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Shelley Ohrani
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/22/2006

Photo editing programs

Hello everyone!

I just recently bought a Nikon D7100 and started doing mini photo sessions for practice but I don't have an editing program. I'm curious on what editing programs people are using now a days or what you would suggest for someone who is just starting out?

I'll take all the advice I can get!!

Thanks everyone :)

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7/21/2015 6:57:35 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Photoshop is the most popular. There's also Lightroom which is also from Adobe. But since they are moving to a cloud based, subscription format, many people I here are switching to Corel if they can't find old versions of photoshop still available in stores. Like their Creative Suites.
Lightroom has some organizing aspects that people who shoot for a living really love.
Photoshop is switching to a subscription service where you pay monthly to stay updated with the latest versions and it checks in to make sure that your subscription is current so you can access the program. That's what is driving some people to use other programs like Corel.
There's several write ups about it. Corel used to less user friendly than Photoshop, but from a couple of reviews of their latest version they've supposedly caught up to be just as good as photoshop.

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7/21/2015 10:51:28 PM

Shelley Ohrani
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/22/2006
  Thanks so much Gregory!! I really appreciate the advice. I also heard Lightroom and Photoshop are great programs. I've never heard of Corel. I'll have to check it out!

Thanks again!

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7/22/2015 3:33:05 AM

Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
  I'd add that Photoshop Elements is quite good, and will probably meet your needs for a long time. As far as I know, it is not yet cloud-subscription based, so you should be able to find it for sale to install on your computer. (Not a fan of the cloud-subscription idea, myself!)
Lightroom is great for not only editing (particularly if you are shooting in RAW, not JPG) but also for broad photo library organization; something to get into the habit of early on, rather than later!

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7/24/2015 7:02:14 AM

Tiia Vissak
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/1/2007
  In terms of freeware, try these: (quite easy to learn, some interesting effects but also all the basics: cutting, adjusting curves...) (more advanced, but takes some time to learn)

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7/27/2015 10:02:58 AM

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