I'm about to move up to a digital SLR.
I don't shoot thousands of photos a year. I shoot batches of 30-60 and then around 300-500 a few times a year when traveling.
I've been using Elements 4 on my iMac for basic retouching, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction, and some occasional work with RAW (special photos).
I do a lousy job of organizing files of photos. I'd like to do better
I can get Lightroom very inexpensively (university store plus additional discount).
But what would the advantage be? Would it replace Elements 4 in my use? Would it provide a better, broader, and more integrated program? Any other thoughts re other programs I should consider?