I just purchased Lightroom about 4 weeks ago. I hear so many good things about lightroom, and how it will save you time on your editing. So many photographers love it... but I haven't gotten there yet. I want to love it, but I have a few concerns. Maybe you can help me. I shoot RAW, and edit my images in ACR in Photoshop CS2. Currently I edit the image by 5 staring the keepers in bridge, and In ACR I adjust WB, exposure, shadows, ect. Then I batch rename them in bridge and run them through the image processor. Then I have a few actions that I might run on some images. IT IS HERE THAT I BACK UP MY IMAGES. So, the majority of my editing is done before I back them up. This is where my images are proofed. When the customer orders an image, I go back to the original RAW file, and do the retouching. Here is where I take care of blemishes, skin softening, teeth whitening, eye enhancements, crop to exact size ordered, ect.... I tried to edit a wedding that I was a guest at (not the photographer) in Lightroom, and I ran across some issues. I don't think the actual processing time for me was any less (it was probably more because I am still learning the program) than for me to it in ACR. So, here are my concerns with lightroom... 1. The information is not applied to the file until you export the image. Therefore I can not save my edits to the RAW file like I can with ACR and the xmp file. I like to have the RAW file, and the xmp file so I have all my edits on the back up DVD's. If I use lightroom, I would save an unedited RAW file, and the edited file as a tiff or psd or jpeg. I like having my edits already on the RAW file. 2. Maybe this is minor to some of you, but it is a big deal to me. BATCH RENUMBERING. I currently do batch renumbreing in Bridge AFTER I EDIT. The reason I do this, is sometimes when I am editing, I opt to toss out an image I was originally going to keep. I want to do it on my RAW files, because I frequently go back to them after someone orders an image. I want the RAW number to match my jpeg numbers, for easy finding of the image. I want this renumbered before I back up my images. I can batch renumber my RAW files in Lightroom, but they are like this -1, -2, instead of 001, 002. If I don't have the 00 infront of the numbers, the proofs get out of order in my proof books from my lab and my slide show. they will appear like this -1, -10, -101, - 11,..... -2, -20, -201, -21. I can add the 000 when I export, but I want it to match the RAW files. I tried renaming the files in Bridge after I made my edits in lightroom, and it messed everything up becasue it couldn't match the edits with the image number (because the image number was changed after the fact by a different program.) 3. I sync my cameras to time, but most of the time by my two cameras, + my assistants camera, there can be a difference of a minute or two between cameras. So, I hand drag a few key images in place before I batch rename them in Bridge. I tried to drag the thumbnails around in Lightroom, and I couldn't do it. Maybe there is a way, but I couldn't figure it out. They didn't drag into place like in Bridge. So, to wrap it all up, her is the summery. I want to love bridge like I hear a lot of other photographers do. Here are the things I want bridge to do... and maybe it is possible to do if you tell me how. 1)Save a xmp file with the RAW file for backup 2)Batch Rename the RAW files with 3 or 4 diget numbers like 001, 002, 3)Drag thumbnails around before I batch Rename the files. Should I just give up on lightroom? Or embrace it for what it is and change my habbits on my workflow?