Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 Review

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Strangelove_424

Adobe didn't see fit to include Lightroom in any one of their suites, including the master suite. I'd rather keep using my familiar folder structures in tandem with file explorer then pay them a single cent more than I have to.

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Gezzer

Being both a junior and senior high school photo club nerd I used to really be into film. Even had my own B&W darkroom for awhile. I hadn't used anything more then your basic point and click digital cameras for years but decided to grab a DSLR when the boxing day sales came around this year.
I got a pretty good deal on a Canon T3 with an extra 75-300 lens and a carry bag. While it's considered a entrance model I think it will be fine for my current skill level. I remember when CD/DVD burners would come bundled with so-so OEM burning software and was leery of the programs that came with my camera.
And from what I've read on-line it's okay but really limited, so I'm looking for some editing software that will let me get down and dirty.
I've looked into getting Lightroom, Elements, even Corel's Paintshop Pro but just couldn't pull the trigger. I'm currently using Photo Scape, and Gimp (both free).
What I really need is way to understand what I get and what I give up as I move up price points in more layman's terms. Anything I've read so far (on-line and print) hasn't really helped in this regard. While I of course want to be able to correct photo problems, I also want to get creative down the road. Maybe eventually try HDR and "Photoshoping" as my abilities improve.
Is there a program that doesn't cost over a thousand that will grow with me, or is it pretty much a skill upgrades needing better tools thing?

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spammybot

I currently used Lightroom and then finish images in PhotoShop. I have found Lightroom surprisingly easy to use (PhotoShop was an almost vertical learning curve at the beginning for me) and Adobe does have a trial version (good for 30 days?).

My workflow consists of:
1. Shoot in RAW format
2. Process in Lightroom
3. Finalize in PhotoShop (Lightroom does not have a good clone tool compared to PhotoShop(IMO)) GIMP will do the job for this portion of the workflow, but PhotoShop will give you more control over color profiles,etc.

If you like to produce B&W images, then Lightroom has a very compelling feature that you may be interested in: After converting to B&W (I always shoot in color and then make the conversion afterwards) there are sliders that allow the changing of the underlying color levels - darkening the blue and cyan for example will darken a sky when it looks washed out. The level of control is impressive.

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SSL

Try darktable. Not necessarily newbie friendly, but doesn't cost $1k. Also, if you have OS X: Apreture

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Gezzer

Looked interesting, but it's OS X or Linux, no Windows version. :(

I've not had very much luck with Linux, though I have been thinking about giving Mint another try. I've always had either networking or graphics problems, sometimes both. Add to that that I just don't have the time to invest in learning how to over come problems in Linux, and I become a bit hesitant to make it a full time OS for me.
As for OS X, I've never had a product from Apple. If I could simply get a copy of OS X and then install it on one of my computers I'd consider it. But because it's tied to a full system sale I haven't been too tempted.

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dracx619

ive used lightroom since version 2.0 and i love it. it was pretty simple to learn and use and i didn't read any tutorials or get help from anyone. its very easy to play with and figure out what everything does so i highly suggest that program.

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gothliciouz

what?..wasn't this software released years ago?.

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jkcheng122

4.0, the release version, came out in March 2012.