Photoshop or Lightroom?

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    I hope this is the right place to ask this....
    I currently have PS Elements 8. I am looking to upgrade, and wondered first what the differences are between CS and Lightroom. Secondly, if I could only afford one, which would be best to have?
    I do not shoot professionally full time, only part time now. I mostly do equine photography, and have recently done people. (but my main focus is equine) I will always be outdoors. So, what do you all think would be best for me? Here is a link to my thread containing a few of my photos if you want to see : http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/...hese-few-my-favorites-i-have-done-equine.html

    Thanks!!!!!
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    Both. Well if only one...LR does most of what I need, most of the time but in no way is LR a substitute for Photoshop.
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    Lightroom AND photoshop.
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    Apples and oranges. Really... Lightroom is a workflow and raw processing application. Photoshop is a heavy-duty image editng application. If you are on a limited budget, my choice would be LR and PS Elements.
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    Oh how I love equine photography and riding!!! My fav thing to photograph also!! I have both but def use LR more then CS5. But thats kinda b/c I'm still on the learning curve for cs5. Cs5 can do more then LR but LR can def do all your basic stuff. cs5 is obviously much more expensie then LR.
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    Thanks! I was about to ask if I could swing PSE8 and LR for now... one day I may get CS5. I may go with getting LR for now.... much easier on the wallet! ;)
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    If I had to pick just ONE software application, it would be Lightroom. I've been using Photoshop since version 2.5, back when computers had very small slow hard drives, like 500 or 750 megabytes (yes! megabytes!) and when simple things like rotating an image 2 degrees took 30 seconds...and I am almost a complete newbie to Lightroom...and I would have to say, Lightroom is the single most versatile importing, editing, and publishing-to-web application you can get for a reasonable amount of money.
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    Lightroom. It's great for managing photos and edits. It is designed for photography and photographers. Obviously, if you're looking for super advanced editing, then Photoshop is the way to go.
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    You can use photoshop without lightroom and all you'll lose is ease of workflow. If you try to use lightroom without photoshop you'll be severely limiting yourself.

    Most people use both.
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    Can it be used with PSE8 for now? I will save up for cs5.....
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    What is elements not doing for you that you wish it could? If youre just a hobbyist I'd say probably keep elements for heavier editing and throw in lightroom for ease of work flow.
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    Main thing I import some of my photos from lightroom into PS5 for is its "content aware" functionality for selecting and removing things from the pics. Elements doesn't cut it.
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    I really like Elements 10. It designed for photographers and has lots of grunt on a decent computer.. and is way cheaper than CS5! Lightroom, as mentioned is great for workflow - especially keeping track of those 1,000++ images :)
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    PS 5 is old, old, Photoshop.

    CS5 is PS 12.
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    Lightroom.
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    Version CS6 of Photoshop is currently available for free...but it's the Beta (pre-release/test) version.

    So you could try it out for a while. Also, don't save up for CS5, because it will have been replaced by CS6 by the time you've saved enough.

    I agree with the suggestion to use LR and Elements.
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    Image editing in Photoshop Lightroom is done in the Develope module. The Develope module's edit rendering engine is Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). Photoshop Lightroom 4 uses ACR 7

    Elements 8's Camera Raw has a truncated version of ACR 6. Photoshop CS6, currently in public BETA testing, will also have the full version of ACR 7.

    Plus, CS5/CS6 includes Bridge, which is used for image organization and management. While Lightroom is a database management application, Bridge is a browser.

    ACR first appeared in Photoshop 7 (CS5, is Photoshop 12). Photoshop 8 was the first Photoshop to be called CS, but it was called CS, not CS1. PS 8 (CS) used ACR 2

    Photoshop 9: CS2 - ACR 3 - Bridge 1
    Photoshop 10: CS3 - ACR 4 - Bridge 2
    Photoshop 11: CS4 - ACR 5 - Bridge 3
    Photoshop 12: CS5 - ACR 6 - Bridge 4
    Photoshop 13: CS6 - ACR 7 - Bridge 5

    Lightroom 1 - ACR 4
    Lightroom 2 - ACR 5
    Lightroom 3 - ACR 6
    Lightroom 4 - ACR 7
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    If you can efford it, get both as they do work well together. In my opinion, if I could only have one it would be Photoshop. Lightroom is great front end for PS and is very strong at organizing your photos but has a rather limited number of editing and effects features. Photoshop when used with Bridge is really pretty good at organizing. Photoshop has endless editing capability which I love. If I play around with PS from now on I don't think I will ever learn all there is to know about this program. It is that big.
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    Upgrade your Elements program, should be all you need. The newest versions should do what you are missing now.
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    The fact that this question is even up points to the fact that Adobe is having huge problems with product features and positioning. Shouldn't Lightroom be Elements+?
    Nice of them to quietly kill the geotagging and Smugmug integration out of Elements 10, by the way.
    Steps backward, not forward.

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