This is a great product best value for the dollars spent
5 June 2014
Summary: I bought this version of Light Room because it works with my older computer operating system. Light Room 4 I found the learning curve a bit steep, mostly in understanding the "catalogues". Once past this catalogue issue the program became intuitive. I like Light Room 4 for working in conjunction and enhancing the PhotoShop programming I'm using. It also works well linking studio cameras directly to the computer, for this function alone it's worth the price.
Summary: Hard to figure out how to use it. I'm sure it is me ..not the software! I bought The update before I had anything to update. Then I had to by an earlier version TO update. So I have a lot of money into this project. Wish I could use it as the e-book I also bought is incredibly hard to use as it has no page numbers and I have to thumb thru the whole book to find anything. Wish I had just bought the hardcopy.
Great tool for photo enhancement! Easy to use with a wide range of options
10 February 2013
Summary: I had downloaded and tested out Lighroom 3 for a month and really liked it so I decided to purchase Lightroom and thought 4 would be nearly the same. It is with what has turned out to be an improvement. Before in the "Develope" mode you could enhance shadows, lights, highlights, whites and blacks but only to increase the effect. In LR4 you can still enhance but now you can increase or decrease the effect. Still not truly understanding its cataloging system.
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