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Advice Needed

Projumper 6 23 Wales
27 Jul 2014 7:43AM
Hi All, I have recently purchased a MacBook Pro, after years of using a PC, I am not a Wizz, yet found the PC much easier and friendlier to use!
I would like some advice on what photo editing and storage software to use? I will only be using it for keen photography use.
I look forward to your suggestions

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sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2014 8:09AM
Give yourself a little time with the MacBook - it really is a very intuitive operating system. You might want to look to this forum thread for some good tips on how to acclimatise to your new settings.

In terms of image editing software - what did you use on your old PC? Adobe LR is cross platform (if you still have an installation disk to load it from). In addition, when I made the switch Adobe were very good in allowing me to transfer my licence from Windows to the Mac.

If you are starting from scratch it becomes a question of your needs versus budget. Most of the major image editing applications used on Windows are available for the Mac. In addition Apple do there own software - iPhoto and Aperture. iPhoto is intended for the masses, whereas Aperture is a direct competitor to LR. However - before you go down this route I have recently read that Apple have announced that they will not be updating Aperture in the future - making LR the better buy IMHO (I am biased anyhow having used LR since V1).

You could consider the monthly leasing option of Adobe Photoshop and LR as a bundle - others will be able to tell you more about this. However, there are a plethora of good image editing packages out there if you are on a tighter budget, or if you don't need the full feature set of a programme such as Photoshop. E.g. Photoshop Elements.

Hope this helps,

gala 4 1.1k United Kingdom
27 Jul 2014 8:45AM
Just one thing - Aperture is coming to an end and everyone being encouraged to swap to LR.
JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
27 Jul 2014 11:40AM

Quote:and everyone being encouraged to swap to LR.

Everything I have seen is to switch to the subscription CS6 / Lightroom bundle not to just buying Lightroom as a perpetual license.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
27 Jul 2014 5:22PM

Quote:Everything I have seen is to switch to the subscription CS6 / Lightroom bundle not to just buying Lightroom as a perpetual license.


Adobe aren't going to point anyone towards a relatively inexpensive (100ish?) piece of software that you only pay for once.
Projumper 6 23 Wales
25 Aug 2014 11:25AM
Thank You All, for your replies,
As I said, I am not a whizz!
Does this mean I have too subscribe to a photo package, or can I purchase package outright? If the later, which one is the best for a beginner?
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2014 3:48PM
Try a free processing programme first.......Serif, Paintnet or Gimp (Google them).....& see how you get
on with these.......

Then set yourself a budget & look at paid-for programmes......Adobe Elements 12 for example (under 100)

But don't rush headlong into pro. stuff.....it's expensive & can be daunting to a beginner in processing images.

Good luck !!!!!!!....Smile
Projumper 6 23 Wales
25 Aug 2014 9:57PM
Thank You Niknut, thank you for your advice, I will see if my Son will download Serif for me, I will try my best to understand the software!
I will update you on my progress.....Smile
Chris_L Plus
4 4.5k United Kingdom
25 Aug 2014 11:23PM
Don't buy anything just yet. Try iPhoto for now, it's free and it's getting an update soon, new program will be called Photos. It may well be that it will do everything you want. Basic editing, keywording and backup.
seahawk 11 1.2k United Kingdom
26 Aug 2014 12:17PM
I'm a Mac user and would recommend Lightroom - it can still be bought as a one-off instead of the subscription system. iPhoto is OK but I find it slow and would wait to see what Apple's new photo s'ware is like which is due out soon. If you have a PC version of LR the license will be transferable to the Mac version.
For manipulating photos Photoshop Elements is good (and fairly cheap) or try GIMP which is free (though I haven't used it).
BTW, as far as I know, Serif is PC-only but I could be wrong.
29 Aug 2014 10:08PM
Try downloading the free 30 day trial version of Lightroom. Watch some youtube tutorials and you'll be surprised how much you can pick up in a couple of weeks. Good luck.

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