Reviews and Problems with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
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Photoshop Lightroom 3 review
15 August 2011
Conclusion: At around £200, Lightroom 3 is not exactly a cheap proposition for enthusiast photographers. That said you do get an awful lot for your money – taking into account the image organisation tools of the Library module as well as all the Raw adjustment controls from Photoshop CS5 (which costs a whooping £650) in the Develop module.
Summary: Workflow and file-management capabilities are similar to that of Adobe Bridge, but with a UI that’s consistent with the rest of Lightroom. In fact, it’s possible to use Lightroom as a replacement for both Bridge and Camera Raw—but you’ll still need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements for a complete solution.
Excerpt: This application is, as the name suggests, the electronic equivalent of the darkroom except that it is used in the light. It has been around in free beta form for some months so it is well tested for bugs.
Pros: The interface is attractive and intuitive. It is a big improvement on Photoshop RAW and is much better than the crippled RAW converters that come with camera software. It is also faster in operation than any RAW converter we have used, with the exception of the excellent Bibble Pro .
Cons: We find Adobe’s curious redefinition of common English words to be misleading. As with all Adobe applications the learning curve is steep.
Summary: Lightroom is a sophisticated, intelligent application, and I'd recommend it to professional photographers. I just wish its features were included in other Adobe apps; I'm a little annoyed that it's an extra expense.
Pros: Incredible array of searchable metadata elements, huge variety of colour and exposure adjustments, excellent printing features, photo edits are non-destructive
Cons: Felt sluggish on a 3.2GHz Pentium 4-based system