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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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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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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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First off, realize that those numbers are 100% arbitrary... a 6 out of 12 on one application may or may not match a 50/100 on another application, even though they are mathematically the same. So don't try to compare those values across applications. With that in place... what that control is adjusting are the "quantization tables" of the compression ...


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I think you'll be fine. Look at the case of Aperture, discontinued by Apple. Adobe offers an Aperture import plug-in. Lightroom's catalog is an SQLite database and much of the data stored within it is in XML format so the data is very accessible to programmers if the need arises. In the unlikely event that Adobe and Lightroom ceased to exist, it would easy ...


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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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I can't provide an answer for why there is the option to go to 12 - but I can provide an example of the different qualities. I have taken these directly from one of my lecturer's slideshows, it's not my own work. The images were used to illustrate that there is no difference between JPEG quality 12 and 11 other than file size (at least not one that is ...


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If Adobe stops support for Lightroom, you use your catalogs just as you did before. You don't need Adobe's support to use the software, especially if you have a perpetual license. But even if not, the "read only" features will still work after Adobe revokes your CC license. Other than that, there is no migration path to other software currently available. ...


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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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In the Save As function the 0-12 quality scale is used, but in the Save For Web function a 0-100 scale is used. That 0-100 scale is probably close to the 1-99 scale specified in the standards. I compared the file sizes from the different settings, using a 21 MP image (so that the metadata is tiny compared to the image data), and came to this approximate ...


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The JPG quality scale is arbitrary - I'm not sure why Photoshop goes to 12 whereas most programs provide a 1-10 or 1-100 scale. Jeffrey Friedl has a great analysis of the JPG quality settings and output from Lightroom, and in his results the output when compared between Lightroom and Photoshop varies... even Lightroom's 0-100 scale does not correspond to ...


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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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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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Lightroom is a very successful product. I suggest you not worry too much about this possibility until it happens. It's fairly safe to assume if Adobe does decide to abandon Lightroom, someone will take up the opportunity to create an importer that will suck up your Lightroom data into their product, the way Adobe did with Apple Aperture recently. To be ...


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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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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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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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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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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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The Batch Capture feature in Adobe Premiere is for use with Firewire based camera control and video capture. The 600D does not have a firewire connector and thus can not be used with Premiere's batch capture feature. If you wish to do remote capture with your 600D you should connect via USB and use the Eos Utility software that came with your camera.


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Even though the files from your new 7DII are in the .cr2 format, the data in a raw file is always sensor specific. That is, each different sensor design must be demosaiced/converted differently to get the same standardized results. Lr 3 is a while back. The latest version of Adobe Camera Raw (which is used by Lr to demosaic raw files) that is compatible ...


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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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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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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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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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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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