Bought my Camera but what Software

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  1. HotWire

    HotWire TPF Noob!

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    Yeap just like the title says lol

    I went and spent near 1k on my camera, extra lens, bag, a uv filter, 8g card, but then I started to think "Hmmm what am I missing?"... Then Whaaaam!!!! Oh yeah editing Software....:lmao: So any suggestions as to which program? I have never and I mean never used any photo editing software. But I've used MS Paint :confused:

    But all messing around aside. I would like to keep cost down but want something good. Soooo is Photoshop the only contender still?

    Mahalo
     
  2. TJ K

    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well you can check out lightroom. Also GIMP is free and I hear it is a lot like photoshop. Of course CS4 has everything you want and more but also cs5 is coming soon. If you are a student though cs4 can be had for 199 and 299 if you're in high school. GL
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  3. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Look at Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, to get started.

    Adobe has an Education Store and if you qualify as a higher education student, you can get Photoshop CS4 Extended ($1000 retail) for $200, or Photoshop Lightroom ($300 retail) for $99.

    The hot setup would be to have Lightroom and CS4 Extended (or Elements), they compliment each other.
     
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    Photoshop and Lightroom are the two i use the most. I tend to favor Lightroom more. If you'd like to give it a try the Latest Beta Version is free until March.

    Adobe Labs - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
     
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    I use Lightroom and Photoshop and truth be told I use Lightroom most often. I got both licenses when I was still in college but my alumni association provides upgrades for reduced costs still so I make sure to get the latest versions.

    Lightroom is basically an organized and slightly more basic photoshop. It encapsulates just about everything you'll ever use and has a fantastic Library system.
     
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    If you want to practice for free, definitely try GIMP at GIMP.org. Very much like CS4 and has alot of tutorials too. I use it and have been getting better and better at it.
     
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    Keep in mind your camera should come with some software that will easily handle all basic edits (saturation, sharpness, cropping, etc). I'd recommend Lightroom otherwise, as far as buying something.
     
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    I think you will be fine with MS Paint :lol:

    But seriously...this man speaks the truth. I love Lightroom! Try it before you buy it though because if you are looking for the same tools as photoshop then you will be sorry. They have a free trial on their website.

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    Wow, sweet! I will have to get my hands on that.
     
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    Lightroom. It is the single greatest software tool I've come across for photography. I LOVE it. I also us CS4. The combination is powerful, but I don't know that you need CS4 at this point.
     
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    I use lightroom more often as well but you kind of need both if you want to do any heavy editing.

    You can download a CS4 trial as well if you want to try that out but its not an easy piece of software to use.
     
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    Thank you all so very much for the response. I will get this lightroom product. Just have to see what deal I can work on it price wise. lol.

    Im not a student any longer as I just finished by AA (just so I had something lol, since it doesnt make a difference for me at this point) but I wonder if they have a similiar program that MS does with the military folks I shall see.

    Mahalo all.
     
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    Lightroom. Lightroom 3 Beta is available for a free download for use until March. I love it.
     

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