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If you don't have it, I'd recommend Adobe Lightroom and then use Gimp for the occasional 'advanced' edit. Most of the reasons are already outlined in this question. Photoshop is nice, but its not meant to deal with the huge number of photographs you can do from a real shoot. Its a workflow thing. I find 90%+ of the basic tweaks I need can be done in ...


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The most important thing for photo editing is to get a good monitor, one that has a wide-gamut and can be color-calibrated. Those vary in price but can be gotten for as low as $450 USD for a new NEC Multisync P221W. Can spend more and get a similar model up to 30" in size but that depends on your budget. NEC sells them with or without calibrator. What I did ...


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If you have to ask, then Photoshop is NOT worth the money. Only if you need Photoshop, will it ever be worth the money. It is expensive because people who use it find that it pays them back easily. If you do not know what you need, then you do not need Photoshop. Photoshop is a tool that can help you solve problems and create creative solutions in your ...


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Lightroom offers primarily integration and simplicity. This means a highly integrated workflow which takes care of images from import to publication and a feature set designed to cover the most common processing tasks for photographers. In terms of processing features, Lightroom is far less capable than Photoshop and even includes a workflow to process ...


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Lightroom and Photoshop aren't really (supposed to be) competing products -- they're complementary products that overlap. Lightroom is all about managing your workflow, which just happens to include image processing in most cases. Photoshop, on the other hand, is image processing to the max, but it doesn't really do much to help your workflow. There's ...


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The principal difference is that some adjustments in Camera Raw are applied before demosaicing / conversion to destination colourspace & bitdepth. Such adjustments can't be replicated readily in Photoshop. Additionally the range and behaviour of adjustments is different between Camera Raw and Photoshop, some have migrated across (e.g. fill light) but ...


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A computer with a good processor and a high amount of memory (4GB or more) should run Adobe software very well. You should also consider a graphics card. It doesn't need to be a high end card but it should have plenty of VRAM. Details: Processor speed is important because graphics editing software (anything that deals with graphics really) does a lot of ...


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I the single most universal and important thing will be to make sure the machine has an abundance of RAM. Memory needs for photo (and, if you follow the market into this space, video) are significant, and the one thing you want to make sure you're not doing a lot of is paging, as doing a lot of that will wreak serious havoc on performance. Now, what is "an ...


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Edited: It seems that you can upgrade from Lightroom v1.x, v2.x, v3.x and v4.x to v5 for the same price (upgrade and not full software). Last time I checked I haven't found this possibility. Good news for everyone :) Regarding your Lightroom software v3.5, installing Lightroom 5 will not modify your 3.5 installation (you will still be able to launch ...


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To convert a decimal longitude or latitude to degrees (minutes and seconds), simply take the first, whole, number and use it as the degrees. Then multiply the remainder after the decimal point by 60 to get minutes. Continue multiplying the remainder of the minutes by 60 to get seconds of degrees. Your example of -79.06782 would then be: -79 degrees .06782 ...


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The keyword box and keyword field below it work differently. The latter makes it easy to do what you want by inserting comma-separated keywords. Once you press Enter, all the words apply and the image is moved out of the collection but the point is that you can now apply multiple keywords at once. If you really do not like commas, you must change it to ...


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You need to convert the format, which is simply a floating point number of degrees, into the separate parts for degrees and minutes. And it looks like it wants latitude measurements with the N (north) or S (south). Your example converts to -79° 4' 4.1514" I'm not sure exactly what Bridge wants, probably -79,4.069 I know that Adobe Lightroom 4's "MAP" ...


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This depends of what do you want. I mean, Photoshop is more complex and offers a wide range of tools and techniques for photo editing, giving more control over the photo. If your purpose is only to edit photos quickly, easily, maintaining the complete history of the changes applied without altering the original file, I recommend you Ligthroom. These are ...


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Yes, you're correct: what you're describing are Lightroom Collections. You'll see the Collections pane in the left-hand panel, usually at or near the bottom (depending on which module you're in: in the Library module it's below Folders). If it's not there, just right-click on the left-hand panel and make sure Collections is ticked. You may have to scroll ...


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Not most important, but definitely worthy of consideration is the harddrive where you want both lots of space and fast access. If you have lots of RAM, an ideal disk performance/cost balance is to have a current generation SSD Boot drive (aim for 80GB+), and a larger spinning disk storage drive. also more information on scratch disks (and other things) ...


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RAM and SCREEN. Those are really the primary needs. The large screen iMacs are a joy to use for this. Granted, they don't come with Windows 7 installed, so you'd have to fork out for that separately which adds to the cost. Otherwise, I don't think you need to over-think this. Get a relatively new PC with maxed out RAM and Video Card and put the rest of ...


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When you create a PSD in PS from Lightroom, it automatically stacks the PSD with the RAW file. I have confirmed that Lightroom puts the PSD first in the stack, and none of the sort orders changes this. The trick is to unstack the PSD. Right click on the PSD, then choose unstack. If you like the PSD stacked with the original RAW, then you can restack, and ...


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Jess, I'll ask "the stupid question" first: Have you tried clearing the cache in Bridge? With that out of the way: Have you tried to preview the images in a file manager other than Bridge? Iain


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It seems it is the same version. The Camera Raw 6.3 (which is the most current) update pages (Windows, OS X) both have links to Photoshop Elements ACR update and Premiere Elements ACR update pages. To reduce your clicks: Photoshop Elements 9 Camera Raw 6.3 update for Windows Photoshop Elements 9 Camera Raw 6.3 update for OS X This new version of the ...


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The actually is a version of Photoshop that IS worth the money and that is Photoshop Elements. It has most of the features that Photoshop has, but not all, to a fraction of the price. Check it out before you decide. Good luck! /B


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Being a recent convert to Lightroom, I can say the big benefit is the organization and workflow capability versus PS+Bridge. That combination does work, granted - I used it for quite some time. But Lightroom is a whole other animal. Tagging, rating, and meta edits seem much smoother in Lightroom. In common is the Camera Raw capability - you're not missing ...


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Using Google seems to move the exact point to the nearest road, so if you are on a hill somewhere the co-ordinates will be a bit different for what you expect. The best bet would be to use the method above To convert a decimal longitude or latitude to degrees (minutes and seconds), simply take the first, whole, number and use it as the degrees. Then ...


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Using the webform at http://www.earthpoint.us/Convert.aspx ::: Position 38.018746,-121.26266 <--- Google Maps provides Calculated Values - based on Degrees Lat Long to seven decimal places. Position Type LatLon Degrees Lat Long 38.0187460°, -121.2626600° Degrees Minutes 38°01.12476', -121°15.75960' Degrees Minutes Seconds 38°01'07.4856", ...


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Lightroom is an image-management application, that can also perform non-destructive edits to your photos. That is to say it manages the importing, keyword/meta-ing, basic (non-destructive) manipulation and exporting of images. I know you can do this sort of thing in Photoshop, but Lightroom is designed to make this as easy as possible, and to guide you ...


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If you use the default "without keywords" that installed with lightroom, it is a smart collection, meaning all the photos in the collection match a set of criteria and are included in the collection. As soon as you add the first keyword, the picture will disappear because it has a keyword and no longer matches the criteria for inclusion in the collection. ...


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I don't know about NEF, but I know with CR2, I have the ability to adjust how the RAW file is imported, but after import, you are working with a standard raster graphic in Photoshop and a lot of information for use with color correction and exposure control is lost. This is also the reason why Adobe Lightroom exists as a product. In general, the best ...


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For your first question, please refer to my answer to this post. It describes in Detail how you can customize the Folder Structure Lightroom creates on import. To your second question: You need to manually select the pictures you want to edit, and then go to the Menu "Metadata > Edit Capture time"


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Yes you can. I just asked Adobe and was told that it is possible, at a cost of approximately $75.00


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"Am I going to loose any power of RAW file by not making any adjustments in CameraRaw but postponing it to Photoshop?" Yes. Wikipedia: "a raw digital image may have a wider dynamic range or color gamut than the eventual final image format" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_image_format Just make a copy of the original file and do a basic exposure test - ...


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I appreciate the above responses, but I was unable to get any of the resulting GPS data to stick in my photos. Bridge continually complained about the formatting. So I dug a little deeper and found a way to get the GPS data in using Lightroom 4. This is pretty cool: ...



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