Lightroom 3 Question

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by tacomadm18, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. tacomadm18

    tacomadm18 TPF Noob!

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    I don't want to start a war, but I have a question.

    I like to shoot (for fun) and was using Elements 7, but I did not like the way you had to tag, import photos etc,,,, so I switched to picasa 3. It seems like it will do an O.K job, and I don't do a lot of post editing at all. What I don't want to do is to invest a lot of time in picasa and then find out it has some bad short comings,,,,, which is why I like to get some comments on Lightroom 3.
    My main focus is to; keep my pics organized, easy to find, easy to import, easy to print with an online service, and program is easy to use.

    thoughts
     
  2. Robin Usagani

    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I love LR3. Made my life so much easier. The quick editing it can do is amazing too. I keep finding new things I can do with LR3. I guess I should read the manual but I like learning as I go.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    The Organizer in Elements 7 is a browser.

    Lightroom is a database manager and takes quite a bit more work to manage images effectively with in comparison.

    Elements 7 can edit pixels, Lightroom can't. Elements has the capability to do layers. Lightroom doesn't.

    If you want "easy to find, easy to import, easy to print with an online service, and program is easy to use.", stick with Picasa.

    Both Elements and Lightroom have a significant learning curve it doesn't sound like you're interested in dealing with.
     
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    I LOVE LR3.

    I had the trial for about 3 month, and now that it has expired and I no longer have it, I am not a happy camper. I have CS4, PSE6, PSE7, and a bunch of plug ins to use, but they still don't make me as happy as LR did.
     
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    For me, there is no one program that does everything in my work flow. I love Aperture 3 for its organization, ease of uploading to my web site, photo printing and book creation. For my best pics, I do most of the processing in LR3 because the mods seem to have more gradation between steps and I like clicking back to a step if I have gone in the wrong direction. With both of the above programs, I will still do PS edits because it is more powerful than either of them for fine edits.

    My biggest knock against LR3 is that the spot removal tool is odd.
     
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    I personally think lightroom is the best out there. Lots of professionals use it in their workflow combined with photoshop.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Here's an easy comparison. Think of Lightroom as a program with the power of Elements 7 with the organising capacity of Picasa.

    If you don't do much editing then the move from Picasa to Lightroom may not be worthwhile. Picasa has some fantastic sorting and metatagging options. If it weren't limited in editing capability I'd probably just use that.
     
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    I swear by Lightroom 3. Great for organising your photos and lots of export settings. I in fact use it for maybe 95% of my editing as well - only use photoshop for really precise cloning and things. So yes, highly recommended.
     
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    mwcfarms No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I hated Elements organizer. Wasn't very time effecient in my mind. I have been trying Lightroom 3 in conjunction with PSE8 and love it. Will definitely be purchasing it when the trial runs out. I can sort my pictures now in a fraction of the time. I finish everything off is pse8.
     
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    I think I will try LR3.... thanks
     
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    :thumbup: LR3
     
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    LR3, I swear by it.
     

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