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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:02 am 
Hi all,

I just got my first DSLR and I was wonder if anyone can let me know which software I should be using for post processing (not sure if that is the right term)?

I do not mind and would like to learn from basic even if the software is complicate. I read a lot about people using Photoshop, some advise Picasa for beginner, some say they use lightroom, but I am sure there is more that I haven't heard of before.

I am planning to get one of he software but would like to know if I am getting myself a "right" software for myself. Once I get some pointers I will do further research.

Thanks for any reply!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:32 am 
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you should try Photoshop Elements

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:44 am 
Another option is a legally free program called the Gimp. It is available for PC, Mac and Linux. I don't recall if it runs RAW natively or if I added a plugin to make that work, but it is quite a nice program. It is a good starting place until you know how much processing you tend to do and what your requirements for software are. You might find that you do not even need anything more.


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Picasa - free, get it and try it
Lightroom, Photoshop (any version) - free trial, get it and try it

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:32 am 
lightroom 2.7 (v3.0 is laggy on my actual computer) & photoshop cs4 (cs5 is very laggy on my pc & I don't really need the upgrades)


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Best is to check if your camera is supported by the older generations in that case. Not everyone has the latest camera, but if you do, it is possible that it is not supported in the older generation software.

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I use xnview for general viewing and browsing and canons DPP and Photoshop.
I find Xnview easy for cropping of jpg`s and resizing, use the others for raw files and when more editing is required.

here is a good list, its a sticky http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7811

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Lightroom is very user friendly and gives you the most used post procssing tools + powerful organizing features + a wealth optional plugins for processing, emailing, uploading e.t.c.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:46 pm 
+1 to the favorable comments about Lightroom.

I haven't experienced any lag problems with it either


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:53 am 
Thanks for all of the reply, i'll definally try out some of the demo and the freeware mention here before making any purchase.

On a side note I am really confuse by Adobe product. It seems like they have a lot of product that overlap in functions. All I know is that Photoshop Element is an entry form of Photoshop, but where does lightroom fit into it? How about CS5 (was reading Gordon's guide)?

The Adobe website is not really helpful in this matter, of course maybe I am looking at the wrong place. :?

Thanks for any help, it would save me a lot of time in redundant Google search. :)


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photoshop elements, basic stuff for photo editing, more like snapshots use, but does the same trick as its older brother most of the times. Lightroom is a stripped from graphical work photoshop intended for photo organizing and hardcore editing of photos. Photoshop CS5 is the all in one package for graphical processing, it does more than just photos (example editing video frames and 3D graphics). In general lightroom is the budget version for photographers but with all the power.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:41 am 
Ah, I guess I see the picture now.

Thanks for you explanation, it is making more sense now.

Cheers


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:46 pm 
I've used Photoshop for about 12 years for just about everything except major photography work. I got Lightroom 3 about 6 months ago, and I hardly ever use Photoshop now. Lightroom does almost everything you need to do, plus it's fantastic with organizing as well.


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I use LR3 to import and catolgue all my work, great array of labels, ratings and key words available. It is a much improved version from 2.## and personally haven't found it to be laggy. It has great editting capabilities and more than enough to get you started. There all hundeds of presets available to download and mess around with various effects.
When you are ready for some serious processing, I beleive Photoshop is the industry standard. CS5 for me.

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