In case you're one of those who want Lightroom and don't have it yet, Amazon's Gold Box deal of the Day today (May 30th) [link removed—deal is over now —MJ, May 31] is Adobe Lightroom 3 (for Windows Vista / 7 / XP or Mac OS X) for only $119. That's almost as cheap as Photoshop Elements. If you need it but have been waiting for the right deal, now would appear to be the time.
And if you're looking for a very good way to spend the money you save, Michael Tapes has an excellent downloadable tutorial video called "Raw Without FUD" ("FUD" is "fear, uncertainty, and doubt") that also serves as a tutorial for Lightroom. It's not specific to Lightroom 3, but the approach is holistic and still relevant.
I don't think it's widely enough known that "RAW Without FUD" will help you with Lightroom too. And of course as we know from Ctein's column this past week, there's no virtue in cleaving to the JPEG your camera gives you—everyone should learn RAW, even those who elect not to use it.
FD (full disclosure) Dept.: Michael T. is an advertiser here. But I wouldn't recommend his video just because of that. He has a nice knack for explaining software, IMHO.
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