Lightroom & Bridge CS4

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by dimme, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    My Photo collection is a little over 7000 images and they are all organized by subject in separate folders. 70% of the images are tiff files that were scanned from color slides. I usually view the photos in bridge & also use bridge to originaze my new raw files. I just started playing around with lightroom I like the interface but I am not too happy with the way it handles the the files. Because the raw converson tools a pretty much the same as camera raw plugin I am thinking of just usng bridge. Am I missing something? All I here is Lightroom is the best thing to come along in years, but to me it looks like a adobe versn of iphoto. Why would I want to use Lightroom?
  2. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    Lightroom, for me, offers an advanced array of editing tools not found in iPhoto. Additionally, it allows me to organize my photos better than in iPhoto. I still use iPhoto occasionally, but most of my work is spread between Lightroom and Photoshop.
  3. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    hmm, the op is talking about bridge and lightroom, where did the iPhoto came from?
  4. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    Because he said: "...but to me it looks like a adobe version of iphoto."
  5. ajpl macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2008
    Lightroom may be many leagues ahead of iPhoto, but if you are using Bridge, then you have the same RAW developer to process your images as you have in LR so unless you really like the LR paradigm - it's a database, not a File Browser, why not stick with Bridge. I have both and use Br a lot of the time as it's quicker and less fiddly a lot of the time, though the Web/Slide Print modules in LR are much better than Br's equivalents.

    BTW filing by subject doesn't work a many images will fits into many subject categories. Much better is to file by date [e.g. 2009-02-14 Valentine's Day] and add metadata that allows you to search/file by subject.
    Both LR and Br allow you to have subject collections you can simply drag images into or smart collections based on search criteria that can dynamically search by subject [if labelled with keywords] or many other criteria.
  6. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    aaah, LOL!!! missed the iPhoto part *smack myself on the head*
  7. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Best response, and may I add that LR's database features will go hand in hand with the RAW algorithms ACR use to develop RAW images. So LR would be best if you want to keep your images organized and at your finger tips for quick adjustments, toning, and fine tuning via ONE app, and not two or three depending on workflow.

    For example, I was a Photo Mechanic (work) Bridge (home/freelance) --> Photoshop user that organized via Finder. When I needed to make an adjustment to a file I dug around (Bridge) for either the original or the toned version previously edited. I either made a new copy of that file (Bridge) then opened it in Photoshop.

    With Aperture or Lightroom you do all of that with one application. Also, even if your images are located in various files, you can keep your file structure and import/reference your files into LR.... then view all files at once. i.e. I have some projects separated by camera model, but all the same thing. In LR I can just see them ALL at once.

    When you're done with a project, you can keep the previews on file (if you're mobile) but leave the RAW files or masters at home. Backing up your files is also easier depending on your methods.

    Lastly, the non-destructive editing. You don't have to make many copies of the same file for different versions.

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