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11-29-2010, 03:11 AM   #1
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What should I do?

I am at a road cross when it comes to PP.

I only use PSElements 6 at this point and it has been sufficient, but am wanting to purchase the Nik Software Complete Collection for added features. The trial offering Color Efex and Silver Efex has been sweet, btw.

At this point I can buy the Nik Complete Collection for X amount and that would work with PSE 6.
But I could also buy LightRoom 3 and the Nik Complete Collection for LR for about the same price.
Which would be the better way to go?
Anybody have any suggestions on where to proceed?

I have not worked with LR at all so I have no reference as to what exactly it does. I shoot mostly Jpegs but when RAW it is through RAW Therapee or the Pentax software. I am looking toward moving to more RAW images, though.
Thanks.


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11-29-2010, 04:03 AM   #2
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From the standpoint of a photographer, LR3 is the way to go. PSE6 is a fine app but a bit on the outdated, thus not that great for a long term PP work. If you want to know what LR3 is about, check some reviews on the web:

http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/lightroom_3_review/

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11-29-2010, 04:10 AM   #3
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If I were you I'd buy LR and NIK.
LR is such a great tool to work with, not only the PP but also because it's a database and you can store and categorize your whole collection of work so good. If you do buy LR, buy also a book about LR. We've got the book written by Scott Kelby (you love him or you hate him) and I learned a lot from that book.
Good luck with the decision.
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Download the free trail of LR and see if you like it. Allow a week or two to figure out the flow. I, like others, think it is far superior to anything out there.

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LR and NIK is my vote as well

just changed to LR and i really like it after getting used to it (i started with the trial and ended up buying)
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QuoteOriginally posted by KarenH Quote
We've got the book written by Scott Kelby (you love him or you hate him) and I learned a lot from that book.
If it happens to be your case, you can always rely on his buddy Mr. Matt Kloskowski. Actually I hate both for being such a Canonikon fan-boys. Just kidding, they are great. Check this out:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips
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QuoteOriginally posted by Manel Brand Quote
If it happens to be your case, you can always rely on his buddy Mr. Matt Kloskowski. Actually I hate both for being such a Canonikon fan-boys. Just kidding, they are great. Check this out:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips
Haha, that's true, they love the wrong brand. But I forgive them, because they taught me a lot. Already had that link bookmarked, but it's a good tip.

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And Jools? Have you decided what you're going to buy?
LR and PSE can also work together.
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Thanks all for your comments. Sorry for my delay in responding been kinda busy.
Decided to go with LR3.

It got here super quick over the weekend and I am just beginning to learn how to work it.

@Karen. Yeah, as soon as I loaded LR3, I realized they can work together. Sweet.
But boy, I feel like I am on a spaceship now, compared to the tricycle I was driving before.
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Haha, don't drift away too far from us.
And like I said, get a book about it, it's so much more fun and easier to work with if you get it right from the start.
Have fun!
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