Lightroom vs PSE
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*~Karla~*
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Posted: 12/15/2012 10:24:41 PM
I'm trying to get back in to photography. My old software is obsolete. I'm looking at Lightroom 4 or PS Elements 11. Which is better for making great photos. I'm not really in to swapping heads and all, just making good pics better

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks
Karla

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Posted: 12/17/2012 10:44:03 PM
I'm no expert, but I just finished a beginners photography course, and our teacher swears by Lightroom. It's excellent for basic overall photography adjustments (contrast, colour, cropping, vignetting, etc), and PSE is better for more pixel based adjustments (swapping heads, as you said Also, with Lightroom you can adjust many pictures at the same time.

The good news is that you can download both and have a 30 day free trial to make your own decision.

I'll be watching this thread. I'm interested to hear what the experts have to say.



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Posted: 12/18/2012 10:21:25 AM
I have both but I use them for different purposes:

Lightroom 4: This is my main tool. Not only do I post-process my images here, my photos are organized, keyworded & cataloged in Lightroom. Lightroom was DESIGNED for photographers, while PS was designed for graphic artists. I absolutely love it. LR has plenty of presets available (for post-processing) and you can create your own. There's also a bunch of plug-ins available too -- I upload directly to Facebook, Flickr and Costco right through LR. It's great.

PSE: I use this solely as a way to make custom covers and page designs for photobooks. That's it. I don't use it for any post-processing because again, it's all done in Lightroom.

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Posted: 12/18/2012 10:45:55 AM
Thank you so much. That's the info I was looking for. I think I'm going to go the LightRoom route.

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Posted: 12/19/2012 8:36:01 PM
I use lightroom for processing, cataloging and tagging with keywords. I use photoshop for printing my photos-changing them to tiffs before printing.


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Posted: 12/20/2012 8:04:02 AM
What is the best price you've seen for Lightroom? I did the free trial a year or so ago and LOVED it, although I probably just scratched the surface of what it could do.


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