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Need Help Choosing a process program

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stktek, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. stktek

    stktek

    3
    Mar 14, 2011
    California
    I currently shoot with a Nikon D7000. Random picture of everything while traveling for work. I would like to start shooting in RAW and wondering which program would be best for a beginner.
    Lightroom3
    Capture NX2
    Apeture3
    I currently run Ubuntu Linux on my home pc but am planing on getting a mac mini for just doing my photos.
     
  2. corladon

    corladon

    67
    Aug 7, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    I used to use View NX2 and Photoshop Elements. I recently picked up LR 3 and have been very impressed with it. The catalog and imaging inventory is worth the price IMHO. The editing features are great as well. The only complaint I have about it is it puts a strain on my disk subsystem and dual core CPU.

    I'm a Windows user and can't comment on Apeture.
     
  3. Lurker

    Lurker

    Jul 21, 2007
    NJ
    Add capture one express to that list. It's a lot closer to rawshooter than Lightroom (go figure), fairly easy to use (exposure control is a lot more predictable than in lightroom, IMNSHO) and at $100 not too expensive.

    And don't forget Julien (Le Moderateur)'s tip to check out the phocus software from hasselblad (hasselblad.se) - it's free and apparently fairly decent.
     
  4. Mike66

    Mike66

    Aug 21, 2009
    Darmstadt, Germany
    Mike
    Why not take advantage of the free trial offer from each program? Lightroom and Aperture have a 30-day trial period, and Capture NX2 has a 60-day trial period. In each case, the download version is fully functional.
     
  5. Martytoof

    Martytoof

    300
    Sep 21, 2010
    Ontario
    Definitely try Lightroom and Aperture trials. I used to be an Aperture pusher, but now I'm squarely in the Lightroom camp just because I find it to be snappier and easier to use on my machine.
     
  6. I'm using elements to finish up what I can't do in Capture and just following the thread folks. Aperture is looking mighty nice to me however considering the amount of PP I do or have the patience to learn.
     
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