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I have a Mac book pro with lightroom 3 and my PC with CS5. I just started editing my photos and am only using lightroom so far (will probably stay this way).

Before I got lightroom I would import my pictures using canons software, and convert them to jpegs using their software as well to post online.

After I got lightroom for my mac I started importing with iphoto and setting lightroom as my editing software in iphoto. I feel like the pictures are not as clear as when i import them using my canon software.

Does iphoto do anything to the pictures?

Also which platform do you prefer lightroom on?

Thanks Guys
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Well, assuming you have a TN panel on the PC, I'd go with the MBP. Even though the MBP is a TN panel as well, it most likely has higher specs than the one you have on your PC.
    
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I had simular problems with my iPhoto when importing my Nikon pics to my Macbook Pro. I think (maybe) iPhoto downscales the photo so it can load, generate or operate faster when theres a lot of photos?

I stopped using iPhoto as a tool for importing and installed Nikons software for that now and everything seems to be fine.
     
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If the pictures were imported with RAW then every program has to do something to them in order to display them. Every program will differ slightly in this respect, but it's usually canon's own software that is best at this.

Of course, if you set your own default import settings in lightroom right you could technically get better photos, as the RAW file is exactly the same. The canon software probably just has better default settings.

If you own lightroom for mac, why are you using iphoto at all? Just use LR to import and export them. Just remember that LR is non-desctircuve editing until you export, or choose to edit in CS5.
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Well, assuming you have a TN panel on the PC, I'd go with the MBP. Even though the MBP is a TN panel as well, it most likely has higher specs than the one you have on your PC.
Never thought about the MBP having a better screen, good point. Maybe thats why the pictures look a little worse but i feel like its only if i use iphoto for the import.

Thanks for the input. I need to get an external HDD now the 260GB HDD won't last long at the rate I'm going.
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If the pictures were imported with RAW then every program has to do something to them in order to display them. Every program will differ slightly in this respect, but it's usually canon's own software that is best at this.

Of course, if you set your own default import settings in lightroom right you could technically get better photos, as the RAW file is exactly the same. The canon software probably just has better default settings.

If you own lightroom for mac, why are you using iphoto at all? Just use LR to import and export them. Just remember that LR is non-desctircuve editing until you export, or choose to edit in CS5.
Since I just started messing with Lightroom I am only messing with a few of what I believe to be my better shots. With this philosophy would it be best to import all the shots using canons software, then import to Lightroom the shots I wish to play with?

I use Iphoto because I find it to be awesome for creating my albums and displaying them on my computer. I just find it the easiest to keep my stuff organized for when I'm showing family and friends.

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Since I just started messing with Lightroom I am only messing with a few of what I believe to be my better shots. With this philosophy would it be best to import all the shots using canons software, then import to Lightroom the shots I wish to play with?

I use Iphoto because I find it to be awesome for creating my albums and displaying them on my computer. I just find it the easiest to keep my stuff organized for when I'm showing family and friends.

Thanks for all the replies guys
I've personally never used nikon's software (nikon shooter), but i believe that would be the best way to get the best photos, yeah.

Maybe do a test to figure out what's best for you. Import a photo with lightroom, and a photo with canon's software imported into LR, make no adjustments except export to TIFF and then have both printed A4 by a professional lab. Then see which is better.
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I've personally never used nikon's software (nikon shooter), but i believe that would be the best way to get the best photos, yeah.

Maybe do a test to figure out what's best for you. Import a photo with lightroom, and a photo with canon's software imported into LR, make no adjustments except export to TIFF and then have both printed A4 by a professional lab. Then see which is better.
For now I will test both methods without having them printed as I don't have a picture even close to worthy of printing. On a side note how much are prints and what does A4 mean
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A4 is just standard paper size (11" x 8" approx). They cost about £0.20 here excluding delivery.
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That's not bad at all I could probably get a few printed and delivered for a couple dollars then. And I feel dumb cause I new A4 as standard paper but thought it was different in this photo world lol.
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