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Hi everyone, i'm an amature phony-tographer and i'm trying to decide on what post-processing software I should use and really look into learning ( i would prefer just one program )


From what I understand photoshop is obviously a editor/creation platform, which i'm more familiar with than light room

but i've heard good things about light room as a organizer, but not sure about its editing capabilities.


Currently, I use iphoto as my library, and then just open the photo in photoshop to do any editing, save, then put the edited copy back in my iphoto library.
post #2 of 14
Photoshop should take up the main portion of your learning time, it has high functionality and is extremely versatile, although with all the capabilities it has, there is quite a bit to learn.
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Most of what I do is pretty basic, straightening, messing with color saturation, adding filters etc.

Not really looking to fully edit photos to change backgrounds, edit out objects, make a person look slimmer or any of that.
post #4 of 14
Look into your "camera raw" inside Photoshop.

Most photographers shoot in "Raw" format, rather than jpeg as you can recover a lot more while editing.

Lightroom is a more streamlined/skined version of "camera raw" (CR comes installed with photoshop) You can download a trial version of either for 30 days and then see what one you like.

90% of the time i use lightroom for my photos, It is quick and easy. You can add the same adjustment to all of your photos, so less time in front of the pc. I do still like to use photoshop for area sharpening, skin softening and eye enhancement (sometimes using a plug-in), although you can do all of that through lightroom as well.

Lightroom = cheap
Photoshop elements = cheaper slim lined photoshop.
Photoshop = $

All in all, i could not live with out either Lightroom or photoshop.
post #5 of 14
if you are using PS for everything, you are wasting a lot of time. this is because both programs are completely different tools for different purposes.

simplistically LR is for processing photos, you can adjust wb, exposure, vignette, crop, etc. Just the simple and the most common stuff.

PS is for more advance edits, stitching panoramics, making new content, combining multiple images, etc.
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Well then I think I'm okay with PS and iphoto, as iphoto can do the simple stuff, and I don't highly edit every single photo i take, Occasionally I'll take one that I feel is good enough to spend an hour or two editing in PS
post #7 of 14
I'm a photographer and I would say that 95% of my work is done in Lightroom with only an occasional foray into Photoshop. Also important is Adobe is moving all their creative suite software into the cloud and you will need a subscription to use it (this includes Photoshop) so based on what you say this is not the route to take. Photoshop Elements will still be available but it's not as powerful. Lightroom is much more functional than iphoto and the only Apple application that would be equivalent is Aperture. You can get up and running with Lightroom in a relatively short period of time and version 5 will be released soon.
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Yeah, I suppose I should just download a trial of each software and just test them all out.

Some things I like to do in photoshop ( not sure if able to do in LR ) is turning the background black and white while keeping the subject in color, darkening the background to make the subject pop out more, editing eyes to make them seem brighter and more colorful, things like that ( stuff that uses erasers, layers, brush tools, etc )
post #9 of 14
Some of what you mention can be done in LR such as darkening the background and using brush tools. Big difference is that LR does not allow you to get down to pixel level. A lot of people are now soured on Adobe because of moving everything to the Cloud (except for LR and Elements). I know Elements used to only be 8-bit and don't know if Adobe has made it a 16 bit application.
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post #10 of 14
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Hm... well i have heard about adobe moving to the cloud ( sounds like another DRM issue )

I do prefer to get down to individual pixel editing though

I know LR is much cheaper, and even more so with a student discount, but I would really prefer to only buy one software vs two

( another reason i'm a fan of iphoto is because of the icloud syncing so I can access all my photos from my iphone )
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