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May 25, 2009 14:50 |  #1

For quick touchups, I honestly feel that picasa outshines lightroom by huge bounds for it's easy to use interface. Rather than spending 3-5 minutes on each photo, i can do it in less than 30 seconds. In lightroom, you do get more control over colors and finer details, but when it comes to speed and time spent sitting away on a computer.... picasa wins.

i do have lightroom but i just feel like it's a chore to use. when i find a picture that i really want to keep as a keeper, i will turn to lightroom. other than that, it kind of sits on my hard drive, neglected.


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May 25, 2009 15:31 |  #2

Interesting, I've never used Picasa. But, Does it have a RAW processor, or are you shooting jpegs. Since LR was developed with RAW in mind, it has a very different approach from editors designed around "normal" image files like jpeg and tiff that already have things burned into them.


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May 25, 2009 15:37 |  #3

i shoot in both raw and jpeg and still find the quick and easy to use interface that much easier to use. If picasa ever decided to add on more manual color controls, I would buy it, even though it is a free to use program.


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May 25, 2009 15:51 |  #4

what i like about picasa's crop feature is that it actually gives three suggestions to give you an idea of how you should crop it. it's algorithm works very well, which gives you a split second on how to reframe your cropped shots.

i really do hope they come out with a picasa pro edition


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May 25, 2009 15:56 as a reply to  @ c2thew's post |  #5

I think Picasa doesn't support RAW.


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May 25, 2009 15:56 |  #6

c2thew wrote in post #7985620 (external link)
i shoot in both raw and jpeg and still find the quick and easy to use interface that much easier to use. If picasa ever decided to add on more manual color controls, I would buy it, even though it is a free to use program.

So are you saying that Picasa processes/develops your RAW files?


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May 25, 2009 16:11 |  #7

"So are you saying that Picasa processes/develops your RAW files?"

yes.


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May 25, 2009 16:14 |  #8

c2thew wrote in post #7985827 (external link)
"So are you saying that Picasa processes/develops your RAW files?"

yes.

Ah, cool, I didn't know that. I'm quite happy with pretty much spending all my time in Lightroom, but it's nice to know about the other things you can use!


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May 25, 2009 16:44 |  #9

heheh. give picasa a try, and i bet you'd be hard pressed to use lightroom as much.

http://picasa.google.c​om/ (external link)

the only downside of picasa is that it doesn't save your metadata when it transfers your file into it's software and also the lack of manual controls. but for quick editing, picasa is awesome


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May 25, 2009 17:35 |  #10

I just watched a video of Picasa by Google on Youtube and it looks very impressive. But people with good workflows and want more than very basic functions and adjustments will still use ACR, LR, or PS. That said, Picasa looks like it should be getting more looks than what it's getting; especially since it's free!


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May 25, 2009 18:04 |  #11

c2thew wrote in post #7985302 (external link)
For quick touchups, I honestly feel that picasa outshines lightroom by huge bounds for it's easy to use interface. Rather than spending 3-5 minutes on each photo, i can do it in less than 30 seconds. In lightroom, you do get more control over colors and finer details, but when it comes to speed and time spent sitting away on a computer.... picasa wins.

i do have lightroom but i just feel like it's a chore to use. when i find a picture that i really want to keep as a keeper, i will turn to lightroom. other than that, it kind of sits on my hard drive, neglected.

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"I'm feeling lucky" does wonders for P&S snapshots.
Straighten, crop and retouch tools work great.
Easy to adjust fill light and shadows...
and it's free...


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May 25, 2009 18:36 |  #12

I've used Picasa for years and do most of my normal editing with it. I've tried Lightroom several times & just never found a need for it. When I need more than Picasa can do I use DPP and then if even more is needed I go to Photoshop. I likely do 90% of my editing in Picasa.


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May 25, 2009 19:07 as a reply to  @ cicopo's post |  #13

90% sounds about right. speed and interface is key for me. when i try to navigate through lightroom, it just feels like added blotage. too many clicks to adjust one simple aspect that picasa handles in a snap. anywho just wanted to rant.


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Aug 13, 2009 15:50 |  #14

What is your normal workflow? Do you hit "I feel lucky" a lot, or not?


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