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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 (Mac/PC)

by Adobe Systems Inc.
Windows Vista / 7, Mac OS X
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Superior noise reduction: Achieve amazing, natural-looking results from your high ISO images with all-new state-of-the-art noise reduction technology. You won't need more than what's built into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 to get the cleanest images at any
  • Accelerated performance: Get your digital photography tasks done fast and have more time to shoot and promote your work. Already quick performance has been dramatically accelerated in Lightroom 3, saving you time from first look to final image
  • Support for DSLR video files: Take advantage of new support for video files from most digital SLR cameras, which allows you to easily manage and organize both still photographs and video files side by side
  • Image watermarking: Easily embed your identity or your brand and logo in your images with more options for customizing their look. The new watermarking tool lets you apply text or graphic watermarks to a photo with adjustable size, position, and opacity
  • Easy image importing: Save time with fast image importing. The newly designed import interface is easy to set up and navigate, with clear visual indications of where your photos will be located and how they'll be organized after you've imported them
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  • Platform:    Windows Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
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  • ASIN: B003N7O3CI
  • Release Date: 1 Jun 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 848 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3--an intuitive digital darkroom and efficient photographer’s assistant in one. Ideal for professional and advanced amateur photographers, Photoshop Lightroom 3 is the perfect choice for DSLR users shooting high volumes of RAW images. Quickly import, process, manage and showcase your images, whether you’re processing thousands of images or perfecting just one. Create incredible images that move your audience. Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art non-destructive editing tools, including world-class noise reduction. Easily manage all your images. Showcase your work in elegant print layouts, slide show videos with music and on popular photo-sharing sites. All from within one fast, intuitive application.

The state-of-the-art image processing tools in Lightroom 3 boost your creativity and let you get the absolute best from every shot.



New in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

Superior image processing--Get the absolute best from your images with state-of-the-art image processing controls. Work with RAW files from more than 275 camera models, plus JPEG, TIFF and other file formats. Make precise overall adjustments or correct targeted areas for just the look you want. Dodge and burn, convert to black-and-white, add grain, reduce noise, adjust sharpness, create vignettes and more.

Accelerated performance--The already quick performance of Lightroom has been dramatically accelerated in Lightroom 3, saving you time from first look to final image. Speed through time-consuming editing and processing tasks and have more time to shoot and promote your work.

Superior noise reduction--Achieve amazing, natural-looking results from your high ISO images. All-new state-of-the-art noise reduction technology built in to Lightroom 3 delivers the cleanest images at any ISO.

Tethered shooting--Instantly import and view images as you shoot them with tethered capture (available for selected cameras). Make an immediate, highly detailed check of your shot, the lighting or the shooting set-up, or get instant feedback from clients or subjects.

Lens correction--Quickly and easily perfect your images by automatically reducing lens defects like geometric distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting with single-click profiles. Even images from the best lenses will be improved.

Image management--Take advantage of a powerful suite of image management features to organise your photographs, flexibly rate and label them, and find them easily using a wide range of metadata tags and information.

Easy-to-share slide show videos with music--Show your images to clients, friends or family with more style and flair using easy to create slideshow. Share your shows easily by exporting them as videos, even in high definition.

Image watermarking--Embed your identity or your brand and logo in your images with more options for customising their look. The new watermarking tool lets you apply text or graphic watermarks to a photo with adjustable size, position and opacity.

Perspective correction--Get more natural-looking results by applying powerful, non-destructive perspective correction to your images. Reduce or eliminate the distortion that can occur, for example, when you take a photograph with the camera pointed upwards, causing buildings to appear to be leaning backwards in your image.

More flexible print layout--Showcase your work in more creative formats using highly customisable print layouts, which you can save as reusable templates. With the new custom print layout creation tool you can drag one image or several different shots onto a page and resize or reposition them as you like.

Film grain simulation--Use new sliders to easily control the amount, size and roughness of grain added to your images to simulate the look of film.

More top reasons to buy Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

Non-destructive editing --Set your creativity free with non-destructive editing features which encourage experimentation, including advanced exposure and colour controls, plus superior noise reduction and sharpening. Your original images are always safely unaltered, and it’s easy to reverse your steps or save multiple versions of any photo.

Intuitive environment--Be more productive and efficient, and enjoy the freedom and creativity that comes from working with excellent tools designed specifically for photographers. The intuitive environment and controls of Lightroom are easy to master and let you quickly and smoothly accomplish your essential photography tasks.

Image management--Take advantage of a powerful suite of image management features to organise your photographs, flexibly rate and label them, and find them easily using a wide range of metadata tags and information.

One-click adjustments for multiple images--Save time when processing photographs shot under consistent conditions by applying the same Develop settings to all the images at once using presets or the sync feature.

Develop presets--Save time by instantly applying favourite looks to images. When you’ve perfected a look that you particularly like for an image, simply save the settings as a preset and apply it to your other photographs at any time. Many presets are included with Lightroom, and thousands more are available from the thriving worldwide community of Lightroom photographers and experts.

Tight Photoshop integration--Select one or multiple photos and automatically open them in Adobe Photoshop for detailed, pixel-level editing, or to merge multiple photos into a panorama, a high dynamic range photo or a multilayered file. After making your edits in Photoshop, see the results immediately back in Lightroom.

Fast performance across platforms--Speed up day-to-day imaging tasks and process your images more quickly by taking advantage of cross-platform 64-bit support. Use the advanced memory handling capabilities of the latest Mac OS and Windows operating systems.

Minimum system requirements for Windows:

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 processor (or equivalent)
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3; Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit); or Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1,024x768 display
  • CD-ROM drive

Minimum system requirements for Mac OS

  • Intel processor
  • Mac OS X v10.5 or v10.6
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1,024x768 display
  • CD-ROM drive

Customer Reviews

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Excellent Product 23 Jun 2010
By Robert Groom TOP 100 REVIEWER
Once you've used Lightroom for a while and gotten your workflow in good shape, you'll wonder how you managed to live without it. I always convert my NEF and CR2 RAW files to DNG before importing them into Lightroom, mostly for future proofing purposes, but it's really not necessary. Lightroom makes use of Adobe Bridge to manage and edit RAW files from a huge variety of third party RAW formats.

Once your images are in the database, you can sort, categorise, compare, apply search terms, filter and organise by metadata attributes, perform multi-edits like white balance, lens distortion and vignette correction across a series of shots in one go, which is a real timesaver. The editing tools (spot removal, adjustment brush, crop, rotate etc.) are lossless and any change can be undone or modified at any time. The only disadvantage of this method is that, after applying a large number of edits, further editing can become somewhat sluggish. This is not usually a problem in reality, as most edits in Lightroom tend to be minimal tweaks.

Of course, you still need to implement a reliable image backup strategy, preferably involving some form of off-site storage, but at least now you will be able to find your 'best-of-the-best' shots with a couple of clicks. Using Lightroom has revolutionised the way I work, and use it constantly. It interfaces beautifully with Photoshop, and export plugins are readily available to facilitate uploads to the more popular online image sites.

New to LR3 is improved noise reduction. Some sample images I've processed in parallel with Noise Ninja and LR3 show a comparable benefit at default settings. For the vast majority of images, I'll likely never use Noise Ninja now.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Lightroom 3 is a leap. Its raw conversion--Lightroom's core feature--produces clarity, sharpness and detail that shame all previous Adobe raw converters, particularly for higher-ISO images. Noise reduction is outstanding--in previous releases, a base level of luminance noise reduction blunted the finer detail of your low-light work, robbing it of some of its bite, even with the luminance slider set to zero. Now, you get zesty details and exceptionally effective control of noise. Colour noise reduction is simply in another league now, and luminance NR can restore the gloss to smooth surfaces (like car bodywork shot in low light) in a way that was previously the preserve of dedicated, third-party noise-reduction applications and plugins. Learn the combined effects of sharpening, masking, the detail sliders and noise reduction in Lightroom 3; when you do, you'll find it hard to produce better basic conversions from other raw converters. With the creative sharpening tools, the graduated filters and the other brushes for local adjustments, the quality of Lightroom 3's output quickly reaches giddy heights.

This release includes all the image management and workflow capabilities of Lightroom 2 with some useful workflow tweaks and an improved import interface. There are new and very useful development tools to reduce optical distortion and to quickly correct for the effects you get when subjects have parallel lines that appear to converge when photographed from less-than-perfect positions. (This easy, after-the-fact correction is a poor photographer's shift lens and you pay in pixels, not pounds. We'd all love a decent set of tilt-shift lenses but sometimes, you have to take what you can afford and pixels are getting more affordable, unlike, say, a Nikkor 24mm PC-E. Ah, the Nikkor 24mm PC-E...
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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom 3 Tramples Capture One! 10 Jun 2010
I'm a pro photographer, and shoot fashion product for a living, and image clarity and accuracy is key. I've been using the beta 2 trial of Lightroom 3 for a while now, and it's amazing! Lightroom 2.whatever was ok, but not a patch on Capture One Pro. but Lightroom 3 does it all just as well, and does the important things SO much better! Image Quaity! As for RAW image handling, it is THE BEST! ACR in CS5 still makes for noisy, unsharp images that need a lot of extra work done to them - as did the old Lightroom. Capture One Pro did a much better job, but shadow details were still a little 'grainy'. Lightroom 3 delivers wonderful shadows, lovely accurate colours, and little need for additional sharpening - and it's fast! ACR is slow, Capture One is faster, but Lightroom 3 is quicker still! I use Canon gear, and this software has been the answer to my prayers!

I'd long given up on Adobe's RAW converters, but this has drawn me back (and away from my beloved Capture One). Not only are the converted jpegs great quality, Lightroom 3 is the fastest converter I've used! A good 40% faster than Capture One, and if you're a Canon user and use Canon's DPP, then it's a million times faster! Forget DPP, get this!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steamlined happiness 5 Oct 2011
I have had a DSLR for about two years and had never really done photography before. I started off thinking processing software was unnecessary and I would be happy with my shots straight out of the camera. I then decided that even the best shots can be improved with a little contrast and sharpening so I tried to get to grips with free software like GIMP. I found it all a bit much to cope with - I wanted simple powerful editing without the need to add layers and spend 30 minutes on each photo. I decided to try Photoshop Elements 9 which I did like but it still seemed a little too convuluted for what I wanted to do. I discovered the raw section of Elements and really liked the simple sliders - they made everything so much easier.

I eventually bought Lightroom as I had read that the raw editing was very good and had many more options that the Elements plug-in. I was not disappointed, it is an absolute dream to edit photos now. It is all non-destructive so you can edit away without fear of altering the originals. Want to try a different edit? You just make a 'virtual copy' and try it in black and white, make another copy and try a cross-processed look. All these copies can then be kept together and the best thing is the copies are just the saved settings, they are not a whole photo so you are not eating up drive space by making them.

My favourite mode is 'lights out', just press 'L' and all the panels dim so you can focus on the photo. Press it again and everything but the picture is completely blacked out. There are also lots of ways to sort and mark your shots and you can do batch exports etc. As other reviewers have said, it is worth getting a book or two because there are no instructions. Learning all the keyboard shortcuts is a huge bonus!

I don't think I will ever change from Lightroom, it is everything I ever wanted in processing software. Very simple and intuitive but with a lot of power under the hood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom 3 Still my prefered RAW editor
Possibly not the most intuitive Adobe product but certainly very reliable and built for purpose. I have had this on a PC and now on an imac 27 the small accurate adjustments... Read more
Published 17 months ago by mal
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom
Great easy to use editing tool, use it all the time and do not have to go into CS Photoshop in fact basically perfoms most of what photoshop does quicker
Published 20 months ago by mr a harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great!
Once you get your head around it, it is quite easy to use. I did go on a course on it which really helped but now it is my main photo software. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Colette Frawley Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome catalogue and RAW processing
I don't know how I managed to keep track of my photos before I had Lightroom. It organised the photos I have on my external hard disk as well as on my MAC. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2012 by Dominique
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom 4 upgrade not for me yet, LR3 is fine...
LR3, I think it's all you need 90% of the time, to make the most of your photos with a bridge camera or virtually any camera, as much as a DSLR..... Read more
Published on 30 July 2012 by Froxfield_Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Light 3, Amazing!
Before lightroom I did all my editing on Photoshop elements 9, then this software was on deal and I was able to afford it. Read more
Published on 26 April 2012 by Alastair
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Having upgraded to the lightroom 3 and have been using this now for a couple of months i am only wishing i had purchased a lot sooner than i did. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by Andy240170
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but don't buy it.......
I bought LR3 and found out after it arrived LR4 was coming out and was a damn sight cheaper!!! Adobe wouldn't upgrade me for free so am gutted. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by mowburnt
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy batch editing at last
I found lightroom by accident and after being frustrated by the length of time it took to edit a large batch of images with photoshop I thought it was worth a punt. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Mr. M. Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightroom 3
Lightroom does what I want, the library module will allow me to manage my huge number of images, and once I have finished tagging them I should be able to find what I am looking... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Mr. Andrew Mcgavin
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