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Software for processing RAW images

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Marni, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have been using Adobe Photoshop RAW to process my images for some years. Recently I have heard recommendations for using Capture One or Adobe Lightroom. I would be interested in hearing any ones experiences with either and particularly if someone has experience using Adobe RAW and how it compares to either of these. Thanks.

    I'm trying to avoid biting the bullet and buying a new body to go from my current 8.2 megapixel Canon 20D and am hoping I can improve my photographs in the processing. I can certainly justify the investment in a new camera, I just can't figure out how to pay the credit card bill when it comes.
     
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    Dale New Member

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    Marni, with digital imaging, software is of paramount importance. The Canon 20D has the same processor and same number of mega-pixels as the Rebel 350, which yields very fine photos when processed with C1 3.7.3 and PhotoShop Elements 4.0. My thought is that you should download the 2 week trial version of Capture One and see what you think of the results. I'm not certain there is a version of C1 for the 20D and I don't know what you're using for an Operating System, but I think it's worth a look.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Dale, good idea. I forgot to mention that I'm using a Mac.
     
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    Hey Marni, you might have a look at Apple Aperture 2, I like it and so does Eric H.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yeahyeah, Eric did mention it to me last week. I've been hearing about several different ones that I want to try. Do you know if Aperture has a trial download?
     
  6. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    Marni, if you settle on a different app can I have your copy of cs?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well Forrest, I doubt it. I am getting a lot of people telling me about different applications they like (because I am asking), but I haven't heard anyone say that theirs is better than Photoshop, Photoshop RAW, and Bridge. I have a neighbor who really likes Lightroom, too. I've been reading some reviews trying to listen to the pros and cons.
    I'm not all that sure that my dissatisfaction is going to be fixed with different software. I think it may be time for a new camera.
     
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    Forrest Really Neat

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    Marni, that is cause CS is the best. For real.
     
  10. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    CaptureOne has a free 30-day trial. It's what the pros use.

    linky linky
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you, gentlemen. Now I have 3 possible trial software products.

    I kind of like Forrest's idea, that way I wouldn't have that learning curve.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm getting a sensor cleaning (free) in a few days. It may be that getting the condensation residue cleaned off with also help. I tried cleaning the sensor last night. The guy at the camera store (who has helped me for over 20 years) explained how to clean the sensor and then sold me a gummy bear on a stick. It was great at picking up the dust, but when I dragged it across the sensor as he had recommended, it smeared the condensation film with a sticking/skipping action. Oh well.
     
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    Forrest Really Neat

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    I hope he can clean it for you. That would be a drag having to buy a new camera body. I am due for sure, but I think I will end up holding off at least another year if not two. expensive little buggers.
     
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    chrismende Waaaay too many! Supporting Member

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    Marni, I've used both CS (just upgraded to CS5) and Lightroom for years. They are both Adobe, do pretty much the same edits, but Lightroom is specifically for cataloging images and saving them in an organized fashion. It's really great! I highly recommend it, along with your Photoshop.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the comments. Shortly after I asked about this I bought a new body and things were much better. Things were good for about 6 months and then I started having trouble with compatibility issues with the Tamron 90mm macro and the Canon body. I couldn't get sharp images with the combination, but the lens was sharp with other bodies. Thought it was resolved in March, but a couple of weeks ago the focus started drifting off again. I bought a Canon macro last week so if I have trouble, Canon can't blame it on Tamron. I doubt I will ever buy a 2nd party lens again. The new body doesn't work with my other Tamron lenses either.

    I've stayed with Photoshop (CS4). How is CS5?

    And welcome to OI.