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Not just for professionals,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 (Mac/PC) (CD-ROM)
Lightroom 3 is a significant improvement on the previous edition, which in my opinion was already a brilliant and invaluable program for anyone saving RAW image files. Both versions enable you to save presets with ease and this facility is ideal for recreating the look of a picture you're particularly happy with. All adjustments are fully reversible. The interface of Lightroom allows you to view your changes in excellent detail.
Noise reduction is improved out of all recognition in Lightroom 3 and probably the second most important feature is the new lens distortion filter. Both function very effectively and mean you spend less time in Photoshop (if you've got it) afterwards.
So do you really need Photoshop as well? Well in my opinion it depends largely on how much you rely on third party plug-in filters. I've got many installed, but not all of them work directly with Lightroom. However, Nik Software and Photomatix Pro both do and I could probably get by with just them and still achieve very satisfying results.
There are many amateur photographers who simply do not appreciate the scope offered by RAW image files and therefore can't understand what a high-end RAW processor is capable of. I would urge them to at least take out a trial version of this software. It is by far the best of its kind available and I can thoroughly recommend it.