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 Post subject: what program to buy????
PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:07 am 
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i an a newbie to photography but have been interested for a long time , i am looking at so many programs out there but not sure which one to get, i want to be able to edit in raw and jpeg if there is such and maybe not to pricey up to 200.00 canadian

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It depends on what sort of features you're after. I use and like Photoshop Elements 7 which is easily within budget. It's significantly cut down in features compared to the full photoshop, but the price is much lower too. IT has the basics covering general photo tweaking. It will let you use a version of Adobe Camera Raw converter but with some features cut from the full photoshop version. If you don't mind a two step method, there's plenty of other RAW converters including a handful of free ones you could look at too.

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Check out Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2. Many members here love it (including me).

There's a free 30 day trial available at adobe's website.

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I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0. It's the favorite of what i've tried so far (can't remember if i tried lightroom though). Also at a price of around 100USD it's pretty cheap. But download som trials of various programs to see which ones you like the best.

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I have CS4 extended and lightroom 2 And I have to say I use Lightroom more than photoshop.

I especially like it for importing images because It automaticly puts them in a dated folder making them much easier to find and stay organized.

I am not 100% certain on cost because they were a gift from my boss for rebuilding and installing the new computer system here at work saving him $8000 :D

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agleisberg wrote:
I have CS4 extended and lightroom 2 And I have to say I use Lightroom more than photoshop.

I especially like it for importing images because It automaticly puts them in a dated folder making them much easier to find and stay organized.

I am not 100% certain on cost because they were a gift from my boss for rebuilding and installing the new computer system here at work saving him $8000 :D


Lightroom costs 300 bucks, whilst photoshop will set you back ~800 dollars. There's of course student licensing, which is a lot cheaper.

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Lightroom, (which is just absolutely amazing) and Gimp for tha more advanced work, here!

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I think if you want to use only ONE program to import and optimize your pictures, lightroom is the way to go (although I've been having a lot of crashed with my lightroom lately - don't know why really :?)

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