Photo Editing & Management Software

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Wingnut330, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    Hey All,

    I'm curious what you Mac users use for editing and managing your photos. From what I'm reading, it's appears it's LR and CS3 are very popular. I'm curious why folks are so quick to abandon iPhoto. It seems like a nice app to me and it was included in the OS - ie free. Are there specific limitations you are trying to avoid?

    My goal is to organize my photos in a library and have a tool for editing them. Cost isn't a huge issue, but ease of use and intimidation are. For example, I love the blemish remover in iPhoto - very easy to use.

    So it seems that these are my options...



    As I said, it seems like most of you on this site use LR and CS3, but I'm not sure why so many Mac users make the switch.

    Thanks in advance! :)
  2. scr1968 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2007
    The new version of PhotoShop Elements includes Bridge so it could be included in the Management category too. And one could make the argument that Aperture could squeeze in the Editing category.

    I'd say check out the new version of Photoshop Elements. It is nice.

  3. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2007
    Cedar Park, TX
    I agree...Lightroom only works for RAW files, so i would stick with PSE or CS3...I have CS3 extended, and i use Adobe Bridge that comes with it...and they interlink so you can edit right from Bridge, it will take you to Photoshop....a wise Aztec Statue on an amazing tv show (legends of the hidden temple anyone?) once told me, "the choice is yours and yours alone, choose wisely"
  4. Shotglass macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    What do you mean? I use it with .JPG all the time.
  5. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2007
    Cedar Park, TX
    woops i need to change the preferences hahaha i just use it for raw anyway, and bridge for jpeg
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    You are seeing a very biased sampling here. The average Mac user does not post in the MR Photo forum. I think the vast majority if they do photos at all are using iPhoto for both editing and organization. But that agerage user likely has a P&S camera and shoots not more than 200 images a year

    Among people here who are more serious I think most use iPhoto but with the release of Aperture 2.0 I've notice a lot of people are using the 30 day free evaluation. I figure the learning curve plus the $200 price will keep most of them using iPhoto. I seems that about as many people use Lightroom as Aperture.

    I wouldn't just follow the crowd. Look at how you shoot, and the number of photos you have and what kind of post processing you typically do then budget permitting, buy what you need.

    I think almost everyone would be well off if they had both iPhoto and Photoshop Elements 6.0. That said I have Aperture and PS CS3
  7. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    I didn't think there was a known difference in the MR users' preference for LR or Aperture. My thought was that there were more of us using Aperture.

    So as not to hijack, a poll for that info is now here.
  8. disdat macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2005
    New England USA
    For management, I use iPhoto 08, and most of my editing is done in Lightzone (

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