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I'm kind of interested in what kind of software and/or plugins people round here use to organise, manage and process their shots. This thread is basically the software version of the Camera Porn thread, if you will.

 

I'll start:

I use Photoshop CS5 for the more artistic photos and lightroom 3 for large volumes of photos and management.

I really only have one photoshop plugin that I use which is noiseninja for photoshop.

 

 

-X

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It might be good if people also post there photography experience level (obviously the more serious will have bigger budgets and needs).

 

My experience is beginner/amateur home use (no RAW yet, would if I could).

 

I currently use PaintShopPro 8 for editing and enhancement (don't do much).

 

Currently using PhotoShop Elements 9.0 Organiser (free) to tag and organise.

 

Don't currently use any Importer/Download software (just copy the files off the camera), but am looking into getting something like Breeze Downloader or IDdownloader when I have the time to investigate + cash.

 

Currently for backup and archiving I just use standard backup procedures, and ImageImprint to generate hashes to make sure they aren't becoming corrupted (shameless plug).

 

Yarrago

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Lightroom transfer to Photoshop.

 

Lightroom for organising.

 

 

Photomatix, Enfuse with some kind of GUI I think, PTGui, AutoPano Giga

 

 

I have Imagenomic's Noiseware plugin too.

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Nothing to organise the photos at this time.

 

PS Elements 8 (just getting started with this) and Nikon CaptureNX for editing.

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Using a combination of UFRaw plugin to do all of the pre-processing such as de-noising and as well as adjustments to temperature white balance before using GIMP to actually edit the photos. A bit crude but it does the job rather well.

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One of the better free alternatives I like to use occasionally is, Photoscape.

 

I use my sisters license for CS5 as my main editing software (wonders of having a family in the photography field ^.^) And Neat image for noise reduction if required.

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I currently use Nikon Transfer to get RAW files off my camera, and then do pretty much everything else in Lightroom 2. I sometimes use Photoshop CS3 for specific things, but I can do most stuff in LR. Starting to think importing my RAWs directly with LR might be a good idea too.

 

Squall - is the noise reduction over LR2 worth the upgrade?

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I currently use Nikon Transfer to get RAW files off my camera, and then do pretty much everything else in Lightroom 2. I sometimes use Photoshop CS3 for specific things, but I can do most stuff in LR. Starting to think importing my RAWs directly with LR might be a good idea too.

 

Squall - is the noise reduction over LR2 worth the upgrade?

Noise reduction was one of the biggest improvements from LR2 to LR3.

 

It uses a new RAW development engine, but won't re-develop your LR2-developed RAWs unless you ask it to. But do it, because it's just so damn good.

 

I've gone back over some of my old shots again, and saved dozens that I'd have ignored previously.

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I use Lightroom 3 for image management though never sat down to learn it properly. My earlier collections are a little bit of a mess however things are getting better over time. (Does anyone know of a good tutorial / book on Lightroom?)

 

Photoshop CS3 is used occasionally for specific images however it's rarely opened.

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