Adobe Lightroom

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by basesloaded190, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    i was looking at my schools software website and i can get lightroom for under $100. i downloaded a trial version and am playing around with it right now. i am a beginner when it comes to photography and editing. is this too much for me right now? should i just play around with iphoto or is this a really good deal and i should just get it and teach myself how to use the software to its fullest?
     
  2. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    Get it if you can afford it. It's much "better" than iPhoto and you'll probably want it eventually, unless you go for Aperture etc. which is pretty much the same area of program.
     
  3. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    You wont be able to learn it if you don't have it... Just get it for that price.
     
  4. jtblueberry macrumors regular

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    Get it if you are thinking about shooting in RAW at all. It makes shooting everything in RAW easy if you want to. The organizational tools are nice too. It may be overkill for you but it's an incredible deal at that price...just know its gonna take a little time to learn (I think it's pretty intuitive).
     
  5. phiberglass macrumors 6502a

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    I would only get it if you plan to shoot in raw and use it as an editor. IMO I would go with Aperture and not LightRoom.
     
  6. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Make sure to give Aperture a spin as well. You can download a free 30-day trial.
     
  7. bking1000 macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't want it, buy it and send it to me :)

    Really -- that's a great deal. But, $100 is $100. If you are shooting a LOT of pics that you want to edit and especially if you use RAW, then get it quick. If not, then save your $100 and put it towards a Time Capsule or something.
     
  8. basesloaded190 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    see i plan on buying a camera in the next couple of days, and im going to be going on some trips in the near future. i was planning on shooting a bit in raw for the editing purpose. after my 30 day trial for lightroom is over i planned on trying aperture for 30 days. for $100 less, i think if i like lightroom(which i have so far) i dont' see why i wouldn't just get that for the price
     
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  10. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    If you need it, It's a great deal but do NOT select which way to go based on price. You can easily sink hundreds of hours into using this kind of software. So the cost divided by the number of hours used is say a buck or less. Would you waste an hour of your time to save a buck and then do it again and again hundreds of times? If you think in those terms you will get what you need, not just whatever is cheap. The student price of Aperture is only $80 more. $80 is nothing compared to the time you will put into this

    That said, Lightroom may just be exactly what you need. I would use it for the full 30 day free trail period. Put at least 1,000 or so images into it and see if you like the workflow. LR seems to be intended for the person who shoots a large volume of RAW format images and wants a well defined "garden path" type post processing work flow. Is that you? The thing is you need to do more than "play" during the 30 days. Use it on your actual images. Aperture looks like more of a "tool box" where there are a zillion ways to do anything with no imposed structure.

    There are other options too. Many long time Adobe users prefer Bridge and Camera Raw. It is a great combination and comes with Photoshop.

    As a beginner you best bet might be to start out with iPhoto and use it until you find it does not do something you need.
     
  11. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    To continue that line of reasoning, why not iPhoto?

    Maybe there are good reasons not to use iPhoto but if you can't clearly state them you are not making an informed decision.
     
  12. basesloaded190 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    i would get aperture in a heartbeat if my school sold it, but they don't sell apple software. the only thing we get is adobe stuff made for both apple and pc. so i guess im going to really get into lightroom and then into aperture and use iphoto, then go from there. i just like the idea of shooting in raw and using that to edit my photos
     
  13. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    Is that because Apple make it?
     
  14. jtblueberry macrumors regular

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    For the record, I prefer Lightroom to Aperture. They are both amazing programs but for some reason Lightroom was more intuitive for me.
    I don't know how someone can say the one is significantly better than the other. It's more about what interface feels better to you.
     

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