UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT. Oh, I feel like I am about to start something by admitting to the world (especially the photography world) why I choose Photoshop over Lightroom. It’s true. I would rather edit in Photoshop (PS) all. day. long than to edit in Lightroom.
I feel I should preface with this. I have a BFA in graphic design. When I was learning, Lightroom (LR) was still an infant and honestly, no one knew much about it. After I graduated and had become a professional photographer, it seemed like everyone was ditching PS and loving LR. So, I made the switch too and gave it a try for about a year until I realized I was wasting so much time. In this post, I am going to tell you exactly why I choose Photoshop over Lightroom (and no, it’s not because I don’t know how to use Lightroom. 😉 )
More of a visual learner? Check out this YouTube video on why I choose Photoshop over Lightroom.
Adobe Camera Raw
If you’ve been around for a bit, then you know I shoot in RAW. Don’t know what RAW is or want to learn a little more? Check out this post on exactly why I shoot in Raw. When you open up a RAW file in PS, it opens in what is called Adobe Camera Raw (ACR.) ACR looks much like LR editing window. You have the editing sliders on the right and the images on the bottom. Many people love LR because you can copy and paste edits (or presets) to multiple images- you can also do this in ACR. Pretty much, editing in ACR is much like LR.
When I was using Lightroom, I would first edit the exposure of my images and such. If I saw a blemish or wanted to take a trash-can out of an image, I would then end up opening it Photoshop to make the more fine-tune edits. So, why not just edit entirely in Photoshop?
Photoshop can do everything Lightroom can do plus so, so, so much more.
While the layer feature is a more advanced topic of Photoshop in which I won’t go deep into, it’s definitely worth mentioning. Layers are amazing if you are wanting to do some more advanced editing. For instance, say your kid wouldn’t smile for the family photo and you wanted to do a face swap (taking their “happy face” from another photo and putting it on the photo they have a frown in.) This is made possible because of layers. You can layer images, text, and so much more on top of an image. This feature is not included in Lightroom.
Photoshop has amazing, amazing, amazing tools! You can select only parts of the image to edit. You can remove unwanted items in an image. Seriously, the possibilities are endless of what you can do in Photoshop because of the amazing tools. Now, I will say that they can be a little overwhelming and there is a learning curve. Check out this post on 2 of my favorite Photoshop tools how to use them.
So there you have it- why I choose Photoshop over Lightroom. While this opinion might now be popular, it’s definitely valid. Now it’s time to get photographing AND editing!
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