Photo Editing Software
Photo editing software can be so personal. What works for one person doesn't for another. For instance,
Lightroom seems to the most popular editing software out there now and for good reason I suppose. It's
inexpensive, easy to use and effective. But sadly it's one program that I've never been attached to.
Something about the cataloging system gets me. I'm using multiple hard drives and back ups plus my workflow is
different than what works with Lightroom.
Perhaps one day I'll sit down and make this Lightroom program work, bypassing ACR. I've never been
a big fan of 3rd party RAW conversion software. My thoughts are that the manufacturer of the RAW file
probably knows a great deal more about it than any other company possibly could. And I have noticed
that this is indeed true, especially on new cameras. Sometimes the noise reduction, color, etc. isn't quite
right with the 3rd party software as compared with the OEM's.
My workflow goes as follows, DPP (Digital Photo Professional) a free software supplied by Canon to convert
and cull my RAW files, and Photoshop to process my keepers. The only thing really missing that Lightroom
adds is the Clarity slider. I've added a Clarity plug-in from Topaz. A little clunky perhaps, but workable.
There is much dismay with Photoshop about everything going to the Cloud and subscriptions becoming
mandatory. I was listening to Jim Hammer's blog last night and he was reporting that even Lightroom might
be going to the cloud.
My thoughts on all of this cloud stuff are I think I'll hang on to Photoshop as long as I can. I did pay for the
software anyway and will continue using DPP for RAW conversion. Hopefully by the time my versions of
Photoshop become inaccessible or unusable there will be alternatives out there.
What alternatives you ask? Well one of my favorite photography forums just answered that for me today.
If you drill down to about the 7th post you'll see all kinds of alternate software out there already.
I'll go ahead and post those alternatives here in case you don't want to open the above link. Enjoy!
Aperture - Download / Site - Good/average but a little slow, OS X only AFAIK.
Please keep in mind I can't be held responsible for any of the above links, as far as I know they are good links
and nothing malicious is involved.
Until next time, happy shooting!
The above photo was taken during a morning hike in the back roads in Issan near Korat. It was beautiful out
there and I keep telling myself I'm going back someday. Iirc I was using a Canon Rebel XT with the kit lens,
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