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Re: Any Lightroom Alternative for Retouching photos?
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2013, 10:42:13 AM »
1. picmonkey.com

2. Adobe offers 30 day free trial for most of its products, try LR to see if it does what you want

3. Wait until the Holiday season where you can usually find Photoshop Elements for ~$50

4. Take a class at a community college, making you eligible for the education discount

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Re: Any Lightroom Alternative for Retouching photos?
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Re: Any Lightroom Alternative for Retouching photos?
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2013, 10:56:19 AM »
Just pony up for Lightroom. If that is out of your price range, then you've picked the wrong hobby.
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Re: Any Lightroom Alternative for Retouching photos?
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2013, 11:58:31 AM »
I'm not a professional either. I started using LR two years ago. Before that I used iphoto which at that time I thought was adequate until I realized what LR could do. You could use Photoshop elements.  I got it for like 60 bucks. But if you want to spend more time shooting and less time editing you should make an investment and get LR. Don't underestimate the post process.  It's as important as the shooting process. It is part of the creative process. 
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Re: Any Lightroom Alternative for Retouching photos?
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2013, 12:46:50 PM »
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.
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Re: Any Lightroom Alternative for Retouching photos?
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2013, 11:05:35 PM »
Just pony up for Lightroom. If that is out of your price range, then you've picked the wrong hobby.


That's a bit harsh but the bottom line is true. Evn with alternative approach ( http://alesserphotographer.com/blog/a-lesser-photographer-a-manifesto ), photography still isn't for the feint of wallet.

Other than that +1 for Darktable and +1 to all "save, it's worth it" comments.

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Re: Any Lightroom Alternative for Retouching photos?
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2013, 11:43:36 PM »
I used Corel's Aftershot pro for a while - picked it up from corels website for $30.  Pair that with a ~40 paintshoppro package and you got a decent budget setup.
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Re: Any Lightroom Alternative for Retouching photos?
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2013, 11:46:59 AM »
Just pony up for Lightroom. If that is out of your price range, then you've picked the wrong hobby.


That's a bit harsh but the bottom line is true. Evn with alternative approach ( http://alesserphotographer.com/blog/a-lesser-photographer-a-manifesto ), photography still isn't for the feint of wallet.

Other than that +1 for Darktable and +1 to all "save, it's worth it" comments.


Wow, thank you for that link. Captures a good bit of where I think I'm going as I've started to shoot a lot more film, and experiment with different film cameras and formats.
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Re: Any Lightroom Alternative for Retouching photos?
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2013, 11:46:59 AM »