Adobe Lightroom VS Photoshop

Adobe Lightroom VS Photoshop

Whether you’re a newbie to the photography field, or you’re a practising professional, it benefits everyone on any level of photography to know which software to turn to when it comes to editing your images after a wedding photo shoot. So, if you haven’t already guessed it, today we’re going to battle it out. It’s Adobe Lighting VS Photoshop...

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Photo Editing Software's - As you’ll probably already be aware, there are so many photo editing software's out there for professionals and hobbyists alike. We think it’s fair to say that Adobe Lightroom VS Photoshop was the most suitable way to title this article, because Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are not only the most commonly used pieces of software by photographers, but they also have the biggest stigma persona around them. Let’s face it, everyone knows what they are, even if they don’t have a need to use the programs themselves, so that’s why we’re focusing on those two photo editing giants in this blog post.

What Is Photoshop? - Unless you’ve been living under a rock your entire life, you’re bound to have a rough idea about what Photoshop does and maybe even had a little go on the program if you’ve had the chance. It’s pretty normal to feel a little confused/ overwhelmed if you’re taking a look at the main Photoshop interface for the first time. There are so many options to choose from and that makes it difficult to know where to begin your photo editing quest per say. Photoshop contains features not only for photographers, but also for designers and those of other creative skill sets, but once you’re familiar with the tools that are suitable for your needs, that will no longer throw you off track. Photoshop is a pixel-based image editor, giving you ultimate control of every single pixel that makes up your digital photograph. This means you have limitless options when it comes to manipulating your photos. Want to swap out grey skies for sunny skies throughout your beach wedding images? This is when you would turn to Photoshop!

What Is Adobe Lightroom? - So, when it comes to easily finding the photo editing tools you’re going to need, this is where Adobe Lightroom typically excels, especially for those new to photo editing, because the program is specifically for photo editing. Today’s version of Adobe Lightroom takes many of Photoshop’s features that are specific to photographers and puts them in an easy-to-find panel. Adobe Lightroom is also a great tool to manage and organise your images, as well as being a place for them to be edited. This makes Adobe Lightroom your all-in-one photo management and editing tool.  

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Adobe Lightroom VS Photoshop - It wasn’t very long ago at all that Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop had to be purchased individually and we’d be surprised if a lot of photographers knew for sure that the one they’d gone for was the best one for their needs. So, which one is worth the investment? Today, you now get access to both programs if you purchase a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. For around $10 a month, you can purchase the Photography Creative Cloud package, which gives you access to both Lightroom and Photoshop (with Bridge).  

The average photographer will be just fine with the simple plan that includes Lightroom and Photoshop, so there’s no need to fork out loads of dollar per month, keep that close to your purse strings to keep them company. It’s a no-brainer, you’re lucky because the deal has been as good as it’s ever been, so get both! We do have a couple of tips that we’d like to give to you before we round up this blog post:

  • Use Adobe Lightroom if you’re new to photo editing because it’s easier to use at first. In Photoshop, you have to do a little more customisation to set up your workstation exactly how you want it to be. This leads to more flexibility, meaning you can further customise what tools you choose to appear. However, this can be confusing for beginning photographers.
  • Adobe Lightroom is also more beneficial when working on batch photographs. Batch processing can still be done in Photoshop using Actions, but Lightroom is arguably more straightforward.
  • Use Photoshop if you need to use slightly more advanced tools such as; retouching your image, using the clone stamp tool or combining multiple elements from different images into one photograph. It might take some extra time to figure out where these tools are within Photoshop and how to use them, but you’ll be able to enhance your photos much more than in Lightroom.
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Adobe Lightroom VS Photoshop Conclusion - If you are a beginning photographer looking for a relatively intuitive photo editing software, Lightroom is generally best, to begin with. You can always add Photoshop to the mix later, if and when you’re in need of advanced photo manipulation techniques. What do you think? Adobe Lightroom VS Photoshop? Why not check out some of our other articles? Check out the links to those below!

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