Why Lightroom instead of Bridge/Camera Raw?

Started Oct 6, 2009 | Discussions thread
Alpha Doug Veteran Member • Posts: 9,222
Re: Why Lightroom instead of Bridge/Camera Raw?

Workflow is a term used to define how an image gets from the camera to the final output and all the steps in between. The real issue is that Bridge is not a digital asset manager. It can help you import your images into a folder hierarchy you set up and manage yourself, and it can help you add metadata to your images for searching. But it can only basically "see" on folder at a time. And if you want to "process" a RAW image, you have to "open" it into Photoshop. Once in Photoshop, you have to save the resultant image out as some proper image format such as JPEG or TIFF. The "Workflow" is a little clumsy.

Lightroom, or Aperture on the Mac serve as a replacement for Bridge and ACR. They allow you to work completely non-destructively, without ever having to "save" an image unless you move it into Photoshop for further processing. They do a much more robust job of keeping track of your complete image library, Workflow - Image imported with added Metadata into the Library of LR or Aperture, files sorted, rated, detleted, files adjusted, some, but not all files sent to Photoshop as TIFF copies for further pixel editing, then saved back into LR or Aperture with one click (copies are stacked with the original), then images are put into a Web Gallery, Printed, or output some other way for other uses. All inside of LR or Aperture.
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