Advice on Photo Software

Started Jun 9, 2013 | Questions thread
Draek
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Re: Advice on Photo Software
In reply to jg1110, Jun 11, 2013

About striking a good balance between features and ease of use, I think Lightroom would be idealit's a bit costly, but worth it.

A cheaper alternative would be RawTherapee, which not only is it about as powerful as Lightroom (moreso, in some areas), it's also Free Software so it doesn't cost a cent. Sadly, all this comes at the expense of ease of use, its interface was quite complex last time I tried it, though as long as you leave anything you don't understand on their default settings it works quite well.

As for what format to shoot, it depends on various factors but, generally, as long as storage isn't a concernfor either cards or disksRAW+JPEG in the lowest quality setting is the most convenient, as you gain the whole additional information of the RAW format, but keep a handy file in case you need to email them or make a quick print before you've had time to process them properly; and the lowest quality prevents them from taking too much space on your cards, as well as making it faster to upload and email. Do keep at least one of the RAW or JPEG in a subfolder once you transfer them off your cards, however, so that your editor doesn't get confused and import the same image twice.

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