Which editing software?


andybebbs 11 570 1 England
8 Nov 2016 9:52AM
Hi everyone was just wondering what editing software people use as was thinking a change from lighroom wasd needed as don`t like how it works and saves your photos, I am not interested in online software like photoshop cc only software i put on my pc as i don`t have internet connection at home.
so what do you guy use and why would be helpfull.
Thanks
Andy

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Dave_Canon 13 1.5k United Kingdom
8 Nov 2016 10:44AM
LR/Photoshop cc

I am not sure how our answers will help you. The Adobe software is excellent and easy to use and the software is on my PC. It seems a common myth that it is remote. However, you are right that you need an internet connection to download and keep up-to-date but then I need an internet connection for most other activities on my PC anyway. There is alternative editing software. The most obvious being Adobe Elements which you can still get on a DVD. It is a good all round package and probably has most, if not all, the majority amateurs photographers need. However, it is not enough for me.

There are now various other editing offerings by Corel, On1, DX0 and others and I have even tried some of their earlier versions. I am pleased that there is some real competition developing which may help keep Adobe prices in check but I do not believe anyone but Adobe has such a complete photographic workflow solution.

Dave
KingBee Plus
13 532 2 Scotland
8 Nov 2016 10:57AM
I use Lightroom, love it, and that's paired with Elements 13 with plug-ins to both of the excellent Nik Collection (available to download free). These three tools combined give me more than enough to play with and produce, for me, excellent results. I have tried Corel and that was fine, but went back to Adobe purely because I couldn't summon up the mental energy to cope with yet another learning curve!

As Dave indicates, it's all about personal preferences, so you may get different views from others. Only you can decide what's best for you.

Regards.
Bob
andybebbs 11 570 1 England
8 Nov 2016 12:53PM
thanks for your answeres was just wondering what others use to be honest, I use lightroom 5 and find it awkword to use especially importing photos and the way it saves your photos, maybe its just me not understanding it properly.
Thanks
Andy
Dukatum 6 5 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2016 1:15PM
Affinity / On1 Raw Photo (soon).

Affinity is the one for me. Photoshop out grew me, it because this tool that is such a mess to use and takes too much to learn and keep up to date with it when I would rather be out with camera in hand, Affinity I feel plenty more comfortable and faster with.

On1 Photo Raw is something I'm looking forward to testing, I think it'll be a side-by-side tool with Affinity, but it could well be that I have no need for Affinity once I have this tool installed. We'll see.

I've tried used Capture One for a while, but although it's powerful, it's horrible to use IMO.

Photo Director is nice, but a few bugs (what software doesn't!) and they are not terribly good with the updates.

DarkRoom is increasing in popularity but if you are a windows user you might struggle unless you are comfortable with compiling software.

Corel Aftershot 2 is very cool, but against had one-or-two issues that affected the way I work so I moved to new software. Again like Photo director they are a bit sucky with regards to updating and upgrades.
JackAllTog Plus
10 5.6k 58 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2016 1:22PM
Me - LR5 & PS6 - Not CC for me yet.

Gimp is another Free one that is quite good though you then need to learn something new.
Elements was great for me for ages and is very good value.

- What is is you don't like about LR - can we suggest a different approach?
- You don't like how it saves your photos - how would you like it to save them?

p.s - what version of LR are you using.
Philh04 Plus
13 2.0k United Kingdom
8 Nov 2016 1:57PM

Quote:maybe its just me not understanding it properly.


I wouldn't give up on Lightroom, once you know your way around it is excellent for keeping track of your images etc.

There are a good number of video tutorials on Youtube....

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lightroom+tutorials+for+beginners

Dave_Canon 13 1.5k United Kingdom
8 Nov 2016 1:58PM
I actually provide a LR training course at my Camera Club and I am often surprised at the odd workflow used by some. For my use, I connect my camera to my PC (could use a card reader but mine is faulty) with LR running. I click ion Import and the Imports screen will automatically open my Camera and show thumbnails of the images. I then choose the destination folder and I use a date hierarchy like many. I also have ticked for a backup copy on my NAS and automatically add copyright data. You can do many other things during import if you wish but that is all I do. So after a few minutes I will have all the images stored in my chosen folder, backed up and also imported into the catalogue all in one simple action. My next move is to:-

a. Delete unwanted images
b. Rate images and keyword
c. Colour code; my Raw images start as Blue and I change colour as edit etc.
d. add Map coordinates; not essential but easy in LR
e. At this point I usually block rename the images.

They are then ready for editing.

Dave
JackAllTog Plus
10 5.6k 58 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2016 2:10PM

Quote:
a. Delete unwanted images
b. Rate images and keyword
c. Colour code; my Raw images start as Blue and I change colour as edit etc.
d. add Map coordinates; not essential but easy in LR
e. At this point I usually block rename the images.

They are then ready for editing.

Dave



Thanks Dave, I do particularly like the colour code idea.
andybebbs 11 570 1 England
8 Nov 2016 2:19PM
I am using lightroom 5 and it just seems a big faf uploading photos and find it a bit confusing, I used to use photoshop 4 untill i had to get a new pc then lost it as it was on the pc when given to me and found that ok to use, i just don`t like the library feature i would rather just have my photos stored like when i had photoshop and to be honest just don`t like the feel of it.
Andy
JackAllTog Plus
10 5.6k 58 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2016 2:42PM
Hi Andy,

Do download a trial of elements - you may find this much more like photoshop.

http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/photoshop-elements.html
trial link at bottom of page
StuartAt 14 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2016 5:06PM
I use Lightroom and Photoshop CC. I can see that if I wasn't shooting RAW, then Lightroom might be considered overkill or a 'faf' because of the need to export the files in order to achieve the final result. But for me, it absolutely works even though I suspect I circumvent the standard workflow (I move all files outside of Lightroom rather than allowing it to move files for me - it's just a 'control thing').
JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
8 Nov 2016 7:04PM

Quote: then Lightroom might be considered overkill or a 'faf' because of the need to export the files in order to achieve the final result


Why cannot you achieve the final result in LR ?

Unless of course you do lots of compositing.
keithh 15 25.5k 33 Wallis And Futuna
8 Nov 2016 7:35PM
There are many things that LR cannot do in comparison to PS/PE without going near any compositing.
Jestertheclown 10 8.0k 252 England
8 Nov 2016 7:42PM

Quote:Why cannot you achieve the final result in LR ?

I've been using Lightroom since V2 and I've never been able to achieve a final result that's comparable to those I can achieve by following up in Photoshop.

I did however, get results with which I'm much happier using just Capture One.

Sadly though, until I win the lottery, that's just so much wishful thinking.

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