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POLL: What do you prefer for post-processing?

 
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Mar 31, 2015 13:13 |  #1

I know that most pro-photographers, etc. use at least LR, PS and/or Aperture.

Beyond, this, what else do you prefer to use on a regular or semi-regular basis? OnOne suite, Topaz labs, NIK collection, etc?

I'm thinking about purchasing something to make my photos "pop" more. I realize there's alot of factors that come into play (BW, HDR, selection tools, etc...) I'm just curious as to what some of you awesome photographers use regularly.

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Mar 31, 2015 13:33 |  #2

Not to present myself as an "awesome" photographer, but why do you think you need any of those tools to make your photos "pop"? I guess what I'm missing here is the meaning of "pop". Or maybe it's my lack of understanding that is keeping me from creating awesome photos. :(


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Mar 31, 2015 13:37 |  #3

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Not to present myself as an "awesome" photographer, but why do you think you need any of those tools to make your photos "pop"? I guess what I'm missing here is the meaning of "pop". Or maybe it's my lack of understanding that is keeping me from creating awesome photos. :(

Thanks for your input! I guess "pop" is hard to describe. It just "pops"! lol

For example, Kester's photos POP. https://www.flickr.com​/photos/kesterc (external link) (Very sharp, bright, vibrant, not overdone, etc...) I know it's a combination of good equipment, technique and post-processing. So, I'm focusing on the post-processing part. (If you have good equipment and technique already.)

Hope that makes sense. :)


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Mar 31, 2015 13:52 as a reply to  @ WebDevGuy's post |  #4

Those images are also shot in mostly bright light at smaller apertures (f/8 or so), moderate ISO (800) high shutter speed and large focal length (500mm). This technique creates huge DOF separation between the subject and background, minimizes the effect of camera shake at the long focal length, and gives the image nice, natural color, contrast and acutance.

I would guess that the artist makes pretty minimal adjustments to the images - it looks like they are converted in ACR and finished in PS. Look at the EXIF data in the bird images, for example.

They are extraordinary images. It's good to have a goal for improving technique!

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Mar 31, 2015 14:26 |  #5

kirkt wrote in post #17499497 (external link)
Those images are also shot in mostly bright light at smaller apertures (f/8 or so), moderate ISO (800) high shutter speed and large focal length (500mm). This technique creates huge DOF separation between the subject and background, minimizes the effect of camera shake at the long focal length, and gives the image nice, natural color, contrast and acutance.

I would guess that the artist makes pretty minimal adjustments to the images - it looks like they are converted in ACR and finished in PS. Look at the EXIF data in the bird images, for example.

They are extraordinary images. It's good to have a goal for improving technique!

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Thanks for the insight Kirk! :)


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Mar 31, 2015 17:06 |  #6

Yeah, those kinds of bird images are done by shooting in good light with good technique. Very little done in post.


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Mar 31, 2015 19:24 |  #7

I "JUST" use LR (4.4) and PS (CS5) for my image editing. I don't bother with plug ins etc, as I find that I can get most of the effects that I am after without them. I do use a few presets in LR, mostly for monochrome conversion or basic starting points, but they are all ones that I have created myself.

I think you should have had the option for None as well as for Other, as Other implies that you are using something else that is not listed.

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Mar 31, 2015 19:39 |  #8

BigAl007 wrote in post #17499884 (external link)
I "JUST" use LR (4.4) and PS (CS5) for my image editing. I don't bother with plug ins etc, as I find that I can get most of the effects that I am after without them. I do use a few presets in LR, mostly for monochrome conversion or basic starting points, but they are all ones that I have created myself.

I think you should have had the option for None as well as for Other, as Other implies that you are using something else that is not listed.

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Good point! Thanks Alan.


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Mar 31, 2015 22:13 |  #9

I am the same as Alan. I like fairly extreme black and white and I did mess about with Nik but after some practice found that I could get the effect I wanted just with Lightroom.


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Apr 01, 2015 00:52 |  #10

I use mostly Canon's DPP (Digital Photo Professional) and for any tricky post processing "Photoshop" which I've not mastered yet.
There needed to be more Options to choose from in the Poll as there are so many great packages out there because of this the majority of people are going to vote for OTHER, it would of been interesting to see a breakdown of the most popular tools




  
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Apr 01, 2015 10:24 |  #11

PCousins wrote in post #17500215 (external link)
I use mostly Canon's DPP (Digital Photo Professional) and for any tricky post processing "Photoshop" which I've not mastered yet.
There needed to be more Options to choose from in the Poll as there are so many great packages out there because of this the majority of people are going to vote for OTHER, it would of been interesting to see a breakdown of the most popular tools

I agree that there should have been more choices. I would have included the software popular on this forum - DPP, Lightroom, Aperture, etc., and made the poll should be multiple choice. And the choices could include my personal favorites (which don't seem to be as popular) - DxO, DxO Viewpoint, Paint Shop Pro. I suggest that other members post their favorites, and later we could make a new poll. (I am not sure how to do it myself.)


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Apr 01, 2015 12:52 |  #12

RodneyCyr wrote in post #17500565 (external link)
I agree that there should have been more choices. I would have included the software popular on this forum - DPP, Lightroom, Aperture, etc., and made the poll should be multiple choice. And the choices could include my personal favorites (which don't seem to be as popular) - DxO, DxO Viewpoint, Paint Shop Pro. I suggest that other members post their favorites, and later we could make a new poll. (I am not sure how to do it myself.)

I'll modify it if I can. Not sure if I can.


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Apr 21, 2015 19:24 |  #13

BigAl007 wrote in post #17499884 (external link)
I "JUST" use LR (4.4) and PS (CS5) for my image editing. I don't bother with plug ins etc, as I find that I can get most of the effects that I am after without them. I do use a few presets in LR, mostly for monochrome conversion or basic starting points, but they are all ones that I have created myself.

I think you should have had the option for None as well as for Other, as Other implies that you are using something else that is not listed.

Alan

Exactly because I use NONE of them listed.




  
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Apr 26, 2015 11:59 |  #14

I use Lightroom 5.7 and Elements 11. Those two confuse me enough...


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Apr 26, 2015 12:02 |  #15

Photoshop. CS5.

When I got moving, there was nothing even close. Huge learning curve but, in the end, worth it.


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