Reviews and Problems with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
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Adobe Lightroom 3
9 January 2012
Summary: All in all, Lightroom has many features that makes it better than much of the free photo management software out there (i.e. iPhoto, Picasa) such as the built in noise reduction tools and the masking tools. The level of organization available for photo albums is also a step above other programs out there.
Excerpt: Lightroom is tailored for photographers who often don’t need or want the robust image-manipulation tools offered by the pricier Photoshop. From its outset, Lightroom presented photographers with a logical, clean workflow that facilitated photo improvements rather than alterations. Lightroom 2 added 64-bit support and some refinements—welcome, certainly, but the second version didn’t seem like much more than an incremental update.
Excerpt: Adobe’s stand-alone raw app gives you all the granular photo-hacking horsepower of ACR, plus even more sophisticated photographic adjustments tools and a powerful database tool for managing your collection. And like any good raw app, Lightroom is a nondestructive editor, saving changes to metadata settings, rather than changing the pixels themselves, as Photoshop does. If you’re only familiar with image editors like Photoshop, Lightroom takes some adjustment.
Conclusion: In short, what Adobe did with Lightroom 3 was to take what they had and made it better or way better. They added very little "new" when it comes right down to it as most of the new features already had a basis from what was established in LR2. About the only really new thing they added was tethering and the Social Media contact structure. This is good and should be encouraged. All that notwithstanding, this is not a lightweight update.
Excerpt: The latest version of Lightroom is coming into full use as more and more plug-ins and export options come into play. This month Jon Canfield takes a look at the essential ingredients; next month we have another opinion about the latest version of Lightroom that takes a different point of view.
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.