Lightroom: Alone or In Company?
Adobe’s products are both offered in bundles or individually, with or without subscriptions. In this case, Lightroom is always paired with Photoshop. Lightroom is selling with Photoshop together for a more convenient price. That includes updates as well. Individual purchase is possible but will exclude updates from the price. So once you get the program, it’ll stay as it is unless you decide to pay for the updates.
Photoshop and Lightroom do very distinct jobs. But this is the reason why they work very well together. They are both editing software, only that Lightroom is more focused on exporting and sharing. While also offering very general and big-scaled editing features. Photoshop from the other hand, focuses on finer and much more complex editing on single images. But lacking the ability to export and share the content as well as its counterpart.
Having many files to work with at once can be a little intimidating and require an organizational tool. This is where Lightroom shines.
First and foremost, importing can be done through the program itself, which is much faster. Everything imported will be shown in a very smart and clean interface which offers fast (very fast) tagging, rating and categorizing. There is also a facial recognition feature which will automatically distinguish and categorize your images for you, if you want. You can then choose to create collections based on category or whatever you want.
Corrections and adjustments are possible in Lightroom, to a certain degree. However, it’s not which features are available and which not, but how fast and easily the software lets you correct your photos.
Lightroom will let you quickly go through the images you’ve categorized, and if, for example, you want to correct the ones which color is off, you can simply select them and edit their balance at once. This whole process won’t take you more than a couple of minutes, if not less.
Color balancing is not the only editing feature offered, you have the possibility to change the contrast, the lens distortion, the vignetting or the exposure of your images.
Using Photoshop and Lightroom together is an excellent combo and you surely have an idea why by now. You have the possibility to switch between the two software: let’s say you incidentally find an image in Lightroom that requires more advanced editing and refinement. You open Photoshop, edit your image and once you’re done the image will update in Lightroom and will be ready for exporting. Even before exporting, Adobe’s software offers color presets and profiles.
Overall, Lightroom has a clear and intuitive interface and it doesn’t require any knowledge to get to the core features of the software. However, experience and some familiarity with it surely helps getting the most out of the tools offered. For achieving this, you have many resources online, either offered by Adobe itself or by other people, since Lightroom is very popular.
Lightroom is a standard when needing a photo manager and editor, especially when used with Photoshop. When needing additional refinement and specific editing you can rely on Photoshop, but when doing mass adjustments and categorizing with many, many images, Lightroom is what to opt for.
PROS: An extraordinary image management features with a well balanced interface, offers corrections and adjustments, mobile version included for even better exporting and sharing and plug-in support.
CONS: Import is not one of the fastest.