Software for aspiring hobyist?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by miloblithe, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    What software makes sense for a hobbyist photographer? I can't shell out $600 or so for photoshop, but I get really excited about things like lens distortion correction. What are some other good options?
     
  2. Macnoviz macrumors 65816

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    Aperture 2 in a couple of days?
     
  3. miloblithe thread starter macrumors 68020

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    My understanding is that Aperture is basically iPhoto for pros. It's great (theortically at least) for organizing photos and deciding between photos from a shoot, but it's not much for editing photos.

    Also, I can't run Aperture until I get a new computer, probably not less than a year from now.
     
  4. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    I use PixelNhance from Caffeine Software, but I keep GIMP on my computer just in case I ever have the courage to try and make something of myself. I've seen SeaShore floating around, and saw something called GIMPShop that was supposed to be GIMP with with a Photoshop interface. I suppose Photoshop Elements won't do?

    Caffeine "has suspended operation," but they link to downloads of their software, so I assume it is free to try/use. They also provide TIFFany, which looks like a more powerful program, but like GIMP, I'm still a bit nervous about playing with it.
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Gimp. It is very Photoshop-like and does one thing PS does not do - runs native on Intel macs without Rosetta. Look at www.gimp.org

    The only complaints people have about Gimp is that Gimp's user interface is not a clone of Photoshop. The Gimp designers call this a "feature".

    Gimp does have a wide angle lens distortion correction plug-in available
     
  6. sarae macrumors 6502

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    If you're looking into RAW editing, you might want to check out Adobe Lightroom. It's still in beta, so free for awhile. I really like it.

    There's also Photoshop Elements, which may work for basic editing - I haven't used the program myself, but it may be work looking into.
     

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