View Full Version : How do you process your photos?

06-13-2007, 03:57 PM
I am curious to see the what everyone uses to process there photos. I guess I am really looking to find out what programs you use and if there is a method or technique that you prefer to upload all of your pics and edit?

06-13-2007, 03:57 PM

06-13-2007, 04:11 PM
Photoshop CS2 and PSP8...

06-13-2007, 04:47 PM
Lightroom for 99% of the RAW development. But resizing, sharpening and printing is still funky in LR, so that's all I do in CS2. LR does dust fixes now, so I don't even need to do that in CS2.

06-13-2007, 05:00 PM
same as Tom

06-13-2007, 06:35 PM
DPP for RAW conversion and PS for the rest.

06-13-2007, 08:25 PM
Occasionally DDP for RAW but pretty much stick with PSP 9 for 95% of all my stuff, and do some in PSP 11.

06-13-2007, 08:37 PM
photoshop... Photomatix..

06-14-2007, 12:17 AM
Photoshop CS2/CS3

Lightroom would be the best program to deal with RAW and have lots of functions of photoshop. Its the newest, and its an Adobe product. Lots of cool effects too. It's also only $200.00

Photoshop CS3 opens at $650.00 So there is a significant differance for all the features.


06-14-2007, 06:48 AM
cs3 is awesome.....

06-14-2007, 10:27 AM
Photoshop CS2 for RAW. I tried using Lightroom but my computer couldn't handle it. I think I need more RAM.

06-14-2007, 10:32 AM
I was using CS2 and PSP together but now I'm using CS3 almost exclusively. I have lightroom but haven't had the time to play with it quite as much yet.

06-14-2007, 11:04 AM
I was using CS2 and PSP together but now I'm using CS3 almost exclusively. I have lightroom but haven't had the time to play with it quite as much yet.

Is there any big diffrences between CS2 and CS3?

06-14-2007, 11:50 AM
To be honest, I'm not sure. I never used enough of anyh version to take full advantage of all it's capabilities. I like the look ot CS3 a bit bettre and the way the tool bars are laid out are a bit different. I have the extended version so that includes the 3-D and motion capabilities which I would use for the web production side of what I do.

06-14-2007, 01:27 PM
I use Photoshop CS2 for everything right now, but I just got lightroom and as soon as I learn the ropes I'm sure I will be using that more often!

06-14-2007, 01:44 PM

06-14-2007, 02:52 PM
I use a combination of stuff... kind of in between Photo Mechanic and Lightroom for my initial processing... eventually will be fully in Lightroom. I use Photoshop CS2 for anything heavier than basic crop and print.

As far as actually processing, I generally always do some cropping, then adjust exposure, then color, and finally sharpening. If there is any retouching that needs to be done, I usually do it just before sharpening.

06-15-2007, 02:04 PM
Is there any big diffrences between CS2 and CS3?

CS3 has some significant changes, its more oriented to dealing with RAW, no matter what the format (Make of Camera) It is a HUGE RAM hog too. I now have 2.5gigs of onboard RAM.

However there are now some nice photo effects features, (Lense filtering) that can be added. As well as the super cool plugins which would work for CS2 or CS3. A good example of the VERY best plugin, is Noise Ninja. It will clean up a ISO 1600, shot to a crystal clear shot. It's well worth its money. As well HRD photography stuff. I am still tinkering with this, I have not decided yet if its worth it or not.

The point is (for me) that once you buy into the photshop world. Its worth every penny to simply upgrade. As the price is always worth the while.

But these same features could be done with Lightroom.

The big diffrence is how you plan to use Photoshop, if you do general graphics, then Photoshop has it's value. If your only going to edit images, then Lightroom is the better choice.

Eventualy Lightroom will evolve, into somthing bigger, and more expensive. But Photoshop is a long time program that always gets bigger, and better.