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05-12-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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Just a quick question: what do you guys use for PP work? I don't really have anything up to the task right now...and I suppose I should just suck it up and invest in Photoshop...but is there anything else worth looking at?

05-12-2009, 07:24 PM   #2
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Try some of the demos from Lightzone, Bibble, ACDSee Pro, and Adobes offerings (Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom).

I found ACDsee to be best for my needs, but you may like one of the others more.
05-12-2009, 08:04 PM   #3
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There's also RawTherapee or even Picasa, which are free.

I use Bibble and like it. Under $100, includes distortion correction and NoiseNinja.
05-12-2009, 08:51 PM   #4
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I've been a long time user of Ulead products which is now owned by Corel. It does everything I could want at a fraction of the price. It has a pretty good raw conversion utility but I still use Capture One. It can do dng or pef for Pentax too.

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05-13-2009, 06:17 AM   #5
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Adobe Lightroom. I have Photoshop and iPhoto but Lightroom pretty much replaces both of them for 99% of my shots. I have tried a number of the free RAW programs out there and feel that you get what you pay for...
05-13-2009, 07:56 AM   #6

It's all about open source.

UFRaw for RAW conversion and The GIMP or CinePaint for the other stuff.

They are all relatively easy to use and powerful.
05-13-2009, 08:32 AM   #7
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A film scanner.

But digital or analog, they mostly end up in Lightroom, while a few move on to Photoshop CS4 (on a Macbook).
05-13-2009, 09:12 AM   #8
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I use
  • DxO for RAW conversion and distortion corrections,
  • Lightroom 2.3 for cataloguing, white balance and exposure,
  • PS Elements 6 for area corrections and layers,
  • The Panorama Factory for panorama assembly, and
  • Photomatix for high dynamic range images.
LR and Aperture for Macs are by far the best organizing software from all I have read.

Please note that I have an extensive computer background, and am basically lazy when it comes to "darkroom" work. I detest it, but recognize that post processing is a necessary evil. I sprang for what seems the best I could find at the time. I am not dissatisfied with the software I use, but definitely some could use more speed (DxO particularly!) and others nicer interfaces.

05-13-2009, 09:47 AM   #9
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+1 for The Gimp, bleeding edge betas being my favorites. I love Gimp and have no interest in the $50-99 offerings like Elements or what not.

I'd buy Photoshop if I was a Pro, but it's horribly overpriced otherwise. I'm almost Adobe "free" but still have Flash plugins in my browsers, sadly.

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05-13-2009, 10:04 AM   #10
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I use Raw Developer for most images. For those requiring area-specific adjustments LightZone is my program of choice. Noisy images get a wash in NoiseNinja. Panorama assembly is from TIFFs in DoubleTake. All photos are tagged and labeled in Expression Media (formally iView). Some of these selections are because I have a slow old Mac.
05-13-2009, 12:28 PM   #11
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Mostly I use Lightroom 2.3, then Picasa 3 and a handfull of specialized tools.

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05-13-2009, 01:26 PM   #12
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check ebay

Check ebay, I picked up cs3 for $90 now that cs4 is out.

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