Post # 1
I consider myself an amateur photographer. I can shoot some nice portraits (given nice lighting; haven’t quite figured out my camera yet..), cool detail shots, and I definitely think have an eye for understanding what constitutes “good photography” and professional editing.
I can manage ok in older versions of Photoshop (mostly for blemish removal, brightening, and other basic edits.) I’m not familiar with layers, filters, or other more complicated adjustments. Currently, I don’t have any editing software on my Mac and would like to get something to touch up my photos besides iPhoto.
What do you suggest?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@OnceUponATime: Photoshop would be my rec because there are tons of free YouTube training videos on how to become more proficient at using it.
Post # 4
I looooove Lightroom because it is just so quick and easy, but I also use Corel Paint Shop Pro. I know people say/think that adobe programs are the only ones to use, but there really are so many other options which do exactly the same things.
Post # 5
Lightroom is pretty quick and easy, but if you’re getting into heavy editing of a photo, photoshop is the way to go.
I like to make to make cool and crazy-looking photos, such as TrickedOutPhotos.com (which has training, too), so Photoshop is the one for me.
Whatever choice you make, you could browse the free training videos on youtube for the product you want before you actually decide to buy it.
Post # 6
Lightroom. Much faster and less clunky than Aperture, and less of a learning curve than PS.
Post # 7
I am a firm advocate for Photoshop. It’s the industry standard, in my opinion, and there are generous amounts of free tutorials online if you ever get stuck. You can always download a trial version of the three programs and see what you like best; that way when you commit to one of them you know what you’re getting into.
Post # 8
Adobe Photoshop CS6 is a monster and very powerful software with a huuuge learning curve, but it’s so worth it.
I adore Lightroom and I currently work with version 5.2. Lightroom is a good introduction to Adobe and how it works. It makes CS6 less frightening upon first glance. I’m sure my eyes were bugging out of my head the first time I looked at it! If you choose to not take formal classes, then just load up some photos and have fun with it! I find the trial and error approach a much better way to learn because it avoids you picking up an instructors technique and losing your own.
Post # 9
It’s not really an either/or when it comes to Lightroom and Photoshop. Most of us use them in Tandem. Lightroom is vastly superior for universal edits such as wb and exposure adjustments. Photoshop is generally for retouching, object removal, layer manipulations etc. You can get affordable subscription options for both now. You don’t need to buy them. In fact pretty soon you won’t be able to.
Post # 10
@OnceUponATime: If you want to try to get better at editing photos, try GIMP to get the basics down.
If you’re going to do portraiture, Photoshop is the way to go. If you’re going to shoot landscape, Lightroom is best.