I have never shot raw as jpeg seems good enough and converting RAW files seem very daunting for a computer-idiot like me.
My images usually require just basic PP using my old PS Elements 3 and have been quite happy with this. But if I were to now shoot raw files, I would need RAW programs, but which one?
My expectations for a RAW program are 1) it should be as simple to learn and use, 2) extract more details for the image, and 3) some noise reduction would be nice, in this order.
After reading up and talking to friends, I am thinking of the PE8 (apparently ACR is included) or Lightroom 2 (further editing in PE3). But Lightroom 2 is quite expensive at $400+.
Would PE8 with its ACR be good enough? All comments and opinions appreciated.