Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Sirene, Sep 3, 2009.
For editing and for organizing ?
For organizing, iPhoto can't be beat. For editing, I use Capture NX2 and I have Lightroom-2 on order. I do my tweaking with PSE.
99% of my work gets done in lightroom.. organizing and editing.. the other 1% is editing, and it may get done in photoshop, if its something that lightroom cant do.
Picasa is a lovely free alternative.
I have absolutely no experience with lightroom. Why do you prefer it over photoshop, and what version of photoshop do you have?
As for me, I do my organizing on my own...just creating folders and stuff on my Mac.
95% of editing is done on Photoshop CS3. I was able to get it free because I sponsor the photography club at my high school (well, "free" means the school paid for it). The other 5% is done in Photoshop Elements. I find straightening easier in Elements as well as resizing the photos for web sites.
I use CS2, I prefer lightroom because it really speeds up my workflow.
- Allows you to organize with high-res previews
- Your edits are non-destructive
- Create your own presents, copy+paste effects from photo to photo
- Plugins make exporting to flickr/facebook effortless.
- Easily compare before/after
AUZambo, download a free copy of Picasa (from Google), it'll give you a taste of non-destructive, photo management. It doesn't have all the features Lightroom does, but for the average user it makes management/simple edits a breeze. It also has plugins where you can download to your favourite photo sharing sites.
before becoming proficient in marathon sessions of PhotoShop, spend that many hours learning to take great shots first, instead of the shoot whatever and photoshop to death mentality. As far as organizing, there are a mryiad of ways to do so, most already mentioned. Just my opinion, but PS or other editing programs should be used like salt or pepper, sparingly, not to make photographers out of (some) people, who barely understand their camera. Not trying to be antagonistic here, just concerns me how many people in the beginners forum are ready to jump right into photoshop, or some other editing program, before learning to take great shots, then using PS to either clean up a little here and there, or be extremely artistic, when there is no other way to do so without a good editing program. Lastly, if you must, GIMP, includes a photo organizer, and much of the functionality of PhotoShop.....for free!...It's free open source software.
I have begun using Lightroom 2 and I believe I will be using it for 95% of all my photo needs.
The other 5%, as already indicated by others, is more major editing which I will be doing in Photoshop CS3
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