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09-15-2012, 05:13 PM   #16
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i use gimp

09-15-2012, 07:02 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by glennbp Quote
That's the best description of Photoshop & Paintshop I've heard to date and very true. Lightroom is a great program for photographers, I just prefer Capture One Pro.
I can't compare the software - Capture one Pro, but if they go about adjusting photos the same way as lightroom they will be OK. What do other people think or can someone compare?
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Coral Aftershot Pro is about $60. Excellent for photo work with a good selection of plugins, handles Pentax PEF well.
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Lots of options. And it does depend on what you need to do, what your budget is and how serious you are.

Lightroom 4 is probably the best solution if cataloging and retrieving images is as important as 'developing' them. If you don't need those functions then just about anything works better than the Pentax software. I use LR 4.1 as my main program and GIMP as my editor, I also have Elements 7 but GIMP works fine.

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Raw Therapee (donation only) does a great job on getting exposure right as well as extracting the detail that is in the raw data. Then Picture Window Pro (US $99) for everything else. The simple but effective LAB color space tools are a bonus.
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I use Aperture 3 when I am too lazy to walk pst my kitchen counter. If I make it to my office, I use LR 4, with Nik plugins. Try the free trials on some of the popular software packages and decide which suits your workflow
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Elements 10, purchased on one of the frequent sale packages, and Topaz Suite. I also use some NIK plug-ins but those are pretty expensive and not really in the budget category.
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QuoteOriginally posted by HenrikDK Quote
... Elements too, but I have used it only on about half a dozen of the 20 pictures I have taken in the last 2 years. ...
Is this a typo? Or have you taken only 20 pictures in 2 years??

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The best combo if you have a Mac.
Yes, if you have little money on software( pixemtor is even better for me than PS)
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Aperture 3 and Pixelmator
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Elements 5 with Topaz De-noise and Focus-Magic for plug-ins work great for the minimal processing I do. For organizing I use Picasa3.
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I have tested and used several of the most popular raw convertors over the years (LR/ACR, Aperture, DxO and Capture One) and have settled on Capture One 6 as my main program, because it produces very good looking images with very little effort. I was never pleased with the results from LR/ACR, but I have not tested the latest versions. For my best images, I use Raw Photo Processor (RPP), which leaves all other raw convertors in the shade IMO. I also use CS5 a great deal and am a big fan of the Nik plug-ins.

In the final analysis, you can get good results from any of the currently available programs, if you take the time to become truly proficient with them.

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UFRaw, GIMP, ImageMagick, LuminanceHDR and DigiKam/ShowFoto

All free and open, all fully cross-platform (maybe some doubt around digiKam - it's not yet stable on Windows - no biggie as I do not run Windows but still...)
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QuoteOriginally posted by HenrikDK Quote
I can whole heartedly recommend Light Room. I have Elements too, but I have used it only on about half a dozen of the 20 pictures I have taken in the last 2 years. For the rest LIght Room have worked extremely well, and I love the abilitty it gives me to keep my photos organized, plus I love the non-destructive editing. I have a few plug-ins with it, but I actually find the benefit questionable, as I can typically get as good effects quickly with LR alone.
I know it's a typo, but you did give me a good laugh thinking about how LR does a great job in keeping your 20 photographs organised!
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Photoshop CS4 - I'm usually always 2 versions behind the current release. ;-)

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