Always with digital cameras, I shoot RAW only, if available. I have searched this forum and still am not clear.
I have Aperture 2, Lightroom 2, Epson's program, RPP, and trial copy of CaptureOne 4.
According to the latest Photo Techniques, for quality it is:
1. Captureone 4
2. Lightroom 2
3. Aperture 2.
I have a backlit head and shoulders portrait of my wife for example shot.
Now comes my confusion:
With CaptureOne, The non Pro version seems sparse with not much support. The support is my biggest worry here. I am not going to pay for the Pro version. I could get a good picture without blowing out the background though.
With Epson's program, I could not get a good result.
My problem with Aperture and Lightroom is the cataloging function that is inherent with them as their main purpose. I do not shoot thousands of shots, even with a digital camera. I shoot almost the same as film.
I am using a Mac and my CS3 is windows only. I just tried RPP? and could only see changes made after hitting Apply button. I have to see what I am doing while I am doing it.
I see Adobe is coming out with PSE 8 for Mac the end of October, one possibility to simplify things.
I am going to start shooting RAW+jpeg for now and just store the RAW files till I figure it out.
I want a simple workflow, with not a lot of post processing being done. Levels, Curves, and minor Healing Brush corrections. Besides having too many programs, what am I doing wrong?