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 Post subject: No editing software
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:34 am 
I recently downloaded the Photoshop CS3 trial,and it ended ,right now I'm using Photoshop Elements 6.0 and that ends in a couple days, here is the problem in October I will be going to an airshow the next week I will be going to El Centro Naval Air Facility,and I cant afford to buy Photoshop.
Please help me out :(

Thanks...


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:24 am 
You could try GIMP - it's free. I haven't tried it but I've seen reports that it does a reasonable job.

Link - http://www.gimp.org/


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:45 am 
Hi,

You could also try out some of the following software. Actually, I use DxO as stage 1, GIMP as stage 2 in PP´ing. Furthermore there is more then PS alone :) Like there is Heliconfilter, Rawtherapee and CodedColor.
Some of these are testversions (but complete) also, but guilty for 60 days or even longer.

http://www.gimp.org http://www.dxo.com

http://www.rawtherapee.com http://www.heliconsoft.com

http://www.codedcolor.com

Helicon has also a software which combines a number of pictures focused on different distances to enlarge DOF, such as in macro-photography.
Workmethod like in HDR, but only to gain DOF.

Hope this helps,

Kind regards,

ngc94227


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:05 am 
There's this little thread right on top of the thread list in the Imaging Software that could perhaps be of assistance:
http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7811


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:27 am 
Yes, I forgot to mention your splendid thread :oops:

ngc94227


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:51 pm 
ngc94227 wrote:
Yes, I forgot to mention your splendid thread :oops:

ngc94227


No problem.
It seems that sticky threads tend to be overlooked often (on most forums I'm a member of), though :(


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:18 am 
Thanks everybody! I'll try them once my Elements trial is over.btw are these almost as good as Photoshop?

I have a question,I'm no pro, and I only shoot in JPEG format, and every tells me I should shoot in RAW and my pics would be better,so I tried shooting in RAW format and I noticed a slight difference.Here is my question, when I uploaded my shots to my computer and opened them to Elements a editor for RAW images pops up, does that work on any other software that you guys recomended to me? (btw thanks!)




Thanks for everything!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:28 am 
Kriss22 wrote:
Here is my question, when I uploaded my shots to my computer and opened them to Elements a editor for RAW images pops up, does that work on any other software that you guys recomended to me? (btw thanks!) Thanks for everything!


Yes this is normal, it´s the so called RAW-converter which opens the RAW file to do the first editing. RAW-files contain much more info then JPEG´s. That´s the reason why RAW´s can be postprocessed better (much more). If the picture eg. is too dark, you can correct it here. After that, the file is imported to a real pp-software (PS, Gimp etc. etc.) for further pp´ing.

If you´re shooting in JPEG, you don´t have so much possibilities to correct it like a RAW. OK, it is more work, but the final result is much better!

Kind regards,

ngc94227

BTW. Photoshop is regarded as "the standard". But others are close behind. Some are lacking minor features, so my opinion is that it should be no problem.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:45 pm 
Alternatively, if you have another computer in the house, install another trial on that? Just an idea.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:09 pm 
Or use a Virtual PC. :idea:

Ben
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:45 pm 
Cam-I-Am wrote:
Or use a Virtual PC. :idea:

Ben
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When in doubt..... Press the shutter.


Care to explain... ? :)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:08 pm 
I wonder, what features are you actually looking for in an image editing app?
It's quite possible that the freebies will do it for you.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:47 pm 
If you can't afford CS3 or Elements... why don't you use the software that shipped with your camera ie. Zoombrowser and DPP untill you can afford one or the other.... just a thought


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:04 am 
2610ksj wrote:
Care to explain... ? :)

Just that you don't need another physical PC when you can have an endless supply of Virtual PC's.

Ben
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When in doubt..... Press the shutter.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:52 am 
Rawtherapee for processing RAW files, Picasa 3 for managing your photos, and Paint.NET with loads of plugins for the kind of editing that can't be done in a RAW processor.

That's what I use currently, and while it's not great, it's the best you can do if you're going to be cheap :)


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