We’ll make this one short & sweet! Photoshop vs. Lightroom – which program is better at photo editing? It’s a constant debate with photographers and you can read 5,497 articles on it and still not know which one is truly better.
First, it’s important to keep in mind that Photoshop and Lightroom, although both photo editing programs, have their own unique features which make then compliments to each other, rather than competitors.
When Photoshop was first developed, it was intended as a platform for graphic designers – not photographers. As photoshop has evolved, it has become a powerful pixel manipulating tool for photographers and graphic designers alike. Regardless of it’s intended audience, Photoshop has many unique strengths including it’s ability to use layers, blend and retouch individual images. Lightroom; however, was released with photographers in mind. It contains the editing manipulations required and commonly used by the vast majority of photographers: exposures, fill lights, colour temperatures, lens corrections, vignettes, chromatic abberation removal – the list goes on.
From my experience, as a professional photographer, the main argument of Photoshop vs. Lightroom comes down to workflow. Lightroom allows you to catalogue and organize your photos in a way that Photoshop can’t even begin to compare to. Photographers (especially wedding photographers) who switch to Lightroom from Photoshop always notice a substantial decrease in their post-processing time.
So the moral of the story? If you have a massive amount of photos to edit, like a wedding photographer does, taking the step towards learning to master Lightroom will improve your workflow and ultimately improve you and your business!