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.
Summary: Finally i can afford a full version of an Adobe Product! I got this on sale through amazon for 100 and qualified for super savings shipping so i jumped on it. Package was here in less than a week and installed with no problems. Although not as powerful as Photoshop in creating or combining images, Lightroom is perfect for editing and tweaking your images.