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I was just wondering; what software are you guys using when processing your M8/DNG files, and what do you use as post processing tool?
Lightroom for managing the files (Canon 40D & M8). Exporting selected RAW files to a different directory and developing them with Capture One. When needed I do a little shoeshining in Photoshop Elements.
For the "quick and dirty development" I develop right out of Lightroom and skip Capture One, but especially for the m8, colours are way better with Capture One.
I use Phase One and Photoshop LE, but is not satisfied with either. Thought of upgrading to C3 & Lightroom, but think it is a lot of money....
Photoshop CS3 has the same raw converter as lightroom...they give the same results. So if money is tight, just buy either CS or lightroom. I have not used lightroom since the public beta ended so I don't know what features it has now compared to Photoshop. The beta versions didn't allow any layers or selective editing (selecting an area to color correct or lighten/darken). That and the fact that Lightroom is very slow on my old Mac G4 system compared to Photoshop meant I stuck with Photoshop (which I already owned). Like I said I don't know what lightroom offers now but it is a lot less costly than photoshop and offers at least the same raw conversion system if you don't need Photoshop CS3's other features.
Mac is increasing their market share here in Norway. My sister and her family has all gone over to Mac. But I got a Toshiba Satellite with a 17" screen very cheap, but with Vista. I have to update a lot of programs. I had an old Photoshop LE, but have thought of grading up to C3. But they sell for a hefty price 20% VAT inlcuded over here. You get a rebate when buying Lightroom too.
But what is Lightroom needed for if the C3 'do all the work' regarding RAW conversion?
I have loaded down the 4.1 Phase One which has totally different operationals compared to the 7.7.6 w/upgrades that came with the M8. It takes me some time to get used to.
Lightroom is made for batch processing large numbers of images at once, good for pros who have a lot of photos from a wedding or other job to do quickly for a client. I think that's why some people spend the money for both LR and PS-CS3. You need CS3 for heavy image editing, but lightroom is faster for batch proccessing a lot of RAW files at once, at least on modern computers. Mine is old and LR is slower on it than CS3 is. Also, LR lets you catalog images, it helps you organize. I have been using iView Mediapro for a long time so I wasn't interesting in using LR for that, though I think it is probably good for organizing, I didn't really play with the features.
I voted "other" because I only use Lightroom.
Aperture is my no 1 - then Photomatix then I have Photoshop for the very rare time I feel like the need :) It was a close thing between Lightroom and Aperture.
I have tried Lightzone, and quite liked it too, but I like the all in one approach of Aperture and Lightroom. it is rare that i do much more than white balance and a little shadow / highlight recovery.
Photo.net because it's free!
GIMP, mainly, both Linux and Windows. UFRaw works as a plug-in for raw conversion.
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