Digital Darkroom Software Review: Review

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.

ProgramLightZoneAfterShot Pro 2RawTherapeedarktableLightroom 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.

After 4 months (or is it 5 now?) of not shooting much, processing the same 30 or so pictures over and over again, and cursing at computers more than I like, I found an answer. Not the answer, perhaps, but a good answer, and one that I didn’t really expect.

So what’s the answer? Well, let’s first have a look at Ripped, Drop the main comparison image, and compare/contrast the output from the various players.

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Actually, before we get too much into that, what’s the question, even?

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Digital Darkroom Software Review: AfterShot Pro 2

Program: AfterShot Pro 2 (version, 64 bit)
Platforms Available Tested: Linux, Mac, Windows
Installation: normal download dmg & drag app to Applications folder. Easy.
Price: $79.99 (but it seems to be on sale fairly often: was $69 in April, I think, and is currently $42.99 with WinZip and a slideshow program thrown in free.)

Corel’s AfterShot Pro 2—also available in a non-pro version for half price—is the only paid, cross platform (read: Linux-available) photo-editing/darkroom application I know of. If there’s another, clue me into it… I’d like to test it too.

As a paid application, it’s a bit slicker than the open source applications I’ve looked at so far, more internally consistent, but it uses some of the same tools in the same ways.

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