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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2
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Binding: CD-ROM
Brand: Adobe
EAN: 0883919154398
Feature: Enhance specific areas of a photo, or precisely adjust overall color, exposure, and tonal range nondestructively
Format: CD-ROM
Is Autographed: 0
Is Memorabilia: 0
Label: Adobe
Manufacturer: Adobe
Model: 65007312
Platform: Windows Vista
Publisher: Adobe
Release Date: 2008-08-15
Studio: Adobe

Features
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

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Editorial Reviews:

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


Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: An Alternate to Photo Shop
Comment: After a short course on photoshop (PS) for photographers, Lightroom 2 (recommended by the instructor who is a professional photg.) has just the right amount of tools for the photographer with out the overkill (and expense) of PS, unless you are a graphics artist.

The package is void of any details re installation or an operations manual. An outside vendors manual is a requirement. Try The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. Very comprehensive and easy to implement.

If you are planning on shooting in RAW this package is a must do, although some of the same processes are available in PS Elements. This package is much more then PS Elements and volume oriented for processing many photos at once.

If you are just croping or altering a few colors, red eye etc.stay with PS elements.

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Summary: Going Fully LR...
Comment: This is a fantastic program! The layout of the controls is near perfect and the color control from utilizing camera calibration is outstanding! I'm acheiving accurate colors and saturation with ease and the tonal qualities that I envision through local adjustments and easy to use gradients.

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Summary: All I can say is "WOW!"
Comment: I've enjoyed digital photography for about 9 years now and always wondered how some people got their photos to "pop" while mine just seemed average. I'd been working on my skills for a while but finally decided to see what Ligthroom could do. I'd heard a lot of people used it and wondered why it would be any different than photoshop. I took the chance, bought it and was amazed. When I first installed it, I thought "what the heck" since I had no clue how to start. So I'd highly recommend you buy a book at the same time. I chose a book by Scott Kelby. After going through the first five chapters of his book, I was astonished at how much this software can do - and how easily! I love all the presets! One preset can add "Punch" and then the next can turn it into an old photograph - all faded and desaturated. It was fun! Scott Kelby even explained how to get that trendy gritty look and with this software I can save that as my own preset and apply it with the touch of a button! All my pictures seem a LOT better now after running them through Lightroom. It'll make me want to shoot RAW more often and I look forward to the spectacular results!

Also- I was amazed at the organizational tools. It's definitely set up for professional workslow.. it's a power packed tool! :)

What's also amazing is the amount of presets and plug-ins that are available. I downloaded some for sending pictures straight to Facebook or Picasa. So now I don't need to store a million copies of my photos for different occasions. Lightroom saves the original and remembers all your tweaks, and then just saves a new file when you export. But with some of these plug-ins, you don't have to save the raw file to your computer as a .jpg to get them online!

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Summary: All you need for 95% of your editing
Comment: I started with Lightroom 1.0, survived its quirks and have now grown to love the more mature 2.0 version. Here are some of the features that make this program indispensable: Able to make fundamental edits, assign key words, and place the photos into an existing or newly created folder all on import; Can make all edits on one photo and then copy these edits to all or selected photos - the first time I corrected the white balance on a whole photo shoot with only a couple of clicks, the angels started singing (who hasn't forgotten to take the camera off the incandescent setting!); 95% of all corrections can be done without exporting to Photoshop.

Above is only the tip of the iceberg. Two features that must be mentioned: 1) Lightroom does NOT change your original photo - all changes are kept in a metadata file, so you don't have to make copies of your originals as they are untouched - no more making copies and keeping them in another folder as "originals" This allows you at any time to step back through your corrections or return to the original file to restart editing. 2) The program handles multiple file formats seamlessly. I can now shoot exclusively in the RAW file format for optimal editing capability without the old hassles of converting the RAW file for editing.

While documentation is pitiful, there are tons of excellent free video tutorials available - I use iTunes to find them and have watched dozens. Open one of these videos alongside your open copy of Lightroom and you will learn quickly as you practice the techniques.

Lightroom can be used simply for organizing your photos or complexly to manipulate to your heart's content. You will be richly rewarded for any time spent learning the more sophisticated features of this truly magnificent program.

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Summary: Great Workflow
Comment: Lightroom 2 is a great tool for digital photographers wanting an affordable product to process and catalog their digital images. It's designed for photographers, not graphic designers, who want to spend their time shooting; not behind a computer. The smooth workflow ensures rapid sorting, editing and exporting images, but not at the expense of some advanced editing features, should they be required. A great product all round.


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