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Lightroom 3 on sale ...
Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 1:52 PM on 02.14.12
->> Adorama has Lightroom 3 on sale for $79.95 (after instant rebate) this is probably the lowest entry-level price you will see. Keep in mind that LR4 is currently in public beta and will likely be released sometime soon ... but with this price, and a $99 upgrade to v4 ... it could still be a very fiscally responsible option to paying at or near full price for v4. So travel at your own risk ... ;-)

http://www.adorama.com/ABLRV3MWE.html
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Jon Wright, Photographer
Wayzata | MN | USA | Posted: 2:36 PM on 02.14.12
->> I just signed up because of the noise reduction.
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Stew Milne, Photographer
Providence | RI | USA | Posted: 4:47 PM on 02.14.12
->> I too saw the deal. I'm just wondering how much I'd use it. I mostly use Photo Mechanic to edit, caption and ftp. I don't often have the use to tone a bunch of images, say like from a wedding. Can anyone tell me the benefits of Lightroom to an editorial shooter?

Thanks,
-stew
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 5:13 PM on 02.14.12
->> If you are happy with PM ... you don't really "need" Lr ... I have found it to be a very nice solution for working with large numbers of RAW files because it is more than a RAW processor ... the Library module is very handy for tracking, sorting and filtering through dozens to several hundred thousand images if you have the need ... it works quite nicely when someone calls and wants an image from a few moments ago to several years ago I can call it up quickly ... (as long as I did a diligent job of key wording, captioning, labeling, rating etc.) ... Then I can reprocess in develop if needed ... add it to a slide show, upload it to Facebook or my blog, make a print, post it to the web, etc. from a single UI ...

As Jon says ... the NR, working directly with the RAW file is quite handy ... no need to generate a jpeg or tiff to hand off to a third party plugin ... does a great job ... the new Develop processing in Lr4 is quite nice ... and even better results are possible than with earlier versions, though it takes a bit of getting used to as there are a couple more sliders and the order in which they are applied are a bit different than in earlier versions ...

It's not for everyone ... though I use it to process my deadline PJ work, PM is a bit faster ... and I would not likely have made the move if I were still working full time for papers. It is mainly due to the volume of files I have accumulated doing portraits, weddings and events that Lr has worked out quite nicely. The more work I can do working directly with the RAW files and not have to generate derivative files to make use of Ps or third party plugins the better ... as well as working worth virtual copies ... you can have unlimited iterations of the same image with as many different end use options ... it is quite common for me to have 5-6 VC's on hand, color, B&W, one with the color processed ready for CMYK conversion, duo toning/cross processing ... whatever I may need ... all those "copies" take up no more data space than the the XMP for that particular virtual copy ... they all reference the original RAW file ... that is where Lr really shines.
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Scott Serio, Photo Editor, Photographer
Colora | MD | USA | Posted: 6:46 PM on 02.14.12
->> My workflow includes Lightroom because the interface has the same controls as Camera Raw.

1. Ingest into PM, apply stationary pad
2. Do a first edit, tagging (important), and caption (w/ code replacement if needed)
3. From the "View Tagged" view I select all of them and drag them to the menu bar and drop them into Lightroom
4. LR opens and gives you a "Checked State" option to Save In Current Location.
5.Open LR opens, you can tone as needed. I like it because I have a nice set of presets for the high school gyms I am shooting in right now to correct those lovely hues you get during the flicker of the lights.
6. Export - FTP

I tried Aperture, but found it just bogged down importing RAW. I don't believe LR is any faster on import, but the one stop shopping for LR on the backend is nice and having the same controls as Camera Raw is very nice.

(this might be where someone tells me to shoot it right in the camera and I can just use the JPG, but, maybe I am old school, I like being able to control my highlights and shadows and Camera Raw does that)
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Adam Brimer, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 8:04 PM on 02.14.12
->> Stew,

Nope.

Adam
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 9:50 PM on 02.14.12
->> Hmmmm, is it me, or does the price say $134.95 after instant rebate?
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 10:06 PM on 02.14.12
->> The sale must have ended ... it was a limited unadvertised deal ... just for today ... I just read Newegg had a similar $99 deal that appears to have ended as well ... even at $135 ... that is well below the normal price ...
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Stew Milne, Photographer
Providence | RI | USA | Posted: 10:11 PM on 02.14.12
->> The email I got said the sale was for 24 hours only. A Valentine's Day sale. So I figure that means until at least midnight on the east coast today. Every few weeks Adobe puts out an AD where it's $99. Just wait Jeff.
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Stew Milne, Photographer
Providence | RI | USA | Posted: 10:13 PM on 02.14.12
->> Actually, it says right in the email. Offer ends midnight 2/14/12
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Tom Suarez, Photographer
Austin | texas | USA | Posted: 9:15 AM on 02.15.12
->> If anyone is interested B and H now has it on sale for 79.95 for 24 hours only. Ends 02/15/2012 at midnight.
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Jon Cunningham, Photographer
Lisle | IL | USA | Posted: 10:39 AM on 02.15.12
->> Just bought at B&H minutes ago for $69.95 with a backorder of one day. Chat guy sez more coming tomorrow. I'm a happy PM/PS user, but I'm hoping to find enough in LR3 to be useful. The ability to search offline drives for photos looks like it would be worth the $69.95 alone.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 11:23 AM on 02.15.12
->> Whooooo, Hooooo. I just got in on that, Jon. Thanks for posting. Didn't have to wait long.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 5:44 PM on 02.15.12
->> Is there anything I could do with Lightroom that I can't already do with Photo Mechanic and Photoshop?
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Ben Krause, Photographer
Minneapolis | MN | United States | Posted: 6:27 PM on 02.15.12
->> Jim,

Try the free demo from Adobe and see if you like it:

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/

You'll still want to use Photo Mechanic for ingesting most likely, but Lightroom is very good at keeping your photos organized and doing batch editing quickly. Lightroom has well made and easy to use editing tools for photos.

Photoshop is still needed for any photo manipulations if that needs to be done (like making panoramas or removing objects from the photo or combining parts of multiple photos together).
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 8:58 PM on 02.16.12
->> Hey gang, I was sent an email by B&H today that my Lightroom 3 was shipped to me today. They were out of stock Wednesday, but more apparently arrived Thursday and they notified me that it was shipped.
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