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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2
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Product Description

Adobe Lightroom V2 for Windows and Mac. Lightroom provides an efficient way to import, select, develop, and showcase large volumes of digital images.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 software is essential for today's digital photography workflow. Now you can quickly import, process, manage, and showcase your images--from one shot to an entire shoot. Quickly batch process, convert, and apply metadata to your photos on import. Easily make selections with multiple viewing and comparison options. Adjust and enhance color, exposure, and tonal curves nondestructively on more than 190 camera raw file formats, as well as JPEG, TIFF, and PSD files. Every change you make to an image is automatically tracked, so you can return to any state with a single click. With Lightroom 2, you spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2, designed for photographers, features an elegant, uncluttered interface that puts just the tools you need at your fingertips.

Enjoy more flexible, accurate enhancements by targeting a specific area for dodging and burning.

Sort and filter large volumes of photos using powerful metadata filters to quickly find just the photo you want.

Enjoy robust support for more than 190 camera raw file formats, and experiment with confidence. Adjustments you make to images in Lightroom won't alter the original data, whether you're working on a JPEG, TIFF, DNG, or camera raw file.

Enjoy tight integration with Adobe Photoshop software for streamlined use of Smart Objects, panorama stitching, high dynamic range (HDR) functionality, multiple layer workflow, and more.

Work with a tool focused on photographers' needs
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is designed expressly for both amateur and professional photographers. From its elegant, uncluttered interface to its carefully tailored tools and features, Lightroom helps you process photographs faster, giving you more time to shoot. With the new and enhanced features in Lightroom 2, you canfind the photos you want faster, make more accurate adjustments, and easily present your work in more ways than ever before.

Accelerate your workflow
Lightroom is a nimble tool that moves you efficiently through every step of your workflow, from image capture to client presentation. Use flexible tools and features to manage the processing of large volumes of photographs. Customize a wide range of importing, renaming, and metadata stamping functions to suit your needs. Keep track of the changes you've made to images, including alternate versions, easily and automatically with the History panel. And when you're ready to present your work to clients, easily assemble and output high-quality printed contact sheets, online web galleries, and slide shows, or upload your photos to popular online photo-sharing sites.

Use it your way
Lightroom is adaptable and compatible with the way you work, most of the hardware you use, and open standards, so you're less likely to be limited by proprietary systems and formats. Lightroom runs on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. Work with more than 190 camera raw file formats, as well as JPEG, TIFF, and PSD files. Convert your images to the universal DNG format without loss of image quality. Store your photographs in the Lightroom Library--even if they're located on offline media. Using Lightroom for developing images, together with Adobe Photoshop for retouching, digital photographers now have the essential photography software toolkit. Take advantage of robust metadata support and advanced keywording capabilities help you tag and find the photographs you need quickly and easily. From developing images to presenting them, Lightroom together with Photoshop provides digital photographers with the essential photography software toolkit.

Who's It For?

Professional photographers
Photographers who shoot large volumes of images in every specialty, from fashion and fine art to portraiture and photojournalism.

Advanced amateur photographers
Photographers who don't earn a living from their images but have a deep passion for photography; take large numbers of photos, typically with a digital SLR camera; and value professional tools and results.

University and community college instructors who are shooters themselves and who teach the best tools and practices to the next generation of photographers.

The top reasons to buy Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Enhance specific areas of a photo
Enjoy more flexible, accurate enhancements by targeting a specific area for dodging and burning.

Quickly find any photo
Sort and filter large volumes of photos using powerful metadata filters to quickly find just the photo you want.

Automatically import and process your way
Import and process large volumes of photos according to your customized settings. Rename files, organize them into folders, add metadata, and convert file formats for an entire shoot simultaneously.

Native 64-bit architecture
Utilize the advanced memory-handling capabilities on the latest Mac OS and Windows systems.

Work smoothly with Adobe Photoshop software (sold separately)
Enjoy tight integration with Adobe Photoshop software for streamlined use of Smart Objects, panorama stitching, high dynamic range (HDR) functionality, multiple layer workflow, and more. See your edits automatically updated in Lightroom.

Multiple monitor support
Add a second monitor and enjoy more room to work. Support for multiple monitors allows you to configure your workspace to manage image workflow and presentation more efficiently.

Be productive quickly
Ease your learning curve with task-oriented modules that speed you through typical workflow tasks by placing just the tools you need at your fingertips.

Edit nondestructively
Enjoy robust support for more than 190 camera raw file formats, and experiment with confidence. Adjustments you make to images in Lightroom won't alter the original data, whether you're working on a JPEG, TIFF, DNG, or camera raw file.

Easily show off your photos online
Create dynamic web galleries based on Adobe Flash technology without programming. In a few clicks, you can assemble and upload an interactive gallery to your website. Or easily upload your images to popular photo-sharing sites directly from Lightroom.

  • Enhance specific areas of a photo, or precisely adjust overall color, exposure, and tonal range nondestructively
  • Automatically import, rename, and sort your entire shoot; find your photos quickly with powerful yet flexible sorting, selecting, and organizational tools
  • Present your work in dynamic slide shows, interactive web galleries, and a variety of flexible print templates; easily upload your photos to popular online photo-sharing sites
  • Configure your workspace to manage image workflow and presentation more efficiently thanks to support for multiple monitors
  • Every change you make to an image is automatically tracked, so you can return to any state with a single click

Customer Reviews:

  • Best Photo Software
    Lightroom 2 is the best photo organizer and quick editor I have ever used. I really like the organizer bar. And, I create web pages in minutes, crop pictures, adjust exposure and color temps, export my RAW images to JPG, touch-up red eye, and much much more. I haven't used CS3 in months....more info
  • A powerhouse for organization and editing
    I am a Photoshop CS3/Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw user, and when Lightroom 1.0 came out in beta for user testing, I downloaded it and tried it out. At the time, I didn't see much use for the application, and my other Adobe applications seemed to offer me the same and better, so I opted not to add Lightroom to my photo processing arsenal. I took this most recent opportunity to tryout Lightroom 2.0 however, because of all that I've been hearing about its improved functionality from fellow photographers - I wanted to see for myself what it could do.

    I've hardly scratched the surface on this feature-rich application, but there is much to admire here. With Lightroom, Adobe offers a photo-centric application (as opposed to Bridge, which attempts to be everything for any user from any of Adobe's applications, including audio, graphic design and video applications) that is sleek and professional and very, very useful.

    One of its main strengths, and I believe its main purpose, is as an organization database for the ever-growing amount of digital images today's modern photographer typically accumulates. I've found Bridge to be a sluggish image viewer - point it to a folder of several hundred RAW files, then go have a 20-minute tea break until it's done setting up the previews. With Lightroom, you can import your images into the database in one go and forever after they can be viewed immediately whenever you open the application. I've been amazed so far at how quickly I'm able to access images in Lightroom and get started on the selection and editing process with very little lag time.

    RAW file editing functions are immediately available in Lightroom (in Bridge you have to open a separate Adobe Camera Raw application to begin edits, another 60 seconds at least), and much of what you can do in Adobe Camera Raw is available in Lightroom as well - exposure adjustment, curves, clarity, etc. There appear to be some differences, however - for instance, unless I've missed spotting it, Lightroom appears to lack the one-click convert-to-B&W feature that ACR provides (I would expect to see this in the hue/saturation/luminance tab, where it exists in ACR). Lightroom now allows spot editing (although no selections), which my current version of ACR can't do, in some cases saving me a trip into Photoshop altogether.

    Overall, I've been very pleased with how much editing functionality Lightroom immediately makes available to me and thus how far along I can get in my editing before I need to open Photoshop to finish things up - not having to bop around among two or three applications at once throughout most of the workflow saves a lot of time.

    I have yet to have a need for or tryout the Slideshow, Print, and Web tabs of the application, so I can't provide any critique on those in this review.

    So five stars to Adobe Lightroom 2 for its sleek, intuitive interface and PS CS3-worthy suite of editing tools. All this functionality in one single application provides a welcome improvement to speeding up the photographer's workflow....more info
  • Great Editing tool
    I purchased Lightroom 2 after purchasing the Canon 50D and discovered that RAW images were not being read by LR 1. Although most photos can be edited in the basic section, the capability of editing small details of your photograph make this version worth the purchase. Lightroom 2 still has the great "bookkeeping" feature that allows you to view, select, edit, tag and then file your photos for easy access. I used to do Elements but for anyone that takes thousands of shots in a year, this is the program for you....more info
  • Works as advertised but integrates poorly with Adobe workflow
    I purchased the initial version of Lightroom hoping for a faster way to correct and view lots of images than Adobe Bridge/Camera RAW provided. Unfortunately the huge hardware requirements, long processing times, and dubious value of the Lightroom layout turned me off integrating it into my workflow.

    I figured I'd take a look at Lightroom 2 to see if improvements warranted a rethink. The short answer is, "Not for me." The trouble is much the same---Lightroom doesn't play all that nice with Photoshop or Bridge and learning a new interface and maintaining separate catalogues of the same images simply isn't worth it to me for a slight benefit in metadata management.

    Perhaps photographers with more robust catolog requirements and far larger volumes of images will think differently, but I'd have to recommend amateurs such as myself simply not bother with this product at the present time. ...more info
  • WONDERFUL - more than a file system
    As a professional photographer, I have thousands of images to keep track of. I have my own system of folders and backup drives, and it wasn't bad, but it simply cannot compare to the quality and ease of using Lightroom.

    I don't use all the features yet, but plan to continue to integrate lightroom into my process as I bring more and more into a single coherent database. You can't beat lightroom for this.

    Others can speak to some of the other features, this alone is worth it for me!...more info
  • No Major Complaints.
    I don't have any major issues with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 (APL2). But an annoying gripe for me and what needs a little bit of work is automasking. I don't lean on automasking, but it does come in handy. And on APL2, It's far from perfect. It does seem to take a little bit more time than usual, but is not total pain. A RAW file may take a little bit more time, a tiny delay, but it's not a snail's pace, a more equipped computer will help. You will still need Photoshop (APL2 can't invert masking) if you want to get in depth with masking, but the integration between the two programs is easy.

    But that's not a main deterrent. I still give this product five stars just for its excellent cataloging skills and ability to get your stuff to the web. You won't master it in a day. The learning curve for APL2 is not that steep but it is does offer its share of complexity. But the main selling point is its zippy-ness. APL2 handles the majority of the work you throw at is with ease and that's why I'm using it....more info
  • Nice upgrades - All-in-one editing is so close
    Lightroom 1.0 was great. Almost. It gave great organization and some new ways to look at editing. But some basic tools that would have made it a great alternative to Photoshop Elements were lacking. Among them: sharpening, redeye adjustments and tool brushes for some spot fixes. Lightroom 2.0 fixes that with the inclusion of those tools. Add in the fact that most of the tools are self-explanatory and you have a great all-in-one package. Almost. A manual would be great. Where else but in the world of software would you get a $300 item and no instruction manual? Also, if you like the hands-on approach (such as using layers in Photoshop) this may not be for you. Plus, for some reason I have consistently had output problems with Lightroom 1 and 2. Easy to save to jpg and move somewhere else but outputting to a printer is not as easy as it should be. Overall - it's what I use every day and I'm picky. ...more info
  • Photoshop Beyond!
    As a lifelong Apple user, old Art Director and Adobe fanboy, I was extremely happy with Lightroom 2. NOT Photoshop Lite but IS a darkroom guru! Superbly designed for pros to enhance the heck out of images to pro standards, period. My highest recommendation to Adobe for turning me on to Lightroom. Have Photoshop? you probably have the CS and thus can live without SOME of lightroom, but I love the way it helps me track my tons of stuff in an orderly way. KUDOS ADOBE!!!

    Organizing! As a designer AND archivist of thousands of images and many more to come, I needed Lightroom's capability to keep them all sorted, properly imported and with the opportunity to go back and undo changes (very, very smart!).

    Adding sepia and effects is much simpler than Photoshopping; photographers don't want more unnecessary junk, they (we) want to get to where we want to go and back up to the right one. Here ya go!

    Filters and whizbang stuff are terrific. Ease of transforming for web or print and everything in between is great. More than I'd asked for!!!

    Downside: Loads a bit slow on mine, but expected on older Macs. Time for an upgrade to compliment this fantastic new app!

    Upside: Organize! Adjust! Clean up! Post and look totally brilliant with your photos! Even a novice can look pro here, and that's no exaggeration. Old "Photoshop tricks" are mastered here and wonderfully great to work with. ...more info
  • Aperture or Lightroom in brief
    There are already many reviews of this product. What follows is my own experience in trying to decide between using Aperture and Lightroom.

    Both are excellent tools. If you are an avid photographer, amateur or professional, you should really consider buying one or the other of these. If you are a Windows user the choice is simple as Aperture is not available for Windows.

    The UI's and workflows are certainly different, but I find both manageable. I felt that there was a bit more of a learning curve with Aperture, particularly if you are familiar with iPhoto. Aperture is not really iPhoto on steroids. I found working in Lightroom not to be particularly hard, but the benefit of reading the documentation opened up the software a fair amount.

    I really liked Lightroom's tight integration with Photoshop. At one point there were many more plugins for Lightroom than Aperture, but now that seems to be evening out. Correction tools are quite good for both applications, but Lightroom's Localized adjustment tool is something I hope Apple will copy.

    I promised I would keep this brief. At the end of the day, I chose Aperture because I preferred it's user interface, and it performed better on my Mac. It is an excellent balance between sophistication and giving you just the stuff you need at a given time, something that Apple's UI designers excel at. I am still learning things it will do (latest discovery, it's extensive output modes). If you are currently using iPhoto, then Aperture will pull in your existing iPhoto library for you, making transition painless.

    Windows users -- if you are serious about photography you should really consider purchasing Lightroom. It will replace a fair amount of what you use photoshop for, will give you much more sophisticated image management tools as part of the deal.

    BTW both are available as a 30 day trial, so you can try them out for yourself.

    ...more info
  • Keep up the good work Adobe!
    My search for the perfect photo management and editing program began earlier this year. While I'm not a professional photographer by any means, I am an enthusiasts like many of you who are considering Lightroom. The pros will all say that Photoshop is a must, but for amateur enthusiasts like us, it is way overkill as well as an expensive solution that screams out for a simpler solution.

    On the other extreme are programs like iPhoto and Photoshop Elements 7 which are not sophisticated enough for anything but casual snapshot takers.

    With Photoshop, iPhoto and Elements out of the running, I had to choose between two competing software: Lightroom or Aperture. If you have a PC and not a Mac, the choice is much simpler since you can't pick Aperture. Each had it's own strengths and weaknesses. Aperture, for those who have used both, is easier to use since the the layout and workflow was designed with simplicity in mind. It is also about $100 cheaper than Lightroom. However, I own a Sigma DP1 which used a proprietary RAW format (X3F) that precluded me from using Aperture. At the time, neither programs accepted the DP1 format. However, since Adobe is faster at releasing RAW updates, I figured that I had a much better chance of an update from Adobe than Apple in the near future. It turns out that I my assessment was correct as Adobe recently updated their RAW converter which now accepts the DP1 while Apple is still Sigma deficient.

    I started using Lightroom 1.4 earlier in the year. Although I wasn't able to directly import photos directly from my Sigma, I was able to convert it in the Sigma software first before importing them into Lightroom. The program is broken into five separate modules which follows the workflow of someone who wishes to go from importing the photos off their camera to the finishing product whether it's for print, web or anything else. I will now describe the five modules and my impression of them:

    This is the first module. It allows you to import, organize as well as quick adjust photos coming in from your camera or memory card. There are a few changes in 2.0 from the previous versions. Mainly, the left side of the module has been reduced to just three panels. You can now create collections so that all your vacation photos, for example, can be grouped together. That makes it simple to see grouped themes in your pictures. There is also a smart collection which functions much like the iTunes smart playlists which would key in on tags so that it automatically grows or shrinks as your photo collections change. People using Photoshop would welcome the better integration.

    This second module is probably where most people spend most of their time. It allows for the fine tuning of photos to just the way you want it. It's not as powerful as Photoshop, but it should be sufficient for anyone who doesn't wish to alter the photo so much so that it's no longer like the original. Unlike Photoshop, you can't create things that weren't there in the photos to begin with. It's everything you need to adjust the photo.

    The new 2.0 version now has a graduated filter tool so that you can add that effect to your images. There's also a retouch brush which allows you to paint in exposure, brightness, clarity, and saturation. There's even a section to correct for vignettes if you have lens issues.

    I don't do slideshows so I don't spend too much time here but suffice it to say, it has everything you need to create just the right presentation.

    The print module has all the printing settings and adjustments for printing that can make the print look great. It will also allow you to output to jpg so that you can print it somewhere else. The allowance for package makes batch printing easier.

    New to 2.0 is the ability to support 16 bit print output for those printers that have it.

    I also don't spend too much here but you can create html galleries for your web pages.

    Adobe seems to still be in rapid upgrading mode for Lightroom. They have just released an update to 2.0 which further improves and program. I expect there to be additional tweaks to the program as time passes since they seem to be locked in a battle with Apple's Aperture for dominance.

    All in all, Lightroom 2.0 is a very powerful tool that will allow any enthusiast to fully exploit whatever photos they have taken to its maximum potential....more info
  • Wonderful photo management tool for the Pro or Pro-sumer
    I'm really happy with Lightroom 2. I'd been a Lightroom 1 user since it came out, but used it inconsistently, wavering between iPhoto and Lightroom 1. Lightroom 1 just seems a little sluggish. I also found myself firing up Photoshop quite a lot from Lightroom 1.

    Although it may seem like a small feature, I use the Vignette for Cropped Images feature, new to Lightroom 2, quite a lot. In Lightroom 1, you were able to control the photo's edge vignette if you didn't crop the photo, but if you did want to crop your photo and have control of the edge vignette, it meant a trip to Photoshop. Good addition to LR2.

    My main use with Light Room 2 is managing a large number of photos. I've recently had a few jobs where I come back to my studio with around 200 similar shots and I need to have a way to find the best 5 or so to present to a client. Light Room is build to easily handle a task like that. I take several passes through my latest import and rank them with successively higher rating star ratings until I'm left with just the best shots.

    From there, I will "develop" the Raw image files directly in Light Room and produce a small web site, again directly in Light Room 2, for my client's selection and approval.

    Adobe's done a great job with this software package....more info
  • Lightroom
    Love it!.....Great Program....seeing that I'm a Photographer...

    It does about 95% of everything I need to do storing, tracking, printing,developing. Would easily rate it at 5 stars!...more info
  • Great Program, but...
    I'm impressed with the program, but one such as this merits a manual for effective use. The price certainly justifies the printing costs. I had to buy an "aftermarket" book so as to be reasonably sure I'd get the full good of the program....more info
  • My new photo companion
    I had no expectations for this product so i had to go through it slowly. I tried the previous version and didn't see much use of it.
    I have been using Photoshop for too long to go for a shortcut application.

    I have been using Lightroom 2 for 1 week now and I have had no reason to do anything in Photoshop except the healing effect which is helpful to clean the dust and lens spots.

    LR2 can do almost anything and might be a good reason not to spend those $$$ to get CS4 which is getting too complicated even for someone who has used it for 13 years....more info
  • Great additional to your photo toolbox, and a lesson learned
    I downloaded the demo version of light room and within a couple days I had made my purchase through amazon. Lightroom makes it really easy to view and adjust your pictures, but the feature that made the sale for me was how easy it was to search using metadata... so you can look at everything you shot with a particular lens, camera body, etc.
    The lesson learned? I had pictures from a couple years back that had bad exposure and I had a really difficult time or completely failed to fix (I am an amateur, but have "played" around for a couple years with image editors). With Lightroom I was able to salvage them pretty easily, and for the cases where I had a series of photos with the same or similar issues, being able to COPY AND PASTE the ADJUSTMENT is incredibly useful!
    The lesson learned is dont be TOO quick to discard that shot that was ALMOST there.... in time you may find a tool that can salvage them.
    Cons? - With lightroom you can adjust easily, but it is NOT something like photoshop or paintshop pro, so you may need another tool if you really need to make an extensive edit. For redeye, sharpening, exposure, this is great. So for not having more editing tools, I give it a 4 instead of 5.
    Oh yeah, another plus is that I can view and adjust my Canon and Nikon raw files in one tool, instead of switching between Capture NX and Raw Image Task....more info
  • Plain and Simple using Lightroom 2.0 for the Mac
    Using Lightroom

    Heal photo spots and blemishes with Photoshop Lightroom. Check out the excellent help menu in Photoshop Lightroom. The Remove Spots tool lets you repair a selected area of a photo with a sample from another area. In the Develop module, select the Remove Spots tool from the Lightroom Toolbar.

    Lightroom is Nondestructive

    Your photographs are not changed by Photoshop Lightroom. Your photo changes are stored in metadata as a series of instructions. This saves your hard drive space because you do not have to save your edited photographs.

    Lightroom applies instructions to the original photo file. This allows you complete control over your photographs. Changes you make to your photo images are reversible.

    Pro Reaction

    Photoshop Lightroom 2 contains the same features on both Mac and Windows platforms. Lightroom 2 includes dual-monitor support, Library Filter Bar, and streamlined search capabilities.

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 application is quick and easy to use for editing your digital photographs. Now, you can create your own digital photo style and look.

    You have elegance and power in your hands when you use Lightroom application. The Photoshop Lightroom tool suite is powerful. You can use Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS applications for your difficult photo editing work.

    Con Reaction

    Keyboard shortcuts is incomplete. The following are the missing letter functions: N - Remove spots, D - Loupe view, Control-Click Virtual Copy.

    There is no mention of Function Keys F5 to F8 on the help menu. Lightroom needs more fill color themes in the preference file would be a good addition since Photoshop Lightroom's interface is black.

    Final Notes

    Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 allows you to spend less time sorting and organizing images. You have more time to shoot and edit your digital photos.

    Lightroom 2.0 is for on-the-clock professional photographers....more info
  • It's all about organization
    How many serious digital photographers are there who don't use some form of Photoshop? Even if it's the Elements version, Photoshop is so infused in the DNA of digital photography that it's almost synonymous with it. That said, Lightroom is a valuable adjunct to Photoshop, and in fact, there are times when you won't need Photoshop at all.

    The bottom line is this--though it has many other features, Lightroom is primarily an organizational tool. With people's digital photo collections often numbering into the thousands or tens of thousands of images, you'll eventually want software that will help you catalog all that. There are other similar organizational tools out there, but Lightroom's flexibility, editing features, and tight integration with Photoshop for when you need more editing horsepower, makes it a winner.

    I would strongly recommend buying one of the excellent books on LR 2 here on Amazon, or checking out the many videos and podcasts of LR 2 instruction available online. Read at least the introductory material in those sources BEFORE you import your first photos. This may save you some time if you change your mind about overall organization and have to start over and re-import everything....more info
  • 64-bit systems supported: Priceless
    Adobe knows how to make fine software applications, and Light Room II is perhaps my favorite of all time (I've used Photoshop through CS2, Lightroom, Acrobat, etc...) As simple or complex as the user needs, its full featured editing and organization are impossible to beat. While the true professional editor will miss things from the heavier hitting Photoshop, virtually all the tools a photographer could ask for are available. I find that I rarely if ever use CS2 unless I run into a particularly daunting problem that Lightroom cannot manage. However, I am a bit of a purist, and don't 'clone' out undesirable things from photos, or do large scale image merges. I use Lightroom II like a darkroom, not to perform digital wizardry to fix inherently flawed images or create art digital mashes of photographs.

    The best feature of Lightroom II in my opinion isn't really a feature, but support for 64-bit systems. Not just compatibility, but a special 64-bit version, able to take advantage of the additional ram afforded by 64-bit processing, as well as the native speed increase from the processor. This is simply fantastic, and makes working with very large RAW files seamless and quick. Navigating larch batches of 16mb+ files is also very smooth with zero lag.

    There are a few things that have been changed from the original Lightroom that annoy me (the much more complex process of selecting the crop tool for example, which has been moved from the lower left of the main screen to the tool bar under the 'develop' tab for example) but these are merely preferences, and things that I will eventually adjust to. Overall, the improvements far outweigh any negative changes. I especially like the ability to isolate part of an image for color adjustments. This makes fixing a minor coloration problem easy. I no longer have to load the image into CS2, make changes, and then re-open in Lightroom. This makes my work flow much simpler and I find myself using CS2 less and less.

    A tool for anyone serious about digital photography with a enough muscle to edit almost any image, Lightroom II is a fantastic product and well worth the price. Rarely have I encountered a more stable, easy to use, and downright fun software. Now if only Microsoft would take some cues from Adobe... ...more info
  • digital darkrooms terrible twos
    Lightroom is an incredibly useful and comprehensive tool for the digital photographer, and is to all extents and purposes a 5 star application, i found the move from version 1 to 2 though was not as well thought-out as is the norm in a photoshop upgrade. Several of the changes in this version, i found irritating and it has taken me sometime to migrate fully from version 1, there is not really a pressing reason to move to version 2. Loss of the middle mouse buttons functionality to move sliders when developing is still enough to make me return to Lightroom 1.
    The new features are far from breathtaking, and some of the changes are outright annoying and ill thought-out, but this is still a super powerful and very impressive piece of software which will bring new life to any photographers collection.
    The Graduated filter is really the only new feature of note, and personally i find the other new targeted adjustment tools of little worth, but it does potentially free up the lightroom user from having to use photoshop at all, which is no bad thing for many digital photographers.
    Lightroom is at heart a super powerful tool for organizing and managing big or small collections of digital images, and allowing the photographer to creatively edit images in a completely non-destructive fashion, and although the true power can be unleashed when working with camera RAW files, its also a great tool for anyone working with libraries of jpegs.
    Lightrooms printing and web capabilities are extensive, and for any photographer wanting a quick and easy way to create amazing professional web portfolios using flash or html, it could not be easier, likewise the slideshow option is a quick and easy solution for professional looking results.
    Lightroom 2 although a slightly shaky upgrade from version 1, offers professional photographers a complete workflow tool, and for all other digital photographers an amazingly powerful and relatively easy to use digital darkroom....more info
  • Lightroom 2 Creates Magazine Worthy Photos
    This software is designed for photographers that take volumes of pictures with the intent of improving the images as a whole. It is not the tool of fine "fixing" Photoshop. You will still need the Photoshop application to fix small details and improve fine details within the image. My daughter, the budding photographer, loves the ease with which she does skillful cross-processing and effects. The before and after images comparison simplifies choices for publishing. This program is great for developing a new set of skills, especially if you take and publish lots of photos. The organization of the software is intuitive and easy to manage as long as "save" settings are well thought out. The ease of editing within Photoshop is built in and simple to access. As a photographer, Adobe's Lightroom 2 is the "2" in a 1-2 photographer's punch!...more info
  • Good softwware but pricey...
    I'm a Mac user. I use iPhoto for the majority of my photo related needs. I don't take a whole lot of pictures so my editing needs are simple and basic. Lightroom is pretty much the Cadillac of iPhoto level type editing and organizing software. While I enjoyed the look and options available, I couldn't help but feel like this was a bit too much for my occasional use. Those who take a lot of pics, and who use Photoshop a lot probably would feel more at home with it than I did.

    I could get used to it, and probably wind up using it more than I intended if I only took more pictures to begin with. For the pros, this is a great piece of software, for the casual photo taker, this might be a bit of overkill. It does what it does well, I just really don't need it for my level of picture taking. 4 out of 5 for most people...give or take one star depending on if you work with a lot of pics or not. ...more info
  • what happened to me when I bought LR 2
    I bought LR 2.3 and noticed that it produced a stretched picture in the vertical axis. I tried everything I could for a week, read online docs, read the manual, made sure the driver color handling was turned off, etc, etc. It definitely is not WYSIWIG: I can get a reasonable picture on the screen, but the print out on my Epson 3800 bears no relation to it: It has one dimension stretched enough to make a face look like a fun house mirror.
    I am running vista 64 bit, because Adobe brags that the program is 64 bit native. I determined that LR is at fault here, because my windows media picture printer produces ok results, much better than LR.
    So I called Adobe support. I got an Indian man whose accent was so bad it was near impossible to understand him. I don't have a prejudice against Indians, I've had many as friends when I was in India, but I wonder why Adobe is so contemtuous of the american worker, that it goes half way around the world to seek out a low quality solution. Anyway, the kicker was that the man told me I need tech support and oh yes, I have to pay for it. (I think $100) This is for a faulty product that does not work. Obviously Adobe is so smug it doesn't think it has to support its products.
    At this point, I am going to convert my machine back to 32-bit, on the theory that Adobe's driver is faulty for 64 bit. If that doesn't work, Maybe I can use my photoshop to print out. Another idea is to ditch the program and buy some alternative from Nikon or elsewhere. How do I get my money back? I'm not sure. I don't feel right about selling someone this crippled program. Maybe I can dispute it on the credit card.
    That's all for now. Thanks for listening.

    -progress report several weeks later
    I deduced that LR2 does not run under 64 bit vista correctly. (deduced by noticing that windows media player prints out to my printer OK in 64 bit, but LR no)
    So I changed my computer back to 32 bit, and the stretch image problem went away. Color so so. But another problem croppd up. When I cropped image, result showed up on printer OK. BUT when I adjust temperature, exposure, etc., the printer just prints the original image qualities. I could not puzzle out how to save the changes I was making. Nowhere in the help sites or books does it say that you have to save your changes in order to print them. I suspect you don't, and that this is another bug in this program.
    Let me relate an experience I just had. I downloaded free Picasa, Google's version of lightroom. It is wonderful! I was reviewing, printing, and editing my photos within 5 minutes of installing it. I still hope I can use Lightroom because of its compatibility with photoshop, but I have my limits. A telling aspect of lightroom is the raft of books, websites, workshops, classes in a book, seminars, forums, blogs, magazines, training DVDs, internet tv shows, all focused on a trivial piece of software. It's amazing the 5 star reviews here: I can only conclude that these people are getting influenced by the hype and Adobe-funded celebrity endorsements. Picasa rocks! It's no photoshop, but archives and prints beautfully! I was using its full features within 5 minutes of install! (I have tens of thousands of pictures, shoot with a Nikon D300 plus extras, so I am at the high end of amateur photographers. If picasa is good enough for me, it will be for the majority, IMO)
    -for now...more info