Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is an essential workflow and editing tool for professional photographers and serious hobbyists, according to reviews. Although its photo-editing tools are not as robust as Adobe Photoshop CS6, experts say its organizational tools are indispensable. Lightroom allows you to quickly cull, rate and process RAW images, and the latest upgrade supports geotagging. Other new features include the ability to preview videos, redesigned sliders for adjusting exposure and book-publishing tools.
Reviewers say Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is a must if you need to process RAW images, as it provides more tools and options for RAW files than any other software. In addition, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is half the price of previous versions, so reviewers say it's an excellent value. Most complaints are minor -- some reviewers would like to see facial recognition, for example. If you need to heavily edit digital photos, reviewers still recommend Adobe Photoshop CS6 (*Est. $700).
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is reviewed by a number of credible sources, with the best reviews coming from PCMag.com, MacLife and ExpertReviews. These sources publish detailed reviews and provide an overall rating, which makes it easy to compare Lightroom to competing software. ArsTechnica.com has a fantastic review, although it doesn't provide a rating.
Adobe Lightroom 4 receives an Editors' Choice award from PCMag.com. Although he wishes the software included facial recognition tools, Michael Muchmore says Lightroom 4 is a top choice for professionals.
Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, Michael Muchmore, March 6, 2012
Dave Girard at ArsTechnica.com says Lightroom 4 is not a must-have upgrade for Lightroom 3 users, but he is impressed with new features such as geotagging in maps and the book-publishing tools. Even so, he calls it a "great update to a great application."
Review: Adobe Lightroom 4 Reviewed, Dave Girard, April 1, 2012
MacLife gives Adobe Lightroom 4 an Excellent rating. High points include a variety of new features, increased video capabilities and photo-book support. However, Rod Lawton prefers Aperture for organization.
Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Review, Rod Lawton, April 23, 2012
Adobe Lightroom 4 receives a 4.5-star rating (out of 5) from Pocket-Lint.com. Stuart Miles says Lightroom 4 is a terrific value thanks to its reduced price tag ($150 less than the previous version).
Review: Adobe Lightroom 4 Review, Stuart Miles, April 4, 2012
5. Expert Reviews
ExpertReviews also raves about Lightroom's value, calling it a "steal at its new low price" and awarding it a Best Buy rating.
Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Review, Ben Pitt, March 16, 2012