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Old Sep 25, 2010, 10:54 AM   #1
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I am looking for something that is user friendly but also does a good job. I will be using the program for a Nikon D5000 and a Canon point & shoot.
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 11:21 AM   #2
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I am an amateur too, i decide to use lightroom. At the end if you have DSLR you will go to image editing so you should keep it simple also you should learn something worth for it.

There are a lot of LR tutorials and the only one i see is from lynda.com about picasa nothing more. Of course it is shareware but not that expensive like PS.

if you expand your question like what you plan to do with that program? If you use it for just simple image editing like crop, image browser even irfanview is enough. But if you want to edit lighting etc.. i recommend LR.
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View NX2 or Photoscape, both are free, both simple to use
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Virtual Studio. It's free with an amazing number of features.
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Old Sep 26, 2010, 6:58 PM   #6
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... user friendly ...
User friendly just mean crippled, limited features. And that isn't an altogether bad way to start out.

Start by looking at what you already have - almost for sure some kind of software came with your camera. In particular, look at the EXIF reader.

Then take a look at the simple free software like IrfanView. GIMP is powerful, full featured, and thus not simple.
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Old Oct 6, 2010, 4:19 PM   #7
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User friendly just mean crippled, limited features. And that isn't an altogether bad way to start out.

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Not necessarily. GIMP is full-featured but IMO has a higher learning curve than PS and is therefore not as user-friendly.

Paint.net is a free one that comes to mind that is pretty user friendly. It has seemingly endless add-ons that you can download for free and add to it to do things that aren't built in.
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I have to get in my plug for Photoimpact-it was, for me, the easiest to learn to use quickly, and I doubt I will ever need more features. IMO, it is as capable as photoshop, at about the same price as Elements.

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All depends on what you want to do a bit of red eye crop then Picasa is ok for basics. Stepping up paint.net or GIMP, these are full feature and will take some learning, but plenty of tutorials on youtube. Then really we get to the paid for versions photoshop elements probably the best known
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I have to get in my plug for Photoimpact-it was, for me, the easiest to learn to use quickly, and I doubt I will ever need more features. IMO, it is as capable as photoshop, at about the same price as Elements.

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A second vote for PhotoImpact, although being fickle I've been using Elements more recently.
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