Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture or Something Else
I'm looking to get into dSLR photography and shooting in RAW but wanted to know what the experienced photographers here use software wise on a mac..

I have Photoshop (albeit an old version 7), but was wondering if I should be buying/looking into some other software when I make my camera purchase..

An info would be great. Thank you...

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You can simply upgrade to PS3 only. It's not great in the organizing dept., but otherwise it will do everything you need. Unless you find that's a bit much - instead you can check out Elements..

If you want an organizer, and more, you should go to the LightRoom and Aperture sites. Besides their promotional insights, you can also trial each application. The one that will suit you best can only be determined by you. While they both can do non-destructive RAW edits, sometimes (or often, depending on your bent) one needs an external editor. Elements or PS will complement either quite well..

Those are the most popular of the choices..

...Bob, NYC.


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If you have a Pentax digital SLR camera why not used the software on the C/D that comes with the k20d or k200d camera?..

Comment #2

I use Bibble Pro. I use in mostly on Linux and sometimes Windows but it's available for OS-X as well. It's very powerful, easy to use and gives great results. Good with jpegs too..




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There are lots of good options depending on your needs..

IPhoto does RAW for most mainstream cameras and organizes things nicely but lacks any significant workflow or editing capabilities. Whatever came with your camera will offer RAW development and some organization but not usually much workflow and editing is variable. Both of thee are free!.

I like LightZone. Its very powerful, integrates nicely with iPhoto, or the Pro version has full organization and workflow capabilities..

Nothing wrong with PS Elements or upgrading to PS3 for editing but if you need workflow you'l also need something else like ACR..



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For many, photoshop elements is more than enough. But there are some that really need the full version photoshop.Rafy Sugiri

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You don't know if anything is broken yet, so don't worry about software. My Canon dSLRs came with DPP - Digital Photo Professional. It does a great job with converting RAW files. If, after youy get to know it, you want more, then start looking for a different software package..

LightRoom is awesome but I don't think it is geared for the casual shooter. If you shoot A LOT of photographs it may be worth while, but not for the shooter that does a handful a week. I will shoot 1000 images on some weekends so it does help for processing them all but I don't even open it unless I have a lot to edit..

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Thanks for the input..

I'm going to be picking up the Canon 450D (XSI) shortly and it appears as though that Canon Digital Professional software is pretty good. The guy that writes that dslr canonblogshot or whatever that site is called uses it and says that it is pretty good..

I'd like to start taking more photos and build up a library of stock photos, architectural, and more artistic ones as well. My finished RAW to JPEG family/friends/get-together photos I planned on transferring over to iPhoto with all of the other "life" photos that I've taken with my old P&S camera..

By the sounds of things, I should be messing around with the free software that comes with the camera and see if it fits my needs, and then see if I need to upgrade photoshop. I use to use CS3 at my old job and loved it but that's a lot of money. In the end I'll probably have to decide on Aperture or Lightroom for my photo management / archiving..

Who thought that getting into digital photography would be so expensive and time consuming... I can't wait!..

Comment #7

Since you already own Photoshop, you should obviously upgrade to the latest, Photoshop CS3. There are other editors and other RAW converters, but CS3 is the definative editor for serious photographers..

I also own Capture NX to use as an alternate RAW converter, but the final image goes to CS3. It's a must have...

Comment #8

And a sensible one..

Who thought that getting into digital photography would be soexpensive and time consuming... I can't wait!.

LOL! Ain't it great?.

...Bob, NYC.


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