The two main rivals when it comes to photo-editing software applications are Photoshop and Lightroom. These are the industry leading software packages, and many a photographer will vouch for their effectiveness and the results they can achieve. At face value, both of these programs look very similar, but which is better for professional photographers? To answer this question we need to take a closer look at the features of each one offers, and then compare them against one another.
Photoshop is the more popular and easily used photo editing programs. It is widely used by all kinds of professionals from wedding photographers to fashion designers and street photographers. Its intuitive interface means that just about anyone can become proficient with it, although starting out it’s better to learn with Photoshop using tutorials. If you do eventually decide to try out Photoshop, there’s little doubt that it is very effective. The large size of the digital image library allows you to create an enormous number of different effects, both in terms of adjusting brightness and colours and also in the addition of various effects like text effects and shadows.
One of the great things about Lightroom is that it allows you to share your images. You can set up a free account, make a number of new albums and then upload the images you want shown on your website or social media pages. This is a great way to show off your work, and it can be arranged in a way that is easy for the end user to use. After viewing your images, the viewer is then able to share them with others, and edit them in any way they see fit. This is a much more flexible way of sharing your images with clients than with Photoshop.
The biggest problem with Photoshop is its dependency upon third party plug-ins and extensions. When using Photoshop, all of the images you work with are contained within a library. Plug-ins are external programs that you either install onto your PC or download and install into your digital camera memory card. Once in place, plug-ins allow you to make changes to your images instantly. However, if you want to make any changes to your images, you have to either save the image as a copy, or save as a template.
In terms of saving your images as copies, Photoshop seems to be more user friendly. You simply need to right click on the image, then choose “Save As.” Any editing, which may be required will appear in the form of a pop-up box. But unfortunately, this feature often results in the loss of quality when saving images as it tries to save the original format. Photoshop users who regularly save their images as TIFF’s often complain about this.
If you are going to use Photoshop, obviously, you need to have some kind of a decent camera. Whether you are taking photographs as a hobby, or as part of an engagement, you are going to need to have some sort of good camera. It doesn’t really matter what kind of camera you have. It is just important that it is digital. Digital cameras are much faster than old-fashioned film cameras and they allow you to experiment with different photo effects, allowing you to create stunning images in a snap.
With a digital camera, you can experiment with white balance settings, expose your image to different conditions and adjust the size of your image without worrying about wasting film. Photoshop allows you to do all this and more. And although Lightroom does have its benefits, in many cases, its limitations prove too much for photographers who have come to expect more from their photo editing software. For example, when editing, Lightroom often fails to recognize that you have changed colors, loses track of the focal points in your image, and sometimes doesn’t retain frames where they should.
It can be said that both Photoshop and Lightroom are acceptable image editing software for someone who is relatively new to photography. But if you are an expert, Photoshop is definitely the better option. It will save you time, make editing easier, and allow you to experiment with different effects and features. For professional photographers, however, there’s nothing like the real thing.