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Adobe Lightroom 3 - Adobe Lightroom 3

By Cliff Smith



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Adobe Lightroom 3


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One of the most important improvements is the new noise reduction engine, which is designed to handle even high levels of noise without reducing edge detail. Like the rest of the program it is quick and easy to use, and the results are extremely impressive, surpassing even the very effective noise reduction system of Photoshop CS4. It can easily pull an extra two stops worth of detail out of high-ISO images, allowing high-end DSLR cameras to be used at settings as high as 6400 ISO and still produce acceptable results, a real boon for professional photographers. Even small compact cameras, typically very prone to noise above 400 ISO, can benefit from this treatment.

The Camera Raw processing engine has also been overhauled, with its quality again surpassing the standard Adobe Camera Raw used in Photoshop. Processed Raw images can be exported into Photoshop for further editing as usual, but the new process version system ensures that older images, which have been processed using Camera Raw, can be either kept unchanged or re-processed using the new algorithms.

Many of the filter effects and special processing simulations have been improved, with effects such as bleach processing, infrared, vintage colour and more available as pre-set filters. Natural-looking vignetting and film grain have also been added to offer more choice for those who prefer their images less than perfect.

Chris Hamer

June 22, 2010, 8:29 pm

Thanks for the nice review, i look the look of this but for my photos i use my macbook pro. I know there is a version for the Mac but i was wondering could you do a review on Aperture 3? As i dont know which one would be best to use, has the best features etc.



June 22, 2010, 8:30 pm

What i really need is a program which can analyze images based on what they look like and find duplicates, group similar images together etc etc. Can Lightroom do anything like that or is there any other software out there which can?

Hans Gruber

June 22, 2010, 9:04 pm

Sorry, no time to read the review just yet but in your experience how does Lightroom 3 compare to Capture One?

I use Capture One LE (last 4.8.3) and trialed Lightroom 2, it seemed very similar, was quite easy to use and much the same as Capture One hence I don't know if the price difference is justifiable to anyone in my position, wishing for a more pro photoshop experience who doesn't wish to spend £600+ or whatever on CS5.



June 23, 2010, 12:56 am

The raw engine in LR & Photoshop CS5 are the same - ver 6.1 to be precise. ACR does the lens correction, noise reduction etc. It is common code so LR can't be better than CS5. ACR 6.x will be included in a future version of Photoshop Elements as well. Cheers


June 23, 2010, 1:26 am

Just a quick point. You say there is no upgrade from version 1 but Adobe states on their web shop that the upgrade is for version 1.x and 2.x. Any reason for the discrepancy?



June 23, 2010, 2:55 am

I'd like to point out that there is another more than capable alternative to Lightroom in the form of ACDsee Pro3.


June 24, 2010, 1:11 am

In reply to Jonathan and to correct the review, the upgrade license covers both 1.x and 2.x as stated on the Adobe website - I purchased the upgrade edition and have used it to upgrade my my 1.x serial number with no issues.

Joseph Britvch

June 27, 2010, 7:44 am

I downloaded a trial version of LtRm 3 and it kept disabeling my browser, so I had to constantly restart my PC. Don't know this happened. Had to remove the program.

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