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DarthBalls

Lightroom 4 is out!

http://tv.adobe.com/search/?q=lightroom+4

My mate and I will be getting our copies ASAP with the money for the wedding we are shooting on Friday. This looks great, especially the integration with Blurb, which is where we get our standard wedding books.

I still don't understand why so many people (especially amateur photographers) insist on using full photoshop CS. Lightroom is so much easier, quicker and uses far less hard drive space and is actually aimed at photographers, which CS isn't. Oh yes and it's even cheaper now than before - 60 for an upgrade!
woof woof

I downloaded LR but I couldn't make much sense of it    To me it looks like it's biased towards being more of an image cataloguing and filing thing with an image processor thrown in. I know CS5 is much more expensive and probably more complex but to me it looks so much simpler than LR.
DarthBalls

woof woof wrote:
I downloaded LR but I couldn't make much sense of it To me it looks like it's biased towards being more of an image cataloguing and filing thing with an image processor thrown in. I know CS5 is much more expensive and probably more complex but to me it looks so much simpler than LR.


A few people have said that to me but in practise it's the other way round when it comes to ease of use - no messing about with layers and a separate RAW converter. Everything is just in 4 modules. If you don't use a lot of layers then CS isn't really the way to go. I think a lot of people are conditioned to use CS.
woof woof

CS is expensive but I am used to the layout whereas LR just had me staring at the screen wondering where I was. Then I spotted the photo processing section tucked away in a corner    I suppose in time I could have got used to it but the thought of spending time learning how to use some new software... I've little patience for software.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

I bought LR3 when it was on offer about a year ago, and with almost no documentation I have struggled to use it.  As Alan said, it does seem geared to cataloguing and filing. Personaly I think that there should be a reasonable printed guide supplied.  To have to fork out another 30 to 40 for  a book that explains how to use it is, IMHO, taking the p1$$
DarthBalls

Chris M Wants a V-10 wrote:
I bought LR3 when it was on offer about a year ago, and with almost no documentation I have struggled to use it. As Alan said, it does seem geared to cataloguing and filing. Personaly I think that there should be a reasonable printed guide supplied. To have to fork out another 30 to 40 for a book that explains how to use it is, IMHO, taking the p1$$


I don't think any Adobe software comes with a manual, PS Element certainly doesn't. Adobe put out hundreds of free video tutorials online. Can't remember the last time I got a manual with any software.

I highly recommend Lightroom Killer Tips with Matt Kloskowsi and Lightroom Evangelist Julianne Kost. These are free videos and video podcasts.

I can give you a lightroom 2 book for nothing if you PM me (it's very similar to LR3 in most ways). Most books are about 20.

My response to the LR is mainly geared towards cataloguing and filing is a definite 'no it is not!' It is just set up quite differently to CS but you can close the file tree on the left to just get all the editing tools on the right. It's incredibly quick and straightforward compared to CS and even Elements once you get used to it.

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