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Since you are shooting with a Canon DSLR, you already have a program that does at least 95% of what Lightroom does and won't cost you anything more than what you have already spent on the camera: Canon's Digital Photo Professional. It is included on the software disc that came with your camera and can be updated free via download from Canon's support sites. ...


Unfortunately, all of the programs that are powerful enough to be actually worth using have one thing in common: their user interface assumes that you already know how to use them. Every good RAW processor or image management program is at least as seemingly expert-oriented as Lightroom; every good pixel-pusher is at least as baffling as Photoshop. If you'd ...


The main problem here is that the simpler and easier to use a software package is, the less control it typically gives you over your final images. You could use Picasa or iPhoto, but are liable to end up being frustrated at the lack of editing choices it allows you. OTOH, something like the Gimp or Photoshop requires time and skill to learn to use ...


Certifications depend on your level of confidence when approaching clients. I have observed the following when attending first meetings; Clients like to talk about their Company, their vision, their pain-points and what they need from a photographer/Photo Retoucher (some of these points relate to non-business Customers too Once they have provided their ...


As @Lumigraphics said, only your portfolio is important. Though nobody cares about certifications, you should. That is if they are into certifications, it may be a sign of too much bureaucracy.


Who is your target market? You generally only need a portfolio of work that is what your clients are looking for, and a good reputation for turnaround time. Nobody cares about certifications. They care that you can deliver usable edits on time.


If you have Photoshop CS6 Extended (or CC) you can do the following: Ideally: (1) Shoot a burst of images of the moving water subject. For example in my first ever try (see below) I shot 15 images at 1/50th and f8 (freehand with a stabilised lens) of a Waterfall. (BTW I actually came here looking for an answer on doing this, but am ending up providing one ...


Darktable (which you can download for OSX here) is probably the software that comes closest to what you are looking for. The workflow still has some rough edges, compared to Lightroom or Aperture, but quite usable especially if you are looking for a scripting interface.


I would add DigiKam (KDE photograph management and editing tool) and LightZone (editing tool) to the list to examine.

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