Hi, I refer cheap in the context that I will only use the software like 4 times a month, and I am not sure if this trend will go on.
I heard lightroom is heading to subscription version, and want to avoid this.
I have a 6D, 28mm 1.8, and recently 75-300 iii, 430ex ii. $150 software is not even yet in the list.
I am already using DPP. I was looking for a software mask and edit selectively portion of image.
That could do HDR look photo seamlessly, and non destructive one.
I will try those softwares you guy have mentioned.
No, Lightroom is, and for the near future, will remain available in retail boxed copy (and upgrade pricing). It _is_ available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud (aka call home DRM), but last I heard a perpetual license will remain available for a while to come. This is a worry for me as well, and if they go that direction I'll have to figure something else out, or switch software :\
For doing masking, don't know what GIMP's capabilities are these days, but Photoshop Elements has some of those capabilities. I know there are other pieces of software (forgot which) that focus on HDR merging, so you can look for those. Just export as TIFFs from DPP and pull them into that software which will output a separate TIFF/JPG/PNG.