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Old July 9, 2016, 09:40 AM
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Any suggestions for a decent consumer grade photo editing package that includes a decent raw feature? I've been playing with the Canon software and it appears to work but I'm wondering if an actual paid version of something would be easier to use and/or more intuitive.

Going to do some research online but figured I'd check here for any suggestions on outliers that I could/should be looking at.

Not interested in subscription services, and also not interested in shady cut rate pricing third party vendors.

Thanks in advance;
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Old July 9, 2016, 10:16 AM
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So far my first inclination is to go with Corel Paintshop Pro ultimate.

Professional Photo Editing Software by Corel - PaintShop Pro X8

All things being equal, I like the idea of supporting a Canadian company. (Always regretted the Canadian Gov going with MS over Corel when it was choosing a office suite).
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Lightroom is my go-to application. You can move into Photoshop for more advanced editing as well. I know you don't want to subscribe, but it's only $10USD/month for both. Not much more than Netflix

I guess the larger question, what exactly are you wanting to do that the Canon software doesn't allow you to?
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Old July 9, 2016, 01:08 PM
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For one thing, it doesn't have a good split before/after view that I can find, I was also interested in the built-in lens profiles but I see now that the Canon software has that ability. I guess I'm also looking for something that's more along the lines of a complete editing package that goes beyond just the raw images, as well as something that's got a non-destructive editing feature and file management cooked in.

As far as subscription goes.... not going to happen. I'd probably have it for a couple of months and then decide I'm not using it enough to justify a monthly bill and then I'll be left with nothing. I have no interest in anything cloud and/or subscription unless it's content related.
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Sounds like you want Lightroom standalone. It's still available just well hidden as they want everyone on he Creative Cloud version.

Non destructive editing using metadata and it has great "collection" auto filtering.
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Sounds like you want Lightroom standalone. It's still available just well hidden as they want everyone on he Creative Cloud version.

Non destructive editing using metadata and it has great "collection" auto filtering.
Yeah, but it's also $250..... ;) Kinda does away with the idea of a Consumer piece of software. :)

The market I'm looking at is more in line with the adobe elements line, but not much of what I'm seeing recommends that over the other options.

Pretty sure I'm going to end up with Paintshop Pro Ultimate now that I've seen it's still out in the wild. It brings back warm memories, and should fit nice on the shelf right beside my copy of Broderbund's PrintMaster Platinum. I know it's cheesy desktop publishing software, but it came with a ton of clipart and serves our needs perfectly for the 3 or 4 times we have a use for it during the year. :)
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Holy crap!!!

Who needs all of those bloody sliders and dials when you can press one button and get a much better looking picture 95% of the time? I had some beach / ocean shots that looked relatively decent to me as shot, but after putting them through the auto-fix filter the originals will always look washed out and dull to me. :)

I also now know why folks talk about scratch disks.... there's 4 different programs and each one seems to be making it's own data files for each and every image I play with.....
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I know you don't want to hear this , but here's my take.

I have used free/shareware/etc media manipulation software since 99.

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Spare yourself the BS.
I send Adobe 650$ a year and I get continuously upgraded versions of everything they make.

Now , like you (I assume) , I'm a total amateur user , but I never have to worry about whether 'can-it-do-that' or 'do-I-have-that-program' .

I consider it money very well spent.

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I know you don't want to hear this , but here's my take.

I have used free/shareware/etc media manipulation software since 99.

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Spare yourself the BS.
I send Adobe 650$ a year and I get continuously upgraded versions of everything they make.


Now , like you (I assume) , I'm a total amateur user , but I never have to worry about whether 'can-it-do-that' or 'do-I-have-that-program' .

I consider it money very well spent.

You're right... I don't want to hear that..... :)

You might be right though, but it won't happen this year at least. I'm at the sub amateur stage right now so we'll see what the $90 cheapo package gets me and once I start understanding what I want to be able to do I'll better understand the limitations of what I currently have.

I had initially been hoping to be able to take a CC DSLR course this summer/winter but they don't have it booked for the Moncton campus so I dropped $100 on an online course that in the space of about 5 hrs worth of video has already got me working on knowing 10 times more about the hows and whys on the camera(s) I've been pressing buttons on for the last year or so than what I'd been able to garner on my own. Classic case of not knowing what questions to ask.

Money well spent if you ask me. :)
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If you do go Corel it's more like:
Aftershot = Lightroom
Paint Shop = Photoshop

I used Aftershot for about a year or so after I outgrew Shotwell and the like. The main reason I went to Adobe's $10/month photographer plan (Lightroom, Photoshop, some extra goodies) is the resources available. There just isn't many tutorials for Aftershot (and I assume Paint Shop). I was pretty disappointed in that part...but the software was decent.

I got it on sale for like %60 off so was a steal for sure.

Unfortunately I agree with the sentiment of...if you want to not be limited by anything...Adobe's CC Photographer bundle is the way to go.
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