When it comes to doing the ultimate in image editing, Adobe Photoshop is the go to software for professionals. But for others, not everybody needs to use all its features. Most of them need small tweaks here and there, adjust brightness and organize pictures from their DSLR camera. It’s costly to buy Photoshop for such small usage. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 is the right software for such users.
Adobe released Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC at same time. Both are same. Lightroom CC is the online version where the software is available under the creative cloud system. The advantage is you can use the software from any computer with an internet connection by logging into cloud service. It also allows for online storage and synchronize your work with mobile devices.
Photoshop Lightroom sounds an extension of Photoshop since it retains the name. In reality, both are different software’s. Compared to Photoshop, you have less tools in Lightroom. But once you have all the tools at your fingertip, it is easy to work with and make changes as you want to make changes. Compared to previous version of Lightroom, there is not much change to the latest version.
Lightroom is not a complete image editing software. It is fine for enhancing selected areas of pictures, improve the shades, color and contrast and removing unwanted objects. Another important feature added is facial recognition which allows for sorting out pictures when there is lot of them. This is done by using metadata. There is a graduated and Radial filter tools, an enhancement tool which can help in fading out unwanted areas in a picture. There are options to combine multiple photos. There is a pet eye tool under red eye correction, which can remove the unnatural colours in animal photos. You can even make HDR images using HDR Merge feature. But in some cases, you may not get the same quality as you might get from by using Photoshop layers. But in most cases, the Lightroom is good enough to edit the image as you wanted. Finally, Lightroom also allows you to do slideshows. You can add up to 10 songs to go along with these slides. There is an Activity Center included in Lightroom. It shows the progress of operations running in background.
The main highlight of Lightroom is its powerful tool in searching and organize photos wherever it is stored inside the computer. The Lightroom also allows to work on photos in your picture library which are saved inside external hard disk. Even when the external HDD is not connected, you can still work on it as Lightroom saves a compressed copy of these files in your local drive.
Lightroom can also be accessed using Lightroom Mobile App. You can access the pictures from your main library with an internet connection. Once downloaded, you can access these files offline and make changes on it.
When it comes to processing power, just like any image editing software it is also requires good processing power. The ideal processing power is from an i5 and i7 processor. The less powerful PC will have problem with processing megapixel images. You need a minimum 2GB RAM and 1GB Video Memory and minimum of 2GB free space inside Hard disk. It supports Windows 7 and above. It also supports Mac OS.
Verdict: The edits using Lightroom are non-destructive. This means the original pictures are always preserved and you can make changes and tweaks anytime. Being a professional tool with mobile integration and with no real competition in this category, this is a software worth trying for all photography enthusiasts.