The world of digital post-production is a lot more complicated than it was when Photoshop CS2 came out. If you read my Photoshop CS3 review, then you know that the latest rev of the industry leading image editing application is well-worth the price of an upgrade. But once you spend a bunch of money on Photoshop CS3, which includes the much-improved Bridge CS3 file browser, do you really need to spend more money on a "workflow" application such as Apple Aperture or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom?
There’s no simple answer to this question. Your choice will be based on the type of post-production you do, the volume of shooting, how you like to output, and any other specialized workflow needs that you might have. Depending on your needs, you might find that Photoshop/Bridge is all you need. The good news, of course, is that while all of these tools may make for a complex decision, they also mean that there’s enough variety of tools that you can build a workflow solution that’s tailored precisely to your needs.
In this article, I take an in-depth look at how to evaluate your post-production needs to determine exactly which applications you might need.
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