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  1. ichiro

    ichiro TPF Noob!

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    Hi,

    Just interested in the type of software available. Now I know of Adobe Photoshop being the best out there, but its 500 dollars. Could anyone give a short run down of these products, and maybe a recommendation. I am also starting out with a 35 mm SLR, so Im going to put my developed photos on a CD thn edit. Im on Mac by the way.

    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Phtoshop Elements
    Adobe Photo Lightroom
    Apple Aperture
    Iphoto ( I have this, though it seems basic)

    Any recommendations for a beginner would be great!
     
  2. Peacemaker636

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    I've heard that Elements is plenty for editing to fix the levels, curves, etc.

    Also try looking at the GIMP. It's amazing for a freeware.
     
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    Photoshop elements is all you need for most edits. I bought Microsoft digital image suite(or something like that!). Identical functions to the photoshop, just made by microsoft, and the staff at teh store said it was simpler to learn than photoshop, which for me was VERY important!
     
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    iPhoto sucks!

    Sorry. I have a regular customer in my store who uses iPhoto and she has had nothing but problems with it. She likes it for certain things such as mass editing (across the board red eye and basic color adjustments) and cataloging. But even then, the red eye feature in it doesn't always work. I hear a complaint about her iPhoto nearly every time she comes in.
     
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    Photoshop CS2 (soon to be v3) is just about the 'industry standard' but as you rightly state it's quite expensive, but once you have it you won't go back :)
    For most people Photoshop Elements is more than adequate. I believe the new version 5 actually has 'curves' (?) so this make it even better value but I don't believe you can run 'actions' on it. (preset macro's).

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is new and I have just started using it, and i must say i am impressed with the majority of it, but I still think Capture One is a better (less noisey) RAW converter, but it's database structure and non-destructive editing of both RAW and jpeg/tif's is nothing short of amazing IMO.

    I can't comment on Aperture because I've never used it but I believe it is similar to Lightroom (?) and seems to get gets good reviews.

    I have also never used Iphoto, but I can't imagine it will compete with Photoshop/Elements.

    Don't know if you have tried (or can run on your Mac) Corel's 'Paint Shop pro? - This is a fairly competent package but i believe it's RAW support is not that great...

    Personally i use Phase Ones's 'Capture One' for RAW conversion and Adobe Photoshop CS2 for all other PP work, although as i stated earlier i am starting to use Lightroom, but I'm not sure about it's RAW capabilities just yet. If nothing else I'm using Lightroom as a library for cataloguing all my images.
     
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    So for a hobbyist and or beginner Elements will do fine as opposed to a full blown version of Photoshop?
     
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    if all you want to do is levels, curves, the normal stuff (saturation, contrast, all that jazz) and things like adding blur, and layer masks...

    please do not pay for a program.

    www.gimp.org
     
  8. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The Gimp is at the top of the short list for cost.

    It's a free download.
     
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    If you're running Nero 7 Ultra burning (cd/dvd) software then in it's PhotoSnap area, it has quite a few simple photo editing tools eg. exposue, Lens Distort, Color Balance etc, etc, most with simple slider controls :)
     
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    I went to the GIMP website and it was somewhat confusing, I would have to say the site itself and its instructions are not freindly to those of us who are not exactly techno savey. It seems you had to make two differnt downloads for it to work and some other things I didnt quite understand.
     
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    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    stumpfoot;

    There's no such thing as a free lunch. What you don't want to pay for with money, you pay for with time.
     
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    Yes! :)
     

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