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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:54 pm 
I have been using Gimp with the Greycstoration noise reduction plugin for a a while now. It seems to work fine for me, as I am on a budget and
I don't do a ton of processing, just basic noise reduction, cropping, and white balance.

My understanding is that if I was ever to try and sell my photos, that the industry standard is Photoshop, and using Gimp would be frowned upon. Not that I'm trying to sell anything. But, do I need to move to Photoshop?

I'm using the 30 day trial of Photoshop and Lightroom right now. I just find myself getting frustrated using it, as I can process photos really quick using Gimp. It also seems the plugin noise reduction for Gimp is so much better as well. Although I'm sure there is something for photoshop as well. Or yet another purchase for Noise Ninja or something.

If I was to go to photoshop, what version would be best? Full, Elements, or even an older version?

I'm not really understanding Lightroom either. Seems as though it's an organizer more than anything else. Is Lightroom even worth considering for processing?

Any guidance would be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:05 pm 
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If you're selling photos (prints or even jpegs), not services at photo editing, then does it matter what package you use?

You would only need to move to photoshop if it provides something that is essential you can't already do. I doubt the cut down Elements will provide that, and you would need the full version to get a significant feature set.

I'm sure the Lightroom fans will be along shortly, but Lightroom is a philosophically different package. It is more optimised for processing workflow, not a traditional image editor.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:22 pm 
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Lightroom fanboy checking in!

I agree with Popo, Gimp is an overall image manipulation program, where Lightroom is optimized for the photo workflow. I personally prefer LR's workflow over Photoshop.

I take pictures so quickly, my highschool was "Continuous High".

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:22 pm 
Thanks! For now, I guess I'll just use Gimp. It works for what I'm doing and you can't beat the price.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:35 pm 
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I have Adobe photoshop7, but apart from the clone-tool.....I struggle with it. atm it's too much for me & my needs.

I use Picasa, it's easy for all the basic fixes.......oh it's also 8) free!

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