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RAW editing advice please


fleurie 3 8 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 1:33PM
I have just aquired a Fuji s5 and am anxious to try some RAW editing but am bemused by the various claims for different editors. I have already Photoshop elements 7 and could upgrade to v.10or11.
I also have installed Captureone v.6. Any advice as to the various benefits and ease of use of these or other software would be appreciated. I dont want anything complicated OR expensive. Thanks for any recommedations

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fleurie 3 8 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 1:37PM
Just a further comment - is Fuji's Hyper Utility any good ? Thanks
Ewanneil 4 1.1k 2 Scotland
2 Mar 2013 1:56PM
Bearing in mind your wish for nothing complicated or expensive I would say FastStone is your best bet. It's free and easy to use - oh! and it's very good too. Smile
Jestertheclown 6 6.4k 241 England
2 Mar 2013 3:52PM
Another vote for 'FastStone.'
If you want to look at something a lot more dedicated, instal a free trial of 'Lightroom' but it is a bit more expensive and quite a bit more complicated.
Really, you probably can't go far wrong with 'CaptureOne,' which you've already got. You'll just need to learn how to use it. It actually does a very good job, once you've worked out what everything does. Personally, I'd consider using it instead of 'Lightroom' but I've yet to fathom out how it all works!
As for any version of 'Elements,' most people on here will tell you that it's all you'll ever need. I tried the trial version of 'Elements 10' and to me, it seemed lacking but then I'm used to various versions of CS, so perhaps I've been spoiled.
Hope this helps.
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cameracat 10 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
2 Mar 2013 4:26PM

Quote:I also have installed Captureone v.6.


Next to Capture One 7 Pro, Version 6 Express is probably the best third part option around, If you have V6 I am surprised your still looking for something else, Unless you want something easier of course.

Afraid you will find any new software takes time to master, So it is worth taking the time to learn how to use them, The other main thing to consider is how much help there is around for a particular software, ie: Tutorials, Books etc.

Check Check out the sort of help thing you can find regarding, Lets say Phase Ones, Capture One offerings Smile



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StrayCat e2
10 15.0k 2 Canada
2 Mar 2013 5:58PM
I'm still early in the learning process of Lightroom, which I tried a couple of times before now. I would highly recommend it, as do many people on here. Adobe has video tutorials on their site, and you can find almost everything else on youtube, or ask here.
SosFM 5 81 1 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 11:33PM
Light room and elements, I have just uninstall ed Photoshop CS3 - it just wasn't getting used.
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 11:37PM
Take your most challenging raw file, eg one with strong reds and purples, mixed lighting, high iso and try it out in different programs - easy and free if you have trial versions.
3 Mar 2013 2:04AM
I owned a few Fujis. What I have found - the best RAW software for them is Fuji's stuff - whatever they provide on the disk that comes with the camera. Some other programs did well, but never could take all what Fuji had to offer. I tried Lightroom, ACDSee PRO, Corel Paint Shop PRO - none of them could beat free SilkyPix version in image quality department.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
3 Mar 2013 2:27AM

Quote:I owned a few Fujis. What I have found - the best RAW software for them is Fuji's stuff


I agree, but its not the most user friendly until you have really got to grips with it.

I`ve been told that Raw Therapy is pretty good, but I have never used that.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
3 Mar 2013 2:33AM
Forgot the link

Raw Therepy
Ewanneil 4 1.1k 2 Scotland
3 Mar 2013 6:51AM

Quote:the best RAW software for them is Fuji's stuff - none of them could beat free SilkyPix version in image quality department.


It's Fuifilm's policy on this that drives me mad. They give you a (very) camera specific version that will only work with the model that was supplied with the software. I have an X-10 and an XE-1 yet Fujifilm make me use different versions of SilkyPix - just ludicrous. To make matters worse neither version will open the NEF files from my Nikon. Needless to say I binned SilkyPix about 30 seconds after I realised this.

But back to the OP who wants something cheap and simple. LR4 is wonderful and I would hate to be without it but it is neither cheap nor simple. FastStone is free and simple (and very good).
fleurie 3 8 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 6:59PM
Thanks everyone for comments. I think I will try and get to grips with CaptureOne failing this I'll try again with Elements 7
Nick_w e2
7 3.9k 99 England
3 Mar 2013 7:05PM
You could do worse than this if using Captureone (a few years ol now but still applicable)

Keith knows the package inside out, I'm sure he wouldn't mind you contacting him if you had any problems
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
3 Mar 2013 10:18PM
A lot of us got capture one in the xmas draw.

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