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Jan 16, 2012 18:25 |  #1

I've been shooting in jpeg ever since I got my dslr because I've never had the time to mess around with the images. I also have a Rebel XT, so there's very little in terms of in camera processing. I'm going to make time to do some post processing.

What software works best for beginners? My main lens is the 15-85. Lightroom any good? The reason I ask is because I can get it for next to free:)




  
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Jan 16, 2012 19:35 |  #2

If you can get lightroom for next to free, do it. It's arguably the best software for photo processing unless you are doing advanced edits or processing.

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Jan 16, 2012 20:18 |  #3

If you're using an Apple, I highly recommend iPhoto. It's ridiculously easy to learn and use, but surprisingly effective. Maybe they even make if for PC?

One thing to keep in mind, and that is that you probably want a program that does all non-destructive edits. Photoshop does only destructive edits, and for that reason I won't use it for any purpose. LR does non-destructive edits.


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Jan 16, 2012 20:21 |  #4

lightroom is great so long as you dont need to do any real editing. photoshop is the defacto standard, even photoshop element would be enough for most people.

if you are just just going to be dealing with global image adjustments and no need to layers or many spot edits, lightroom is the way to go, otherwise photoshop or some other editor is in order.

95% of the time i just use lightroom, but there are those times when i need to dodge and burn and add some eye pop or do some sort of mask editing that i need photoshop for.


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Jan 16, 2012 20:22 |  #5

Tom Reichner wrote in post #13716301 (external link)
Photoshop does only destructive edits, and for that reason I won't use it for any purpose. LR does non-destructive edits.

photoshop does non destructive edits.


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Jan 16, 2012 20:23 |  #6

mike_311 wrote in post #13716319 (external link)
photoshop does non destructive edits.

Not really. You can use it non-destructivy, but you have to be carefull. If you edit tiff/jpeg and save it as the same name, the orriginal is gone. ARC does non-destructive edits.


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Jan 16, 2012 20:29 |  #7

gjl711 wrote in post #13716326 (external link)
Not really. You can use it non-destructivy, but you have to be carefull. If you edit tiff/jpeg and save it as the same name, the orriginal is gone. ARC does non-destructive edits.

well that goes without saying. however if you work in raw your raw gets saved to a tiff and you just work on that leaving your raw intact.

even if you edit in photoshop launched from lightroom, lightroom makes a copy.


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Jan 16, 2012 21:14 |  #8

mike_311 wrote in post #13716313 (external link)
lightroom is great so long as you dont need to do any real editing. photoshop is the defacto standard, even photoshop element would be enough for most people.

if you are just just going to be dealing with global image adjustments and no need to layers or many spot edits, lightroom is the way to go, otherwise photoshop or some other editor is in order.

95% of the time i just use lightroom, but there are those times when i need to dodge and burn and add some eye pop or do some sort of mask editing that i need photoshop for.

LR is capable of several different types of "spot edits" (local adjustments); Exposure (dodge/burn), Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Clarity, Sharpness, Skin Smoothing, etc. It can also apply graduated filters and do healing/spot removal. LR Beta 4 also added a local noise reduction brush. No, LR can't do layer masks or pixel-level editing, can't apply text as creatively or do many other effects that PS can do, but for basic post-processing I find LR far easier/quicker than Photoshop. I also like LR's organization/catalogin​g features far better than Adobe Bridge.

If the OP intends to do basic post-processing (cropping/straightenin​g, adjusting color/contrast/curves, sharpening, etc.), then LR would work fine. If he intends to add effects, design photo posters, merge multiple shots, create panoramas, etc., then PS would be the better package since LR can't do any of those things.


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Jan 16, 2012 21:20 |  #9

Depending on what type of editing you're talking about, Canon's Digital Photo Professional might be sufficient. That's all I use and given that you're looking for something for a beginner, I'd start there - especially since it's free.


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Jan 16, 2012 22:53 |  #10

to be honest...if you are talking about photo edits and not adding fake stuff to your photos then I really think Apple aperture three is great...I know lots of published photographers and sport photographers that use it, and we all think it is WAY more powerful than photoshop and lightroom....you edit right on the raw picture WITHOUT layers...it's still non destructive...all you have to do is uncheck any edit you don't like, and if you want layers...perfect layers plugin will help with that too...it has become my go to program because I don't need layers to edit the photos, and because I can choose to use layers if need be. I do lots of work for GERBER and the post is MUCH MUCH faster and better than photoshop...I feel the RAW image processing in Aperture3 to be better.


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Jan 16, 2012 23:02 |  #11

What's wrong with DPP?


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Jan 16, 2012 23:19 as a reply to  @ Waldemar Sikorski's post |  #12

Lightroom is great and very easy to use once you get the hang of it. It's main strength is it is very good at managing your photos and edits are nondestructive.




  
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Jan 17, 2012 02:33 |  #13

I've got a Mac and have been using PhotoShop, but have just got Aperture and will be using that pretty much from now on.
It's an amazing program - and so easy to use.


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Jan 17, 2012 03:14 |  #14

Waldemar Sikorski wrote in post #13717222 (external link)
What's wrong with DPP?

Yeah like he said.


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Jan 17, 2012 03:34 |  #15

Tom Reichner wrote in post #13716301 (external link)
Photoshop does only destructive edits, and for that reason I won't use it for any purpose. LR does non-destructive edits.


You can "place" raw files in photoshop and it will then give you most (maybe all) of lightrooms non distructive editing abilitys via camera raw.

in addition to this PS has filters/layers/Adjustm​ent layers, which LR does not have, and most of those can be used non destructively too.

There are more hoops to jump though with PS, but its a more powerfull app.


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