Best photo software for pp and editing.


larrytok

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if u mean paid.. probably photoshop is the best for processing pictures.. if u want to do archiving with alittle of PP. for Win/Mac: Lightroom. for mac only: aperture.

then there are also free picture editing software like GIMP and some others which i am not sure also .. haha
 

Soulblade88

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I see but i am sure some of you guys have tried the different brands is there really any difference at all?
 

sin77

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I subscribed to both photoshop and lightroom. Can use on 2 computers some more. Always get to use the latest version. Affordable and good. Like an installment.
 

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I'm stingy, so I only use freeware. Below is my two cents (can't give you more because I'm cheapskate ;) ):

Photoscape and Picasa for basic post-processing. Good for starter. Easy to use.
GIMP for more advance post-processing, capable to work with layers, steep(er) learning curve. Poor men's Photoshop.

If you are shooting in raw, I process raw with Rawtherapee, and recently with Silkypix (freeware with Ricoh GR).

You may want to try freeware(s) first before buying anything :)
 

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photoart

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it depends on the workflow and the processes that you normally use

maybe you can state what kind of PP and editing that you normally do? so that we can better advise
 

rhino123

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How about the photograph editing software that came with your camera? I used my EOS utility and editing thingy and Olympus own editing software for ages before finally getting the LR and photoshop. Get a feel of these included software and most of the time, they are enough for most people.
 

daredevil123

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Photoshop is the industry standard.

Whether it is "best" for you, really depends... on you.
 

catchlights

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There's GIMP which is FOC but definitely not as user friendly.

Just think Open Office versus Word. :bsmilie:
I'm a professional photographer, hence I use Photoshop and Lightroom.

but I can't write, hence I use Open Office and Google Document. :bsmilie: :bsmilie: :bsmilie:



just a side note,
how would people know whether photographers are using Photoshop or GIMP after seeing their photos?
can the photos also tell what cameras they use? Yes? No? Not Sure?

But the photos surely can tell us a lot more about the photographers.
 

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Soulblade88

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I'm a professional photographer, hence I use Photoshop and Lightroom.

but I can't write, hence I use Open Office and Google Document. :bsmilie: :bsmilie: :bsmilie:



just a side note,
how would people know whether photographers are using Photoshop or GIMP after seeing their photos?
can the photos also tell what cameras they use? Yes? No? Not Sure?

But the photos surely can tell us a lot more about the photographers.

Can tell you that some photos you can see that someone has used a samsung camera whether it's from a camera phone or from one of their digi cams.
 

daredevil123

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Can tell you that some photos you can see that someone has used a samsung camera whether it's from a camera phone or from one of their digi cams.
You sure? You might want to check out some of the instagram folks out there...
 

Jellies

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I tried photoscape previously. I'm now using Lightroom for single exposure. Photoshop for multiple exposure.

I like Lightroom. There are several controls to reveal what are hidden in the shadows and highlights.
 

Stoppable

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I use Corel Paintshop Pro. Started with Ultimate X2 then skipped a few upgrades and using X5 now. This is for editing only. Used to use photoshop, I think it was 3.0 but stopped using it when Windows XP came along. Also because Photoshop became Photoshop CS.

My habit is to upgrade the software or get a new one only when I upgrade my hardware. Yeah, I am quite a cheapo.

I did download trials for the adobe and Corel products. In the end bought Paintshop as it is more value for money, I feel.

If you just want the best then go with the industry standard. While the cost is high, mastering it may open doors for you in the industry.
 

Shizuma

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Gimp on Ubuntu Linux. Free and secure. Virus proof operating system with gimp installed by default
 

Nikonzen

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LightZone and GIMP all the way baby. Once you have a decent command of LZ you'll be amazed at how powerful and well suited it is to post production. There is a learning curve though it takes time.

Best thing is they are both FREE!!!

You can maybe lift some shadows, relight, or go HDR effects with the LZ software and maybe get yourself a little closer to getting some decent night snaps... ;)
 

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