Finally you have your first SLR camera in your hands. You have begun to take pictures like crazy with the automatic mode and you hallucinate with the good results that it gives you comparing it with the old compact that you had a few years ago. You take it everywhere, you photograph everything, you like the weight it has, the objective, the zoom, everything. Once the initial euphoria has passed, you begin to see some defect. Do not focus where you want, do not expose where you want, do not blur the background as you would like. You take a look at the photographer's blog and gradually answer questions . One day you dare with the semi-automatic and manual modes of your camera, and you fall in love again, the euphoria and magic of photography return, and this time to stay. A few days later you are still euphoric, but you miss being able to perfect that final image a bit more. You don't know exactly what, but you feel that with some editing that image would improve a lot. Then you decide to take the step and launch yourself fully into the world of publishing.And then comes the eternal question. Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? Well, like everything else in this life, it depends. Let's see what its main advantages and disadvantages are for you to decide which is the perfect editor.
MAIN ADVANTAGES OF ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
- Allows you to retouch the images very precisely thanks to its numerous and powerful editing tools (clone buffer, patch, etc.).
- It allows you to work in layers with different images, which allows you to adjust the settings very precisely and make assemblies very effectively.
- It allows recording actions : to save you long and monotonous processes that you do again and again, you can record the process of a series of adjustments in the form of action. The next time they all start up with the push of a button.
- It allows editing videos, adding text and other design tools not purely photographic.
- It allows you to add all kinds of effects to the image (lights, reflections, etc.).
- Record directly above the original , so if you neglect it is easy to lose the original photograph.
- Do not edit RAW files (so you have to go through Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW first and then import it into Photoshop).
- It does not organize the images , to do so you must do it externally (for example with Adobe Bridge).
- You have to work the images individually .
- Little intuitive and difficult to use.
- It is expensive , so you have to think well if you are going to squeeze your full potential.
IDEAL USER TYPEAnyone with a lot of free time, patience, and desire to learn can be a Photoshop user , but the truth is that Adobe Photoshop is aimed at an advanced-high photographer, graphic designers, professional portraitists, fashion editors, and so on. Photoshop has been the undisputed king of the edition since this concept exists in digital format, and it still is, but it is not suitable for everyone, since most photographers looking for basic settings are lost among so many possibilities, actions, buttons, etc. Photoshop is as complete as it is dense. Luckily there are other options that depending on what aspects, they have little to envy their "big brother."
MAIN ADVANTAGES OF ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM
- It is easy , intuitive and quick to use.
- It is specially designed for photographers , so it takes into account their needs and eliminates more superfluous or unnecessary elements or actions
- It allows you to organize all your images very effectively , label them, share them on Facebook, rate them, and so on.
- Nondestructive Editing . It works on the original RAW and what it shows is a preview of the image when exporting it to another format (how it will be once exported to JPEG for example), but the original in RAW is not modified. This is very important, because Photoshop does and it is easy to lose the original images hopelessly. With Lightroom you will not have this problem.
- It allows you to work with several images at the same time (for example to make the same adjustments to all of them).
- It is cheaper than Photoshop (you can buy the license for about € 130).
- Combine editing and archiving effectively (so you can save other programs such as Adobre Bridge to organize images or Camera RAW to edit RAW files that are the ones that usually accompany Photoshop)
MAIN DISADVANTAGES OF ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM
- Just edit photos
- You cannot add texts
- Does not allow mounting
- If the image requires very advanced settings, concrete or detailed, Photoshop is more complete.