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Nov 08, 2009 15:30 |  #1

I was currently working only with PSE7 and must admit that processing lots of pictures in one go, was a right PITA...making batch adjustments especially was slow and tedious.

Shot an indoor event last night and just having the pretty much all the adjustments all in the same place and being able to use the "copy & paste develop" settings is simply amazing! Processing these kind of shots is such a breeze now!

I'm only beginning to get to grips with Lightroom, so I've got a lot to learn, but I'm mighty impressed already!


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Nov 08, 2009 15:46 |  #2

Try the Lightroom 3 beta... its even better and it doesn't expire until April 2010.


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Nov 08, 2009 15:48 |  #3

I've been thinking about taking that step myself and would like to hear more about the value you think you're getting for the price. I use DPP for much of my work, PSE4 when I need to straighten or do some cloning, and then a third party application to make quick work of effects like vignettes, etc. You can copy and paste edits from one photo to a batch of others in DPP. Why did you elect to purchase LR and what wasn't DPP doing for you?


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Nov 08, 2009 16:00 |  #4

PixelMagic - yeah I heard about LR3, so I'll look into that!

Peacefield - Well, firstly I got Lightroom off another user here for a good price! ;-)a

...but also, you kind of answered the reasons in your post. In lightroom, once you start editing, you don't need to leave! Unless of course you need to edit further in PS.

Then there is the save for web feature...and in mine I've added a Flickr "tie in" so it literally uploads onto my Flickr account and negates the need for the Flickr uploader.

I haven't even begun to look at presets properly yet, but just toying with a couple of them and again, so easy to batch apply them to a group of photos.

I'm sure there are many more reasons why LR can be more useful than just DPP - maybe someone who has had more experience with all the features could chime in to help you with your decision.

I will say one thing though, before I had LR, I used to wonder what the big deal was...I have only appreciated it once I used it for large volumes of photos!


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Nov 08, 2009 16:38 |  #5

pridash,

" Lightroom2 book for digital photographers" by Scott Kelby really unlocked Lightroom 2.5 for me. I would of been lost without it.


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Nov 08, 2009 17:00 |  #6

Thanks Jon - I'll look into that!


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Nov 09, 2009 01:43 as a reply to  @ pridash's post |  #7

+1 on Kelby's LR book. He does a pretty good job of laying out every aspect of using Lightroom, with a lot of helpful tips and tricks. I had looked around the web at some tutorials, but learned a lot more from reading the book, and feel a lot more confident (and competent!) using LR now.

Pridash - I, too, like the fact that virtually every PP tool I need is integrated into LR and I don't need to utilize multiple programs for my images. I also have DPP and PS Elements on my computer, but rarely ever use them since switching to LR. I downloaded the 30-day trial and used it quite a bit, then when it expired I thought maybe I'd just switch back to DPP/Elements and save myself the cost of buying LR. I don't think I even made it three days before I was on Adobe's site inputting my credit card info and buying the registered version.


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Nov 09, 2009 02:32 as a reply to  @ Veemac's post |  #8

I have The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening, a recommendation for that book too.

I also 95% love Lightroom 2.5, it loses the 5% on it's poor sharpening ability.

I find that for the shots I really want to make a good job of PP I have to reopen in PSE7 and use the shapening facilty in that program.

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Nov 09, 2009 05:46 |  #9

Peacefield wrote in post #8978365 (external link)
I use DPP for much of my work

I use Lightroom for around 99% of mine.

Peacefield wrote in post #8978365 (external link)
PSE4 when I need to straighten or do some cloning

Done in Lightroom

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then a third party application to make quick work of effects like vignettes, etc

Done in Lightroom

And the big advantage of doing it all in Lightroom is that you don't need to keep saving intermediate files in tiff or jpeg


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Nov 09, 2009 06:56 |  #10

Peacefield, you've gotta download the free beta version of LR3 and have a play with it, the workflow you've explained sounds like a nightmare to me, LR is a 1 stop shop for all those things plus much more. Still 4 month or so till the beta expires so plenty of time to familiarise yourself with it before having to a make a decision on purchase, however as it's still in beta there will certainly be a few bugs.


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Nov 09, 2009 07:27 |  #11

Okay, you convinced me; downloading the trial now. Thanks.


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Nov 09, 2009 09:05 |  #12

Big bugs in the LR3 beta. Only use it on duplicate files.


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Nov 09, 2009 10:44 |  #13

PJ (and others) -- welcome to "the club"!

Lightroom has had a huge impact because it was designed from the ground up to be a very comprehensive "workflow manager" for photographers, and it keeps getting better. Most apps have a lot of bits and pieces thrown together in somewhat disconnected ways, but LR has built the most needed "stuff" into an integrated interface. Some people don't care for it, but more and more people love it -- even those who don't shoot Raw.

Have fun and remember that you can play endlessly with photos in LR without damage. Anything done today can be undone and redone tomorrow without the baggage of extra copies and tiff/psd layered files.


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Nov 09, 2009 14:19 |  #14

Victoria Bampton wrote in post #8982457 (external link)
Big bugs in the LR3 beta. Only use it on duplicate files.

what are the big bugs? Anything to be concerned about?
I haven't used LR3 extensively... only imported a folder full of pictures so far to play with.


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Nov 09, 2009 15:12 |  #15

tonylong wrote in post #8983040 (external link)
PJ (and others) -- welcome to "the club"!

Lightroom has had a huge impact because it was designed from the ground up to be a very comprehensive "workflow manager" for photographers, and it keeps getting better. Most apps have a lot of bits and pieces thrown together in somewhat disconnected ways, but LR has built the most needed "stuff" into an integrated interface. Some people don't care for it, but more and more people love it -- even those who don't shoot Raw.

Have fun and remember that you can play endlessly with photos in LR without damage. Anything done today can be undone and redone tomorrow without the baggage of extra copies and tiff/psd layered files.

Yeah I completely forgot about that benefit too! Just downloaded Mogrify for the watermarking and trying to get to grips with it.

Now, I need to get hold of some nice presets also...anyone point me to a good source?


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