Reviews and Problems with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
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Value for money 8
Franglais, Photography Review
20 May 2012
Summary: I started using Lightroom with LR3. My teacher used it and I wanted a single tool to handle both the RAW from both my Nikon DSLR's and my Canon compact. My first impressions were negative: - LR3 was outrageously expensive for what it was (LR4 is more reasonable but it's still a lot) - I thought it was very weak as an image library manipulation tool.
Pros: Compatibility with all major RAW formats. Common look to the end result, Stability, Industry standard, lots of documentation to help you, people who know it, Well thought out user interface, easy to understand
Cons: Still rather expensive, Library manipulation tool is weak, Doesn't follow Windows best practices (thousands of tiny files impact performance), Image miniature display is slow
Conclusion: There are a couple new options to get your photos and videos out of Lightroom now. The first and most talked about is the new “Book” module, which allows you to create your own personal photo album to be printed. Once completed, the book can be printed by the vendor or straight to PDF on your local computer to distribute.
Summary: I only used Capture nx2 in the past, I did try LR3 but didn't like it, when the LR4 beta came out I tried and fell in love with the develop module! For example I always struggled with the skin tones and in LR4 it was a breeze, it can recover shadows like anything else keeps amazing detail and comes out looking natural, really impressive! Highlights also does it very well, here the limitation is probably more the camera sensor than LR4.
Pros: Image quality, Color rendition, Amazing shadow recovery from RAW files, Ease to quickly browse to a large number of images, Non destructive editing, Accesible price
Summary: I've been using Lightroom since version 3, and was eager to try out 4 as soon as it came out. In terms of functionality and results, I have not been disappointed. In addition to still looking great in terms of IQ, the adjustments have been organized in a more logical manner. Highlight and shadow recovery have been simplified (although it is still a bit confusing to distinguish between highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks..
Pros: Workflow, image quality, adjustments, brush tool (now with more adjustments available).
Cons: Speed (lack of), requires NASA supercomputer levels of memory.
Summary: I basically bought Lightroom 4 after hearing so many good things about it from friends who are also into Photography. The program is limited compared to editing software like the GIMP but is fun to use and explore. I find that I am using it to tweak most of my photos since I bought it.
Summary: This program is great at photo editing, with some limitations. You can do more extensive and better touch-up work with Photoshop CS6 or even in Elements. If you have a large number of photos that you need to work through that are all similar (i.e. a photoshoot with a model) you can easily set up preset adjustment profile and process the entire batch quickly and easily. The printing module is much better and easier to use than the one in Elements.
Summary: Had Lightroom 3 and was very impressed with the ease of use without much of an education from the manual although a basic course and a Kelby instruction book made the program come alive. Lightroom 4 has so far made the need for other programs virtually unnecessary. I very seldom go to adobe elements or CS4 any more.