Advice on Photo Software

Started Jun 9, 2013 | Questions thread
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Re: Advice on Photo Software
In reply to jg1110, Jun 10, 2013

First off, I've never seen a photo that couldn't be improved with post processing.

I shot jpg only for four years and was quite happy post processing with Paint Shop Pro.  But, I knew from photos posted on this forum that I wasn't getting the most out of my shooting.  A year and a half ago, I decide to switch to RAW.  I decided on RAW only since it would force me to really dive in and learn the software.  I tried the Sony IDC and I have to say, if that was the only thing available, I'd go back to jpg.  It's clunky, slow, minimally featured and not very intuitive IMO.  I settled on Lightroom.  The main reason, there is quite a bit of good information and tutorials available on the web and I picked it up for $80.  There isn't much available on the finer points, but some books have good sections if you pick & choose.

To me, using LR takes no longer than using any other photo editor once you get used to it.

One advantage of shooting jpg is that you can use the in camera lens profiles - distortion, vignetting and CA.  This can be significant depending on your lens lineup.  LR doesn't have many profiles for Sony/Minolta lenses.  So, if your shoot a lot of architecture, LR might not be the best choice.

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