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Dec 1, 2019 10:39:23   #
buzzyd
 
So, let's have it, what would you recommend that is not subscription based - so no LR, PS, CC for example.

Just a bit of detail -- I shoot mostly raw (Nikon DLSR both DX and FX). I also shoot IR, so support for those kinds of editing would be useful as well.

Thanks for the recommendations!

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Dec 1, 2019 10:46:37   #
bsprague Loc: Near Tacoma, WA, USA
 
Photoshop Elements. Now on sale for $60. Free trials for download. Two week return policy. Massive online training, books, classes, etc. Some will whine that it won't do 16 bit processing.

My DW likes none of my choices. She uses Paint Shop Pro.

The new darlings on the block are Luminar and ON1.

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Dec 1, 2019 10:49:30   #
lamiaceae Loc: Los Angeles Area, CA
 
buzzyd wrote:
So, let's have it, what would you recommend that is not subscription based - so no LR, PS, CC for example.

Just a bit of detail -- I shoot mostly raw (Nikon DLSR both DX and FX). I also shoot IR, so support for those kinds of editing would be useful as well.

Thanks for the recommendations!


Hunt the Web for a used copy of Ps CS5 or Ps CS6 on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. Amazon or eBay perhaps. I am still using the copy of Ps CS6 Extended (DVD-ROM) I purchased back in 2012.

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Dec 1, 2019 10:50:15   #
bsprague Loc: Near Tacoma, WA, USA
 
First hit on a google search:

"So, let's take a look at some of the best photo editing software available online.

Adobe Lightroom. Adobe is truly the gold-standard when it comes to image editing software. ...
Skylum Luminar. ...
Adobe Photoshop. ...
Capture One. ...
ON1 Photo RAW. ...
Corel PaintShop Pro. ...
ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate. ...
Gimp."

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Dec 1, 2019 10:50:52   #
bobmcculloch Loc: NYC, NY
 
buzzyd wrote:
So, let's have it, what would you recommend that is not subscription based - so no LR, PS, CC for example.

Just a bit of detail -- I shoot mostly raw (Nikon DLSR both DX and FX). I also shoot IR, so support for those kinds of editing would be useful as well.

Thanks for the recommendations!


Not sure about IR but Paint Shop Pro does it for me, also keep Fastone and IrfanVue available

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Dec 1, 2019 10:59:19   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
buzzyd wrote:
So, let's have it, what would you recommend that is not subscription based - so no LR, PS, CC for example.

Just a bit of detail -- I shoot mostly raw (Nikon DLSR both DX and FX). I also shoot IR, so support for those kinds of editing would be useful as well.

Thanks for the recommendations!


Is your subscription aversion really going to influence what software you end up with, even if it isn't as good as LR/PS?

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Dec 1, 2019 11:00:16   #
jbmauser Loc: Roanoke, VA
 
You can still find Lightroom 6 for sale which is not subscription. If you want a photoshop replacement look at Affinity which is awesome. Also AXO has is a LR replacement with their NIK software combo is great and their package has a library function. Lightroom still has the best library function.

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Dec 1, 2019 11:05:14   #
wingclui44 Loc: CT USA
 
buzzyd wrote:
So, let's have it, what would you recommend that is not subscription based - so no LR, PS, CC for example.

Just a bit of detail -- I shoot mostly raw (Nikon DLSR both DX and FX). I also shoot IR, so support for those kinds of editing would be useful as well.

Thanks for the recommendations!


You may try "GIMP" and "Raw Therapee" as a plug-in. they are free, I use it for my Nikon NEF file. Look fo the site on the internet. Good luck!

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Dec 1, 2019 11:10:44   #
cameraf4 Loc: Delaware
 
I'm a longtime Nikon user and have used Nikon NX Capture and NX View for years and years. They do a very good job for what I like.
That said, lately I have been using Luminar 3 and now Luminar 4. Once I learn "4" better I suspect that I will no longer feel the need for Capture as a "crutch."
FYI, I was a longtime user of Photoshop, Lightroom and Corel products. So far, Luminar looks to be the best option for what I do today.

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Dec 1, 2019 11:15:09   #
Ysarex
 
We just did this after we did this since the last time we did this which we did before that. Here's the two most recent:

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-620974-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-621289-1.html

Joe

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Dec 1, 2019 11:15:57   #
Bill_de Loc: US
 
This guy has made it a mission to cut the Adobe cord. He has tested a number of alternatives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcuaqdmyBjI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW_73gAANqY

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Dec 1, 2019 11:28:36   #
bsprague Loc: Near Tacoma, WA, USA
 
Gene51 wrote:
Is your subscription aversion really going to influence what software you end up with, even if it isn't as good as LR/PS?


It's the "principle" of it, not the cost of it. It's a big, even giant, multinational corporation that invented a way to steal from you monthly. If enough people make it painful on the world wide web, the burglars will go back to the old way.

It's like Amazon. I (should) refuse to buy from them because it is their fault that the local retailer with the high list prices and weak inventory went out of business.

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Dec 1, 2019 13:05:57   #
Blenheim Orange Loc: Michigan
 
bsprague wrote:
It's the "principle" of it, not the cost of it. It's a big, even giant, multinational corporation that invented a way to steal from you monthly. If enough people make it painful on the world wide web, the burglars will go back to the old way.


Wow. Amen.




Mike

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Dec 1, 2019 13:12:08   #
Blenheim Orange Loc: Michigan
 
Ysarex wrote:
We just did this after we did this since the last time we did this which we did before that. Here's the two most recent:

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-620974-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-621289-1.html

Joe


I noticed that you wrote "Affinity has no image management (database) capabilities..." on one of those threads.

Question - why use that feature? So that you can sort and call up images based on a variety of keywords?

Mike

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Dec 1, 2019 13:26:00   #
Ysarex
 
Blenheim Orange wrote:
I noticed that you wrote "Affinity has no image management (database) capabilities..." on one of those threads.

Question - why use that feature? So that you can sort and call up images based on a variety of keywords?

Mike


If you have a lot of images some type of database management can be very helpful (yes, sorting and labeling etc.). I made mention of Affinity's lack of that ability because it was mentioned as a replacement for LR. LR is as much about image database management as it is about image editing. As such that makes Affinity and most of what other's recommend for LR replacement as replacing something with nothing.

Joe

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