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I have a fuji f30 and just ordered a Panasonic DMC LX 2..

I've been using Picasa for editing (digital and film), and it seems to be ok, really simple..

Am I missing something? Could I be getting better results with something else?.

I just started using my f30 in Aperture and shutter mode at ISO 100-200 instead of "auto", and am impressed with the difference..

Looking forward to shooting in RAW with low ISO with the lx2...

Comments (6)

Photoshop Elements 5 on Ebay for less than $50 because 6 just came out...

Comment #1

Thanks, but is it that much better than picasa, or windows software?..

Comment #2

Absolutely!!!.

There is also Microsoft's Digital Image Software, Corel (previously Jasc) Paint Shop Pro, and both those are also inexpensive; but in my opinion not nearly as user-friendly..

Also, there is Adobe Lightroom; which is probably easier to use in some respects, but more expensive than Adobe Photoshop Elements..

Elements is like the little brother of Photoshop itself. It has the basic elements of Photoshop without all the brushes and such. So you can easily tweak your photos with tools like Levels & Curves in seconds and be done with it. In my opinion, and I've used every program except Lightroom, for less than $50 you can't go wrong. All you'll ever need for gigantic changes is Levels, curves, and "shadows & highlights". Those 3 things will change the way you make pictures. It's fast, easy, and makes your pictures POP and gives them better dynamic range so you can see more detail in the shadows...

Comment #3

I agree. PS Elements is very good. It also has the benefit that if you want to start shooting in RAW you can download (for free) the plugin 'Adobe Camera Raw' which allows processing RAW files and conversion to JPEGS/TIFFS which you finish off in PSE.Best wishesMike..

Comment #4

Have a look at The GIMP..

Http://www.gimp.org/.

Only does 8 bit and not as powerfull as Photoshop but it's free and is pretty good..

You don't like it who cares, didn't cost you a thing apart from the mb to downlaod it...

Comment #5

Thanks again all..

I'll try the free stuff first, but when I get back to the States, I'll probably invest in the Adobe Elements as I now have 3 digitals, one more on the way, several film cameras and maybe a DSLR (D80 or D300) down the road. It will get lots of use..

BTW, this is great resource!..

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