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    To buy or not to buy Editing software

    OK to make things clear total newbie and computer illiterate here. Is it worth it to buy editing software or use free on line stuff? Right now I have free Gimp 2.10.10 and Darktable in my computer and to be honest it confuses the hell out of me. Please all help is appreciated. Also what is the difference between the 10$ one and the 150$ one? Thanks


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    Re: To buy or not to buy Editing software

    I use FastStone Image Viewer, which is a free program, for 99.9% of my picture fiddling. It does everything I need, but I am a simply fellow and lazy.
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    Re: To buy or not to buy Editing software

    Please all help is appreciated. Also what is the difference between the 104$ one and the 150$ one? Thanks
    WHAT? Are you talking processing software?
    Lots of beginner tutorials on GIMP on YOU TUBE to help you get started. Learn GIMP and when you are comfortable processing you pictures maybe move on to something else. All the better software (and there are lots)
    have a learning curve which takes time to learn the in and outs of the program.





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    Re: To buy or not to buy Editing software

    There is also stuff on YouTube for Darktable.

    Some stuff here:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/harrydurgin/videos


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    Re: To buy or not to buy Editing software

    Quote Originally Posted by arshuter View Post
    OK to make things clear total newbie and computer illiterate here. Is it worth it to buy editing software or use free on line stuff? Right now I have free Gimp 2.10.10 and Darktable in my computer and to be honest it confuses the hell out of me. Please all help is appreciated. Also what is the difference between the 10$ one and the 150$ one? Thanks
    To get your feet wet I'd suggest you investigate the free Nikon software applications: View NX-I and Capture NX-D. These applications share certain similarities and work together. View NX-I is a pretty basic editor but will be easier to learn. Capture NX-D is a much more full-featured raw converter and editing application.

    There are plenty of tutorials for learning how to edit your images, but generally speaking learning to post-process digital images comes with a learning curve and you need to be prepared for that. It's not hard to learn, not like brain surgery; it's more like eating an elephant. And how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

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    Re: To buy or not to buy Editing software

    I agree fully with Paul, give the free Nikon editors a good workout. You may find out that is all you need and it won't cost your anything except some of your time.
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    Re: To buy or not to buy Editing software

    I use ViewNX-i all the time. Once in a while I may use the free version of Pixlr.
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    Re: To buy or not to buy Editing software

    I started out with Photoshop Elements before moving to Photoshop CC. The thing is no matter what software you use, there will be a learning curve. It took me a while to get the hang of Photoshop Elements, but all the knowledge transferred over to Photoshop CC.
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    Re: To buy or not to buy Editing software

    I like having the ability to do a lot of tweaking if I want to ,so I have Lightroom and Photoshop. $10 a month on the Creative Cloud plan. Lightroom has plenty of great tools for organizing you files, too. Lots of people hate Adobe for instituting the monthly payment plans, but for something I use almost every day, $10 a month is no big deal.

    What IS a big deal is learning these two pieces of software, Photoshop in particular. The thing is, there are TONS of online videos and articles to help you out. Also, learning the basics on Lightroom doesn't take all that long, and 95% of the time you will only want to make basic adjustments, so you really can get started pretty quickly.

    All that said, there are all kinds of very useful processing choices these days. I have heard great things, in particular, about ON1. You can download a copy for free trial, if interested.
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