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'm new to digital photography. I have a panasonic fz8. What software is good to start with for editing and working on the photos. Is picasa good? photoshop looks a bit like overkill. any suggestions?..

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Jules.

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PS ElementsChris Elliott.

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Rolf wrote:.

Try Photo-Brush ( http://www.mediachance.com/pbrush/index.html ) you can download it and use it for 30 days, free..

I have used this program for over five years, it is the one that comes to rescue when Picassa cant do the job. It is an outstanding value at $45.00..

Doto41 wrote:.

'm new to digital photography. I have a panasonic fz8. What softwareis good to start with for editing and working on the photos. Ispicasa good? photoshop looks a bit like overkill. any suggestions?..

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... and I'll third it. You can download a trial version (30 days) free. The 'quick fix' menu is good and works well for starters; but the program has pretty much all the features you'd need when you get more experienced..

If you ever get into shooting RAW rather than JPEG, there is a free plugin (adobe Camera Raw) that allows you to process Raw images before transferring them seamlessly to the main part of PS elements..

Of course people tend to recommend what they have and like, so take that into account (!); I have PSE and I'm very happy with it....

Best wishesMike..

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Paint.NET, similar to Photoshop, but free.http://www.photo96.com/blog/?p=414YongboPhoto Gallery: http://www.photo96.com/Blog: http://www.photo96.com/blog/index.php.

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Thanks for the answers. the fz8 has the ability to shoot raw and software to process it. is it good enough and if not which software is good for raw too?..

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Rolf wrote:Photo-Brush states in it's Help File:.

"+Implemented completely new RAW reading library with added support for most (if not all) digital cameras with RAW writing.".

I don't use Raw so I have not used it. Would it be that hard to download and check?.

Doto41 wrote:.

Thanks for the answers. the fz8 has the ability to shoot raw andsoftware to process it. is it good enough and if not which softwareis good for raw too?..

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I've been using Photoshop Elements since the very first version.I've got version 5 on my Windows PC and version 4 on my Mac..

They have just released version 6 - make sure you get this....it's not out for Macs until next year though..

I've used most of the others, but Photoshop Elements is by far the easiest...

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If the packages suggested so far don't meet your needs have a look a lightroom. There are some good(free videos on the web) which will give you an idea of what lightroom can do. Unfortunately it's not a cheap program !..

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Photoshop elements comes with raw.

..also checkout the software that came your camera, if the camera can shoot raw they usually bundle some software to process the raw images..

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The GIMP.

Http://www.gimp.org/.

Free as in Free..

Not as powerfull as PS, doesn't do 16 bit, but a good place to start learning photo editing...

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Doto41 wrote:.

Thanks for the answers. the fz8 has the ability to shoot raw andsoftware to process it. is it good enough and if not which softwareis good for raw too?.

This is a common question. If search was working, you could probably find 1000 old threads..

The answers are always the same: Most suggest a version of PSE...one suggestion for PSP...one suggestion for GIMP...and a few for the really off-beat choices like PhotoBrush and Paint.net, etc..

PSE is the best choice because you can get LOTS of help learning it. Literally hundreds of books at the store. Many on-line courses. dpr has a great forum, called Retouching, that is wonderful...just go hangout there and they will teach you how to use PSE..

I personally don't like PSE for RAW files. It will do them via ACR, but after experiencing Lightroom, I start with LR for ALL my pix (it doesn't matter if they are RAW or JPEG)...the process works the same. And the new PSE6 looks much like Lightroom (which probably tells us which way the Adobe river is flowing)..

If you want something easy to use, Lightroom is it! Start with LR and when you want to learn how to do the tricky stuff using isolations and layers,, then get PSE. PSE is not hard as editors go, but ALL powerful photoeditors are complex by nature. It took me years to understand "layers"..

PSE has LOTS of powerful "plug-ins" that can do wonderful things (most of these plug-ins also work on the other editors). As you progress, you will want to get a few. I recommend PTlens and one of the 3 major noise reduction (NR) suites (Noise Ninja, Neat Image, and NoiseWare). The advantage of using NR with PSE is that you can select/isolate only the background areas to process with heavy NR. Once you see that technique used, you will understand. PTlens is invaluable for removing lens induced errors (geometric distortion, vignetting, CA/PF, etc).

All the others (as far as I know) let you twiddle with the controls until you think it's as good as possible..

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Elements is not expensive, and there's a huge range of support materials out there..

Other packages have their fans, and probably rightly so, and probably some of them do some things better than Photoshop, but for the beginner, I think Elements is the way to go..

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If I recall the Fz8 is supplied with Silkypix. Very good software for making the initial ( or even final ) JPEG from a RAW file..

If you need to work on it further - more advanced post processing - then you'll probably find Gimp ( which is free ) on the JPEG from the camera or SilkyPix quite enough for your needs..

I'd suggest you work with these and whatever else came with it. That's really enough for any normal purposes..

All I'd suggest you get is NeatImage or Noise Ninja, especially if you shoot RAW. Don't do any noise reduction in the other applications - they do no good. NeatImage and Noise Ninja are far more powerful..

StephenG.

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