Photoshop vs. Lightroom (Newb)

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Hi folks,

I am a newbie to post-processing. I have some pics that I need to "tweek" as far as highlight and shadow recovery is concerned. My question is do I need lightroom or will photoshop elements suffice. I am under the impression that both can do recovery but lightroom is more capable of this than photoshop elements which is good more for photo effects. Am I correct in my thinking.

I need help determining which software package I need as I don't have the funds to buy both. :grumpy:

Thanks in advance for any tips that anyone can provide.
 

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I use Lightroom for 90% of my edits. I go to Photoshop when I need layers or something out of the ordinary.

With LR, you can adjust exposure, contrast, brightness, white balance, crop, level, sharpen . . . even add keywords to the metadata. I think PS is better for cloning out stuff, though I understand LR5 is an improvement here. I rarely use any of the special effects in PS, but have done dodge & burn.
 
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Lightroom is better for tweaking exposure and such. It works better with RAW than Elements as well. I do probably 98% of all my post processing in Lightroom. Its not all that expensive either so I think it is worth every penny.
 
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I use Lightroom for 90% of my edits. I go to Photoshop when I need layers or something out of the ordinary.

Thanks snowbear. I kinda thought lightroom was better for adjustments and photoshop is for like making your ex-girlfriends butt larger and removing zits and red eye and stuff.

But photoshop DOES have some capabilities for recovering shadow and highlights and increasing the exposure a couple of F-stops correct?
 

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I use Lightroom for 90% of my edits. I go to Photoshop when I need layers or something out of the ordinary.

Thanks snowbear. I kinda thought lightroom was better for adjustments and photoshop is for like making your ex-girlfriends butt larger and removing zits and red eye and stuff.

But photoshop DOES have some capabilities for recovering shadow and highlights and increasing the exposure a couple of F-stops correct?
Yes, it does. You can remove the zits, red eye and sensor boogers (dust spots) with Lightroom, but I have found it's way easier in Photoshop if you have a lot of it to do.
 
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I use Lightroom for 90% of my edits. I go to Photoshop when I need layers or something out of the ordinary.

Thanks snowbear. I kinda thought lightroom was better for adjustments and photoshop is for like making your ex-girlfriends butt larger and removing zits and red eye and stuff.

But photoshop DOES have some capabilities for recovering shadow and highlights and increasing the exposure a couple of F-stops correct?
Yes, it does. You can remove the zits, red eye and sensor boogers (dust spots) with Lightroom, but I have found it's way easier in Photoshop if you have a lot of it to do.

So maybe I should consider Photoshop instead? As long as it can increase and/or decrease a couple of F-stops. That is really what I need.
 

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The reality is you will eventually want both of them, so pick one to start with and get the other later! :wink:
 

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Elements Camera Raw and Lightroom Develop module use the same Raw conversion application - Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

However, Elements is consumer grade software and it's version of ACR has been de-featured and lacks some of the panels and features Lightroom Develop module has.
 
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That sounds like a plan Snowbear. My brother has photoshop so I will invest in Light room and we can "Play" together. That way we both see what the other program can do and if we need it.
 

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The reality is you will eventually want both of them, so pick one to start with and get the other later! :wink:

Not necessarily. I downloaded a trial version of Lightroom and hated it. I currently use Elements 10. It does everything I need to do...
 

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I've got a new computer on the way (upgrade to 64-bit) so I can do the $9.99 a month Photoshop CC/LR 5 subscription.

FWIW - it's a proper noun and a single word - Lightroom.
 

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Elements Camera Raw and Lightroom Develop module use the same Raw conversion application - Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

However, Elements is consumer grade software and it's version of ACR has been de-featured and lacks some of the panels and features Lightroom Develop module has.

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