Hi.... Let me share how NOT to do it! ;-)
I use Photoshop almost exclusively. I'm reasonably capable with it. Because a certain amount of my stuff ends up in print, I need to be able to convert to the CMYK colour space. I don't think that Lightroom does, although I am likely wrong about that.
Where Lightroom shines is when you use it as a workflow... a way to sort, catelogue and edit your images. It sames tons of disk space. The most simple example of the benefit of it has to do with watermarks. The way I do things... I have a RAW file, I have an RGB jpg. In many cases, I have another jpeg with my watermark. In a tiny number of cases, I also have a LARGE CMYK tiff which is going to a magazine, or is being used to produce a calendar or possibly a poster. And then I wonder why I never have disk space!
The only time I use Lightroom honestly is to "bulk watermark" a bunch of images.
I think you can get by fine with Photoshop and some decent organizational discipline. However, I don't think you could get by with only Lightroom as it is somewhat limited in it's editing options...
Now if someone who actually knows something about Lightroom would care to correct everything I just said, that would be fine.
Also... Photoshop is expensive. Lightroom is cheap. Photoshop Elements does about 98% of everything you need in Photoshop, as long as you don't care about CMYK
Edited by Stoo, 18 January 2017 - 05:25 PM.