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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

October 26, 2010 by  
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  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software helps you bring out the best in your photography, whether you’re perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands.
  • Get the absolute best from every image you shoot with world-class editing power and intuitive controls that set your creativity free.
  • Breeze through your digital photography tasks quickly and efficiently, so you can spend more time shooting–your core photography essentials are included in one fast, intuitive application.
  • Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools, including world-class noise reduction.
  • Share your vision with elegant options for showcasing your images in customized print packages, dynamic slide show videos with music, web galleries, and on popular photo-sharing sites.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you’re perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands.

Create incredible images that move your audience. Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools. Easily manage all your images. And showcase your work in elegant print layouts, slide shows, and web galleries, as well as on popular photo-… More >>


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

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5 Responses to “Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3”
  1. Those familiar with Photoshop might wonder why an additional product should be needed to manage digital images. I would offer this difference: Photoshop is a program for image manipulation; it’s for folks who want to change their photographs or create new substance in an image. Lightroom is a program that, primarily, expedites photography workflow. [By using the term "workflow," I don't mean to imply that it's geared only to those who are in the profession of photography; amateurs and hobbyists alike (like I am), who also wish to prepare quickly and print images, can benefit from this highly-practical and time-efficient program.] You can “tweak” pics very nicely with Lightroom, but Photoshop’s the paragon for substantial alteration.

    Lightroom 3 simplifies enormously the process of preparing photo captures for use, whether as web or print applications. It facilitates quick organization & preview, raw enhancement, printing, and web uploading of photos.

    The “library” module permits quick organization of picture groups. The amazing, work-saving catalog system allows rapid naming, labeling & flagging, copying, metadata editing & review, and filtering of files, then presents a robust preview for easy access to the rest of the photographic workflow. A stellar feature of the file handling is the (relatively) low memory burden placed on computer RAM — most all of these activities originate from small files that make good use of the .dng formatting.

    The “develop” module contains all of the necessary controls to adjust exposure, correct lens aberrations, establish a good white point to remove color casts, manipulate color and grayscale attributes, crop, retouch discreet areas of a photo, and, generally, to perform all the actions of an after-the-fact camera, insofar as these are possible, to improve the raw (proprietary or .dng) images that come from a digital source. One very fine feature is the ability to create instantly a “virtual copy” of your photo, which you can edit, change, enhance, etc. — all without altering your original file.

    The “slideshow” module lets you combine photos into a presentation for automatically viewing a sequence of photos as slides. Text can be added, as well as an intro slide and a conclusion slide. You can even add a music file to the background of your presentation, and the program will automatically time your slideshow to the length of your music clip. Slideshows can then be downloaded into a variety of different video formats (including mp4, which I use most frequently).

    Finally, the “print” or “web” modules expedite the last-step output to the desired final product. There’s a marvelous preview of your photo presented prior to the actual printing. Multiple photos or copies of the same photo can be easily grouped and previewed on a single sheet for cost-effective printing. Downloading to the web is a cinch. There’s even a feature to upload your photos automatically to a Flickr account and (in the updated version) to Facebook.

    Though a learning curve is associated with attaining mastery of Lightroom, I think the controls are quite intuitive. As a virtual neophyte who has had the product for only a short time, I’ve been able to output some very satisfying images to my printer.

    I’ve been an Adobe fan since the dark ages of computer imagery in the 1980′s [Pagemaker license number was issued by Aldus], and this product once again confirms their hegemony in the realm of computer graphics.

    Conclusion: Lightroom 3 is a highly recommended program for those who like to snap and publish digital photos.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Hank says:

    I’ll start off by saying I thought $300 for a photo program was more than I wanted to spend. I had tried the 30 day trial when LR2 came out, but couldn’t get in enough keyboard time during the 30 day trial period. I decided to try the Beta when LR3 B1 came out and actually got about 70 days under my belt before B2 expired.

    I had bought and used Elements 3 and 7, and while pretty good enhancers, there organizational abilities were weak. By weak, I mean, once they were catalogued and or key worded, they were fine, but the key wording was tedious.

    Enter LR3. It doesn’t have the capability of Elements (or photoshop either, I assume) but it does have enough capability to handle 90+% of what I do. What I usually do is correct color and exposure, saturate or desatureate some colors to enhance the image or de-emphasize the back ground, sharpen things up a bit and or decrease noise, mostly luminous, and apply the lens correction feature. I have also used the curves feature and the section I think they call shade, saturation and Lumination to make local adjustment to brightness and color. All in all, I can make almost all reasonably exposed photos, (+-2.5 stops) look pretty good. The program doesnot have the capability to distort shape, color or texture for artistic purposes, which I do not do at this time. The program does have a perspective correction section which I have had reasonable success with on the small number of uses I have had with it.

    I have dabbled in the other features, such as healingand red eye reduction (easy and effecetive), paint brushing, tinting etc. My experience here is limited, but the features seem to be effective.

    Its real standout is organization. I had about 11,000 photos in my file which I reduced to about 8000 by using the easy to use “compare mode”. I also keyworded these images in about 2 weeks of daily effort averaging 2 to 4 hours per day. ( a concentrated effort for sure). The keywords are easy to set up and the program’s auto-type and table of recent keywords is very helpful and a great time saver.

    In general, I say if your main goal is organization of your file, perhaps coupled with a desire for slide show, this program has a lot of features to consider, (I did not use the print or post to facebook sections at all). If you’re into MAJOR image correction or enhancement, for artistic purposes, this program will fall short. I hope this helps.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Lightroom 3 was an awesome addition to my studio. Prior to using lightroom I was using Bridge and PhotoShop to process all my photos. If you go out and shoot a few photos a week I would not recommend dropping the cash to get lightroom. If you shoot or want to shoot 1000+ images a day and don’t want to spend most of your time in front of a computer doing post work, buy lightroom 3.

    Performance: Lightroom 3 works amazingly well on computer running a 64bit OS like win7. After watching a few tutorial videos on the program I was able to add lightroom to my work-flow and get files edited and to my clients about twice as fast as just using BR/PS.

    Great for:

    1.Noise reduction (simple and awesome)

    2.Making small to medium adjustments to photos quickly

    3.Managing photo meta data

    4.cataloging and sorting

    5.getting images to the web

    6.printing packages

    7.slide shows

    8….

    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Bass Lake says:

    Lightroom3 is a fantastic piece of software that is an excellent tool for the professional or serious amateur. There are many reviews here and elsewhere on the web that describe its functionality in great detail, so there is no need for me to bother with that here.. I use the software and recommend it highly. I would suggest that you take the time to tour the Adobe Learning site that has many excellent video tutorials that will give you an in depth look at the software in actual use in real life situations. A picture (or video in this case) is definitely worth a thousand words.

    See on the web: [...]

    However, I want to bring to your attention one serious potential technical problem with software designs like Lightroom. My own professional background has included a stint in software design and programming so the following is information that I want to share with you, but it is information that you will most likely not hear about in the photographic press or other locations that are likely to be talking about Lightroom. Here is the issue: * Central to its core and necessary for operation of Lightroom is a proprietary database system that holds all user entered data for recipe or change files to your RAW development, as well as dozens of other variables and user entered and program generated data and variables. Lightroom *does not* embed the change information into the image files. This is a very dangerous design leap in the making of Lightroom. Why do I say that? What can go wrong here?

    Very simply put, if anything corrupts or makes unavailable that proprietary database, then you can kiss good by what might be hundreds of hours and possibly years of work that you inputted while using the program over whatever amount of days, weeks, months or years that you were using Lightroom as your tool of choice for handling your photo library.

    It is not clear that Lightroom can make sense of and reconstruct its database in the event of a replaced hard disk unless the RAW and JPEG image files are placed on the new replacement disk in the exact format and file hierarchy and structure of the old disk. Therefore, you must keep image backups of your disks, just having the data is not enough, the structure of the data in the file system must be preserved. You must assure yourself that your backup software can place back this disk image if called upon to do so in the future.

    Additionally several other things might cause you real problems: You can be so foolish as to not back up the database files to multiple locations that will survive the common physical risks of fire, theft, hardware crashes, etc. We will assume that you are a good computer user and have an off premises back up system and also at least two other removable and transportable hard drives onto which you will keep your back up database files. So you have that base covered. No worry there for you!

    It’s number #3.) that most people never think about but happens once in a great while. It is, admittedly, a long shot but so is winning the lottery. But people do win, or in this case loose. It is this “gottcha” that does happen in the high tech world of computers and even the most sophisticated users, from government agencies to large private corporations, have been “burned” by it. Simply put the vendor (in this case Adobe) either goes out of business or changes the internal design of its proprietary database and you only then have access to your data for however long into the future that you can keep a running copy of the original software on your machines.

    Don’t laugh, and before you flame me for this review, I will mention two of the most famous examples of this happening: One is Western Digital Corp that used a third party vendor for years that supplied them with an ISAM engine database image backup system. WD sort of fell asleep at the switch and forgot to watch out for its vendors health. The vendor went out of business and WD was stuck with thousands of customers that could not get their backup data off of the WD drives that were affected. The second example is at NASA, that to this day has millions of image files from early space exploration that was encoded in a proprietary format that, inexplicably, over time, the programming code to decode was somehow lost or destroyed. Actually, there are many more examples, and the very nature of the programming world, it seems, is to be littered with the remains of old dead code systems that no one any longer uses, understands or has the time to bother with.

    I only mention all this, just so that someone has told you. You are now informed, and if you ever do win this lottery you can not say that you did not know it could happen to you.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. Christian says:

    For the most part this program is a gift from the Adobe Gods. It’s fast and has cut my post production time down to a small fraction of what it used to be. So for the most part I believe that every photographer should be in this program. Just being able to FINALLY automate the insertion of jpeg or PNG logos has made many things so much easier!

    Two faults that I just can’t get my head around:

    1) This program has so many controls that are identical to PS4-5, why didn’t they also include the color controls that are in PS4-5 for RAWs???

    2) I rename/number my files to be more personable in relation to my clients. The renaming/numbering system in LR3 is more like a rookie mistake than a contemporary system in that if you use numerics at the end of your new file names, and then go to burn them to CD/DVD, the numbering system causes the files to drop out of their true order. So rather than 001, 002, 003, etc., you’ll get 1, 11, 12 … 2, 20, 21 … 3, 30, 31, etc.

    So I’m still toggling between programs to rename/number my files, but aside from that I love this program.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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