I have been meaning to write a post on this topic. However, I noticed today that my colleague Gene McCullagh has just written about this over on his blog, Lightroom Secrets. I agree with Gene that Lightroom will serve most photographers needs most of the time (and some photographers, all the time). My advice to serious amateurs and pro’s is to learn Lightroom very well, and only then, if you find you need more sophisticated pixel-editing tools, consider Photoshop (or even PS Elements) for just those advanced needs.
I believe that today, with Lightroom so well established and powerful, educational programs that start photographers out in Photoshop rather than Lightroom are doing them a real disservice. I hope that programs that continue to take this outdated approach will catch up soon.
Click here for Gene’s post.
By the way, there is alot of great material on lightromsecrets.com … do check it out!