What editing program should I be using?

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  1. CherpeAr

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    I’m shooting in raw+jpeg so I need one to open and edit well. Free or really cheap preferably!
    Thanks in advance


     
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    Check out GIMP(GNU Image Manipulation Program).
     
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    The Photoshop / Lightroom combination from Adobe is only $10/month - that's what... two Starbucks chemical experiments?
     
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    Lightroom. If you can't afford the $10.00 per month in perpetuity then DarkTable. Photoshop comes with Lightroom. To supplement DarkTable Affinity Photo.

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    I'd recommend the LR/PS combination, it just does what it says on the tin, upgraded often and a wealth of tutorials freely available. Darktable is a good free option for processing RAW but as mentioned you'd still need a program like GIMP (Complicated) or Affinity Photo as a Photoshop equivalent ...
     
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    Adobe Photoshop Elements 18.....
     
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    Affinity Photo. No monthly fee. I paid $30 for it, I think it's up to $40 now.
     
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    I use Adobe Photoshop Elements, too.

    If money is a concern, you can get an older version on Amazon for much less than the more current version.
     
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    just LR, or any other workflow/processing software. Stay away from pixel manipulators like Photoshop.
     
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    adamhiram No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Another vote for the Lightroom/Photoshop combo. Spend some time learning how to import and organize your photos with Lightroom, then start learning how to perform basic Raw edits. Since it is the most common tool used, you'll have a much easier time finding help when you're not sure how to do things. Photoshop will come in handy when you need to do something beyond the capabilities of Lightroom, and you can slowly learn that application over time with the abundance of freely available tutorials as well.

    For what it's worth, I used Tony Northrup's Lightroom eBook when it first came out a few years ago as a crash course in how to use Lightroom, and found it incredibly useful. I didn't agree with all of his recommendations, and it was only $10 back then, but having a comprehensive set of videos (and text) to better understand and learn how to use each module was very helpful.
     
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    Ahhh. a purist :D
     
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    As was mentioned; GIMP is free, but not easy to learn. Check out the other programs mentioned by reading about them online.

    I use Aperture 3 (Mac OS only) but it is no longer being supported by Apple (big surprise there, or not). It is very easy to use, and I think LightRoom is similar in its ease of learning. If you're on a Windows PC, then you can still find a stand-alone LR, but it won't be updated (ever). If you go for the subscription of PS and LR together, you don't have to use PS, just use the LR function and save yourself from learning PS. Still $10 a month with a 12-month contract, so you're on the hook for $120 a year. I don't know what happens if you decide to quit the subscription. You should ask about that. You will still have the images on your computer, but no more editing if you stop paying them.

    If you are interested in one particular program, read about it, then ask specific questions on here.
     

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