I am a passionate not a professional, I shoot most of the time in jpg because:
- I usually don't have the time to process raw
- raw takes a lot more space (and I feel my D700 jpgs are huge already!)
- and I'm not sure I'd be better in processing the raw that the in-camera settings
I currently use Picasa for organizing my files (that I store under a flat structure in DATE-Subject folders) and apply very simple contrast/color optimization.
I have a good and recent Windows 7 laptop.
I've tried PhotoDirector 2011, and I might not have given it enough time but I don't feel like I'm getting huge improvements wrt simpler Picasa presets for my pics... and skills.
I'm wondering if it would make sense to invest in Lightroom, or Capture NX 2 (or something else, but I'm under the impression there's not much else worth it), knowing that:
- I'd rather have a single-stop software or at most a well integrated catalog+edit couple
- It will still be JPG most of the time, but a few RAWs when I really feel enthusiastic or I take important pics for friends
The question is not much about /which/ software (though hints are welcome!), rather if Lightroom or a similar software would be a worthwhile step up from Picasa, or just overkill for JPGs...
While there are a few questions about somehow similar topics, most of the time I hear answers related specifically to RAW... which just isn't my target right now.
Otherwise, these are the closest questions I could find: