Software tips for hobby photog

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Ciclismo, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Ciclismo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    Hi, I am awaiting my first Mac and one of the core reasons I need your help is that I enjoy both photography and videography as a hobby.

    I use my iPhone 4S as an accompaniment to my GH2, so I will be processing JPGs and RAWs.

    I've been giving software a thought, and because budget is an issue, I came up with the following list, but would appreciate advice as I am a noob:

    Aperture or Darktable for database and RAW processing,
    Pixelmator for 'chopping,
    And FCPX for video editing.
  2. oldgeezer macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2012
  3. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 & Premiere Elements 11.
    Lightroom 4

    All reasonable cost. All have their own purposes. But you will need to do a little research on each of them to see which will best suit your needs. I have tried them all at one point in time and they all do excellent job. Remember that all of them have a learning curve. Easy to find help with them though with just a quick search.

    In the end I went with Adobe Master Collection as it best suited my needs, but was way out of the cheap cost range.

    Hope this helps.
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I have the Creative Cloud subscription. It really is worth it. Everything for $50 a month. You get Lightroom, Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere - Both will do you some good. Plus, they're all industry standard tools and have a lot of plugins you can add to them.

    You'll find them easier to use than the others too. People write more about this stuff versus open source, and Mac OS exclusive stuff.
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Good list. I'm pretty sure Aperture has some tools for cropping so maybe Pixelmator isn't needed.

    I prefer Aperture over Lightroom, but that is a matter of preference.
  6. Ciclismo thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    Wow, thanks for the list! This will definitely give me something to mull over as my iMac wont be here for another 10-18 days.


    Unfortunately the creative cloud subscription is more than I'm comfortable with - it costs €61,49 a month here, which is ~$82USD!
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I'm a real newb to photo editing but having a lot of fun with OnOne. It's standalone (as well as a plug in) which means I can save a few quid and upgrade to Lightroom when I feel I need to.

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  8. trustever macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    Mate if for you photography is just an hobby why don't you try the gimp

    Most of the commands of photoshop are the same and you can easily follow any tutorial made for photoshop on the Gimp and is all free, if you are not happy unistall it and go for something else
  9. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Not trying to argue with your choice... different tools for different people, but some of the features listed below actually do exist in Lightroom... so just for accuracy and for people who have not yet made up their mind...
    Lightroom uses Collections (instead of Albums) and Collections Sets to organize Collections and Smart Collections. So, yes Lr can organize by projects. As well you can save a print job and reprint that at will.
    Lightroom also allows for managing files once the images are imported. You can use what Aperture calls "Referenced" images or you can have the images moved by Lightroom into it's default file structure.
    True. By default Lr only has one book option, though others are available with plugins I believe. I keep a copy of Aperture and iPhoto around specifically for this feature. Note that Aperture and iPhoto have different options from each other, even though they are both Apple products.
    Lr has as much dependency on an external editor, Ps or otherwise as Aperture. Though it is nicely integrated with Ps should one wish to use Ps as the optional external editor.
    Yes. Lightroom does not have a way to white balance on skin tones. I hadn't realized that Aperture had this feature... the only other application I was aware of was Capture One v7... which is an even more powerful editor (though not as strong at organizing images) than either Aperture or Lightroom.

    Like I said...not trying to get you to change you mind... just wanted to set the record straight for anybody who is still looking at a DAM.


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