Adobe Lightroom - opinions?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by TheDave©, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. TheDave©

    TheDave© Guest

    Tried it? Whaddya think?

    I played around with the beta version some, and it seems to have some
    good possibilities.
     
    TheDave©, Mar 30, 2007
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    joe mama Guest

    not for me. i will tick with cs2
     
    joe mama, Mar 30, 2007
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  3. TheDave©

    Scott W Guest

    I am still trying to decide if this is something that I need. I will
    say that I like that fact that I can straighten, crop and re-size
    images right while I am converting. I find that using it I can mostly
    avoid the need to open an image in Photoshop (elements) which does
    save some time.

    On the other hand in many ways Rawshooter essentials is easier to use
    and since I already have that I might just stick with it.

    I still have 9 days to decide.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Mar 30, 2007
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  4. TheDave©

    Annika1980 Guest

    You can do all of that in ACR. So what does Lightroom offer that
    Photoshop and Bridge don't offer?
     
    Annika1980, Mar 30, 2007
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  5. TheDave©

    Scott W Guest

    I am using Photoshop Elements and at least with that I am pretty much
    limited to dealing with one image at a time, which sucks. I believe,
    but might be wrong, that both Photoshop and Photoshop elements use the
    same raw converter. But with elements at least I need to first
    convert the raw file and then crop, I can't crop right from the raw
    image. And I can't do things like setting the WB the same for a whole
    bunch of photos at the same time.

    And I have no experience with Bridge so I am not sure what all if
    offers.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Mar 30, 2007
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    Pudentame Guest

    Looked like Adobe Bridge on steroids. And Bridge is part of CS2 (and CS3
    beta).
     
    Pudentame, Mar 30, 2007
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  7. It's a cataloging application as well. V1 is way better than the betas,
    but there're still a few things to work out.
     
    John McWilliams, Mar 31, 2007
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  8. TheDave©

    TheDave© Guest

    I'm not familiar with Bridge. I use Elements 4.0 now. Are you saying
    that if you have CS2 or CS3 that Lightroom is redundant?

    Adobe's website says they "compliment" each other, but I'm sure they
    just want to sell more stuff, too.
     
    TheDave©, Mar 31, 2007
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  9. TheDave©

    Annika1980 Guest

    Dude, you REALLY need to get CS3, or at least the new ACR.
    I don't know if Adobe plans to offer the new ACR separately, but I
    kinda doubt it. Anyway, you can do all the things you mentioned in
    the new ACR and many more. Lots more useful stuff like sliders for
    Highlight recovery (D-Mac should buy it for this feature alone) and
    even a slider for "Fill Light" (borrowed from RawShooter, no doubt).
    About the only feature I can think of that it lacks is a good color
    wheel for easy color correction. However it has a number of sliders
    that serve the same function.
     
    Annika1980, Mar 31, 2007
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  10. TheDave©

    Scott W Guest

    Sounds like a lot of the stuff that is in Lightroom. Can you batch
    process the raw files?

    Also can straighten and crop during the raw conversion or do you need
    to use PS for that?

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Mar 31, 2007
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  11. TheDave©

    Annika1980 Guest

    You can do all of that in the new Adobe Camera RAW.
    It even has a Curves adjustment built in.
     
    Annika1980, Mar 31, 2007
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  12. TheDave©

    Annika1980 Guest


    So film users don't use Photoshop?

    Besides, who made you this group's nanny?
    Oh that's right ... it's Friday night. That means you got the house
    to yourself.
     
    Annika1980, Mar 31, 2007
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  13. TheDave©

    That_Rich Guest

    rec.photo.dslr

    RP©
     
    That_Rich, Mar 31, 2007
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  14. TheDave©

    That_Rich Guest

    You may be a jag bag but you are indeed a keen observer of the human
    condition.

    rec.photo.dslr

    RP©
     
    That_Rich, Mar 31, 2007
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  15. TheDave©

    Scott W Guest

    Have you looked at Lightroom? There is a free 30 day trial, you might
    find you like it.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Mar 31, 2007
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  16. Lightroom is the C41 of digital images.
    It's most significant ability is developing RAW or JPEG images to a
    "look" you like. You can create as many of these "looks" as you like and
    then apply which ever one suits to an image. You can either choose to use
    it as a high level replacement for bridge and ACR or as a stand alone
    application. I have processed 1500 images at one time with this program
    after making critical decisions on each one of them, then bulk processing
    them.

    It is hard to learn. Almost impossible to understand the manual and
    absolutely brilliant once you persevere long enough to get the hang of
    it. Using Photoshop becomes an option for developing BOTH JPEG and RAW
    images.If you don't have any ability to stick with learning until you
    win, pass it up and use ACR and Bridge. I almost gave it up. I'm now glad
    I didn't.

    It really is...
    Douglas
     
    Beach Whistler, Apr 2, 2007
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