I've used photoshop elements 3 for a small amount of RAW adjustments, cropping, and compressing (for emails etc), but I hadn't had the time to learn all the interesting features. I decided that I'd upgrade and buy a book when the time was right, which is now. I was planning on going for elements 6 and a Scott Kelby book, but while searching this forum and review sites, I'm no longer sure what I want (lightroom wants to join the party). I use ViewNX to look at my pics before editing them. I'm currently a D70 user, taking all my photos in RAW. I will at some stage upgrade to the D90 or D300 (hopefully the D90, so I can save some pennies). The things I'd like to be able to do (in order of how often I'll do them): Simple WB and exposure adjustments Cropping Saving as smaller jpegs Possibly using PC software to apply sharpness and noise reduction by batch (instead of the camera doing it) Fixing really badly exposed photos (made a right mess of a couple of important ones ) Moving people from one picture to another, to make up for the fact I've messed up a few shots HDR, panoramic, and contrast adjustments Is lightroom just a complement to photoshop (or equivalent) or can it do both roles (for my needs). Do I need lightroom at all to do the above? Is Capture NX an alternative to either Elements or Lightroom? I haven't found it too obvious how to do anything exciting with any software, so I don't want to trial any products, I just want to trust those that use them, get a book and learn the ones I need properly. Many thanks for any help.