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post Jan 8 2009, 07:42 PM

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Hello to all of you.
I am looking for some information and advice from people that have an independent opinion based on knowledge. A friend and a moderator on this site suggested that I become a member and post my dilemma. So here is what I am after;

As a hobby I take a few hundred pictures a month. For the ones that I do not discard, I am looking for a program that would give me the ability to retouch, modify and classify them.
Do I need Photoshop,Elements,Lightroom,or a combination to achieve what I want? Computer wise I am comfortable as a user and I learn well by myself but time is limited.
Thanks in advance.
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post Jan 8 2009, 08:58 PM

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Welcome Richard.
I'm not a photographer (I own a 35mm SLR but of course that means nothing) and I'm not a graphics expert. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will provide more insights but I thought I'd suggest some open source programs you could try before you shell out your hard-earned dollars.
GIMP http://www.gimp.org/ is very popular with the Photoshop crowd. So much so that some have designed an add-on to make GIMP menu interface more closely resemble Photoshop. See these resources:
Another program I like to use is Paint.NET - another open source program.
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post Jan 11 2009, 12:04 PM

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Thanks John,
I am going to look at those programs.
I am still interested to know the + and - of elements vs lightroom .
Thanks again
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post Jan 12 2009, 09:11 AM

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If the price of Photoshop doesn't scare you away, I would give it a serious consideration. The new CS versions have extremely flexible catecory organizational tools built in. Besides it is very robust with editing capabilities.
Elements is a scaled down version of Photoshop and does not have the same organizational tools that full Photoshop has.
Oknow very little about Lightroom. THere is more info on the Photoshop family here: Photoshop family.
I have and use GIMP for some very specific tasks that Photoshop cannot easily do. GIMP is indeed free and has a wild user interface that takes some getting used to. GIMP, however, does not have the organizational capabilites of the newer Photoshop versions.
hope this helps
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