« on: August 10, 2013, 06:15:35 PM »
My experience is that I was using PhotoShop Elements and PS CS4 sort of randomly interchangeably and was finding the whole experience mystifying - hit and miss on learning, remembering and I realized later, not learning an efficient workflow. Then I stumbled on LR4 and it was like a window opening to a clear room outside. I immediately found the workflow natural and with a few internet tutorials was well on my way to a structured post processing world. I now do probably 95% of my post processing in LR5 - when I need layers, I was going back to PSE, but discovered OnOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite and am now not even using PSE or PS. I also use Photomatix for HDR and Helicon Focus for macro 100% in focus processing, but I'm solidly in the LR5/PPS Suite for 95+% of work.
One of the best training sets I found really helpful was the two sets of videos on LR by George Jardine - cost was $25 for each of two sets -- worthwhile, will save lots of fumbling around on the net by yourself time. (mulita.com/blog/). OnOne Software has lots of tutorial videos free that are very useful.