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Nov 28, 2019 23:16:53   #
bittermelon
 
I have been an amature using Lightroom standalone version several years ago. Then I had a serious illness and had major surgery. For several years I stopped taking photographs. Now I am much better (although several years older) and am considering taking photographs again.

But of course there is no longer a standalone version of Lightroom. I am now looking for photo editing software that does not require a subscription. Prefer something that can edit raw files (mainly Canon but others too), something similar to Lightroom in look and feel if possible, does not have to be free, but not on a subscription basis.

Any suggestions?

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Nov 28, 2019 23:24:50   #
PixelStan77 Loc: Vermont/Chicago
 
bittermelon wrote:
I have been an amature using Lightroom standalone version several years ago. Then I had a serious illness and had major surgery. For several years I stopped taking photographs. Now I am much better (although several years older) and am considering taking photographs again.

But of course there is no longer a standalone version of Lightroom. I am now looking for photo editing software that does not require a subscription. Prefer something that can edit raw files (mainly Canon but others too), something similar to Lightroom in look and feel if possible, does not have to be free, but not on a subscription basis.

Any suggestions?
I have been an amature using Lightroom standalone ... (show quote)


You can still use your Lightroom Standalone if you have the disk. I use Lightroom 6 standalone.

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Nov 28, 2019 23:27:52   #
Ysarex
 
Capture One, On1, ACDSee, DarkTable.

Joe

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Nov 28, 2019 23:46:08   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
bittermelon wrote:
I have been an amature using Lightroom standalone version several years ago. Then I had a serious illness and had major surgery. For several years I stopped taking photographs. Now I am much better (although several years older) and am considering taking photographs again.

But of course there is no longer a standalone version of Lightroom. I am now looking for photo editing software that does not require a subscription. Prefer something that can edit raw files (mainly Canon but others too), something similar to Lightroom in look and feel if possible, does not have to be free, but not on a subscription basis.

Any suggestions?
I have been an amature using Lightroom standalone ... (show quote)


All software requires a subscription - that is if you desire to remain current. At least Adobe and others are a little more transparent in calling it a subscription. In an industry driven by innovation, there is no such thing as a "permanent license" if you really think about it. It's only $10/month. not a lot of $$ for getting access to the best software out there - all things considered. Lightroom is not photo finishing software, in any case. you still need to use a raster editor if you truly want to produce finished images. $120 a year is a great deal for that.

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Nov 29, 2019 02:41:14   #
johngault007 Loc: Florida Panhandle
 
Gene51 wrote:
All software requires a subscription - that is if you desire to remain current. At least Adobe and others are a little more transparent in calling it a subscription. In an industry driven by innovation, there is no such thing as a "permanent license" if you really think about it. It's only $10/month. not a lot of $$ for getting access to the best software out there - all things considered. Lightroom is not photo finishing software, in any case. you still need to use a raster editor if you truly want to produce finished images. $120 a year is a great deal for that.
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DarkTable and RawTherapee do not require a subscription, or any type of payment. So All should read "all paid software".

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Nov 29, 2019 05:32:24   #
miked46 Loc: Winter Springs, Florida
 
I am in the process of looking into LUMINAR, it is standalone and reasonably priced.

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Nov 29, 2019 06:10:57   #
Wanderer2 Loc: Colorado Rocky Mountains
 
Gene51 wrote:
All software requires a subscription - that is if you desire to remain current. At least Adobe and others are a little more transparent in calling it a subscription. In an industry driven by innovation, there is no such thing as a "permanent license" if you really think about it. It's only $10/month. not a lot of $$ for getting access to the best software out there - all things considered. Lightroom is not photo finishing software, in any case. you still need to use a raster editor if you truly want to produce finished images. $120 a year is a great deal for that.
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Perhaps this depends on the definition of subscription. If it means a paid subscription Affinity Photo does not require it. Rather, there is a one time purchase price, currently $35 on sale, no monthly or periodic subscription fee, and free future updates. A free trial is available. It also works as a LR plug in. Not much to lose for trying it.

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Nov 29, 2019 06:52:48   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
Affinity Photo , cheap almost a photo shop, steap learning curve, lots of videos on you tube & I believe vimeo. I hear Capture 1 is pretty good, a lot of people say its better than Lightroom but it does look different. I do see some vids for it on you tube but do not know if there are any other training materials available for it.

Glad your feeling better & thinking about photography again, Tom

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Nov 29, 2019 07:21:42   #
mborn Loc: Massachusetts
 
Gene51 wrote:
All software requires a subscription - that is if you desire to remain current. At least Adobe and others are a little more transparent in calling it a subscription. In an industry driven by innovation, there is no such thing as a "permanent license" if you really think about it. It's only $10/month. not a lot of $$ for getting access to the best software out there - all things considered. Lightroom is not photo finishing software, in any case. you still need to use a raster editor if you truly want to produce finished images. $120 a year is a great deal for that.
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Lightroom Classic forever

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Nov 29, 2019 07:30:25   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
bittermelon wrote:
I have been an amature using Lightroom standalone version several years ago. Then I had a serious illness and had major surgery. For several years I stopped taking photographs. Now I am much better (although several years older) and am considering taking photographs again.

But of course there is no longer a standalone version of Lightroom. I am now looking for photo editing software that does not require a subscription. Prefer something that can edit raw files (mainly Canon but others too), something similar to Lightroom in look and feel if possible, does not have to be free, but not on a subscription basis.

Any suggestions?
I have been an amature using Lightroom standalone ... (show quote)


Lots of choices.

Affinity
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/software-review-affinity-photo-1-5-2
http://www.shutterbug.com/content/affinity-photo-software-review-has-photoshop-met-its-match#d1c5lY5EQ03QoLjh.97
http://www.diyphotography.net/affinity-photo-can-give-adobe-run-money/
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/affinity-photo-1.5,review-4257.html

Others
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-lightroom-alternatives
http://digital-photography-school.com/a-beginners-guide-to-choosing-the-right-post-production-software/
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/photo-editing
https://www.reviews.com/photo-editing-software/
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-photo-editing-software,review-1972.html
http://www.redmondpie.com/best-adobe-photoshop-alternatives-for-windows-and-mac-list Affinity
http://www.shutterbug.com/content/affinity-photo-software-review-has-photoshop-met-its-match#d1c5lY5EQ03QoLjh.97
http://www.diyphotography.net/affinity-photo-can-give-adobe-run-money/
https://photographypro.com/photo-editing/

For free
https://www.darktable.org/
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59324818
https://www.lightstalking.com/how-to-edit-rawtherapee/
https://www.lightstalking.com/free-photography-software/
http://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-photo-editor
http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/the-best-photoshop-alternatives-that-are-totally-free-5974500
http://lightzoneproject.org/

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Nov 29, 2019 07:46:25   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
As said above, you can still use your standalone LR. For editing RAW files from new cameras beyond those supported by your older version, you can download a free DNG converter from the Adobe site that will convert those RAW files to a format your older LR software can process. This may / may not apply to your situation. There's no reason to buy more software when your existing investments still have value and usefulness.

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Nov 29, 2019 08:26:52   #
neillaubenthal
 
miked46 wrote:
I am in the process of looking into LUMINAR, it is standalone and reasonably priced.

Luminar’s performance as a plug-in to LR is great...but their asset management features are terrible next to LR.

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Nov 29, 2019 08:28:49   #
eadler
 
Try Luminar 4. It's a one purchase and effective tool. There are plenty of videos on You Tube that demonstrate how it works. ( especially from Jim Nix).

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Nov 29, 2019 08:40:00   #
Ltgk20 Loc: Salisbury, NC
 
I use Capture One Pro which I like very much. I went through a bit of a learning curve when I switched from Lightroom, but it wasn't bad and, once switched, I prefer it. That said, if you plan to upgrade any program you purchase with any regularity, there isn't much price difference between any paid program and the Adobe Photographer's bundle.

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Nov 29, 2019 09:52:17   #
Tronjo Loc: Canada, BC
 
Capture One

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