Upgrade to CS3? Opinions Wanted

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Steven Wandy, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. Steven Wandy

    Steven Wandy Guest

    I am currently using Lightroom and CS2 for my digital developing
    chores. I shoot 95% in JPEG (currently shooting with an Olympus E510 -
    LOVE IT - and a Canon G7) and do 95% of my adjustments in LR.
    A close friend recently got CS3 (he was using Elements prior) and he
    loves it.
    From a photographers point of view, considering that I do most of my
    adjustments currently in LR, is the upgrade worth it? I have read some
    of the features and some sound very interesting. (Even played with the
    trial for a few days.)
    From what I have read elsewhere, many feel that if you are already
    using LR for most adjustments, the upgrade is not worth the cost of
    Thanks, Steve
    Steven Wandy, Aug 9, 2007
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    Alan Browne Guest

    If you're shooting JPG 95% of the time then you're throwing away a lot
    of dynamic range and much of Elements and most of CS2/CS3. Shoot RAW
    and get everything out of your camera that it caught. Further, when you
    do screw up an exposure by a stop or 2, there is not much you can do
    with a JPG. With RAW, almost all underexposures can be salvaged and
    many overexposures can be salvaged. For action shots that's the
    difference between, "you shoulda seen" and "wanna see?".

    As I don't use lightroom I can't comment on that, but CS3 has been a
    major improvement for me (from Elements 3.0) for film scan editing. I
    believe the main advantage of Lightroom is for managing projects and
    applying the same process to many images (and again, RAW would get you
    more). CS2/3 has more to offer in terms of image editing but less in
    terms of managing projects. (I may be off the mark on that).

    If you have CS2 but don't take full advantage of RAW, then I don't think
    you will get much more out of CS3.

    Alan Browne, Aug 9, 2007
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    babaloo Guest

    I second Mr. Brown.
    The power of your software far exceeds the capability of your cameras.
    If you understand how to use Lightroom/PS and general photography then put
    the money that a CS3 upgrade would cost to a dSLR and shoot in raw.
    babaloo, Aug 9, 2007
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    TRoss Guest

    From everything I've seen and heard CS3 is a nice product, and
    upgrading won't be a mistake. But to be perfectly honest, I could roll
    back to 4.0 (or whatever was the first version to offer Actions) and
    function just fine. There are things I would immediatly miss, but most
    of that I do can be done in 4.0.

    So it comes down to which is worth more to you - your $200, or the new
    features. I considered upgrading. The only features that interest me
    are Smart Filters and the improved Black/White conversions, and so far
    that isn't worth $200 to me.

    My next big upgrade jump will be to the one of the CS Design packages.
    The driving force there will be moving from Pagemaker to InDesign. (I
    have Pagemaker, CS2, Acrobat 7 and CorelDraw - I'd upgrade to Design
    Standard in a heartbeat if what I had qualified for the $399 upgrade.)

    I strongly urge you to start shooting RAW, if only to take full
    advantage of what Photoshop and your cameras have to offer. Well, make
    that camera ... the G7 doesn't offer it. And the ijits at Canon
    responsible for THAT decision should be stuffed with nails and rolled
    down a hill.

    TRoss, Aug 9, 2007
  5. Steven Wandy

    Steven Wandy Guest

    HUH??? I assume you are refering to the Canon G7 - a wonderful P&S
    camera that just does not have RAW capabilities.
    The Oly E510 IS a 10MP DSLR.
    Steven Wandy, Aug 10, 2007
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