100 Way Lightroom Kicks Bridges Ass! (for photographers)

Last week, Scott Kelby mentioned a whole bunch of Lightroom learning resources that we, over at Kelby Media Group, have. One of them was a brand new mega-tutorial-thingee that Scott and I recorded recently. It’s called 100 Ways That Lightroom Kicks the Bridges Ass for Photographers. The idea originally came from Scott when he and I were talking about the inevitable “Why should I use Lightroom if I already have Bridge” question we get. Instead of doing a long exhaustive video of the differences between LR and Bridge, Scott came up with this idea instead.

On the site, you’ll find 100 short (some are just 30 seconds, some are 2 minutes) videos that go over ways that Lightroom kills the Bridge if you’re a photographer. Even if you’re already a happy Lightroom user, take a look. I bet you’ll pick up a tip or two. Here’s the link. Stop by and let me know what you think.


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  1. My wife and I both have new computers with Windows 7 Home Premium with SP1 and Internet Explorer 8 with the default security settings, and neither computer can view these videos. A white box comes up but nothing is in it. I can view the video’s at Scott’s blog just fine, so what have you guys done differently with the Lightroom videos that broke IE8? I’ve heard other issues with Internet Explorer 9 not working a certain sites, so I have been reluctant to upgrade. I temporarily reconnected my retired Windows XP computer with Internet Explorer 7 to the Internet and the videos function normally.

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  2. Great tips and Lightroom has two great and persuasive advocates, but the format is just a teenie bit tedious if you want to watch a number of tips in a single sitting.
    Finishing the one and then return to the list and wait to load the next …… What was that in tip 2 about moving from Bridge to Raw and then to Photoshop and back again!!
    Keep up the good work – you guys are stars!!!

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  3. No intention to bash anything about the videos. These are great ideas in very good finish. I especially like the humorous chat.

    However, as already two commenters defended Bridge, I can easily imagine, that you guys can as well produce another 100 part video series but now in defenense of Br over Lr in the same manner, as you did it for Lr…

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    • Have at it George. Start the list.
      1. Bridge is free. That’s good right?
      2. Ummmmmm
      3. Hmmmmmm
      4. (silence)

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  4. I am not able to view any of the videos at all. I get the busy circle in the middle as well.

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    • Follow up: I had problems watching the videos on safari, they simiply wouldn’t load. I was able to watch all 100 videos without a hitch on firefox…they loaded right up and played without a problem. Thank you Matt and Scott for taking the time to put together all of this information….I really learned a lot!! :)

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  5. MAtt,
    I saw your update that the web guys were updating the player. Tried last night and again this morning with no luck. Still cannot play any tip but Tip 1. All others have square black page with the mouse “busy” in the center. Also, if I close that box and return to Tip 1, it indicates that it is playing, but there is no picture or sound, just the progress bar working as if it were nornal. A “reload” of the page allows Tip 1 to play again, but then errors out on other tips again. I can replay Tip 1 as long as I do not attempt to look at any other tip.
    Hope you can help. Are there still others out there with this problem?

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    • Having the same problem as Lou. First tip plays great but can’t play any others.

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    • An update. I broke down and did the IE9 “upgrade” from IE8 on my desktop. Now all of the 100 tips play fine. Left IE8 on the laptop and they still don’t play on it.
      Suspect all those with issues are using IE8. Hope this helps someone else. But BTW there are other issues with IE9 for some of my other programs.

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  6. Geez Matt, thanks to you both for putting the time in and recording this series of videos.

    Great stuff! … plus there was plenty in there I wasn’t aware of and plenty I won’t admit to not knowing…lol :)


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  7. How do you crop by pixels in Lightroom? We’re on version 3 and we still can’t crop by pixels. This is pretty important to us and can do it Bridge ACR but not LR? Same engine, come on LR.

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  8. Another plus for Bridge is custom contact sheets, especially for those photographers who are also graphic designers. Lr is great for pure photographers but once you stray into media design then it falls apart quickly.

    I also hate the round-robin process of Lr, as I have a highly structured file system that Lr doesn’t honour.

    The biggest issue I’ve come across and no-one has been able to resolve this is that Lr creates a yellow/warm colour cast on a fully calibrated system (both XP and W7 x64) whilst Bridge is fully and correctly calibrated. This is a big issue for me, especially when dealing with direct prints.

    It’s really horses for courses, if you’re a power user and use the Creative Suite then Lr doesn’t offer much. If you’re a photographer and don’t use Ps a lot then it’s Lr for you, if you’re a power Ps user then Lr can bring some interesting tech to the table if you can live with it’s foibles.

    That web page also falls apart in Opera 11.10 with chrome on the modal dialogue and also it’s lists the videos instead of hiding them beneath the 1-100 gallery.

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  9. I really loved Video Tip 1 and want to see the rest, but only video tip 1 plays. All other tips show a square black box and indicate “error on page”. I am running IE8 64 bit on Win7 Pro 64 bit. I see others are having the same problem but you are not. Could this be a Mac vs PC issue?

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    • I am having the same problem – it is quite frustrating as I would like to see the other 99 clips.

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  10. Heyho,

    I must defend Bridge. Lightroom is great. Has some nice features. But many of them are found also in Bridge: Collections, clear structure, etc.

    Lightroom top feature are its great export functions. You can export a complete website with galleries!

    However, I find its editing functions slow and its panel structure confusing.

    Camera Raw which comes with Bridge is one that is clearer and faster in my opinion. Although it is probably the same engine.

    I also think the color labels in the file browser of Bridge fall more into the eye.

    I tried to switch to Lightroom. But now I only use its great export functions and still organize my photos in Bridge and edit them directly with Camera Raw.

    Best regards,

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  11. Ohh that’s awesome.. These 100 are so incredibly true. For most people it only takes a few reasons to use one product over another. Lightroom does a lot more than a few. Remember, “there’s a reason it’s free” lol!

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  12. Just found out my Canon 5D won’t tether using my new Windows 7 64-bit PC!

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  13. Matt, I’m looking to create a ‘frame’ for my images … something along the line of what Moose Peterson does. Suggestions?

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  14. now I understand how one would use the second window option. I just need a second monitor to go with it!

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  15. Baffled. Bridge and LR are two different products which have never been in competition with one another.

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    • Yes it is. I hear photographers and retouchers saying all the time ” why do you need to BUY Lightroom whereas you have Camera Raw + Bridge packed for FREE with photoshop”

      Adobe didn’t make them in competition. People did.

      Now I’ll just point people to this link :)

      Oh and by the way it’s full of cool tips in these videos. Or at least good reminders.

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  16. This is like a Christmas present in May.
    Thanks Guys.

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  17. shouldn’t it be “Bridge’s ” ? Just sayin’…

    looks interesting, I like tools comparisons !

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  18. Hi Matt!

    Wonderful video’s as always! 😉 is there any source to download all videos and backup! 😀

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  19. I’m interested in Dave Cross’s reaction. Can he outtrump you with 101 for Bridge? By the way,thanx, Ive always wondered why full screen in Bridge disapointed me. Problem solved.

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  20. I would love to watch…”100 Reasons Why Lightroom Kicks Bridges Ass”-May 9, but I can only open No. 1 and it plays perfectly….cannot open 2 thru 100, I just get a black box with circle in the center. on 2 thru 100……..I have updated the Flash player and also set Flash to “unlimited” Any suggestions?

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      • Follow up. It appears that it’s not working for some browsers. Our web guys are on it and they’ve updated the player. It should be fixed but let me know if you see any more problems.


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    • I am having the same problem as William.

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    • I have same problem as William and doug O. Running IE8 64-bit with latest Adobe Flash Player.

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  21. What a treasure.
    Thanks a lot guys. I bet I will enjoy every minute.

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    • Well now I have watched all the 100 videos. My opinion?
      This is the best, most relaxed and informative videos about LR I’ve seen so far.
      Although I have used LR a couple of years, I learned quite a few things or new twists.

      Kudos to you guys, for sharing so generously and being so laid-back in your presentation.


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  22. I know I’m going to be watching every one of them, so it’d be awesome to get all of these rolled into one movie.

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    • There’s 100 things so we didn’t want to put them into one movie because you’d never know which things you want to watch and which you didn’t. Sounds simple because they’re only 60 seconds but imagine watching 60 of them (60 minutes) just to get to one you like. This way, you just go to the one that interests you.

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      • By the way. When one finishes, just hit the right arrow button at the top of the video to go to the next one (or skip ahead).

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      • A stray click on the page will drop you out of the viewer. Plus the X button is very close to the next-movie button. I’ve been dumped out a bunch of times already and had to figured out where I was “did I last see 35 or 49?”. It’s great stuff, but I’ll be really happy once i finish with all of them :-)

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