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For basic editing (the basics + cleaning up spots on portraits etc.) and organizing, which is easier to use and which is better: Picasa or lightroom? sorry if this a a subject already dealt with but the search isn't available now..

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The two are worlds apart..

Picasa is free, and has basic fixes..though they may be adequate for some, not for dust spots though. Its very fast...

LR is expensive, but fully featured, a very different beast. It is more geared to RAW and a workflow angle, or larger volumes of pics being edited. LR is ok speed wise on a decent pc.

I have both, and I like both, for different reasons. I would suggest playing with them and see what grabs you..

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Comment #1

As Barry said thsee are really at opposite ends of the spectrum. Picasa will do basic corrections (colour, brightness, contrast) but not much more, although it's photo organising abilities are very good. Lightroom is a serious tool used by pros or advanced amateurs who have toprocess large quantities of a pictures from a shoot with some degree of automation / batch processing..

I use (like many others) Photoshop Elements, which is intermediate between them. It has eveyrthing I need (and am likely to) for photo editing, including support for RAW files. It is quite easy to learn the basics for beginners, but there are plenty of advanced facilities which will last you a long time..

This has come up before (but as you say the search function is not reliable) and no doubt many other people will join the thread with information about their favourite software....

Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

Barry Fitzgerald wrote:.

The two are worlds apart..

Picasa is free, and has basic fixes..though they may be adequate forsome, not for dust spots though. Its very fast...

LR is expensive, but fully featured, a very different beast. It ismore geared to RAW.

Can it also be used with existing JPEG's ????.

Or is it restricted to RAW processing only ???.

And a workflow angle, or larger volumes of picsbeing edited. LR is ok speed wise on a decent pc.

I have both, and I like both, for different reasons. I would suggestplaying with them and see what grabs you..

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

Clint is on holiday! Soon to return! .

Thanks for reading .... JoePhoto.

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Comment #3

JoePhoto wrote:.

Barry Fitzgerald wrote:.

The two are worlds apart..

Picasa is free, and has basic fixes..though they may be adequate forsome, not for dust spots though. Its very fast...

LR is expensive, but fully featured, a very different beast. It ismore geared to RAW.

Can it also be used with existing JPEG's ????.

Yes. Can certainly be used with raw, jpeg, tiff and psd. I haven't tried any others..

Or is it restricted to RAW processing only ???.

No. Processing is the same for all file types. However, some functions only really work with raw, e.g. recovering blown highlights..

Library (reviewing, sorting, cataloguing), slideshow, web and printing functions appear to be the same for all file types..

Chris R..

Comment #4

I am a beginner using Lightroom. I'd suggest taking a look at the following Lightroom video tutorial. It will give you a really good feel for how LR works even tho it is based on the earlier version (1.0). LR also has a 30 day free trial as do other image editors/manipulation software..

Http://www.whibalhost.com/_Tutorials/Photoshop_LR/01/index.html.

LR is a powerful tool and was developed for pros but it very easy for beginners to pick up on if you take a look at a few of the tutorials...

Comment #5

Mike703 wrote:.

As Barry said thsee are really at opposite ends of the spectrum.Picasa will do basic corrections (colour, brightness, contrast) butnot much more, although it's photo organising abilities are very good.Lightroom is a serious tool used by pros or advanced amateurs whohave toprocess large quantities of a pictures from a shoot with somedegree of automation / batch processing..

I use (like many others) Photoshop Elements, which is intermediatebetween them. It has eveyrthing I need (and am likely to) for photoediting, including support for RAW files. It is quite easy to learnthe basics for beginners, but there are plenty of advanced facilitieswhich will last you a long time..

This has come up before (but as you say the search function is notreliable) and no doubt many other people will join the thread withinformation about their favourite software....

Best wishesMike.

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