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    Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?

    Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?
    I have only used this program for a short while yet it just seems so easy to work in.
    I took my first RAW photo into & did a little PP then made a JPEG to share.

    I am curious as to how others who are new to PP like or dislike this PP program.

    Below: A cropped photo I took from raw & did a little PP then made some jpegs.


    Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?-dsc_2777.jpg


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    Affinity Photo PP
    Last edited by Marturo; 09-20-2020 at 01:50 AM.

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    Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?
    Marturo, I just saw your thread (been outside a lot as the weather is good here). I have had affinity for over a year and I like it a lot. My workflow goes like this, I have been shooting RAW only for a while and use Nikon Capture first and batch my sessions. When I have a shot needing extra/desired work I will use Affinity for that. I find the tutorials awesome and easy to follow. The software is very reasonably priced and I just installed another update this morning (great support on the product!). I have included a photo where I used Affinity to adjust the sky and exposure for an effect I wanted (very first photo uploaded, I hope I sized it properly).

    I tried Affinity when I got my D7200 as my edition of Photo shop elements was too old to support RAW for that camera, very glad I did.

    Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?-bs-lake-daylight.jpg



    Enjoy -- Bill

    Edit -- second try on the photo.............I did something weird on the first one
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?-bs-lake-daylight-small.jpg  

    Last edited by nikonbill; 09-19-2020 at 02:18 PM. Reason: second try at photo upload
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    Re: Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?

    Thanks Bill I like it a lot so far, I tried every free PP I could find & none of them were as understandable.
    I can follow the U Toob videos they are easy to follow & understand.

    Was shooting my 2 FEs up until I got my first d body & shortly after & started shooting RAW I &
    working with Affinity. I take it slow & try to understand what the adjustments do to my photo
    then convert my raw files into jpegs as I need them.

    I see the difference in Pic 1 & 2 don't know what you did however learning & using PhotoShop back
    in 2002 to repair old slides & negs. I see how they use Affinity to just remove objects you
    do not want in your photos to me it's plain Majik.

    Bill which of the above photos look most like what you saw as you shot your shot?
    I would like to shoot the best photo & take less PP yet I see how Full RAW files & and wonder
    about the possibilities. I would also like to give digital art a try it looks like a new chapter in
    my photographic journey.

    I am hoping to learn more about Affinity the other free programs mostly confuse me now.

    Thanks for you kind reply Bill.
    Mike

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    Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?
    Marturo,

    Due to my first try including the photo I resized the first try too small (I guessed) I then found the forum recommendations and that is the non-wavy version. Below is the "as shot" development in Affinity so you can see my adjustments (hopefully).

    At least I will learn how to post photos (hopefully) I am puzzled why my meta data is not showing in post.

    Attachment 345683Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?-bs-lake-untouched.jpg
    Last edited by nikonbill; 09-21-2020 at 11:22 PM.

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    LOL I know.
    Bill said: At least I will learn how to post photos (hopefully) I am puzzled why my meta data is not showing in post.

    I belong to nikionians.org, UHH.com & here all have different sizes they will allow so I have just been exporting my JPEGS as Medium from Affinity.
    So far so good but adding Meta data I see sometimes where it ask if you want it attached to your photo & I just check yes.
    All this I am just trying to learn 1 thing at a time ,& hope I remember it later
    I see the correction you made to your photo, I just don't get quite how you did it but I am learning new tricks everyday.


    I do see that my photo above has the MD exported with the photo, I just checked yes export with photo where it said to in Affinity.
    Last edited by Marturo; 09-20-2020 at 01:43 PM.

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    I mainly used the selection brush tool to separate the photo into foreground and sky. No small task as I had to really get used to how to "select" all this small portions of the sky through the trees and get the branches in the lower selection. Then I worked normal exposure controls to get the sky a bit more blue and the shadows more as I remembered them when I took the shot.

    Your approach is spot on, find something you wish to do and watch tutorials on that.

    I am far from an expert on Affinity photo, but glad to share anything I can. I find the Nikon Capture and Affinity seem have similar controls in many areas it is easy to "go" to Affinity for the more in depth edits. I have set up Capture's context menu to allow me to quickly open a RAW file in Affinity.

    Note: I re-uploaded my as shot photo and now the MD shows (same file as before).

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    Re: Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?

    Hello Bill
    I DL a Nikon program that opens raw files in windows photo I know before Win photo would not preview RAW.
    Must get used to a program besides Picassa to take my files from my card.
    Too many programs Picassa, Google photos, Windows photos, Argggh to many.

    I wonder if I stop the other programs I could just let affinity down load from my card.

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    Hi Mike,

    What computer operating system do you use? I would be glad to share what I do here, but if you are running another operating system it may not make sense.

    Short version: I run windows 10 and use a card reader to "copy" RAW files to the PC in a folder. I use the Nikon free software View NX-i and Capture NX-D (Also available for MAC) located on the Nikon web site.

    View NX-i has a nice file browser where you can view, delete, save, group, make new folders all while working with RAW files. Capture is for processing (like affinity) but allows for you to quickly process RAW files (and batches of files) the standard way your camera would process a jpeg if your were shooting jpeg. I find this handy when I don't want to change much.

    I may be a bit lost on a MAC, but if you are running windows I can help get things to work like you are indicating above with Affinity (or help with the Nikon software if you would like to try that). -- Bill

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    Re: Affinity Photo any thoughts on this program?

    Quote Originally Posted by nikonbill View Post
    Hi Mike,

    What computer operating system do you use? I would be glad to share what I do here, but if you are running another operating system it may not make sense.

    Short version: I run windows 10 and use a card reader to "copy" RAW files to the PC in a folder. I use the Nikon free software View NX-i and Capture NX-D (Also available for MAC) located on the Nikon web site.

    View NX-i has a nice file browser where you can view, delete, save, group, make new folders all while working with RAW files. Capture is for processing (like affinity) but allows for you to quickly process RAW files (and batches of files) the standard way your camera would process a jpeg if your were shooting jpeg. I find this handy when I don't want to change much.

    I may be a bit lost on a MAC, but if you are running windows I can help get things to work like you are indicating above with Affinity (or help with the Nikon software if you would like to try that). -- Bill
    I am running win 10. I have a card reader & now Picasa reads the card in raw then I import the Raw into Affinity for some PP & conversion to Jpegs when I need them.
    I need to check the Nikon programs I have, the first was on the CD that came with the used D7100 & could not read Raw at all. I have others one I DL the other day said it would let Windows Photo read Nikon RAW files. I do see Raw files shown in the Windows Photos now. I just have too much going on I need to simplify my operation.





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