Fear of Photoshop? Try Lightroom for Free – Gadgetwise Blog – NYTimes.com

Fear of Photoshop? Try Lightroom for Free – Gadgetwise Blog – NYTimes.com.

Yes – BUT IT’s a BETA! That means it is incomplete, is slower than Adobe want and may have loads of bugs that will destroy your work. The documentation is incomplete and there’s no support. Adobe released it so users can tell them what works and what doesn’t.

Adobe warn Beta Testers NOT to use it for production work. That means anything you care about.

Maybe Lightroom is a better tool for amateur photographers than the full version of Photoshop but I don’t think the NY Times should be encouraging users who aren’t experts to use the Beta.

I think Adobe has a free 30-day trial of the released 2.5 product. That’s been tested, has all the functionality advertised and is supported.

There are other issues that new Lightroom users need to understand. The biggest is its non-destructive editing. It works well, but you need to understand how Lightroom does it. For example, you must export the photos you edited. If you just pick up the files from the directory then you’ll be annoyed because you won’t see the changes you made in Lightroom.

Adobe also has Photoshop Elements which is easier to use than Lightroom. If people only want an editing tool Elements may be a better choice.


I put that as a comment on the Gadgetwise blog entry. It will be interesting to see if the Moderator lets it through.

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8 Responses to “Fear of Photoshop? Try Lightroom for Free – Gadgetwise Blog – NYTimes.com”

  1. BKKPhotographer Says:

    24 hours later the did not approve my comment.

    I am annoyed – it is on point and constructive. But it rather destroys the reasoning behind the post which I guess is why they did not approve it.

  2. BKKPhotographer Says:

    Sometimes the Times does publish comments that disagree with the writer. For example on this post http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/26/tracfones-deal-hits-more-wal-marts/

    there was a comment that said:

    “You’re kidding about the coverage map, right?

    Compare it to any other cell phone coverage map and it’s as good or better.

    Less snark and more research, please.”

    So why didn’t they publish mine? I’ll try again.

  3. BKKPhotographer Says:

    I posted the comment a second time last night. It was “awaiting moderation” for a while then it disappeared. I don’t understand why.

    There remains one comment the moderator let through. It says “New beta lightroom to try…worth a try?”. That’s content-free.

    Strange.

  4. BKKPhotographer Says:

    I submitted my comment for a third time. I’m stubborn! 12 hours later it is still “awaiting moderation”.

  5. BKKPhotographer Says:

    And one week later – guess what? “Awaiting moderation”….

    I don’t know what to think.

    • BKKPhotographer Says:

      I checked today – November 16th. My “It’s a Beta!” comment and many others in a similar vein were finally moderated onto the blog. There must have been something wrong with their process. I’m glad I am not the only one who thought it was a silly suggestion.

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