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100 Reason’s Why You Should Pick Lightroom over Bridge

By Anthony Thurston on April 6th 2013

I just came across this great page over on the National Association of Photoshop Professionals website that I thought was worth sharing. Its true that one of the number one things that photographers want to know is if they need Lightroom over Bridge and Camera Raw. Well, according to the NAPP there are 100 reasons that you need to choose Lightroom over a Bridge/Camera Raw combination.

Click here to head over to the site to check it out.

On a side note, the video series is a little dated – they talk about lightroom 3 – but the reasons are just as relevant to Lightroom 4.


My Thoughts

I am very firmly in the Lightroom camp. But then I am also newer photographer, meaning I started photography within the last 5 years, so I was not around when Bridge/Camera Raw were all there was. I learned with lightroom, so that is what I am used to – and more importantly its what I am fastest with.

Ofcourse I still use Photoshop, but lightroom is still a very important part of my workflow and it could be for you too. If you are still stuck up on Bridge/Camera Raw make sure to checkout the 100 reasons post, and then go and get your own copy of Lightroom 4.

[via NAPP]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    I use both for different reasons .

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  2. mike

    apples and pine cones….
    Why even bother to compare?
    They don;t do the same thing….
    If lightroom would show ALL the files on a disk (not just the stuff in the catalog) bridge would be gone instantly.

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  3. Ashkan Ahmadi

    I use both. If I have a few photos to edit, then I would use Bridge since it’s much faster. If I have many photos that need to be keyworded separately, use Collections and Smart Collections, etc. then I would use Lightroom.

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  4. Bogdane!

    It’s very simple for me:

    I use Bridge for creative works because it let’s me preview all sorts of files, like eps, ai, psd, tiff and even movie files

    I use Lightroom for exclusive batch editing of photos. I i have just a few I will still use Bridge because listing and catalogs are independent of the program, so if Lightroom has a problem with my catalogs I am screwed.

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  5. Shauna Snippe

    We were taught Bridge and Lightroom in school when I took Photography. I also use Bridge and Lightroom depending on the photographer I am editing for that given day. My opinion, they are both great – however I’d still pick Bridge! It shouldn’t matter what one can and can’t do, it’s how comfortable you are using it for your own work!

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  6. James Busse

    When I started at the Art Institute about 3 years ago, I was introduced to Bridge and LR 2.3, I haven’t had the opportunity to try 4 yet, but I know with those two versions, I was more of a Bridge/Camera Raw fan. However, I will be having access to them both soon. So maybe it’ll win me over.

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