Do I Need Adobe Light Room
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26-10-09, 11:07 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
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Please help me out, With regards to Adobe lightroom what does it do and do I need it.
To give you some idea I use Adobe CS or Elements 7 and Photomatix Pro 3 and shoot mainly RAW images.
( I guess I could goto Adobe.com but It would be great to get others views about it)
Hi Robster. As to whether you need it or not depends on whether you are happy enough with Bridge (I'm assuming Bridge came with CS?). Basically Bridge works a lot like the Windows Explorer structure in that you open files by using the structure to the left of the application. Lightroom on the other hand is a DAM (Digital Assets Management) application in that it uses a database meaning that no images or edits etc are contained/saved/stored within the application itself. Your images can reside where you want them whilst any edits you make to those images, plus any keywords and ratings etc are stored entirely within the database. Camera Raw is also integrated within the Lightroom application itself whereas with Photoshop it's a plug-in. A lot of people (me included) find that having used Lightroom for a while their need to go across into Photoshop is becoming less and less. In short, if you shoot mainly using RAW format, want/need to do a lot of batch processing then it's a very good application. If on the other hand you shoot mainly jpegs then it's probably not worth the bother. One thing it does make you do however, is to become far more organised because if you don't use a methodical approach to sorting and organising your precious images it can become a real mess.
Photomatix Pro actually has a Lightroom plug-in available from their site so that you can edit away in Lightroom and then take the processed images across into Photomatix Pro.
Using both CS and Elements is a bit belt and braces yes? I think that in your position if I wasn't exactly sure, then I'd download and try the 30 day free trial. Don't import all your images (which to repeat are only into the database, not into Lightroom itself), rather only a small selection. Process them, edit them, add keywords and generally have a play. If at the end of the trial you feel comfortable with it and it meets your needs then perhaps consider buying it - and if not then nothings been lost.
Having just read Olivers post and in one part he is alluding to 'Virtual Copies'. By right clicking on an image you can create a virtual copy which is fully editable and which to all intents and purposes actually exists but doesn't take up any more room on your HD. What this means is that you can create multiple edited versions of the one image in a multiple of different ways i.e. one Sepia toned, a black and white version..........etc etc, you get my drift. And yes, once used it's hard to break away from it.
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