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Hi,being new to photography i would really appreciate some sound advice. I own a nikon D80 and intend to shoot in raw. My operating system is vista 32-bit, what would be the most compatable software to use for my picture editing. Looking forward to hear from anyone.
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If you want to jump staight into Raw, then something like Adobe Elements may be an answer, or Capture NX etc.
On the other hand, you could consider shooting in jpeg format, there's free stuff on the web such as Picasa that'll cope with this, learn the basics of exposure, composition etc and then get more involved.
Photoshop Lightroom is an alternative choice to Elements. Costs more, but you get a product that is designed specifically for cataloguing, sorting and processing RAW (and will also work on jpg's and tiffs). A Mac-only alternative is Apple's Aperture. There is of course the software that came with your camera. Picasa might also work with your D80 RAW files.
You can pick Elements 6 up for £44 as opposed to £199 for lightroom and it will also catologue your images as well and may be a better choice to get your feet wet and you may find you do not need anything else.
Why not give ACD Pro2 a try...if you like it then you can purchase it
As you say you are new to photography, rather than spend £200 on something like Lightroom, I'd start with something more basic, and cheaper. If you get well into photography it makes sense to spend some serious money, but I'd see how you get on first.
silkypix as a raw converter is very good,the basic package is a free download.(don,t buy the full version untill you try it .)then play around with jpegs in picasa untill you have got the hang of it
Quote: Silkypix as a raw converter is very good
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