliders or numeric entries. Or click on any region of the photo to directly adjust the part of the curve that corresponds to the tonal value of that region
Advanced Hue, Saturation, and Luminance Editing
Enhance color saturation and remove color casts with individual control over eight color channels each for hue, saturation, and luminance

Detail and Correction

Superior Noise Reduction
Achieve amazing, natural-looking results from your high ISO images with all-new state-of-the-art noise reduction technology. You won't need more than what's built into Lightroom 3 to get the cleanest images at any ISO
Intelligent Sharpening
Make sharp, natural-looking images, regardless of whether they're intended for prints, slide shows, or your online web galleries. Intelligent sharpening lets you enhance detail without introducing harmful artifacts, and you can tailor your sharpening for different end uses
Red-Eye Removal
Instantly fix red eye in flash photos
Film Grain Simulation
Use new sliders to easily control the amount, size, and roughness of grain that you can add to your images to simulate the look of film
Lens Correction
Quickly and easily perfect your images by automatically reducing lens defects like geometric distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting with single-click profiles. Even images from the best lenses will be improved
Perspective Correction
Get more natural-looking results by applying powerful, nondestructive perspective correction to your images. Reduce or eliminate the distortion that can occur, for example, when you take a photograph with the camera pointed upward, causing buildings to appear to be leaning backward in your image
Easily remove distracting spots and specks in your images with a single click

Saving Time and Working Efficiently

One Toolset for Your Photography Tasks
Get your digital photography essentials in one package that includes what you need to manage, perfect, and showcase all your images
Support for Video Files
Simplify your imaging work by managing video and still images in the same efficient application. New support for video files from most digital SLR cameras lets you easily manage both still photos and video in the Lightroom 3 Library
One-Click Adjustments for Multiple Images
Save time when processing images by applying the same Develop settings to all the photographs in a group at once using presets or the sync feature. For example, correct the exposure from an entire shoot or convert all of the images to black-and-white
Tight Photoshop Integration
Select one or multiple photos and then automatically open them in Adobe Photoshop software to perform detailed, pixel-level editing or to merge multiple photos into a panorama, a high dynamic range photo, or a creative composite. After making your edits in Photoshop, see the results immediately back in Lightroom
Fast Performance Across Platforms
Speed up day-to-day imaging tasks and process your images faster by taking advantage of cross-platform 64-bit support. Use the advanced memory handling capabilities of the latest Mac OS and Windows operating systems
Image Versions
Let Lightroom track the changes you make to an image in the History panel, with as many remembered set points as you choose. Then switch between versions of the photo with a mouse click
Image Watermarking
Easily embed your identity or your brand and logo in your images with more options for customizing their look. The new watermarking tool lets you apply text or graphic watermarks to a photo with adjustable size, position, and opacity
Intuitive Environment
Be more productive and efficient, and enjoy the freedom and creativity that comes from working with world-class tools perfectly designed for the job. The intuitive environment and controls of Lightroom are easy to master and let you quickly and smoothly accomplish your photography tasks
Accelerated Performance
Get your digital photography tasks done fast and have more time to shoot and promote your work. Already quick performance has been dramatically accelerated in Lightroom 3, saving you time from first look to final image
Tethered Shooting
Instantly import and view images as you shoot them with tethered capture, available for select cameras. Use it to make an immediate, highly detailed check of your shot, the lighting, or the shooting setup. Or get instant feedback from clients or subjects
Develop Presets
Save time by instantly applying favorite looks to images. When you've perfected a look that you particularly like for an image -- a high-contrast black-and-white effect or a supersaturated color look, for example -- you simply save the settings as a preset and apply it to your other photographs at any time. Many presets are included with Lightroom, and thousands more are available from the thriving worldwide community of Lightroom photographers and experts
Support for DSLR Video Files
Take advantage of new support for video files from most digital SLR cameras, which allows you to easily manage and organize both still photographs and video files side by side
Multiple Monitor Support
Gain even more speed and efficiency by using a second monitor to enlarge your workspace
Tools to Manage and Refine Many Images at Once
Automatically import, rename, group, and even process any number of images from cameras or camera memory cards as they're connected to your computer

Organizing and Managing

Extensive Image Management Tools
Take advantage of a powerful set of image management features to organize your photographs, flexibly rate and label them, and find them easily using a wide range of metadata tags and information
Multiple Viewing Options
See and evaluate your images quickly and clearly using the Grid view to browse large groups of photos, the Compare view to see selected images side by side, and the Loupe view to zoom in on the finest detail. Instantly switch between views with a single click
Fast Zooming
Check for critical sharpness and see small details by zooming in and out of any area of a photo with simple keyboard commands or a click of the mouse
Flexibly group photos according to the criteria or organizing logic that works best for the way you work and the subjects you shoot. It's as easy as selecting the photos and naming the collection. Recall collections with a single click, and easily modify their contents at any time
Offline Photo Management
Work with the photos in your Lightroom Library even when the actual image files are stored on media such as external hard drives or DVD discs that are not currently connected to your computer
DNG Conversion
Ensure the broadest compatibility and archival security of your proprietary RAW format image files by converting them to the universal DNG format. Convert files already in the Library at any time, or convert new images on import

Finding, Searching, and Sorting Images

File Renaming
Make your images easier to find and sort by creating a more logical and useful naming system than the default filenames provided by your camera. Then rename your photos individually, in batches, or automatically as they're imported from your camera, memory cards, or computer folders
Simple, Customized Keywording
Track your photos with the keywords that make sense to you -- just type and apply
Manual Photo Sorting
Freely sort your photos in whatever order you prefer by selecting any number of images in the Library -- contiguous or not -- and then dragging them to a new location in the grid. It's that simple
Single or Group Metadata Stamping
Add as much information to a photo as you like, either individually or to groups of selected images. Store metadata sets as presets and apply them to one photo or to hundreds with a single click
Advanced Search and Sort
Use a wide range of searching, sorting, and powerful metadata filtering criteria to quickly find just the photo you want, whether your library contains hundreds of images or tens of thousands
IPTC/EXIF/XMP Metadata Support
Make your photos easier to identify, track, find, and analyze. Lightroom accesses, preserves, and allows you to edit a comprehensive set of metadata entries, including standard IPTC, EXIF, and XMP data
Import or Export of Keywords Sets
Create a system for tracking and categorizing your images with keywords and then easily synchronize that system between different computers. Export your keyword sets to external files, and import new sets whenever needed. It's easy to transfer them from one computer or user to another

Importing and Exporting

Easy Image Importing
Save time with fast image importing. The newly designed import interface is easy to set up and navigate, with clear visual indications of where your photos will be located and how they'll be organized after you've imported them
Metadata Stamp on Import
Efficiently combine image management tasks by applying custom metadata or metadata presets to images as you import them
Timesaving Presets for Import or Export
Easily save frequently used settings such as metadata, keywords, naming rules, and more. Apply your presets anytime, including on import, and create custom export presets
Metadata Stamp on Output
Add metadata stamps with your copyright, instructions for contacting you, or other information to every photo you print or send out


More Flexible Print Layout
Showcase your work in more creative formats using highly customizable print layouts, which you can save as reusable templates. With the new custom print layout creation tool, you just drag one image or several shots onto a page and resize or reposition them as you like


Flickr Integration
Use Lightroom almost seamlessly with Flickr, a Yahoo! service. Upload your images directly to Flickr from within the Lightroom 3 Library. When friends or clients post comments and ratings on your Flickr galleries, you can immediately see their feedback in the Lightroom 3 Library alongside your images
One-Click Publishing to Your Website
Export your HTML or Adobe Flash Player compatible web galleries directly to the web in a single click. Just save your web server information as an FTP preset, and there's no need for a separate application
Easy-to-Share Slide Show Videos with Music
Show your images to clients, friends, or family with more style and flair using elegant slide shows with music. Slide shows are a breeze to create, and you can share them easily by exporting them as videos, even in high definition
Output Web Galleries to HTML or Flash
Easily present your photos in an HTML or Adobe Flash Player compatible web gallery, which you can preview before publishing. Save time by uploading your gallery directly from Lightroom 3 and by using gallery templates -- a selection of elegant templates is already built into Lightroom, and you can create and save your own
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Specs

System Requirements Computer: Pentium 4; Intel Mac
Operating System: Windows XP SP3, Vista Home Premium (32/64-bit), Vista Business (32/64-bit), Vista Ultimate (32/64-bit), Vista Enterprise (32/64-bit), 7 (32/64-bit); Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6
Memory: 2GB
Hard Drive: 1GB
Display: 1024 x 768
Hardware: Optical drive
Languages Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Swedish
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Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 5.8 x 1.9"

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Reviews

Photoshop Lightroom 3 Software for Mac & Windows is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 796.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The next level Lightroom is what I've been needing to take my photography to the next level. While I'm still getting a handle on the organizational system it offers, being able to develop my own pictures from the RAW files has never been easier or nearly as rewarding. I've been getting stunning results right out of the box. Lightroom is very intuitive to learn once you read the 5 Steps Introduction to get the methodology down. Fantastic noise reduction capabilities. Editing photos side by side with the original for real time viewing of changes is a real sanity saver. Lightroom is truly the digital darkroom. Take real control over the images you make.
Date published: 2010-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A whole new world Big improvement over manufacturers raw developer (Olympus Viewer) with non destructive editing on Mac. Easy transition for Oly shooters since Viewer obviously borrowed many UI concepts (except the non-destructive part). Tried Aperture which had some nice features but performance was unacceptable. Lightroom is much quicker, more flexible, more powerful. Hopefully LR 4 will borrow some concepts from Aperture like focus point display. LR provides a great all-in one workflow and there are tons of presets, plugins, and help on the internet. Easy to move up the learning curve in small bites. Why didn't I do this 2 years ago?!
Date published: 2012-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE this software! Lightroom is a very powerful piece of software for quickly managing large collections of photos. Tweaks and adjustments are amazingly simple and can make your average looking photos really pop. This software just keeps getting better with every new version. Combined with Photoshop, there isn't much else you need. Runs flawlessly on Windows 7 (I heard there were some compatibility issues but haven't found any). There wasn't any included manual so first time users might want to look into some sort of instructional literature, training DVD's, etc. but the learning curve is definitely worthwhile as this software ROCKS! Very highly recommended.
Date published: 2011-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Photographers!!! I use this to manage my facebook and smugmug accounts. Both are easily configurable and very easy to organize. This is a perfect companion to a 27 screen. It holds up well on MacBook Pro 15 as well. But I prefer the larger screen when organizing lots of photos.I like the fast configuration of the software. With almost no tutorials I was able to learn much in a small amount of time.I will be checking the difficulty to navigate since it was a bit of time before I could really get control over the galleries. However, watching a few intro videos helped a lot. I used@ for training since I have a yearly subscription.Overall, very powerful tool for pro's and armatures.
Date published: 2010-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Light has turned on with Lightroom 3 I had been using Photoshop Elements 8 and a friend told me I should get Lightroom 3.2 and B&H had a great sale. Lightroom proved to be much easier and functional software than Elements. In the last few weeks I had it, I've been able to do a lot with my photographs. I find the cataloging and finding photographs a little difficult. I had to order the Lightroom 3 book by Scott Kalby to get directions on using the software more effectively I am able to do some great spot removing of shadows and dust spots. I am very happy I got this software. I have recommend it to three of my friends and they have had the same experience.
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridge vs Lightroom I'm a professional photographer and I've been using Bridge with Photoshop for years. Bridge along with camera raw and photoshop is enough to get the job done. However, one of the problems with bridge is that its extremely slow. Especially so if you have to deal with thousands and thousands images. This is where lightroom really shines. It is even able to keep track of images on external drives as it works like a database. This is big for a professional like me who has to deal with over 200k images and counting. I now use lightroom with photoshop. If you are an amateur who doesn't own photoshop, lightroom will help you get most of the things you need done. However, if you need to do serious stuff like liquifying (slimming) etc, you will still need photoshop.
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game changer I have been putting off buying lightroom for years because it was pricier then I wanted to pay. But, a sale made it fall into my pricerange. Very impressed with Lightroom's import feature, publishing, also watermarking/copywriting is cake. Very impressed with Lightroom, I rarely have to use other editing packages (photoshop or elements) as the white balance, exposure/tone adjustments and other features on Lightroom are far faster and more convienant in Lightroom. I highly recommend this product. If I had to choose between buying only one Adobe product for shooting professional or advanced amature photography I would choose lightroom.
Date published: 2012-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tool! After using Photoshop Elements and the free ViewNX for 2 years, I decided it was time to get serious about post-processing. I picked up LR3 and I really like it. I actually look forward to post-processing now, as my images really start to pop and come to life the more I work in the software. The UI is pretty user friendly and it's a lot easier than I thought it would be to quickly figure out the basics of image editing. It isn't a be all end all product, as there are still some things I export to Elements to accomplish (or likewise, CS4 if I had it), but it is a very inclusive peice of software and the top choice for RAW file editing right now compared to the competition.
Date published: 2011-05-30
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