Let's examine the complicated workflow a Camera Raw user has to navigate:
I hope you were able to follow that. Please feel free to read over it a few times.
Obviously a workflow as complicated as this isn’t for the faint-hearted. If you prefer the smooth simplicity of importing and exporting between multiple programs, the easy pleasure of re-linking libraries every time you want to move your files, and the joyful oblivion of a flaky histogram and inaccurate clipping warnings, then you should definitely use Lightroom.
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