Looking for a more advanced RAW program

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  1. soylentgreen

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    Hello folks, I am in the market for a more advanced RAW processing program to tweak my images. Currently I have Canon's Digital Photo Pro. Basically I'm looking for a all in one program (if there is such a thing) to handle noise, sharpening and calibration & correction. Was looking at Adobe Lightroom since I already use CS2. There is also Nik Sharpener plug-in, Darkroom, etc. Any reccommendations or thoughts?
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Adobe Camera Raw + CS3
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Bah Photoshop CS3 + Camera Raw is an Image editing / graphic design program with a RAW processor bolted on.

    I simply don't understand why this insanely expensive program is anywhere near the top of the recommended list when someone asks this question.

    Adobe Lightroom is a much better suited program for Photographers especially amatures. And it doesn't cost as much money as a DSLR camera. Even then if you want something more advanced the RAW editor from PhaseOne would be better suited. These programs are simply designed for the post production of photos, whereas photoshop is centred around the creative and complicated manipulation of an individual image.

    That said I do use photoshop on about 1 in 300 of my images as it does plenty that Lightroom doesn't, but that has little to do with photography and more to do with creative image manipulation.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Original Adobe CS2 CD at garage sale = $5

    Upgrade to CS3 = $199US

    It is very worth it.
     
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    Thanks Garbz. I was mainly looking at a processing program more than a photo manipulation. Will eventually get CS3, but Adobe Camera RAW is iffy. Doesn't have the functionality that I want. I was leaning towards the Lightroom and will take a closer look at it.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Lightroom, Lightroom, Lightroom.

    If you are on a Mac, consider Aperture.

    Did I mention Lightroom? ;)
     
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    Take a look at Lightzone. Based on Adam's zone system. I just downloaded a free trail version and it looks very interesting and capable. (I presently use DPP, RSP and CS2)

    Gary
     
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    Perhaps worth looking at Bibble Pro also. Alex_B seems to use it with great success.
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    I use Capture One, by Phase One.
     
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    stubbsk TPF Noob!

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    CS3, camera raw 4 and bridge work really well.

    I did like lightroom whilst I had the trial and the beta.
     
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    i mostly use CS2, However Ive been using lightroom more recently, I love it.
     
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    soylentgreen TPF Noob!

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    Aperature would be great if I had a Mac. Unfortunately, switching over my programs (CS2, Corel, etc.) to Mac-base will be like another $3000 upon the PowerMac I want.
     

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