What photo editing software to buy

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  1. Parkersdad

    Parkersdad TPF Noob!

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    I shoot with a Nikon D300 in RAW mode. What software do you guys and gals recommend? I’m not a professional so keep that in mind.


     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Try the software that came with the camera first. It's free.
     
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    Dave442 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I use LightRoom. They have the Photographer bundle at Adobe with LightRoom CC Classic/Photoshop for $10 per month. I also have On1 and with upgrades have probably paid about the same each year as what the Adobe subscription runs for.

    You can download the Nikon software. I have the CaptureNX-D and ViewNX programs.
     
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    SquarePeg Nevertheless... Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I found Photoshop Elements to be a reasonably priced single cost alternative to paying Adobe monthly for PhotoShop and Lightroom. Easy to use as well since there are Guided, Intermediate and Expert modes.
     
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    I suggest Adobe Lightroom. It works splendidly, and is reasonably easy to learn how to use.
     
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    You should add Affinity Photo to your list for consideration.
     
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    Parkersdad TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for all of your replies. I’m either going to look tonight or in the morning and decide what I’m going to buy software wise.
     
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    Depends on your intended editing. If you're looking for something to do minor color correction / exposure adjustments and perhaps a bit of retouching skin blemishes and such, Lightroom is far quicker to learn and use and will more than be enough for what you need. If you are planning on doing wild photo composites where you take your child's photo and add him onto the back of King Kong's head sticking out of your backyard pool, then you may want to invest in Photoshop.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Unfortunately, Ps Elements only has 1/2 of the Raw file editing capability/features/functions of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), included with Adobe's $9.99 a month Photography subscription (Pro grade Photoshop & Lightroom).
    ACR is Ps Camera Raw and Lightroom's Develop module.

    Note too that Ps Elements has no 16 bit color depth editing capabilities.
    Bit Depth
     
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    For free options there's Darktable. I use that and they just launched a windows version. Not as good as Lightroom I'm sure, but it's free.

    Another out of the box option is Snapseed for tablets. I have a 45 minute train ride twice a day so I often edit on my tablet with Snapseed. Not as manymfeatures but very easy to use. Also would make a good choice while traveling.
     
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    I ended up buying the Affnity software and so far I'm enjoying it. Thanks for the help.
     
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    I didn't chime in earlier, but as Adobe is the "800 lb gorilla" of the photo editing world, you'll find just about everything is designed to support their software. Loads of software that can operate as a plug-in ... build those plug-ins for Photoshop & Lightroom.

    But the downside to Adobe software is that you can no longer just buy it. Now you have to "rent" it by the year. I am frustrated that people let them get away with calling it a "cloud" model since the features needed to qualify as a "cloud" product are not present. They do not offer "service elasticity". I can not pay for the software when I want to use (at the point of value) and not pay when I am not using it. They act like you get to rent it by the month... but it isn't actually possible to rent it for a month. It's a subscription with 1 year terms.

    I bought Affinity for my iPad (of all things ... I still don't own it for the desktop). I found that it's really pleasant to use. It does everything I would normally use Photoshop to do (it even knows how to open .psd files) but it's easier to use and frankly it seems to do a better job. I was impressed. And of course you don't have to "rent" it.

    I have not yet found a non-rent version of digital asset management (something to replace Lightroom). Skylum makes a program called Luminar and they are positioning themselves as a Lightroom alternative. But the big "catch" is that they do not have digital asset management ... but claim they are launching this in 2018. I'm taking the "wait & see" ... I would only buy it if they had digital asset management (and it needs to be decent). But on the plus side... this is software you get to "buy" (and it's reasonably priced). It's not "rental" software on a 1 year term like Adobe.
     

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