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under $300 pp program wanted for G9 raw
Hi all,I'm still learning instinctive exposure skills,.

So I'm sticking with non-fast subjects, such as macro, still-life, and landscapes.I need a pp Windows program under $300 for my G9 raw files.That price-point leaves room for a Spider 3 pro, and some plug ins.I've looked into Capture One, Elements 6, Paint Shop Pro Photo x2 etc.I'm not locked into any choice, so any advice is welcome.Should I forgo the calibration head, and spend more for PS CS3 instead?Chances are, I'll want CS3 eventually. I'd like to buy right, first time out.Thanks in advance -James..

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Take a look at this for $89.00 ....has raw conversion.

Breezebrowser.

What is BreezeBrowser Pro?.

It's a compact and robust downloadable software program that uses a "browser" style interface to present and organize digital images, convert raw images, generate web pages, link geo-tagged images with online maps, produce proofs and contact sheets. BreezeBrowser Pro handles most major digital image formats. Learn More.

Why Use BreezeBrowser Pro?.

BreezeBrowser Pro helps the professional photographer to:.

Convert, resize, sharpen and level raw images from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Fuji and Minolta camerasSelect images for presentation.

Generate attractive, captioned web pages with watermarking and online ordering (optional).

Produce contact sheets and proofs (print straight to your printer or print to file)Batch rename images and managing folders.

Caption and edit comments and XMP IPTC data including IPTC subject codes and scenesQuickly assess large numbers of images.

Http://www.breezesys.com/BreezeBrowser/index.htm.

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Comment #1

Don't you get the necessary software for converting from RAW with the camera? I know that the Canon EOS come with the free application to convert from RAW and it has loads of other options?..

Comment #2

You could get photoshop elements and download the raw converter for it. I heard that you can upgrade from elements to CS3 for a reasonable cost, basically offsetting the cost of Elements...

Comment #3

James365 wrote:.

Hi all,I'm still learning instinctive exposure skills,so I'm sticking with non-fast subjects, such as macro, still-life,and landscapes.I need a pp Windows program under $300 for my G9 raw files.That price-point leaves room for a Spider 3 pro, and some plug ins.I've looked into Capture One, Elements 6, Paint Shop Pro Photo x2 etc.I'm not locked into any choice, so any advice is welcome.Should I forgo the calibration head, and spend more for PS CS3 instead?Chances are, I'll want CS3 eventually. I'd like to buy right, firsttime out.Thanks in advance -James.

You could try Adobe Lightroom. Many people use that along with CS3, so it wouldn't be wasted. You should read up on how it differs from CS3 or Elements. It's a workflow application, not an image editor...

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Since I'm not a graphic artist, I'm looking for the best photography oriented editor-James..

Comment #5

Galleries: http://www.dheller.net.

Many folks on dpreview.com list their equipment here, but don't list any links to their images. Do they collect equipment? Or take pictures?..

Comment #6

Canon's software should be with it and it has very good Raw conversion software already..

If you want an alternative try RawTherapee ( free and very ( technically ) good, but no batch mode yet )..

As you indicate you are a beginner remember to calibrate you monitor. A quick and dirty way is to simply take a photo of something colorful, small and which you can stand just behind your monitor in daylight, like a CD or book cover. Display it on screen..

Now adjust your monitor to match what you see. It's best to use sRGB if your monitor has such a setting..

It's not perfect, but it works very well..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #7

Lightroom and the Canon software that came free with your camera for RAW; Paint Shop Pro or/and Picture Window Pro for everything else..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

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James365 wrote:.

Since I'm not a graphic artist, I'm looking for the best photographyoriented editor.

Hmmm... Not sure what you are thinking? So far nobody has suggested software best suited for graphics work, like CorelDRAW or Illustrator. All the editors that have been suggested are intended for photos..

I'll second Greg's LR suggestion...spend all $300 on it. LR does have editing capabilities. At your level, you won't find anything missing...LR will do everything you need to. A few years later, you may want to get PSE or CS. I have LR and PSE6 and find they are a perfect match..

The choice of a photo editor is a very religious experience. Mostly, people like what they grow up with. This means that if you choose the wrong editor, you may be unable to kick the habit later when you find out about other choices. LR is quite different than most other software you might be considering. You may be unable to understand it's paradigm, but if you are flexible and open, you might want to explore it first? It's mostly a photo database program. It is VERY powerful in that role...lots of options...but when the light comes on, you will really like what it can do! It is also a stunning editor, with a simple, graphical approach to the basic tasks...it doesn't have layers or selections or masks or plugins.



My workflow is to start with LR and select the best shots and perform basic editing on them. I then export them to PSE6 and do other things that can't be done in LR. About 20% of the pix get edited in PSE6. If LR accepted plugins, I could reduce the percentage of pix I take to PSE6 to probably less than 5%!.

Go look at:.

Http://www.whibalhost.com/_Tutorials/Photoshop_LR/01/index.html.

Which is a series of LR tutorials by Michael Tapes. It will SHOW you the new paradigm and save you hours and hours of frustration..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #9

Before you spend your money, why not use the software that came with your camera?.

Alternatively, try UFRaw or RawTherapee - both of which are more than capable and cost $0.0..

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