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I have been using LR since LR2 ( about 5 years)
Apart from needing a reasonable powerful computer, and a big screen, I have found very few disadvantages
To take full advantage of LR you must shoot RAW
Make sure you understand how the data base works, that it is held in a seperate file separate file to your images
Understand how you finished work is "exported" (often as a jpeg) not saved
create a robust back up system
soor for the typos and mistakes
I cannot seem to edit my posts on the new forum ( or report a problem)
I am afraid its "good by from me" fro the time being
One thing to be aware of. By default, LR will backup the data base to same drive as the master
when you back the data base, you are not backing up the original image files, just the data
tip of day: practice doing a complete restore, before your hard drive(s) crash
remember : if not IF it crahes, it is WHEN
+1 to sevens comment on backup. Not a good way. So, if you follow the "help" video on backup you can select the location to backup at the end of the session or permanently select. Also, I have found that if I delete or move a file on say View NX that I have worked on in LR4, Lightroom will state that the image is no longer available. But, in general it does everything I want.
Can anyone tell me how to delete/abort a comment? I started to write a reply to sideways in one session, decided not to post, signed out, logged back in later on to start another session, and found the remnants of the comment from my previous session still sitting in the text box...with no way to permanently deep-six the detritus.
...but didn't want to fail to mention that there is a magnitude of power beyond LR available in Photoshop CS6.
CS6 works very well with LR. You can seemless go from LR and edit the image in CS6 then save the changes back in LR
I do all may filing, culling and editing editing in LR and only use CS6 for more complicated takes
Mike I agree,
Any professional photographer should have a good understanding of, how Photoshop works, what it is capable off , and the difference between PS and LR. They need to be aware of the tasks that are better carried out in PS rather than LR
But PS is a huge and very complicated program . If major retouching or manipulation is required, IMHO this is best left to the photoshop professionals
@7Crossing, You're exactly right, but I did want to make sure that everyone understood that the real power of compositing and layering comes from Photoshop and I think it's a worthwhile pursuit in itself - not to hijack this thread, I plan to start a new thread on 'jobs and careers' to tie in software and digital darkroom. In short, IMHO, Photoshop (and LR as one of the organizational tools) the photographer who is employable will have to be skilled in all these tools.
I wonder how seamless the integration of PS is into LR. Currently I use Aperture and PS and what I don't like here is, as soon as I edit a photo in PS (from within Aperture) my raw file will get converted into a TIFF and I basically loose the non-destructive editing advantage I got in Aperture.How is this done in LR? Will the editing I do in PS be reflected back into the non-destructive editing of LR or is this process similar to what Aperture does?