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May 16, 2017 10:59:58   #
cjc2
 
My personal vote is for LrCC at $ 10 per month. Best of luck.

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May 16, 2017 11:28:24   #
Ricinus
 
If you have an older computer with limited memory, you'll have trouble running a lot of the new software. Did your camera come with some editing software? If so that might be a good place to start.

Mike

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May 16, 2017 11:31:26   #
Howard5252
 
nannyg wrote:
thank you so much. very helpful!
i was hoping to install the software on my regular old timey computer. not on a lap top. do you know if it is best/only possible on a lap top?
best, nancy

You can install LR onto a laptop but you will find the screen too small to enjoy editing on it.

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May 16, 2017 11:34:16   #
IDDOC
 
If, by chance, you have a Mac take a look at Macphun's LUMINAR. Not very expensive and fun and easy to use.

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May 16, 2017 11:54:51   #
anotherview (a regular here)
 
Photoshop Elements. It provides a welcoming face to beginners. You may never need more photo-editing power. If you ever decide to go big, by moving up to the full Photoshop, Elements will help prepare you for that jump.
nannyg wrote:
hello!
this summer i am going to purchase my first post processing software package.
wondered if anyone had any opinions? photoshop? lightroom? something else?
i'm an enthusiast who likes to shoot plant life and humans and some street stuff.
i love images that look like film.
i have a sony a 6000 if that makes any difference.
i'm not that talented in the tech world so looking for something not too complicated.
thank you so much for your thoughts! very much appreciated.
nancy
hello! br this summer i am going to purchase my fi... (show quote)

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May 16, 2017 12:00:45   #
Quantus5
 
bobmcculloch wrote:
Paint Shop Pro, never left me wanting more, lot of discount offers on X9 now, probably time for X10 to come out, Bob.


PaintShop Pro X9 -- Yes, a definite recommendation! -- and it has a street price of $50-60, very light on the pocket book.

Other recommendations: Adobe PS Elements, street price of about $60-70, and Serif's Affinity, street price of about $50.

My main recommendation is don't spend a lot of money when starting out, all three of the above recommendations are very inexpensive, and all are really good packages.

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May 16, 2017 12:01:35   #
chapjohn
 
Techrod wrote:
I prefer Capture One Pro - better quality images imo and less processing steps than Lightroom to get great images. Downside - more expensive. If you are new to post-processing avoid Photoshop as the learning curve is very steep and anyway both Capture One Pro and Lightroom have cataloging functions which PS does not.


Becasue you have a sony you can a free ediiton of Capture One and you can get a full version for Sony cameras for $50.

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May 16, 2017 12:01:40   #
RRS
 
ewforbess wrote:
Save/Save As options create an Affinity Photo file. Using the Export option allows saving as PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PSD, PDF, SVG, WMF, EPSON, EXR or HDR files.


Thanks, I know your answering my reply but when you do it helps to check "Quote Reply". I was under the impression that you could only save as an "Affinity Photo File" from the review that I watched on You Tube. So the "Export Option" works similar to the way LR works. Thanks for your answer, it is a software package that I have been watching, A lot like PS!

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May 16, 2017 12:39:23   #
Reinaldokool
 
nannyg wrote:
hello!
this summer i am going to purchase my first post processing software package.
wondered if anyone had any opinions? photoshop? lightroom? something else?
i'm an enthusiast who likes to shoot plant life and humans and some street stuff.
i love images that look like film.
i have a sony a 6000 if that makes any difference.
i'm not that talented in the tech world so looking for something not too complicated.
thank you so much for your thoughts! very much appreciated.
nancy
hello! br this summer i am going to purchase my fi... (show quote)


Nancy, after many years of Canik, I am now using a6300 and a6000; not that it would make a difference. All these last 20+years I have used Photoshop. Like most people, I've paid the $10 a month rent, but grumbled the whole time. In the last few months, I discovered Affinity Photo. It does everything PS does and does it better. It also costs less. While the training Youtubes are not as extensive as they are for PS, they have some excellent ones that will more than get you started.

It is layer based which on its own makes everything non-destructive. If you goof, it is no problem to go back and do it again. Even then it never modifies your original file, just working copies.

You can also try Corel Paint Shop Pro and Gimp. There are several more good ones, but I've finally found the "one I love." And it is a cheap date. Free to try and only $50 to buy.

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May 16, 2017 12:45:02   #
rplain1
 
I agree with David Pine above - for the money it is well worth it. You get Lightroom and Photoshop so you can use Lightroom and then dabble in Photoshop as you want. And with the subscription you get all the updates for no additional cost. Hopefully they won't change the subscription
after that survey they sent out but you can always cancel.

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May 16, 2017 12:57:44   #
Just Trying To Focus
 
Racmanaz wrote:
I dumped Lightroom for ACDsee Pro 8 but now Pro 10 which in my opinion is a superior editing and photo management software and less expensive.



https://www.acdsee.com/en/products/acdsee-ultimate


I've been using ACDSee for many years...probably since the first version. I'm currently using Pro 10. I've tried other programs, but keep going back to ACDSee because it's just comfortable for me.

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May 16, 2017 13:17:19   #
amfoto1 (a regular here)
 
nannyg wrote:
hello!
this summer i am going to purchase my first post processing software package.
wondered if anyone had any opinions? photoshop? lightroom? something else?
i'm an enthusiast who likes to shoot plant life and humans and some street stuff.
i love images that look like film.
i have a sony a 6000 if that makes any difference.
i'm not that talented in the tech world so looking for something not too complicated.
thank you so much for your thoughts! very much appreciated.
nancy
hello! br this summer i am going to purchase my fi... (show quote)


Hi Nancy,

I recommend Adobe Elements 15. Download the free 30-day trial from the Adobe website and give it a try. If you like it, you can buy for about $100. It will do almost anything most people need to do and is relatively easy to learn to use.... has a lot of built-in support for first-time users.

Someone working with a very large number of images might want Lightroom instead... but it's more of a cataloger and organizer that has limited image editing and optimization capabilities. It's designed to work hand in hand with Photoshop (which is extremely complex) or some other image editing software. Lightroom 6 and Elements 15 are available as perpetually licensed versions. Photoshop is only available via a monthly subscription (and is bundled with Lightroom CC).

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May 16, 2017 14:23:12   #
sandiegosteve
 
All good advice. I went through this last year and bottomed out on Lightroom for two main reasons. 1) There are so many tutorials out there to help learn it. 2) Organizational tools.

Some of the tools are better for sure, but with guidance, I now have a nice photography workflow based around Adobe. Know that I know so much more about all the editing options, could I get there with other tools? Yes. The Lightroom community was super helpful in getting up to speed.


Bottom line, think about what you want to program for. Organizing, basic edits, RAW processing, print production... there are options out there. I learned photography in a darkroom and really enjoy the RAW processing. I have more than enough pictures that organization and tagging are very valuable to me.

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May 16, 2017 14:26:21   #
Lloyd Sullivan
 
Hi Nancy -
Those are some great photos you have there. To answer your question, in my 35 years of Photoshop and many others I have found you can either have good post processing software or you can have easy. I whole heartedly recommend Photoshop and Lightroom together. If you want to start a little more slowly maybe you could start with Photoshop Elements. That way you Photoshop experience will carry on with the full version of Photoshop if you decide take it to the next step. Some find that Elements is as far as they need to go to be satisfied. There are some other good software packages out there but Photoshop and Lightroom are the top dogs. You make the decision as to what works best for you. What ever you decide, REALLY LEARN the package you choose to get all out of it you can.

Good Luck

Lloyd

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May 16, 2017 14:35:01   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
Photoshop CC and Lightroom are free to try for 30 days. If you like it you can pay $9.99 a month. I use Nikon View NX-2 which is free because it came with the camera.

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