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Old Feb 11, 2010, 8:32 PM   #1
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Default programs you use for editing photos..

What programs do you use?
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Old Feb 11, 2010, 8:50 PM   #2
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Old Feb 11, 2010, 9:24 PM   #3
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Photoimpact, mostly.

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MS Picture It from office 2003 I believe for a fast cull through my images (to delete any images I want to delete and to flip images that need uprighted). Adobe Photo Shop Elements 7.0 and Noise Nija (for sharpening images as needed). Nero 9 for burning discs.

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Photoshop is a great but very complex software. I would reccommend iPhoto and I also enjoy GIMP.
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Photoshop Elements 6.0, Nikon ViewNX, Microsoft Office Picture Manager, Microsoft Office Photo Editor, Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, PhotoME.
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Photoshop Elements is excellent bang-for-buck program (it's on my hubby's computer). I used it for a month while my computer was in the shop and didn't find anything in that timeframe that I wanted to do that would have required the full version of Photoshop.

I use CS4, Lightroom, Photomatix, Topaz Labs Denoise (even though it is slow, I prefer the results over Noise Ninja). I may end up buying another Topaz Labs photoshop plug-in, but haven't made up my mind about it and even if I do, it's not something that's necessary.

Some other programs I've tried are:

Aperture - liked very much and might have bought if I hadn't already owned Lightroom.
DxO Optics - great for camera/lens combinations that it supports, does some unique things. I haven't upgraded to the new version and probably won't at this point. The version I do have doesn't support my current camera at all.
iPhoto - all right for a freebie, but I thought it was heavy handed and didn't get along with it. I ended up buying PSE for my hubby's computer to use instead.
Microsoft Office Picture Manager - OK for viewing only.
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What do you guys mainly do? Extra blurs? darkening photos?? the color balances?
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Old Feb 12, 2010, 12:21 AM   #9
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Staightening, cropping, denoise, sharpening, correcting color, brightness, gamma. Merging several exposures for High Dynamic Range. Resizing and printing. Enhancing lighting. Restoring old, scanned photos. The list is endless, if you get interested in working with the program. If you only want a viewer/organizer which can do some basic straightening, cropping and color correction, there are several free programs such as Picasa, Faststone Image Viewer, and Irfanview. (Irfanview can use Photoshop plugins, and with them, becomes a very capable editor as well as viewer, and RAW converter)

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Mainly? Whatever it takes to get what I want out of a picture.

Straightening, cropping, resizing, color correction, contrast adjustment, noise reduction, HDR, cloning out little distracting things, correcting perspective errors (leaning buildings), sharpening, b&w conversion, adjusting sharpness/blur in specific areas, adjusting color/contrast/brightness in specific places on a picture.

Some other things I've played around with - stitching pictures for a panorama, and stacking pictures with different focus points to extend the depth of field.
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