Adobe Lightroom 3

Last updated (09 March’11):
- Review by LetsGoDigital

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is a photo editing software with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools, including world-class noise reduction. Easily manage all your images. And showcase your work in elegant print layouts, slide show videos with music, and on popular photo-sharing sites.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

PhotoRadar reviews the Adobe Lightroom 3 and writes;
“After our experiences, we can certainly recommend it. Newcomers looking for software to strengthen their digital work environment will find Adobe Lightroom 3 to be a fine package. It saves time, it is clearly laid-out and user-friendly and for an attractive price, especially compared to the price of the professional Adobe Photoshop package.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Wired reviews the Adobe Lightroom 3 and writes;
WIRED: Faster, sleeker, sexier upgrade from Lightroom 2. Greatly improved noise reduction and lens correction. Thumbnail preview is sharper than a Mensa meeting. Flickr integration. Finally. TIRED: Chromatic-aberration tools are straight up janky when compared to other improvements. Some might call it pricey when there’s so much freeware floating around out there. No integration with Photoshop Mobile is a bit baffling. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Adobe Lightroom 3 and writes;
“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lightroom 3 to every PC user who shoots a lot of digital photos. Mac users “might” be happier with Apple’s Aperture, but for the price of $299 ($99 to upgrade from Lightroom 1 or 2) it’s hard to resist using a photo management application this good.”
Rating: ★★★★★

TrustedReviews reviews the Adobe Lightroom 3 and writes;
“Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is an astonishingly versatile and capable program, packed with advanced features and clever details, and a real one-stop-shop for all your photo management and processing needs. It is more than just a cosmetic upgrade of the previous version too; it is faster, easier to use, has many new features and big improvements to existing ones.”
Rating: ★★★★★

PhotographyBlog reviews the Adobe Lightroom 3 and writes;
“Importing is now much faster and the increased flexibility makes my day-to-day work easier. I’m very impressed with the new processing engine and noise reduction, and lens correction works great…Lightroom 3 is an excellent value. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PCPro reviews the Adobe Lightroom 3 and writes;
“Even if you already use Photoshop and Bridge, Lightroom’s more intuitive sorting and export abilities are incredibly useful, even if certain fine-grained editing tools (layers, for instance) are missing. Lightroom is as fast as ever, and new features such as tethered shooting and the ability to correct images based on the lens you used work superbly.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Wired reviews the Adobe Lightroom 3 and writes;
WIRED: Faster, sleeker, sexier upgrade from Lightroom 2. Greatly improved noise reduction and lens correction. Thumbnail preview is sharper than a Mensa meeting. Flickr integration. Finally. TIRED: Chromatic-aberration tools are straight up janky when compared to other improvements. Some might call it pricey when there’s so much freeware floating around out there. No integration with Photoshop Mobile is a bit baffling. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Tipsquirrel reviews the Adobe Lightroom 3 and writes;
“Having used both programs I would have to come down on the side of Lightroom; Aperture has some features that are quite compelling but, overall, Lightroom shades it in file management, organisation and processing quality. If you are a new user and have a PC it is a must have.”
Rating: N/A

Video Tutorials

Adobe Lightroom 3 Slideshow Training Video

Working with the New Import Module in Lightroom 3

Lightroom 3 Noise Reduction Tutorial

Lightroom 3 Copyright Watermark Tutorial

Features

Nondestructive editing environment

Set your creativity free in a nondestructive editing environment that encourages experimentation. Your original images are always safely unaltered, and it’s easy to reverse your steps or save multiple versions of any photo.

Superior image processing
Get the absolute best from your images with state-of-the-art image processing controls that work with raw files from more than 290 camera models as well as JPEG, TIFF, and other file formats. Make precise overall adjustments or correct targeted areas for just the look you want. Dodge and burn, convert to black-and-white, add grain, reduce noise, adjust sharpness, create vignettes, and more.

Intuitive environment
Be more productive and efficient, and enjoy the freedom and creativity that comes from working with excellent tools designed specifically for photographers. The intuitive environment and controls of Lightroom are easy to master and let you quickly and smoothly accomplish your essential photography tasks.

Accelerated performance
Get your digital photography tasks done fast and have more time to shoot and promote your work. Already quick performance has been dramatically accelerated in Lightroom 3, saving you time from first look to final

Image management
Take advantage of a powerful suite of image management features to organize your photographs, flexibly rate and label them, and find them easily using a wide range of metadata tags and information.

Superior noise reduction
Achieve amazing, natural-looking results from your high ISO images with all-new state-of-the-art noise reduction technology. You won’t need more than what’s built in to Lightroom 3 to get the cleanest images at any ISO.

One-click adjustments for multiple images
Save time when processing photographs that were shot under consistent conditions by applying the same Develop settings to all the images in a group at once using presets or the sync feature.

Flickr integration
Use Lightroom seamlessly with Flickr, a Yahoo! service. When friends or clients post comments and ratings on your Flickr galleries, you can immediately see their feedback in the Lightroom 3 Library alongside your images.

Fast performance across platforms
Speed up day-to-day imaging tasks and process your images faster by taking advantage of cross-platform 64-bit support. Use the advanced memory handling capabilities of the latest Mac OS and Windows operating systems.

Develop presets
Save time by instantly applying favorite looks to images. When you’ve perfected a look that you particularly like for an image—a high-contrast black-and-white effect or a super saturated color look, for example—you simply save the settings as a preset and apply it to your other photographs at any time. Many presets are included with Lightroom, and thousands more are available from the thriving worldwide community of Lightroom photographers and experts.

Easy-to-share slide show videos with music

Show your images to clients, friends, or family with more style and flair using elegant slide shows with music. Slide shows are a breeze to create, and you can share them easily by exporting them as videos, even in high definition.

Tethered shooting
Instantly import and view images as you shoot them with tethered capture, available for select cameras. Use it to make an immediate, highly detailed check of your shot, the lighting, or the shooting setup. Or get instant feedback from clients or subjects.

Tight Photoshop integration
Select one or multiple photos and then automatically open them in Adobe Photoshop for detailed, pixel-level editing or to merge multiple photos into a panorama, a high dynamic range photo, or a multilayered file. After making your edits in Photoshop, see the results immediately back in Lightroom.


See also: Computer Imaging





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