It is much more difficult with Lightroom (by the way, the full name of the Photoshop Lightroom program – which reflects its secondary importance) – it was originally conceived as a streaming tool for a professional photographer and brought to mind by the same professionals. As a result, we got a version that was not cut down to basic functions at all (there is also one, called Photoshop Elements), but a completely separate package, in fact, which is a RAW file converter, functionally corresponding to the Camera RAW module, just the tools are arranged in a different order, to which, once you get used to it, you begin to treat it as if it were your own. Lightroom, with all the supposed ease of the whole package and its understanding, is nevertheless a rather powerful program – the functions of the aforementioned Camera RAW are added to the functions not mentioned at night: a gradient filter, a “patch” and a spot filter that can be drawn on the image as a template and applied locally any of the standard LR settings.

In fact, this is where the standard editing functions in the program end – you yourself understand that it is hardly possible to talk about serious editing if all changes are recorded not in pixels, but simply in numerical data in an external file (Picasa developed by Google has reached the same limitations). And if a stamp with a patch is enough to remove acne from the face, this function is clearly not suitable for correcting the shape of the ears or the oval of the face, while in Photoshop this is done in about two minutes, and even then by trial and error.

Lightroom, however, also has the ability to install plugins – the most famous are onOne Genuine Fractals, the entire set of filters Nik Software and the famous portrait painter Imagenomic Portraiture. All plug-in filters work in Lightroom with a copy of the file, which can be edited directly. The most powerful standard Lightroom plugin is, ironically, the “big” Adobe Photoshop. The developer has long promised to bring integration with it to perfection, and still he can’t go further than crutches – for editing in it, Lightroom creates a new tiff file and edits it, which after editing is updated in LR.

It must be remembered that everything related to basic color correction is well implemented in LR, but in fact, this is its only function, except for minor edits. True, for most photographers this is enough: the presence of a huge mass of presets (including non-free ones) makes it possible to almost instantly stylize a photo and the same instant color correction – all presets include setting all or several parameters that can be corrected in Camera RAW , and in LR.