mike_311 wrote in post #13716313
lightroom is great so long as you dont need to do any real editing. photoshop is the defacto standard, even photoshop element would be enough for most people.
if you are just just going to be dealing with global image adjustments and no need to layers or many spot edits, lightroom is the way to go, otherwise photoshop or some other editor is in order.
95% of the time i just use lightroom, but there are those times when i need to dodge and burn and add some eye pop or do some sort of mask editing that i need photoshop for.
LR is capable of several different types of "spot edits" (local adjustments); Exposure (dodge/burn), Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Clarity, Sharpness, Skin Smoothing, etc. It can also apply graduated filters and do healing/spot removal. LR Beta 4 also added a local noise reduction brush. No, LR can't do layer masks or pixel-level editing, can't apply text as creatively or do many other effects that PS can do, but for basic post-processing I find LR far easier/quicker than Photoshop. I also like LR's organization/cataloging features far better than Adobe Bridge.
If the OP intends to do basic post-processing (cropping/straightening, adjusting color/contrast/curves, sharpening, etc.), then LR would work fine. If he intends to add effects, design photo posters, merge multiple shots, create panoramas, etc., then PS would be the better package since LR can't do any of those things.