New to editing software, not sure where to start...


KatieW

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 18:05
Hi - I'm fairly new to SLR photography, although loving every minute with my K7 and I currently don't have any editing software (beyond the basics in Apple's iPhoto). I don't want to go mad and spend a fortune as I'm also a bit of a purist, but I'm keen to learn more. Can anyone recommend the best starting point for me? Many thanks.
Regards
Katie

Photomonk

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 18:13
You can obtain Photoshop Elements, which can be purchased for either PC or Mac. The price on it is not bad, and it covers most of what you would want to do with editing. Amazon has it, along with a number of other online services.

The Phtomonk

CoDa

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 18:23
Welcome to the forum Kathryn,
I agree with Photomonk Photoshop Elements will cover most things. You could try Picasa 3 which is free software for organizing, editing and printing your photos.

Regards
Colin

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)



tomkeet

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 20:21
Personally I mainly use Lightroom 2, just like the way it works once you get used to it.
Regards
Tom

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Pentax DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM, HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW, Pentax DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW.
Pentax HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter 1.4X AW .
Pentax AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash.

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womble

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 20:24
I love Lightroom, but it is pricier than Elements. If you are on a budget, check out GIMP. It is free...

K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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bforbes

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 20:30
Windows Live Photo Gallery is also free.
Barrie
Too Old To Die Young

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tomkeet

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 20:34
There is a 30 day trial version of Lightroom 2. https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=photoshop_lightroom
Regards
Tom

K-3's, K-3II.
Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 DC HSM EX, Pentax SMC FA 35mm F2 AL, Pentax DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL [IF] SDM, Pentax SMC DFA 100mm f2.8 WR Macro,
Pentax DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM, HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW, Pentax DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW.
Pentax HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter 1.4X AW .
Pentax AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash.

https://pentaxphotogallery.com/artist-gallery/?artist_id=20168301
Last Edited by tomkeet on 28/02/2010 - 21:01

Mike-P

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 21:01
Adobe Elements 8 is about the best value I would say.
No equipment list here but thanks for taking an interest. My Flickr

KatieW

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 21:20
That's great - thanks very much everyone, that's all really helpful, I shall investigate those options further. Having started on a Spotmatic, it's quite a transition for me!
Regards
Katie

johnriley

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 21:29
Elements without a doubt - you'll have everything you'll probably ever need there for little more than £50 or so.
Best regards, John

Unlocker

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 23:21
K-7 PEF Raw support came out a couple of days ago, so run Software Update now to get instant PEF RAW support for both iPhoto '09 and Aperture 3.

If I was you as you are just starting out, get to grips with iPhoto first to find out where you would like more options in your software.

Then, download the free 30 day trial of the recently released Aperture 3 and also as mentioned the 30 day trial of Lightroom from Adobe. 30 days should be enough to find out if these programs will be enough for you, if not, you can then look elsewhere without actually spending any money.

Even though we have had Photoshop CS3 Extended for quite a while, I've never processed a photo with it, because I have found that I am now using Aperture exclusively for my photos. With all the new features in Aperture 3, I can't ever see the need for me to use Photoshop. The ease of use of doing everything in one program makes for an easy life as well!

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womble

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 23:38
Does Elements / Aperture have something like the B&W conversion layer that CS3 / Lightroom has?

One big advantage of Lightroom is that the edits are non-destructive so you can always go back to the original file without having to save/keep multiple copies. You can also have virtual copies so you can try different edits and compare. I dare say other packages do something similar, but it has been a major plus point for me.

K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

Photomonk

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 23:42
Chris,

In Aperture also there is the non-destructive feature. Also PSE and Aperture can do the B&W conversion.

The Photomonk

womble

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 23:49
Thanks for letting me know about Aperture and non-destructive editing. It is a superb way of working.

The BW conversion I have in mind is quite specific in that you have the ability to click and drag on colours you want lighter or darker. For example, you can click in an area of blue sky and drag to make it dark like using a red filter, or you can click on a face and drag to darken or lighten the skin tones. It is the most flexible way of converting to BW I have come across and allows for very subtle conversions.

Best wishes, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

gartmore

Link Posted 01/03/2010 - 08:05
womble wrote:
Thanks for letting me know about Aperture and non-destructive editing. It is a superb way of working.

The BW conversion I have in mind is quite specific in that you have the ability to click and drag on colours you want lighter or darker. For example, you can click in an area of blue sky and drag to make it dark like using a red filter, or you can click on a face and drag to darken or lighten the skin tones. It is the most flexible way of converting to BW I have come across and allows for very subtle conversions.

Best wishes, Kris.

In PSE8 you push sliders (red, green, blue and contrast) for your desired effect; it works quite well)
Ken
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