Adobe Lightroom 3 is a leading photo management program with many facilities for organizing and editing photos. Adobe, having also developed the industry-standard Photoshop photo-editing application, introduced Lightroom to provide both amateur and professional photographers with an easier and more efficient way to manipulate and manage their collection of photos, and to streamline workflow. Lightroom is also capable of making countless manipulations to photos from adjusting the exposure to correcting for distortion in lenses. While it doesn't have nearly as many editing features as Photoshop, the tools it provides are generally easier to use for everyday photo improvement.
Lightroom is the way to go if you want an all-in-one suite for photo management and editing. For most photos the features of Lightroom are more than adequate for touching them up.
Lightroom 3 comes packed with a many new features over the previous version, some of which arguably should have been there to begin with. One big new feature is automatic watermarking, which eliminates the task of having to put logos and copyrights into pictures manually. You can now choose to add a watermark automatically whenever you export photos from Lightroom.
Lens correction is another feature that is new to Lightroom 3. Using either bulti-in or custom lens profiles, it attempts to fix the distortion and chromatic aberrations that lenses normally introduce. It uses the same engine found in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Review originally published on January 9th, 2012