Lightroom 3: How much photo editing...


I'm trying to decide between photoshop cs5 and lightroom 3.  I have a dslr camera and we are expecting our first baby in April and i'd like to learn as much as I can and get a photo editing program to do my own newborn session and I'd like to eventually do boudoir sessions in my area.  I love all of the editing options that PS offer like enhancing the light and airbrushing the skin and just making a picture look like a million bucks but i'm not sure what lightroom can offer and what it can't offer...


If anyone can give me any feedback that would be great!  I'm a teacher so I can get the software at the student/teacher price which is about a fifth of the price.


Posted on October 13, 2011 at 9:54 am
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Just posted my answer in the General forums.

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 10:12 am
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Have you ever used PS before?  I use both, I prefer certain features in each of them for different reasons- I love the cloning tool, burn/dodge, skin correcting in CS5, as well as layer masks... I have some fave actions in CS5.  But I prefer LR for my other more basic adjustments and workflow.  LR is WAAAAAY more user-friendly.  I know several ladies on here who only use LR and love it.  It really depends what you are looking for.  I'd start with LR first. :)

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 6:35 am
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Lightroom.


I'm a new mom, and within a year I've already got thousands of pics of LO.  At that volume and my new busy schedule, there's no way I can tweak and spend more than a few seconds on each photo.   I use photoshop occasionally, but mostly only used it for black/white conversion (I do most of b/w conversions in LR, but sometimes I do layers of local adjustments which require PS), or HDR photography.  I'd say I use LR 99% of the time for LO's pics.  You can enhance the light and airbrush the skin (local adjustment with brush), and even clone out imperfections in lightroom.  You'll be very surprised how much lightroom can do. The only thing LR lacks in advanced editing is layers.  But it's so rare you need multiple layers in baby or portrait photos.


Download the lightroom 3 free trial and explore all of the features.  PS is nice to have, but I absolutely cannot live without LR3.  LR3 with your teacher discount will cost next to nothing, right?

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm
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Lightroom, lightroom, lightroom. For everyday use, lightroom all the way. PS is great for major photo editing (removing cars, lampposts,...) but has a massive learning curve. 


Like yelppuppy said, download the free trial and try it out. 

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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