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What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:49 pm

My default photo editing software on my computer isnt sufficient to adjust photo size and compression and really screws up the shot when I reduce the size. I have been putting off purchasing any software for a while but having my shot declined finally made the decision for me.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
 
dazbo5
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:25 pm

You'll not go far wrong with Adobe Photoshop Elements. It'll do the majority of things you'll want to do with your photos, and a whole lot more.

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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:12 pm

Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 1):
You'll not go far wrong

What he said!

Elements is great.
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diezel
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:00 pm

If you are on an Apple, you should consider Aperture.

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damien846
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:14 pm

Been using Elements for 4 plus years now......started on 5 and now have just updated to 8. should be all you need for spotting editing.....?
 
pilotalltheway
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:21 pm

Or if you want to take the cheap route; the very cheap route (FREE) you could just have a look at paint.net:

http://www.getpaint.net/

Good luck!

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pilotealpha
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:26 pm

I released a free photo editor and organizer a few days ago. You can try it if you want. Download : www.kestrelfly.com/download/

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GPHOTO
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:27 pm

Photoshop Elements gets my vote.

I'm still using version 3.0 (with a 'Curves' plug-in, about the only essential tool missing out of the box).

You can pick up cheap copies of older versions of elements on eBay if you are on a budget, though version 3.0 does not work on Vista, so do your homework on compatibility.

Best regards,

Jim
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virgin777
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:51 pm

One question , do these versions of Elements support Canon RAW ?
just curious...


cheers
 
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:59 pm

Of course, GIMP has to be mentioned. It's not quite as slick or fully featured as Photoshop, but it's free and has most of Photoshops most powerful features.

http://www.gimp.org/

However, it's at least as hard to learn how to use as Photoshop, so if you give it a try, recognize you'll spend a fair amount of time learning it. If you want ease, Photoshop Elements is probably worth the slight cost. I've heard good things about paint.net, too.

I also took a brief look at Pilotalpha's program...it looks like it could be a decent option for basic operations, but I haven't taken the time yet to install it and try it out.
 
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:56 pm

For RAW conversion, Bibble Pro (http://www.bibblelabs.com) does a far better job than does the Adobe converter.
It also does quite a lot of post processing, and does it well.
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Stealthz
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:15 pm

Quoting GPHOTO (Reply 7):
with a 'Curves' plug-in, about the only essential tool missing out of the box

That's about all I need!!
Does anyone know if there is one for Elements 8/9?

Cheers

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GPHOTO
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:11 pm

Quoting stealthz (Reply 11):
That's about all I need!!
Does anyone know if there is one for Elements 8/9?

Elements 6 was the first version to have curves out of the box. I would assume it has stayed in the later versions, but don't know.

For users of Elements 5 or earlier, curves functionality can be added thanks to this page:

http://www.earthboundlight.com/photo...ips/photoshop-elements-curves.html

And if you need to know what curves are and why you should at least give them a go, this next page is a very good brief introduction with mouse-over examples:

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/photoshop-curves.htm

Just remember, with power, comes responsibility. Curves can be a very powerful tool for image editing, but can very easily be overdone.

Best regards,

Jim
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:02 pm

I switched from Photoshop to Lightroom in 2007, and I hardly ever use any other software.

Besides powerful image editing controls, it has many more functions. Here's a short introduction, so you can see what it looks like and what you can do with it as an aviation photographer:
http://www.milaviapress.com/lightroom/index.php
 
johnmiller
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:39 pm

My advice is for better or worse, stick to Elements. It's a standard, which means tutorials are everywhere, including photography magazines and it's easy to get advice from others using it.
 
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:08 pm

Quoting GPHOTO (Reply 12):
Elements 6 was the first version to have curves out of the box. I would assume it has stayed in the later versions, but don't know.

Thanks Jim,
I was so conditioned to not having curves avail I never looked when I upgraded to PSE8 then 9!

For those cosidering the product, I feel that the CSx range offer little to the photographer over Elements, sure the Graphics artist and Illustrator gains alot but there is lttle that cannot be done in Elements from a photographic point of view.*


Cheers

* This is my opinion and am sure many will disagree.
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:20 pm

Quoting Stealthz (Reply 15):
For those cosidering the product, I feel that the CSx range offer little to the photographer over Elements

I haven't tried Elements so I won't comment but CS5 is mind-blowing, seriously!!
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:19 pm

I do my basic RAW conversion in Capture One then editing in Paint Shop Pro. I'm currently using X2 but I think it is at version X3 now. Used it since it was free-ware at about Version 4.

Decent software and good value too.
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:03 am

Quoting spencer (Reply 16):
but CS5 is mind-blowing, seriously!!

Yes, the price is also seriously mind-blowing - unless you've got a nice arrangement with Adobe.

Still, elements can manage this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIJ5_ggmbGk

As a side note, I installed CS5 Master Collection on my old iMac with 1gb ram. It actually worked no problem on this 2.4ghz machine. Albeit slowly. I updated it to 4gb ram and CS5 works beautifully.   So with my PC woes, I'm doing all my editing on the Mac. With all the talk of curves, it's the one tool I've not needed to use in my photo editing.

Photoshop is always the best bet since it is industry standard software - everyone uses it, so there is a massive amount of expertise for it and lots of help available. The latest version of the Camera Raw plugin does a superb job of noise-reduction as well (included with CS5). I don't know if Elements gets the same upgrades however.

now as for Aperture, it's not worth the bother. It's not really a specific editing program, it's more about managing photos and basic tweaks from my experience with it. It's not like Photoshop. So in any case where you need to do more specific and specialised editing, it's hard to do that in Aperture.

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NicolasRubio
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:07 am

Lightroom is my other half! I love that piece of software...
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Dehowie
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:29 am

Easy Lightroom 3.
Has the latest gen Adobe RAW processing software which is quite a step up from the previous generation.
Considerably better than Aperture at noise reduction etc and yes i have used both.
Aperture i think has better catalogue functionality but as a processor Lightroom wins hands down.
I use CS5 but to anyone starting out will highly recommend LR3 as pretty much the best place to start and use it quite a bit in conjunction with CS5.
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:16 pm

If you can afford it, go for CS5, if not stick with Elements. Adobe programs are one of the bast out there.
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:29 pm

Quoting Dehowie (Reply 20):
Aperture i think has better catalogue functionality

Darren, could you expand on that, please?
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Sun Nov 21, 2010 5:06 am

Hi Nic
From my experience i found Aperture easier to import photos and assign personal tags etc than in LR3.
One of the major changes in LR3 was making the import process more clear as to where pics where going etc but i still think Aperture does a better job providing you with more options and somewhat easier at least to me.
I like to rename files on import and its so easy with Aperture to say rename each pic ITAMI DAY1 etc so searching for files for me is easier.
However the steps forward Adobe made with the RAW conversion software in CS5/LR3 really have them a step ahead at the moment. Particularly the handling of noise/grain at hi ISO's has me using them exclusively.
Cheers
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RE: What Photo Software Should I Buy?

Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:53 pm

Quoting Dehowie (Reply 23):
Hi Nic
From my experience i found Aperture easier to import photos and assign personal tags etc than in LR3.
One of the major changes in LR3 was making the import process more clear as to where pics where going etc but i still think Aperture does a better job providing you with more options and somewhat easier at least to me.
I like to rename files on import and its so easy with Aperture to say rename each pic ITAMI DAY1 etc so searching for files for me is easier.
However the steps forward Adobe made with the RAW conversion software in CS5/LR3 really have them a step ahead at the moment. Particularly the handling of noise/grain at hi ISO's has me using them exclusively.
Cheers

Thank you Darren!
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