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This is a program specifically designed for Photographers, and was built from the ground up by photographers. This is a great program for minor touch-ups, printing, and web display. As a matter of fact, my gallery was created using Lightroom.

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Comment by ct sterling on March 2, 2013 at 8:54am

hello all i am a new member to myshutter space an i use lightroom 4 for all photography an i love this program wish i new more about it though if there is anyone out there that would be willing to answer some questions for me that would be awsome just message me please n thanks  

Comment by charles Owen Hoffman Smith on December 29, 2011 at 5:44pm
Thanks for that V. I will probably trial it for a month. I have 4 gigs RAM on my IMac. Also have been attempting to archive 5 yrs of photos on a portable hard drive which could help. All the best for the New Year ahead,
Comment by V~ on December 29, 2011 at 11:26am

LR3 can take up A LOT of space just because it's a big program.  I had an older computer and had to increase my RAM to 2 gigs to install it and after that it would run really slowly.  I recent bought a new computer but haven't had a chance to install it yet.  However, I would imagine it would run better since I now have 6 gigs.  But then again, the more free RAM your computer has, the better it will work.  Hope the info helps!

Comment by charles Owen Hoffman Smith on December 29, 2011 at 10:56am

How hungry is L3 for RAM. I have heard of users having to buy more even when they have 4Gigs due to the slowing down after loading L3.

Comment by charles Owen Hoffman Smith on December 28, 2011 at 1:33pm

Hi!  V thanks for your helpful comments. I will think on.  Just for interest have a look at it is is interesting editing site, very uncomplicated to use and it can be downloaded for a months free trial.  It is also excellent as a file converter and leaves your original shots intact.


Comment by V~ on December 26, 2011 at 3:30pm

Hi Charles!  First of all, I haven't heard of Optics but I did trial a version of Elements for about a month.  In my opinion, LR3 does allow a lot as far as organization.  I was never big into organizing my photos in the first place but now that LR3 does allow it, it does make it easier to access photos you think you might want to edit or even just find.  I found it rather easy to do as well and there's different ways to store multiple photos.  I attached a link from and this particular one it's just about learning LR3 and how it's organized.  It's kind of long but pretty informative.  There also should be other links below that that also explain other aspects of LR3.  I hope this helps in your decision making process!


Comment by charles Owen Hoffman Smith on December 25, 2011 at 9:37am

Hi! everyone   I would appreciate some advice from more knowledgeable members.  I have not yet bought LR3. I need software which will allow me to organise my growing collection of pics I use DxO Optics Pro 7 for essential editing  (lens abberations , raw conversion and general editing). I am told this works very well with Lightroom 3 and that I can do further editing if necessary in LR3.  Above all LR3 will allow me to organise my growing collection of photo files.  I am not into heavy editing so do not really want to buy Photoshop.  What do others think?

PS. Would LR3 allow me to cross reference various pictures so I could access various tags (eg landscape, family members wildlife etc)?

 Should I get rid of my Elements 8 if I buy LR3?

Comment by Soumitra Banerjee on March 5, 2011 at 6:05pm
Comment by Larry Rindfleish on February 6, 2011 at 11:37am

Hi Karla

Keith is right in saying that original files are left untouched in Lightroom, any adjustment made to an image in Lightroom is saved as an .xmp (or sidecar) file and is stored alongside the original file in the same folder where you keep your raw files. The easiest way to keep the raw file in it's original state is to simply use the reset button in the develop module after export, which you can do as a batch if you have exported a few images at the same time. In the export process you also have the option of adding the exported images whether they be jpeg or tiff, to the same catalogue as your raw files, in which case they show up in Lightroom right along side the raw image, unless of course you change the filename during export, but either way they will still show up in the same catalogue as the raw files, regardless of where you save them. I don't know of any other easy way to keep your raw files original, but after exporting the file or files you have exported will still be selected and it is merely a matter of hitting the reset button and any changes you made to the raw files will be undone.

Hope that's not too confusing and is of some help.


Comment by Keith Sampson on January 14, 2011 at 6:40am
I was always lead to believe that lightroom did nothing to the original photo file wether it was a raw, TIFF or jpeg file.If any changes were made they were done non destructively ie in the case of raw files any changes were stored as a .xmp file which can be deleted without affecting the original raw file. I do use lightroom 2 and think it's a brilliant program. You can do so much with it if you put a little effort into finding out what it can do. In reply to Karla Torres's problem to me it looks like you may have a preferences setting set up which is causing your problem (may be wrong). With my Lightroom when I do the same as you and I look at my original raw file in say windows explorer, it looks the same as when i first took it (usually under or over exposed). Again any changes in lightroom are stored as a .xmp files (with the same file name as the raw file). A solution may be to remove this xmp file (always remember to back up your photos in case of problems) and see if this solves your problem or press the reset button at the bottom right panel to return the file back to it's original state before the changes were made. Hope this helps.

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