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Jun 28, 2020 04:06:31   #
TonyBrown
 
I am new to editing Raw photos. I shoot mainly Wildlife, but have just bought a Nikon D850 to shoot more landscapes(by the way I’m finding it even better for wildlife than my D500). I have been playing around with some of the free software(Capture NX-D), but have found it limited for my use. I have got a copy of Affinity(an impulse buy as it was half price),but have not really got to grips with it yet. Recently, I have downloaded a trial of Capture One Pro 20 and with a bit of reading up and a few on-line tutorials I’m finding it really easy to use and am very impressed by its sharpening and noise reduction capabilities. My question is, if I go down the Capture One route am I missing out on anything extra that Lightroom or Photoshop have to offer.

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Jun 28, 2020 05:50:09   #
Delderby Loc: Derby UK
 
You say you have not "got to grips" with Affinity yet. So why waste money on another editor? Affinity is easier to "get to grips" with, whereas Photoshop has a notoriously long and difficult learning curve. Instead of buying another editor, consider purchasing the Affinity Photo Work Book. Not cheap, but really good products rarely are, although I believe Serif has brought out a discounted lock-down price. With it, you will be up and running in an evening, and the beutiful book is something you'll be proud to own. It is not just a manual.

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Jun 28, 2020 06:03:09   #
twosummers
 
Luminar 4

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Jun 28, 2020 06:40:00   #
yssirk123 Loc: New Jersey
 
Luminar 4 or Photoshop Elements.

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Jun 28, 2020 06:50:53   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
It sounds like you might be worried about time wasted learning Capture One or Affinity. I don't think that would be the case because the purpose of the basic tools is kind of a universal language.

Think of any photo editing software as your intro class to bigger and "better." Of course, you can do a poor job in PS just as easily as in another program if you don't practice, practice, practice

Both PS Elements and PS are available for a free trial. I have enjoyed Elements for many years.

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Jun 28, 2020 06:54:33   #
CO
 
With Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you have layers. Layers gives you more editing capabilities. You can also get the Nik Collection plugin. I understand that the Nik Collection works with Capture One but I'm not sure.

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Jun 28, 2020 06:58:24   #
dpfoto Loc: Cape Coral, FL
 
I've tried Capture One, Affinity, and a few others, but always go back to Adobe Photoshop.

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Jun 28, 2020 06:59:59   #
junglejim1949 Loc: Sacramento,CA
 
TonyBrown wrote:
I am new to editing Raw photos. I shoot mainly Wildlife, but have just bought a Nikon D850 to shoot more landscapes(by the way I’m finding it even better for wildlife than my D500). I have been playing around with some of the free software(Capture NX-D), but have found it limited for my use. I have got a copy of Affinity(an impulse buy as it was half price),but have not really got to grips with it yet. Recently, I have downloaded a trial of Capture One Pro 20 and with a bit of reading up and a few on-line tutorials I’m finding it really easy to use and am very impressed by its sharpening and noise reduction capabilities. My question is, if I go down the Capture One route am I missing out on anything extra that Lightroom or Photoshop have to offer.
I am new to editing Raw photos. I shoot mainly Wil... (show quote)


I too am new at editing. I downloaded free Photoscape X and went for the $40 once in a lifetime Pro version. It is easy to learn with newer online tutorials. I was not ready for Photoshop right now. Just a thought.

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Jun 28, 2020 07:31:20   #
Delderby Loc: Derby UK
 
CO wrote:
With Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you have layers. Layers gives you more editing capabilities. You can also get the Nik Collection plugin. I understand that the Nik Collection works with Capture One but I'm not sure.


I know of no proprietary software that dosn't do Layers, however, a free trial will confirm.

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Jun 28, 2020 07:34:36   #
Delderby Loc: Derby UK
 
dpfoto wrote:
I've tried Capture One, Affinity, and a few others, but always go back to Adobe Photoshop.


What ever you're comfortable with. If your trying all these others, you cannot be 100% happy with PS?

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Jun 28, 2020 08:13:01   #
Rongnongno Loc: FL, FR
 
Buying software is like buying a car.

Kick the tire, use the free try out period to check what you like/dislike and then select on lease vs purchase.

Before making the lease/purchase selection check out the pros and cons of each. Regardless of what you do you only purchase a right to use that can be rescinded at will by the seller.

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Jun 28, 2020 08:36:15   #
CO
 
Delderby wrote:
I know of no proprietary software that dosn't do Layers, however, a free trial will confirm.


I have numerous photo editing software programs. Photoshop is the only one that has layers. Which software programs do you know of that have layers?

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Jun 28, 2020 08:37:31   #
yssirk123 Loc: New Jersey
 
CO wrote:
I have numerous photo editing software programs. Photoshop is the only one that has layers. Which software programs do you know of that have layers?


Luminar 4, On1, and Affinity to name a few.

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Jun 28, 2020 08:44:11   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
The one you feel most comfortable working with and meets your needs.

If you always look for the "best" (which is relative to the user) you will never stop looking.

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Jun 28, 2020 09:09:31   #
Delderby Loc: Derby UK
 
CO wrote:
I have numerous photo editing software programs. Photoshop is the only one that has layers. Which software programs do you know of that have layers?


Affinity, PhotoFiltre, PhotoPlus - but I did say "Proprietary" perhaps that was not the correct word? Perhaps I should have used "comprehensive"?

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