I understand that I should upgrade from my basic workflow (mostly Picasa + some Cyberlink PhotoDirector).
The basic of what I'm looking into is a step-up, single stop (if possible!) solution to:
- keep my large library organized
- enhance my pics (mostly jpg*) with a fair balance of feature vs. easy-of-use
- I'll be trying to shot more raw as soon as I realize that, with the appropriate tool, the result is worth it over in-camera jpg conversion
I'm quite satisfied with Picasa as a catalogue, definitely not for any photo processing other thank a quick saturation and sharpening bumb, but without local edits it does not work all the time.
I'm looking into the following:
- Adobe LightRoom 4 at 149$
- Corel AfterShot Pro now on sale at 59.9$ from 99.9$
- DarkTable free open source (linux/mac only)
Rawtherapee free open sourceedit: lacking catalogue
(I do not have a mac so Aperture is not an option)
I'm wondering whether somebody has been able to test them all (or most!) and provide a first-person feedback on which features stand up / are lacking in comparison, plus any additional experience advise in comparing these software. I do know that lightroom is great and that you don't get wrong with that ;-) , and that I could test drive all of them. My experience though is that it takes way more than 30 days to discover the real features AND limitations of this kind of software.
Price is of course an element of the comparison, but only at an equal feature point.
There is more than just the features;
for instance I hear color management on Linux is hard - I don't want to launch an off-topic discussion about it, but if there's a very strong agreement on such a point it will be an issue against DarkTable(edit: i investigated and it's actually false).
I understand there might be some subjectiveness into this, please let me know with comments if there's any interest in making the answer a collaborative wiki.