I have never been a big fan of Photoshop. Never used the program for more then raw editing or putting together a few sequences. Needless to say I was really stoked once I learned about Lightroom, and just about totally abandoned Photoshop and Bridge from my workflow. With the arrival of lightroom 2 the need for Photoshop in my workflow has become even less important.
This was mainly because of the Localized Adjustment Tools that were added in the new release. What took multiple masks, layers, and editing in PS now takes 5-10 minutes in LR.
Here is a great example.
This is the raw photo straight out of camera.
As you can see it needs a good amount of work. His body is on the verge of being blown out, and the wall, tree, and grass is quite flat. This photo should have been a throw away, but we will use it for this example.
Now here is the Photoshop edited version that took about 30-40 minutes to finish.
With masks for his shirt, pants, and face, along with the wall, grass, and tree, it can start to take up a bit of time. Then there had to be levels, curves, and a few other tricks done before the image could be called complete. Even after the work is done, it still looks a little odd and over worked.
Now here is the LR edited version that took about 5 minutes of work with the Localized Adjustment Tools (that I barely know how to use.)
This version has a much more natural feel, and is overall a much better edit in my option, it took less then 1/4th the time as the Photoshop version, was non-deconstructive to the photo, and was all done and saved in RAW.
When time is money, why take 30-40 min with PS when you can do about the same thing in LR for much less?