Poll – Photo Editing

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Long time readers of Beyond Megapixels are aware of this particular author’s loyalty towards Adobe Photoshop products. As a fledgling post-processor, PS CS3 was a bit intimidating, but now that I know it I feel that I can master just about any post-processing software, given time. In fact, I will be posting a review, then some tutorials, about Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
in upcoming entries.

I’m curious to know which photo editing software tools our readers use (if any). Do you just do light touch-ups in a basic program, or do you enjoy playing with more advanced effects? Are you a straight-out-of-camera aficionado? Give us some insight into your post-processing technique in this month’s poll:

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  • http://adventuresofthelopez.blogspot.com Cassie

    I have both Adobe CS5 & Aperture

  • http://twitter.com/odhinnsrunes James Baker

    Apple Aperture does 99% of what I need.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Daytripper49 Tom Harrington

    I use Photoshop Elements 8.0, plus Photomatix Pro for HDR work.

  • http://www.rebeccastanek.com/blog/ Becky

    I use DPP (Digital Photography . . . Pro? Plus? I can't even remember), which came with my Canon camera. Now that there's finally a good straightening tool, I don't even really need anything else.

    Although I did play around with the beta of Lightroom, and oh, so pretty! DPP is kind of kludgy when it comes to organizing photos.

  • Dennis Tolson

    I use Lightroom to start; then I get into some of the modules of Nik to enhance selective parts of the image in a manner that would be very difficult in Photoshop. I do use use CS4 for some of its unique capabilities not available in Lightroom, such as soft proofing.

  • http://ojphoto.blogspot.com OJ Photo

    I use Photoshop Elements 7. I generally only do minor tweaks with the Raw photo and then touch up just a bit. Occasionally I'll do extensive work though.

  • Cornell

    RE: Adobe Photoshop (CS2, CS3, CS5, etc.)

    Does the “etc.” include Elements? Or, would that be under “other”?

  • fotofah

    Your poll didn’t allow for something like using 2 (Lightroom and Photoshop), but one choice only. :-( Also, though I use Lightroom, I noticed there was no (named) choice for Aperture users.

  • GoGayleGo

    Can't believe you didn't list an option for Photoshop Elements (so I chose “other”)! I just “upgraded” to v 8.0 from ACDSee…I'm VERY low on the post-processing learning curve (actually, I'm still pretty low on the dSLR curve too), so haven't done too much yet, but am looking forward to learning.

  • Soupman

    I use Picasa to view things quickly and easily, then use Photoshop to edit photos in CMYK for work or in RGB with Paint.net on my poor slow laptop. I keep my photos on a desk-bound external HD and sync them to an external as backup using Synctoy. Works relatively well for me. I used Lightroom when it was beta and really liked it, but usually use Canon Digital Photo Professional when working with RAW.

  • Sylvia

    I use Picasa to quickly view my raw files, then use Bibble 5 to make edits to WB, lighting, exposure, and noise reduction; then convert to jpg.

  • Will


  • http://www.mattneedham.com Matt Needham

    “None – I'm a Straight Out Of Camera Person!”

    There are no photographs without processing. Daguerreotype, collodion, dry plate, film, Polaroid, or digital all require processing for the image to be viewed by human eyes. Those who choose SOOC are using the photo processing software provided in the camera by the manufacturer.

    When I worked in the darkroom like most folks I did my film processing blind in total darkness, but there were a few wizards who used special processes and safelights that allowed processing by inspection. Meaning they could see, just a little bit, how the film was developing. Processing by inspection is a big advantage because the eye and mind are capable of making very precise visual calculations almost instantly, while processing by prediction (such as the Zone System) requires calculating visual aspects in advance of seeing anything of the image using mathematical formulas. I used the Zone System for years in my own darkroom, and I got pretty good at it, but there is no doubt that I'm much better at just looking at a photo and deciding how to adjust the visual aspects. Now we can all process by inspection. In full light even. Using our eyes is a wonderful thing when creating visual art.

  • Chris

    I use Lightroom 2, Photoshop CS4, and the latest Mac version of Gimp.

  • Sarah

    I just started using Paint.net, but most of my shots are SOOC.

  • Anand

    None & get frustrated to see loads of post production processed photographs.

    The real skill today isn't probably taking great photographs but being able to turn ordinary photographs to good looking ones with loads of post production processing.

    Not for a moment I intend to play down the post production processing skill which is crucial in today's photography but is it someway killing the skill once called – photography?

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  • http://www.photoshopclippingpath.us Photoshop Clipping Path

    I just love using photoshop….