Processing suggestions?
Does anyone have a processing program to recommend for a beginner? So far, I have been very happy with my photos without processing, but am thinking I'd like to give processing a try....

It has to be fairly simple...I'm technologically challenged!!!.


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Unlike most others on this forum, I, too, am computer challenged. Most of the pros and advanced amateurs use the latest version of Adobe Photoshop. I have that software on my office computer, and I admit that it works better than anything else I have tried. However, it is expensive and EXTREMELY complicated (at least for a dunce like me)..

I suggest that you use the software that came with your computer (if you bought a Canon) or that you buy the latest version of Photoshop Elements. The latter works very well (I have it on my home computer), and it is not that hard to use. If you buy it and have problems, ask your questions here. Persons who know more about it than me can walk you through the programs as you process your photos..

I guarantee you will be surprised how much better your photos look when you process them. They will have that "pop" that you have always wanted your photos to have. My photos are not that great, but you can check some of them out on my Zenfolio site below..

Good luck..



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Ddm84 wrote:.

Does anyone have a processing program to recommend for a beginner?So far, I have been very happy with my photos without processing, butam thinking I'd like to give processing a try....

It has to be fairly simple...I'm technologically challenged!!!.


It's ok to be technologically challenged for a while, but you can go to adult extension courses and get books from the library to help you out so you don't have to feel left behind in this modern age. My elderly 79 year old mother has taught herself Photoshop in the past year and is fairly good with it now..

I know it must be embarassing, but you can do it if you try. Some adults can't read but can be taught years later. You are probably reasonably intelligent if you own a camera. Good luck with it..

Now, a good post processing software might be Photoshop Elements. That way you can get used to the interface so that if you get more serious, you can advance to Photoshop CS3 or whatever later..

Most of all, have fun...

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While all image processing programs, like word processing programs, have some kind of a learning curve, some have a tad less (or more) than others...

I have been a Paint Shop Pro user since it was a Windows 3.1 program and came on a floppy. It may not have "commercial strength" or status like Adobe Photo Shop but for much of one's needs for 'editing' and a few fancy special EFX, it works great.. Not to mention one is under $100 and the other is over $600..

In all fairness, Paint Shop Pro X2 has most of what anyone would want, and more, and allows one to grow into it as they them selves want or need more. No one program can give you ALL of what you may want in image editing and a Swiss Army Knife approach to some is just way too much of a learning curve and / or price..

Try it for free via a download and actually take the time to work with it, it may fit your needs... -Bob - Tucson.

Does the equipment make the man..? No..! But it sure can make the man money.....

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Im using ToneUp S3 ( ... it's has a really simple interface and seems quite powerful. At $15 it's a steal.See how you get on with it.Good luck Tats40..

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Even if you're technologically challenged I would suggest Gimp..

It has about all the power of Photoshop but you save $700 for courses. All indication on how to use Photoshop apply also to Gimp (of course the progrm it's not looking the same, the menus are a little different). You can start doing small changes of your photos like adjusting levels or cropping photos. Later you'll find ways to improve colosrs, contrast and so on.Everything can be learned if you want.VictorBucuresti, Romania

Comment #5

If you need/want an all round tool for editing JPEGs with (almost) as many bells-and-whistles as Photoshop then GIMP. It's free and there are plenty of on-line tutorials..

Gimp, by the way, can be used in complex or simple ways. You don't have to dive in at the deep end, but the things are there for you when you are ready to try them..

The retouch forum is a good place to ask for help, by the way..

If you want a RAW converter then I'd suggest RawTherapee. Technically very good and again free..


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