Awesome Software

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Vautrin, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Vautrin

    Vautrin No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm sure if Ansel Adams had a disposable camera he could have made great pictures, but let's face it great software (and great equiptment) helps a lot.

    I wanted to start a thread to see what software people use that helps bring their photography to the next level kind of as a fun way to see what's out there...

    Personally I've found the following indispensable:

    Autopano: stitching together images seemlessly it's brain dead simple to make a digital photo the size of a building if I wanted
    Lightroom: it's weird because the "auto" features on lightroom alone are worth the cost. I no longer take yellow tinged pictures inside due to my camera's crappy whitebalance
    Photomatix: HDRs -- love 'em or hate em, but this is one useful tool...

    What else do people use?

    Thanks,

    Dan
     
  2. ddm1975

    ddm1975 TPF Noob!

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    Lightroom II - absolute necessity to me editing in RAW
    PS cs3 - couldn't complete anything without it
    Noiseware - helps w/ grain
     
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    mJs TPF Noob!

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    Waiting for the new Lightroom (looking forward to that)
    I have an OLD version of photoshop (was going to upgrade but decided to go with lightroom instead)
    and one that i use a LOT is by Tiffen, called DFX. It has hundreds of filters and effects...
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Don't forget that Ansel probably spent as much or more time in the darkroom, as he did actually taking photos. ;)
     
  5. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Jeez software up the wazoo: the main cahunas from Adobe CS4E/Lightroom 2.6/Illustrator and about 25 other specialized programs from outfits like Topaz, Imagenomic, Photomatix, Nik, blah, blah, blah.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The grand trio listed by Vautrin will handle almost any task and should be in every photographer's collection IMO.

    Autopano has gotten really good with the new version and the CUDA acceleration.
    Lightroom is (or should be) the one stop powerhouse for all RAW files.
    Photomatix is the last word in HDR.

    What more could you want?

    DNG Profile Editor is the last one on my list. I used it more previously than I do these days, but Lightroom has this annoying tendency to produce purple images. People aren't supposed to be purple and the DNG Profile Editor takes care of that wonderfully :).
     
  7. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Lightroom is almost all I use... Occasionally, I'll want to do something that it just can't do - and I use GIMP for that.

    For me, GIMP works fine because I rarely have to use it, and there's no way I could justify the cost of Photoshop for as much as I would use it. GIMP might be a little harder to work with, but it definitely has the cost advantage. ;)
     
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    Lightroom FTW!
    Photoshop CS3 (but not good with it)
    Element (same, need to learn more on it)

    Kcc
     
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    bhphotography TPF Noob!

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    photoshop still holds the trump card in my mind, but lightroom is very capable
     
  10. Vautrin

    Vautrin No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Lightroom & Photoshop are like a hammer and a nail gun. I need to drive a nail in the wall, I grab the hammer. I need to build a house, I grab the nail gun...
     
  11. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If you shoot Nikon then Capture NX2. Getting a photo just right is a lot easier with that than anything else (maybe because Nikon has hidden a few things that others haven't found?)
     
  12. Vautrin

    Vautrin No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Interesting...Olympus should take a hint from nikon... The software that's included is ok but nothing compared to lightroom... I love the yellow people the white balance creates in some lighting on the olympus software...
     

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