Before I get started, a disclaimer: NO piece of software is going to make you a better photographer. Practice might. But software will not. Go out there and shoot. You can read this later. Program: LightZone, AfterShot Pro 2, RawTherapee, darktable, Lightroom CC (and Mobile), Capture One Pro, RPP, DxO Optics Pro Platforms Available Tested: (Linux), Mac, Windows Prices: most free, some paid Installation: variable And… done. […]
Program: DxO Optics Pro (In 2017, with version 12, the name was changed to DXO PhotoLab.) Platforms Available Tested: Mac, Windows Prices: Essential: $129; Elite $199; add $79 for the View Point plugin to add the geometric corrections that DxO is known for; add an additional $129 for the DxO film pack… A suite of all three is available for $289 for […]
Program: Raw Photo Processor (RPP) Platforms Available Tested: Mac Prices: free; a $10 or $15 donation gets you a Lightroom Plugin, some extra processing power, and other goodies. Installation: usual dmg, drag app to Applications folder thing: easy. RPP is quite limited in its toolset, but that just might be a good thing. It’s not meant to be an all-in-one […]
Program: Capture One Pro 8 (8.3.3) Platforms Tested Available: Mac, Windows Price: $299 (10% off coupons are available, and it seems to go on sale from time to time) Installation: Very usual. Wholly unremarkable. Just as it should be. To be perfectly honest, I had no plans to test Capture One. It currently doesn’t support files from the Olympus C5050, […]
That’s not the only question… It’s also a question of whether to upgrade at all.
Program: Lightroom CC (2015) Platforms Tested Available: Mac, Windows Price: $9.99 per month (with Photoshop CC and Lightroom Mobile); Lightroom 6 is also available, without PS & the other CC stuff and without some updates, for $149 or $79 to upgrade from LR5 Installation: Must first download and install the Creative Cloud. From there, you can try or […]
Program: Lightroom Mobile Platforms Tested Available: iPhone, Android Price: “free” as part of the $9.99/month CC Photography plan (with Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC and some other goodies) Installation: its a usual download from the app store, but it won’t work without a Creative Cloud membership and one of the monthly plans. With my 30 day trial of […]