A bit off topic, but I'm curious why people buy Lightroom if they have Photoshop.
I tried it a few years ago and hated its file management system. Maybe I'm just used to Bridge, but it seems to fit my needs better.
Even Adobe admits Lightroom doesn't do anything that can't be done in Camera Raw. If you use smart objects, they open in Camera Raw and not Lightroom, so you end up using Camera Raw for any smart object edits anyway.
I'm told it has some advantages for batch processing that makes it easier if you are trying to manage large collections, but for a hobbyist, I just don't get it.
What am I missing?
I'm a hobbyist, and for me, it has a lot to do with cost. I can't justify shelling out six or seven hundred dollars for Photoshop, but $99 for Lightroom? Done. In a heartbeat.
Since Lightroom 5 is my first experience with Lightroom, I don't know what it was like when you tried it a few years ago. I became interested after seeing it used in some YouTube videos (Mike Browne, Gavin Hoey, Serge Ramelli -- then the official Lightroom channel). Then I started searching and watching everything I could find about Lightroom 5. About the time I figured it might be the last non-subscription version and that I wanted to get it, Adorama had their $99 deal. I didn't even hesitate, and I'm very, very pleased so far.
I admit, I'm still getting used to the photo management side of things, but the develop module is excellent (for all the reasons others have shared). Going from Picasa with JPEG to Digital Photo Professional with RAW to Lightroom 5, I really feel like I've advanced my ability take a photo and make it far better than I could before.
I'm also looking forward to using the Book module to print some photo books of family vacations and stuff. Not sure I'll ever use the Slideshow or Map modules (at least for now), but the Web module looks interesting for when I get to the point of posting more photos online.
Anyway, Lightroom just seems to pack in a lot of powerful features for a very reasonable price -- especially if you can't afford Photoshop! When I need to do advanced editing, I've been getting by quite happily with GIMP for long enough that it makes it even harder to justify buying Photoshop. Of course, I'd love to have a proper Liquify tool, as I find iWarp a bit clunky, but it hasn't stopped me from turning out some pretty good (at least in my opinion) full-page magazine advertisements.
With all the "clouds" rolling in lately, I'm just hoping Lightroom has an umbrella and gumboots!