Which Post Production Software do you use?

Which Post Production Software do you use?

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Post-Production-SoftwareOne of the enlightening discussions going on over at our forums has been one where Nieton21 asked what post production software that readers use?

I enjoyed the responses so much that I thought it was a worthwhile question to open up to readers here on the blog for another of our famous reader discussions.

So – what post production software do you use?

Is it Photoshop (if so which one – CS2, CS3, Elements, Lightroom), Apple Aperture, iPhoto… or something else (or nothing at all)? It might also be useful to tell us whether you’re on a PC or Mac.

In addition to telling us which one you use (or don’t use) I’d love to hear your reasons why. What do you like about the software that you use? What do you wish they’d improve?

Looking forward to hearing your answers – hopefully somewhere in the discussion those looking for advice on this topic might learn a thing or two!

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  • I’ve glanced over all the posts and it still surprises me why Capture NX isn’t used more. Are there any Nikon shooters out there on a forum hosted by DPS??? See my May 25 reply. What about it Nikon shooters?

  • Kami

    I use Capture NX, and PS for the “extras” (borders etc). You can’t beat NX for a Nikon shooter. Cumbersome, slow but worth it.

  • Justin

    Adobe Photoshop CS3 / Mac & PC

    Love the new look! No more floating palette…

  • Dear Kami,

    I’m glad to hear a hooray for Capture NX. I can assure you however that the Capture NX version optimized for the Intel Mac does not run slowly. In fact, it runs extremely fast. I’m editing on an Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro with 2 GB of memory in the field and a 20 inch iMac (also an Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 GB of memory) in my edit studio. By the way, I can recommend Jason Odell’s The Photographer’s Guide to Capture NX as a very useful introduction to Capture NX

  • Ty

    Mac G5

    Aperture, Photoshop CS3, Registax, Noise Ninja

  • Robin

    As a newbie, I could not justify purchasing CS2 or 3, so I use Elements 5.0 on a PC

  • Lightroom fan since it available on beta. Bought $200 online was a better deal that Aperture. CS2 mainly for more sophisticated editing. CS2 and Lightroom works nicely together.

  • Joe

    I use a PC and always the current Corel program, Pro Photo X2 at this point. Why? I’ve used Corel for many years….just stuck with it.

  • ToddC

    I process my RAW photos in CS2 on a Mac. I create photo books using iPhoto. It’s a great program.

  • Jtailspin

    I use Elements 5, and Windows Visa on a lap top with 2 gig of Ram to make elements run smooth. I’m not very good at it yet, but I’m working on it.

  • Uploaded to Lightroom and adjusted in Nikon Capture and final processing at CS2. Otherwise photomatix for HDR then CS2.

  • Guy

    Lightzone & Photoshop 7 on a Windows PC.

  • Count me in, I use GIMP.

  • Photoshop CS3 & Neat Image on Windows.

  • I use ACDsee for quick deletions, renaming and re-sizing. I’m not very good at it yet, but I’m trying on it. Also there are some online free online image editors such as
    make your avatar
    animated gif create
    forever stamp
    sometimes it works too. 🙂

  • Nano

    I use Nikon Capture NX 2 and am very surprised you did not list it as a choice in your poll. A commercial bias perhaps?

  • Bill Powers

    PC (Vista Prem)

    Elements 7 (Only)

  • john Price

    I’m very happy using Photoshop CS2, Silver Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro 3.0 on my PC with Windows XP.
    I have an HP Compaq with plenty of RAM and a 500GB stand-alone Seagate hard drive for picture files. My monitor is a Samsung, 19″ Syncmaster 920N (way too small for good postprocessing editing). My printers are an HP 8250 for text and low-key photo printing and an Epson R1900, 13″x19″ for doing the best larger printing, panoramas and CD printing.

  • I can see the logic in your argument but I think you’ve painted your strokes

  • I thought this was a very interesting post thanks for writing it!

  • Just upgraded to Photoshop CS4 Extended. LOVE IT!

  • Struggling some with moving pix into website using Photoshop CS4 and Dreamweaver but I’ll get it one day.

  • Lex

    I am used to using GIMP for post-production and Picasa for management.. 🙂

  • i use photoshop cs4 64 bit, and lightroom.
    for tethered photography i recently went with capture-one pro 4

  • jdventer

    I started with Elements and then moved on to Photoshop and Bridge. I am satisfied with these products and recommend them to others. I don’t have experience with non-Adobe to not say how these compare to other products.

  • djonstyle

    Aperture

  • Speedy

    GIMP on GNU/Linux. Why GIMP (on any platform): Free, fast, powerful. Did I mention free? Why GNU/Linux: Free, fast, powerful, stable, safe, easy to use. Did I mention free and stable? (Please don’t infer that GIMP is not stable and safe, it’s just more important to mention this with respect to operating systems. Feel free to infer that GIMP is not easy to use, which I think it isn’t, but why should a tool that can do highly non-trivial things be easy to use. Rumor tells me Photoshop is very complex too.)

  • Jess Holbrook

    I use Corel PaintShopPro X3. Been a PSP user since the Jasc days and really like the program and all the tools.. many of the operations and tools do convert from PhotoShop but at a smaller pricetag

  • Ed Henry

    I have a PC with CS3 and lightroom installed. In my opinion these are great programs for edditing and organizing your photos.

  • Steve M.

    I have a MacBook and I use Aperture for most everything. Gimp if necessary.

  • Laura

    I use photoshop elements 9 and just purchased lightroom (on sale for $99.00!)

  • I got out of photography for a while and got involved in building and servicing PCs, and still do some but have been reinfected with the love of photography. I have used Windoz, but always resented the unreliable behavior of of the system, I often thought well maybe Mac. But then discovered Linux, I have bounced back and forth between SUSe and Ubuntu, tried Mepis, but recently fell in love with LinuxMint. But after some research I realized I was missing too much by not shooting raw. I did not want to spend the money for LightRoom, so went back to searching the magic words for Linux users, Open Source Software and found “Dark Table” a compatable to the Light Room software. I have not seen it mentioned here, but I would recommend you and the Readers go and check it out. Linux has some nice Raw programs but I would Classify DarkTable the the Super users software.

  • Clemens Roether

    ACDSee Pro 5, really like it, has a great and easy to use Organizer and very accurate image editing. Professional quality, none of that “scrap-booker” junk or goofy tricks. If you are a good photographer this one really helps.

  • Rx

    I’ve used Lightroom since the first version. I’ve tried Bible and DxO and decided to stay with LR3. DxO has its advantage if you use the camera and lens combination they supported. Overall, LR3 wins. It’s a complete package for my use and there’s a lot of nice plugins for it.

  • wahid roshan surya

    used LR since 1.0 (now 5.2) and for my style of photography – and editing – it more than suffices… i rarely do layers or heavy graphic compositing with my photos, so i don’t find it limiting even when i don’t have CS, although for ‘serious’ digital surgery, i would definitely need my CS6… most importantly, LR doesn’t touch my original pixels (non-destructive editing) and doesn’t unnecessarily build copies of my images unless i import…

  • Nicolas V Rao

    Photshop CS6 and View NX2 for .NEF

  • Charlie

    Use Olympus Viewer 2 Software and Elements 11 -both Raw and JPEG – PC format -also use other software programs (Topaz, Paint.net & Picasa) for special treatments
    Start w/Olympus and move to whatever program offers the best for what I may have in mind after I have laid out the basics.

  • Gregg Le Blanc

    Why isn’t Capture One from http://www.phaseone.com on this list? It seems like the people who actually make cameras / sensor backs should be included. I find many people use a combination of a few packages actually. And Capture One + Photoshop is how I roll. Plus http://www.FastPictureViewer.com prior to doing any image work.

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  • wahid roshan surya September 23, 2013 04:38 pm

    used LR since 1.0 (now 5.2) and for my style of photography - and editing - it more than suffices... i rarely do layers or heavy graphic compositing with my photos, so i don't find it limiting even when i don't have CS, although for 'serious' digital surgery, i would definitely need my CS6... most importantly, LR doesn't touch my original pixels (non-destructive editing) and doesn't unnecessarily build copies of my images unless i import...

  • Rx March 13, 2012 06:18 pm

    I've used Lightroom since the first version. I've tried Bible and DxO and decided to stay with LR3. DxO has its advantage if you use the camera and lens combination they supported. Overall, LR3 wins. It's a complete package for my use and there's a lot of nice plugins for it.

  • Clemens Roether February 1, 2012 02:58 am

    ACDSee Pro 5, really like it, has a great and easy to use Organizer and very accurate image editing. Professional quality, none of that "scrap-booker" junk or goofy tricks. If you are a good photographer this one really helps.

  • Larry Coles December 29, 2011 02:41 pm

    I got out of photography for a while and got involved in building and servicing PCs, and still do some but have been reinfected with the love of photography. I have used Windoz, but always resented the unreliable behavior of of the system, I often thought well maybe Mac. But then discovered Linux, I have bounced back and forth between SUSe and Ubuntu, tried Mepis, but recently fell in love with LinuxMint. But after some research I realized I was missing too much by not shooting raw. I did not want to spend the money for LightRoom, so went back to searching the magic words for Linux users, Open Source Software and found "Dark Table" a compatable to the Light Room software. I have not seen it mentioned here, but I would recommend you and the Readers go and check it out. Linux has some nice Raw programs but I would Classify DarkTable the the Super users software.

  • Laura May 6, 2011 11:47 am

    I use photoshop elements 9 and just purchased lightroom (on sale for $99.00!)

  • Steve M. June 14, 2010 11:31 pm

    I have a MacBook and I use Aperture for most everything. Gimp if necessary.

  • Ed Henry May 23, 2010 09:58 pm

    I have a PC with CS3 and lightroom installed. In my opinion these are great programs for edditing and organizing your photos.

  • Jess Holbrook May 22, 2010 01:37 am

    I use Corel PaintShopPro X3. Been a PSP user since the Jasc days and really like the program and all the tools.. many of the operations and tools do convert from PhotoShop but at a smaller pricetag

  • Speedy May 21, 2010 11:07 am

    GIMP on GNU/Linux. Why GIMP (on any platform): Free, fast, powerful. Did I mention free? Why GNU/Linux: Free, fast, powerful, stable, safe, easy to use. Did I mention free and stable? (Please don't infer that GIMP is not stable and safe, it's just more important to mention this with respect to operating systems. Feel free to infer that GIMP is not easy to use, which I think it isn't, but why should a tool that can do highly non-trivial things be easy to use. Rumor tells me Photoshop is very complex too.)

  • djonstyle April 27, 2010 02:24 pm

    Aperture

  • jdventer November 6, 2009 03:06 pm

    I started with Elements and then moved on to Photoshop and Bridge. I am satisfied with these products and recommend them to others. I don't have experience with non-Adobe to not say how these compare to other products.

  • yellowledbetter September 30, 2009 07:15 pm

    i use photoshop cs4 64 bit, and lightroom.
    for tethered photography i recently went with capture-one pro 4

  • Lex September 30, 2009 01:25 pm

    I am used to using GIMP for post-production and Picasa for management.. :)

  • Caricature September 28, 2009 07:21 am

    Struggling some with moving pix into website using Photoshop CS4 and Dreamweaver but I'll get it one day.

  • Michael September 22, 2009 02:23 am

    Just upgraded to Photoshop CS4 Extended. LOVE IT!

  • babafisa August 4, 2009 01:24 am

    I thought this was a very interesting post thanks for writing it!

  • jewelry August 3, 2009 09:47 am

    I can see the logic in your argument but I think you've painted your strokes

  • john Price April 24, 2009 03:59 am

    I'm very happy using Photoshop CS2, Silver Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro 3.0 on my PC with Windows XP.
    I have an HP Compaq with plenty of RAM and a 500GB stand-alone Seagate hard drive for picture files. My monitor is a Samsung, 19" Syncmaster 920N (way too small for good postprocessing editing). My printers are an HP 8250 for text and low-key photo printing and an Epson R1900, 13"x19" for doing the best larger printing, panoramas and CD printing.

  • Bill Powers April 19, 2009 12:05 pm

    PC (Vista Prem)

    Elements 7 (Only)

  • Nano February 13, 2009 03:14 am

    I use Nikon Capture NX 2 and am very surprised you did not list it as a choice in your poll. A commercial bias perhaps?

  • picture editor September 5, 2008 07:43 pm

    I use ACDsee for quick deletions, renaming and re-sizing. I’m not very good at it yet, but I’m trying on it. Also there are some online free online image editors such as
    make your avatar
    animated gif create
    forever stamp
    sometimes it works too. :)

  • Vladan December 21, 2007 10:13 am

    Photoshop CS3 & Neat Image on Windows.

  • andotyjazz October 3, 2007 03:51 pm

    Count me in, I use GIMP.

  • Guy September 28, 2007 04:09 am

    Lightzone & Photoshop 7 on a Windows PC.

  • Wilfrank Paypa September 24, 2007 08:03 pm

    Uploaded to Lightroom and adjusted in Nikon Capture and final processing at CS2. Otherwise photomatix for HDR then CS2.

  • Jtailspin September 24, 2007 07:20 am

    I use Elements 5, and Windows Visa on a lap top with 2 gig of Ram to make elements run smooth. I'm not very good at it yet, but I'm working on it.

  • ToddC September 24, 2007 03:47 am

    I process my RAW photos in CS2 on a Mac. I create photo books using iPhoto. It's a great program.

  • Joe September 24, 2007 12:53 am

    I use a PC and always the current Corel program, Pro Photo X2 at this point. Why? I've used Corel for many years....just stuck with it.

  • ambar July 6, 2007 03:53 pm

    Lightroom fan since it available on beta. Bought $200 online was a better deal that Aperture. CS2 mainly for more sophisticated editing. CS2 and Lightroom works nicely together.

  • Robin June 21, 2007 01:20 am

    As a newbie, I could not justify purchasing CS2 or 3, so I use Elements 5.0 on a PC

  • Ty June 20, 2007 01:27 pm

    Mac G5

    Aperture, Photoshop CS3, Registax, Noise Ninja

  • David Ziff June 2, 2007 12:37 am

    Dear Kami,

    I'm glad to hear a hooray for Capture NX. I can assure you however that the Capture NX version optimized for the Intel Mac does not run slowly. In fact, it runs extremely fast. I'm editing on an Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro with 2 GB of memory in the field and a 20 inch iMac (also an Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 GB of memory) in my edit studio. By the way, I can recommend Jason Odell's The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX as a very useful introduction to Capture NX

  • Justin June 1, 2007 06:09 pm

    Adobe Photoshop CS3 / Mac & PC

    Love the new look! No more floating palette...

  • Kami May 30, 2007 03:49 am

    I use Capture NX, and PS for the "extras" (borders etc). You can't beat NX for a Nikon shooter. Cumbersome, slow but worth it.

  • David Ziff May 29, 2007 10:48 pm

    I've glanced over all the posts and it still surprises me why Capture NX isn't used more. Are there any Nikon shooters out there on a forum hosted by DPS??? See my May 25 reply. What about it Nikon shooters?

  • Debbie May 29, 2007 12:58 pm

    I still use Photoshop 7.0 would like to upgrade sooner or later to organize Elements 5.0 is awesome

  • Zian May 29, 2007 05:26 am

    For organization, I use Windows Explorer and Microsoft Photo Info.

    For simple fixes, I use the Windows Photo and Fax viewer. Otherwise, I use Paint .NET.

  • Susan May 29, 2007 04:30 am

    I'm a Mac person and have been using iPhoto (primarily for basic edits and organizing) for the past several years and using Photoshop CS for more extensive edits That said, I'm ready for a more robust application-especially since I've finally started shooting in RAW with my Canon 30D. Just for the record, I have a 15" MacBook Pro 2.16 Intel Core 2 Duo and just recently upgraded from 2 GB RAM to 3 GB.

    I've been trying out both Aperture and Lightroom for the last three weeks and it's been really tough trying to decide. I felt more "at home" with Aperture in the beginning, but Lightroom has been growing on me the more I use it.

    It's a mixed bag: I much prefer the non-linear way of working in Aperture over the module method of Lightroom-Aperture just gets out of your way and lets you work. I also overall prefer Aperture's organizational features; however, Lightroom's Develop module is exceptional and has many features that Aperture lacks...I love the highlight recover, fill light, and vibrance tools to name just a few. Oh, and the selection tool in the curve adjustment is brilliant. The other big thing working against Aperture is that it tends to lag in speed, albeit the upgrade in RAM has helped. Lightroom still beats it hands down in this area.

    So far, it looks like Lightroom will eek out to be the winner in the great debate but I am a major Apple supporter (not to mention shareholder). That said, I anxiously await Aperture 2.0. I have a feeling it may be just the ticket.

  • Chris May 28, 2007 10:54 pm

    I use the Gimp for windows cause it's free!

  • Oliver Timmermann May 28, 2007 09:51 pm

    I'm using Lightroom and CS2. But most of the normal postproduction process can be done in Lightroom.

  • Markku May 27, 2007 03:58 pm

    I use Bibble Lab pro with RAW adjust and convert TIF and JPG format. I use Photoshop Lite 5.0 to convert WEB size.

    PTGui I use to panorama photos.

  • Jenjen May 27, 2007 07:44 am

    I use PaintShop Pro IX for about 90% of my post-production.
    I routinely use a few favorite "photoshop" plugin filters from Flaming Pear and Xero which integrate just fine with PaintShop Pro.

    I do have CS2 but my current computer barely copes with it, so I only use it for the few things that PSP lacks. PS has a better channel mixer, for instance, and the Nik plugins don't work for me in PSP. I'm not jumping to CS3 until I can afford to upgrade the PC as well. Which will be a while and by then CS4 will probably be out!

    I use Canon's Digital Photo Professional for the occasional times I shoot in RAW. I mostly shoot in the highest-quality jpg mode but occasionally if I'm in an unusual lighting situation I'll do RAW. I've had much better luck with my RAW pictures in DPP vs Adobe Camera Raw.

  • Rick Coscarelli May 27, 2007 03:06 am

    I use Adobe Elements 4.0 (just upgrading to 5.0). Easy to use, has most of the functionality of CS2.

  • Jurgen May 26, 2007 06:03 pm

    I am working with a Mac Computer and decided for Aperture. Lightroom wasn't around when I made my decision. Overall, I am happy with the software, though sometimes I miss Photoshop's sophisticated editing tools. For those instances I use Photoshop Elements.

  • Phil May 26, 2007 03:38 pm

    I am just a hobbyist and no professional, so I mainly use Picasa mostly for resizing and cropping.

    I have tried Lightroom, and while I like it and its features, it is quite slow on my old PC.

  • Nick Maverick May 26, 2007 08:42 am

    With my EOS 300D I used Capture One Pro, after that (if needed) I used Ulead Photo Impact with 2 plugins (mostly) Focal Blade (sharpening) and Noiseware Professional.
    Now with my EOS 400D I am still experimenting on the workflow above and Digital Photo Professional because some photos are better in the second process than in the first (until I figure out how to compensate this). Although I have both Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom I don't use them (too heavy!)

  • Jess May 25, 2007 03:50 pm

    I use PS CS3 for everything, although I just got Lightroom and am enjoying learning how they work together.

  • Melba May 25, 2007 03:24 pm

    Elements 4. PC.

  • Elsie May 25, 2007 02:36 pm

    The Gimp on Linux

  • Tho Nguyen May 25, 2007 11:59 am

    I use LightZone, Gimp and GThumb on Linux and Gnome Desktop.

  • Shayan Sanyal May 25, 2007 11:03 am

    I use a combination of ACDSee Pro (I like the way it processes RAW), and re-touch in photoshop CS3 if required.

  • Rob May 25, 2007 10:50 am

    I hate spending time at the pc doing things to my image. I like to think I am more a photographer than a computer geek so i try to get as close as I can to what I want with my camera than with the pc. I thought thats what photogra[hy was about, the challenge of capturing something thru the lense. I'm also very aware you can't make a silk purse from a sows ear and chances are if your original image is crap, then the manipulated image will be too.
    I do use Picasa to send images as they are automatically reduced in size and my friends don't get up my nose about having to recieve huge files. Should I want to "crop" or ad "text" or a "frame" I use "Photofiltre" or "Photocleaner".
    All 3 of the above programs are free. I also use S7RAW for Fuji RAW files. The money I could have forked out for PS or whatever, i would be much happier to put into my camera. Cheers..Rob

  • Vic May 25, 2007 10:14 am

    I use Paint Shop Pro and have just upgrade to Paint Shop Pro Photo XI and find it does all that I want. And it pays to download the upgrade that Corel send online. I simply cannot afford Photoshop so I leave Elements alone as well.

  • Vic May 25, 2007 10:11 am

    I use Paint Shop Pro and have just upgrade to Paint Shop Pror Photo XI and find it does all that I want. I simply cannot afford Photoshop so I leave Elements alone as well.

  • Lotus954 May 25, 2007 10:02 am

    I have a Nikon and therefore am stuck in the middle of the Adobe/Nikon battle. I process RAW in Nikon's Capture NX and then usually finish up in Photoshop. Each program does stuff the other doesn't. Capture NX has some intriguing features that are really powerful. Take a look at their website and look at the tutorials!

  • Rosemary May 25, 2007 07:35 am

    I am a scrapbooker and since I can't afford Photoshop, I used Paintshop Pro versions 5-10. I purchased Photoshop Elements 3 and simply wasted my money on that. Paintshop Pro is so much more advanced than Elements 3. I use Paintshop Pro for scanning as well as working with digital pictures.
    Now, Paintshop Pro 10 just didn't show me much so I did purchase Photoshop Elements 5 a couple of weeks ago and it is fast catching up with Paintshop Pro. Still learning the new program.
    I don't do tags because in the 3 programs I have for sorting my pictures I save them by date.

  • George Fragos May 25, 2007 06:19 am

    As a Linux user my software options are more limited but still functional. I use gThumb to retrieve, view and organize my photos. It will also perform basic editing. F-Spot is my choice for the easy creation of galleries on Picassa or my personal web site. The real work horse of photograph editing is Gimp. The number of editing options in Gimp are extensive but the learning curve is very steep.

  • Scott Hampton May 25, 2007 06:02 am

    Hey!
    I'm using a 20" iMac with iPhoto6 and Photoshop CS2. I used the Aperture demo and I KNOW it's the one for me. I don't have the cash for it right now, but I will get it. When I do I think I'll still use CS2 for the major phot editing work, which won't be much.

    I shoot RAW for [pro] work and JPG for casual stuff.

    Post for me is usually upload the images, do a little editing in Camera RAW (which I would do in Aperture), and publish for websites and prints. Not much. I meter well so my exposures are generally good. Also, I don't use the main features of Photoshop unless I'm doing web work...

    My backup strategy is manual: dupe the library, burn to DVD, and backup on iPod video. Crude, but it works.

  • TuxGirl May 25, 2007 06:00 am

    I use the gimp on a unix-based machine (either linux or freebsd). free software rocks!

  • Rusty May 25, 2007 04:20 am

    A MacBook Pro,

    iPhoto to organize and store, Photoshop CS3 to edit. Genuine Fractals, and Nik Sharpener Pro.

    I have tried Aperture and have not gotten into it, although I would like to use it instead of iPhoto sometime. Moving 6,700 photos could be harder if it was other software, I'm just too busy to change my process.

  • GILES R. May 25, 2007 01:55 am

    PC...PAINT SHOP PROPHOTO XI, CANVAS X, ACDseePro, VIRTUAL PAINTER 5, PORTRAIT PROFESSIONAL, PRO SHOW PRODUCER, SURETHING CD LABELER DE LUXE 5, INTER VIDEO MEDIA ONE.

    CANVAS X OUTSTANDING...WOW

    HAVE FUN!

  • Steve May 25, 2007 01:30 am

    I use ACDsee for quick deletions, renaming and re-sizing. I have seen that ACDsee will have some problems if windows Explorer is open.

    For quick easy photo edits I use Elements 5.0.

    For the critical stuff CS2 get the nod.

  • Ali Sattari May 25, 2007 01:12 am

    Using Gimp and F-Spot, on ubuntu linux. :)

  • SoulMan May 25, 2007 01:10 am

    I'm still looking around. Have been using ACDSEE, but it doesn't like PEF files. I have been with Corel since the dawn of time and find it much friendlier than most and some of it's tools esp. masking ones are better than most. I do have the adobe suite, but just can't get into it.

  • David Ziff May 25, 2007 01:02 am

    I edit on two Macs - MacBook Pro 2 with 2 GB of memory and the latest 20 inch iMac also with 2 GB of RAM. I'm a Nikon shooter specializing in event photography so I use Nikon's own raw converter, Capture NX with U-Point Technoloogy by NIK, to open and edit the files. Vincent Versace, Ben Long, Bill Durrence and many other top pro's use NX. One can't go wrong by emulating the top guys in any field. You can do things with U-Point tech in seconds which may take up to half an hour in Photoshop. I'm talking breakthrough here. Capture NX also runs very fast on the new Intel Core 2 Duo Macs. Best, David

  • Michelle Fontaine May 25, 2007 12:35 am

    I use CS2 and Bridge. I'll be updating to CS3 in the near future.

  • Tom May 25, 2007 12:33 am

    Photoshop CS2 on Macintosh

  • Gari May 24, 2007 11:55 pm

    Since I am using a laptop as my primary computer, my internal harddrive is very limited. I build up my Aperture Library in my external harddrive which stores all versions of my RAWs. After further editting I would export the really good ones to JPEG and import to iPhoto on my internal harddrive.

    So basically my iPhoto stores my best photo and is used for showing off my photos to others.

  • Charlie Slack May 24, 2007 11:46 pm

    I shoot in raw whenever I can and find Rawshooter Premium 2006 saves me tons of time. I also have PS Elements for the more tricky shots (what I really mean is badly exposed or something).

    RSE allows me to browse/manage my photos, crop and make basic white balance and colour adjustments without using PSE which speeds up my workflow a lot.

  • Walter May 24, 2007 11:16 pm

    I own Photoshop elements 5.0; Corel Paint Shop Pro XI: and Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10. Each have their strengths and some weakneses. The program I use the most is Corel Paint Shop Pro 10. It's about as powerful as Photoshop Elements but much more user friendly.

  • Luis Pinto May 24, 2007 11:08 pm

    I use Lightroom + CS2 on a PC.

    I bought LR with its initial discount price, and I was able to download both Mac and PC versions, which is great for me as I intend to go back to a Mac as soon as I can! :-)

    Never tried Aperture, but it looks like a nice piece of software, although more expensive than LR.

    I also use XnView when I just want to navigate through the images, and also do some batch operations, like conversion or resize.

    Also have iView MediaPro 3, which is a powerfull tool for cataloging (almost) all kinds of file types, also allowing to see all content offline.

    And I use RoboGEO to georeference my photos.

  • Joe Backward May 24, 2007 10:57 pm

    I use Paint Shop Pro 10. I've been using Paint Shop Pro since version 3; it does a good job and the price is right. I use the free-software Porta for web publishing.

  • Nacho Broadway May 24, 2007 10:54 pm

    Picasa for organizing between folders.
    Photoshop CS3 for adjustments.
    And I just got Lightroom and it needs to grow on me, Picasa is just too fast and easy to use.

  • Ed May 24, 2007 10:11 pm

    I don't tend to do much manipulation but use Photoshop Elements 3 on the PC (I like the tagging/organising and also the fact that it supports RAW images).

    I've recently started using Picasa for "light" viewing and uploading to their web spaces (here I like the fact that it understands and shows me RAW images but automatically translates them to JPEG when it uploads to the web site)

  • Aaron Snyder May 24, 2007 09:14 pm

    Fspot to organize-- The Gimp to work on.

    When I first read the post I almost flammed out about the fact that Gimp wasn't mentioned. To say the least I was really excited to see the comments! Keep up the open-source love-- 'cause honestly I don't see any reason to pay for any of the big-bucks software...

    thanks!

  • Sudhir May 24, 2007 07:14 pm

    Picasa!

    Curious to know the results of the survey as I am considering other Post Production s/w!!

  • Heyoka Happiness May 24, 2007 01:29 pm

    Aperture and PS on a 24" iMac with 3 gigs of ram

  • Richard May 24, 2007 10:24 am

    The basic : Lightroom to manage and fine-tune and Elements to fix and edit.

  • Gerrit Zwart May 24, 2007 09:40 am

    I've incredible results with NIK Multimedia and Lightzone

  • Jeremy Blanchard May 24, 2007 08:58 am

    After spending the better part of the day reading the responses to this post and trying out different software, I have narrowed it down to two different programs:

    *Picasa2
    *ACDSee

    I like Picasa's interface and quick fixes to photos, but it doesn't offer enough options for viewing and organizing.

    I don't like ACDSee's interface as much. Especially because it opens up an entirely new window every time I want to do editing on a photo. What I do like about ACDSee is that it lets you tag photos and interface with the database very easily.

    I suspect I will end up using them both since they both have their advantages.

    There are two reasons why I gave up on Lightroom:

    1) It takes up half of my ram
    2) When I imported all my photos, it gave me a huge list of ones it didn't import. I don't want to take the time to find these photos and force it to import.

    - Jeremy
    http://eyermonkey.com

  • Noel May 24, 2007 07:22 am

    I use Lightroom for most of my photo basics and deal with the real difficult edits in Photoshop CS3 - I use a PC, I used to use Picasa but found that lightroom manages the files quicker and with a more robust post processing palette.

  • Gavin Treadgold May 24, 2007 07:18 am

    Mac - Lightroom primarily, but also have access to PS3.

  • Reyner Sibaja May 24, 2007 06:42 am

    Lightroom and CS3

  • Alex May 24, 2007 05:24 am

    Google's Picasa for eliminating the bad apples (cuz Lightroom is sooo slow)
    Adobe Lightroom for the rest
    Adobe Photoshop for photo manipulation (dodging & burning etc.)

    PC guy

    P.S. http://www.picnik.com/ nice and easy online photo editor

  • Jorge Quinteros May 24, 2007 05:15 am

    As a faithful Apple user, I first started off with Aperture but after much coaxing from co-workers, I decided to give Lightroom a chance and I haven't turned back since then. Lightroom by far is much more efficient to use.

  • Kris May 24, 2007 05:11 am

    I use Microsoft Digital Imaging. The program came loaded on my computer and I used it, got used to it, and bought it after the 90 day free trial. It suits me fine because I don't do a lot of altering or "photo art."

  • Alex May 24, 2007 05:00 am

    Picasa for organizing and light post processing (new versions have support for RAW images). Gimp for serious post processing work (using RawShooter Essentials for RAW support). Irfanview for batch resizing.

  • Gary Dean May 24, 2007 04:37 am

    Lightroom and CS2 if needed

  • Netty May 24, 2007 04:24 am

    I use Paint Shop Pro XI...AND love it. Will venture to Photoshop eventually when I can afford it since I don't feel elements has all that I want at this time... PSP has been very user friendly and so far I can do ALOT with it.

  • Andy May 24, 2007 03:53 am

    I'm on a Mac (powermac g5) and I use Lightroom My little post on this

  • Hick May 24, 2007 03:11 am

    Photoshop Elements 5.0 and soon to get lightroom.

  • Carl May 24, 2007 02:53 am

    RawShooter Essential for RAW conversion; PSE 4 for JPG touch-ups and photo management. When I need to fix a batch of photos, DC AutoEnhance is unparalleled. I tried Noise Ninja, and while it was good, its results weren't any better than RawShooter's noise reduction.

    I am a little surprised that no one else mentioned RawShooter, because it's an *excellent* and *free* RAW converter--almost like Capture One LE, but without the $100 price tag. (Alas, the RawShooter products were discontinued after Adobe acquired Pixmantec, the creators of the program.)

  • Daniel Bachhuber May 24, 2007 02:43 am

    Aperture for organizing and cataloguing, then CS3 for editing.

    I'm not entirely satisfied with the solution I have now, primarily because Aperture doesn't run well on my MacBook, but I'm forcing myself to use it because it's a better archiving system then what I had before.

  • eydryan May 24, 2007 02:29 am

    photoshop cs3

    let's call it an extended demo

    anyway, because it is THE standard...

  • alexis May 24, 2007 01:15 am

    Im using arcsoft photo editing for my digital shots. and Photoshop 7. you can visit my multiply site http://alexskywalker.multiply.com to have a look at my pictures and other stuff.

  • Jean-Philippe May 24, 2007 12:50 am

    Digikam + Gimp

  • Rick M May 24, 2007 12:44 am

    I use software only for cropping and brightness adjustments. I use Canon's Zoom Browser. I have Adobe Photo Deluxe 3.x, Photostudio 5.5, and Microsoft's Picture it Premium 10. I really am not into photo editing, I like the rreal deal.

  • matt May 23, 2007 11:34 pm

    PENTAX photo browser to classify
    and photo laboratory to process the raw files

    then Gimp for editing and picasa for quick browse

    software cost = 0 i am still missing the color space stuff in the gimp but it is scheduled in the next version.

  • Kris May 23, 2007 11:14 pm

    I use Apple Aperture to manage my photos and do some retouch.

    Sometimes, I use Photoshop CS2 to do advance adjustment.

  • Denear May 23, 2007 11:12 pm

    Lightroom, CS2, and for extremelly quick turn around and emails when pictures require no post-processing ( I hate to admit this...) I use Canon's Zoombrowser. One thing Zoombrowser does very quickly and efficiently, is reducing the picture size and resolution for emailing and stuff like that. I did try to use DPP, but found Lightroom much more useful and would like to attempt to reduce the number of photo software I have on my system (PC).
    Keep up the great work Darren, and everybody else who is helping you produce such an awesome site.

  • Stuart May 23, 2007 11:10 pm

    I've mainly used Capture One Pro for the past year or so, but have found I'm using Lightroom along with Photoshop CS2 more often now.

  • Rich Gee May 23, 2007 11:09 pm

    For batch images i use Picasa2, its so easy.
    For more detailed art photos i use Photoshop CS2

  • Derek May 23, 2007 10:41 pm

    The GIMP.

  • Charles May 23, 2007 10:31 pm

    I use Photoshop CS2 windows at home and mac at work. I only use this because it's what I was trained on, am familiar with and use daily.

  • Michael May 23, 2007 10:20 pm

    Most of my post-processing is done in Lightrooom (for PC) and any detail work or corrections done in Photoshop CS2.

  • phil May 23, 2007 10:08 pm

    I've switched away from PaintShopPro X to Photoshop Elements 5 w/NoiseNinja3. I've also got Capture One LE which I use occasionally.

  • Dave May 23, 2007 09:13 pm

    I have just started using Lightroom, mainly to import and rename photos. I then use CS3 with its camera raw processing to make initial crops and adjustments. CS3 itself is then used to finalise any further adjustments, and save the final image in jpg format (normally for the web).

    The main issue I have is that my PC is getting old and is very slow. Lightroom slows to a crawl if I try and process more than a dozen photos at once. I'd love to get a new PC and then probably switch to using lightrom for more than just organising my photos.

    I'm also quite organised, and keep photos in a well maintained directory structure that allows me to locate an image quite quickly outside of any software database.

    While I don't mind post-production work (although I wish I could take a photo without the need to), I sometimes get overwhelemed by the sheer volume of photos to sort and pp - a day at the race circuit seems to result in 400 or so photos to sort through.

  • Peter May 23, 2007 07:51 pm

    I personally use Adobe Lightroom, mainly as a library and also some things like curves, color corrections, contrast etc.

    Next to that I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 extensively for retouching and the more heavy duty post processing.

    I only have a PC at home but occasionally I get to use a friend's mac, where I play around with Aperture

  • Audrius May 23, 2007 07:34 pm

    I use Picasa and PhotoShop (though i'm not very addicted to post production actions).

  • joanium May 23, 2007 07:02 pm

    Picasa2 for quick changes and Gimp for when I really care.

  • Lloyd May 23, 2007 06:43 pm

    Bibble Lite 4.9.5 on Kubuntu 7.04 Linux for raw processing and non-destructive editing and enhancement. It has some of the best photo enhancement features I've come across, and has rescued a number of images I had initially thought useless. I also use Gimp occasionally for editing and special effects, and Digikam for managing my photo collection.
    I've also started to experiment with Photomatix (using Wine) and Qtpsfgui for HDR imaging, though I've only just begun exploring this technique.

  • Reggie May 23, 2007 06:32 pm

    I start with Breezebrowser, which I use to relabel all my images and videos to a common format. Some of the images get label sequentially and separated into another folder, which is very easily done by Breezebrowser.

    Then I select my favourite photos by giving them star ratings using Adobe bridge.

    I currently use Adobe Photoshop CS2 and ACR to process the raw images, though I will probably upgrade to CS3 sometime soon.

    Within CS2, I reduce noise with NoiseNinja and correct for lens/vertical distortion using PTLens. There are then minor adjustments to curves and any touching-up or removal of blemishes.

    I also have Lightbox, but haven't used it much. It might be more useful when I upgrade to CS3. I would like to use it for adding IPTC info to photos in batches.

    I may move to using Bibble Pro for raw conversions, as it builds in the NoiseNinja.

    Though I have RoboGeo and always use a GPS to take tracks of my locations, I don't use RoboGeo to add location info to my photos. I would ideally use a program (not yet written, to my knowledge) that automatically suggested IPTC and description info based on an Internet database of well-labelled photos in the vicinity. Maybe Google could be persuaded to take on such a project.

  • Ziv May 23, 2007 06:24 pm

    photoshop CS3 w\ bridge for organizing (on PC).mostly because it's powerful and I know how to use it good and fast.

  • Lee Gribbon May 23, 2007 06:16 pm

    CS2 and a Mac. CS2 already does everything I need it to, so I saw no point in upgrading.

    I use Macs because PCs make me want to punch holes in the wall.

  • Zaphod May 23, 2007 06:01 pm

    I have been using iPhoto for a while and have now upgraded to Aperture for better RAW support.
    Sometimes I use other tools like Photoshop CS3, PhotoMatix or the GIMP.

  • testor May 23, 2007 04:53 pm

    Raw Therapee - raw processing and basic editing
    Digikam - file management and basic editing
    Gimp - basic and advanced editing
    Photoshop CS2 - advanced editing - 16bit mode
    All programs run on Kubuntu 7.04 (Photoshop CS2 with wine)

  • Z0l May 23, 2007 04:38 pm

    I use iPhoto with Lightroom. I've tried Aperture, i liked it, but Lightroom is faster :)

  • nick May 23, 2007 04:33 pm

    Gimp, UFRaw and a little bit of F-Spot, all in Ubuntu.

    UFRaw is just outstanding.

    I got hooked on the Lightroom beta, but don't really use Windows enough to justify the outlay. LightZone is similar in some ways, but I haven't got on well with it in Linux yet.

  • Pixculim May 23, 2007 04:19 pm

    Hi all, I have updated to CS3 web premium (i'm a web designer) and a enthusiast photographer.

    I have to say that the fudion betwen Adobe products and ex Macromedia with the release of CS3 is pretty good but still needs a lot of work, I LOVE the new Bridge along with Photoshop. Most of the work I do with photography I do it with the pretty good and stable and with new options RAW setup and then finish it with Photoshop.

    Differences between CS2 and CS3 nothing that would make me run to the store to upgrade.

    PC & Mac user, CS3 Web Premium-

  • utnapisitm May 23, 2007 03:36 pm

    I use Picasa/Picasa for Linux and The GIMP on both Windows and Linux.

    Lately I kind of moved from Picasa to the GIMP more and more.

  • Tim May 23, 2007 03:33 pm

    Right now, I'm stuck with Paint Shop Pro 7 at home and CS2 at school, but I hope to pick up Lightroom and CS2 or CS3 for college next year.

  • Triglav May 23, 2007 03:25 pm

    I use Photoshop CS2 and hopefully within a few days CS3, I use Bridge and Lightroom. I especially am very happy with Lightroom!

  • Antonio May 23, 2007 03:01 pm

    I use DxO optics Pro 4 for starters and fine tune the RAW as well as correct any lens issue and colour.
    Lightroom to organize and 'stabilize' (crops, alignment, fine tunes, etc)
    CS2 for any plug in and some dogging and burning if needed

    A believe the lab work is as important as the image, most classical images we now consider the best are the result of a good eye and professional studio treatment, they are not as they came out of the camera (ask Ansel Adams how he handled his!)

  • pqbon May 23, 2007 02:52 pm

    Lightroom and Photoshop CS3 on a Mac

  • Mjuboy May 23, 2007 02:45 pm

    Photoshop CS2 as of now, still have to get CS3.

  • Chandamama May 23, 2007 02:36 pm

    I am a novice to intermediate guy and I am happy with Picasa and some time use photoshop for framing etc.

  • ShaolinTiger May 23, 2007 02:23 pm

    Photoshop CS2 for RAW conversion and processing, ACDSee for browing and catalogue, Neat Image for noise and Photomatix Pro for HDR.

  • analycer May 23, 2007 02:14 pm

    Picasa - Great for managing and few post-processing
    CS2 - Heavy editing

    After reading through the replies, I'm going to try Aperture and Bibble for sure :)

  • Peter May 23, 2007 02:03 pm

    I shoot 90% in RAW, and use:
    iView Media Pro for cataloging
    Adobe Lightroom for basic editing
    Adobe Photoshop CS2 for finishing

    For specific reasons I sometimes (rarely) use:
    NoiseNinja for noise
    Photomatix Pro for HDR/tone-mapping
    DxOptics Pro for lense distortion correction (only)

  • Matt Barker May 23, 2007 01:51 pm

    My 2 primary tools for post production are Lightroom and Photoshop Elements 5. I really like Lightroom the more and more I use it, but use Elements when I want to do additional work.

    @Sven Blon
    If you are looking for an online photo editor, here's a couple of excellent sites:
    http://www.wiredness.com/
    http://www.picnik.com/

  • Ben May 23, 2007 01:40 pm

    I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Lightroom. I absolutley love Lightroom as I shoot mostly in Raw. I have used Aperture in the past but prefer Lightroom.

  • Mike Zara May 23, 2007 12:35 pm

    Aperture and PS CS3 on a Mac.

    Graeme is right, though: Aperture is a bit sluggish even on my MacPro with dual 2.16 Ghz and 5GB RAM. I suspect that the bottleneck may be that I got the machine with the low-end graphics card, though.

    I have experimented with DPP, LightZone and Lightroom beta. I ended up back with Aperture, although I am sure one reason was that I had already plonked down the $300 to buy it! :-)

  • Chrissy May 23, 2007 12:21 pm

    Photoshop CS on a Mac. I only use my work computer, and have the Adobe CS Suite. We're planning on upgrading to CS3 this summer.

  • Scotty May 23, 2007 12:18 pm

    iPhoto mainly. Occasionally I'll drop a photo into Photoshop Elements for more advanced retouching.

  • Richard Yuan May 23, 2007 12:10 pm

    Photoshop CS2 on PC.

    Picnik or Preloadr for editing in browser when i travel.

  • embrownny May 23, 2007 11:50 am

    I use Digital Photo Professional in combination with Photoshop 7. I'm working on Mac OS X.

  • Geoff Wilson May 23, 2007 11:24 am

    I use a Mac and a PC. Lightroom is used for most post-production work, with Photoshop CS used for detailed retouching.

    Some DAM is done in Lightroom, while some is still using iView Media Pro. I'm in the midst of migrating my archives over to Lightroom.

  • Jason May 23, 2007 10:30 am

    It's all CS3 and Lightroom for me, is there really anything better? The Power Retouche add-on is fabulous. I am also looking more into Bridge CS3 and see what it can do for organising the 1000s of photos i have on my HD.

  • Daniel z May 23, 2007 09:25 am

    I used to use Picasa and my girlfriend still uses it to browse our photos.

    I now use Lightroom and CS2. I love lightroom's functionlity but it's performance on a PC is TERRIBLE.

    I'm considering moving to bridge and CS2, which would be very dissapointing.

  • mike May 23, 2007 09:09 am

    Photoshop CS3, and Im on a PC
    I do want to use aperture for Mac, but I need the machine first

  • Wee Keat May 23, 2007 09:02 am

    Photoshop CS3 on Mac (1st Gen MBP). Used GIMP before a couple of years back but they only support RGB (I think).

    PS CS3 is my main workhorse mainly because I've used Photoshop since its early version of 4 (if I recall correctly). So, I've gotten very comfortable with its layout, its tools, shortcut keys and its result. I'm pretty fast with it. Plus, I also do graphic design which also depends largely on Photoshop and Illustrator.

    Other software that I've tried include Adobe Lightroom and Apple's Aperture.

  • Laurence May 23, 2007 08:37 am

    I use the new Windows Vista photo gallery for organising, FastStone resizer for resizing for web, etc. and the GIMP for PP

  • Jason Filsinger May 23, 2007 08:16 am

    I used GIMP for a while, but in reality The GIMP is terrible for photo post-production. Don't get me wrong, I like The GIMP and use it for everything besides photography. The gimp only supports 8 bits per channel so doing any kind of RAW conversion in the GIMP is complete waste of time. The GIMP still finds its way into my work flow after I've done everything else I need to do between shooting a RAW and saving a PNG or JPEG.

    All you Linux guys that are shooting in RAW should seriously check out Bibble (even you Windows and Mac users should check it out, it wont kill your system like Lightroom).
    http://www.bibblelabs.com/

  • vrd May 23, 2007 08:12 am

    I use Elements 5.0 for some very basic resizing, contrast, and color correction. I am currently looking at Lightroom to process and organize the raw images that I have started shooting. I am on a PC.

  • Sime May 23, 2007 07:51 am

    ...forgot to say, have used gimp too - used to be a linux person... :) good app!

  • Sime May 23, 2007 07:48 am

    Sven Blom...try picasa2... works a treat!

    Me, I use (mainly, now) Lightroom and CS3.. on both pc and mac, but, have aperture on the mac as well... have picasa2 on wifes pc and my old laptop and also have paintshop pro X on my PC... they all work pretty well, some being better at certain things... I just love the workflow from LightRoom to CS3 and will stick with that combination...

    Sime

  • TOWSONU2003 May 23, 2007 07:41 am

    I use GIMP on Linux (it's available for Windows and Mac as well at http://www.gimp.org )

    It's a free and powerful image editor.

  • thekevinmonster May 23, 2007 07:36 am

    I've been using Bibble. It's affordable, it has a few nice extras, and it's reasonably fast. I tried Aperture but it literally reduced my DP 1.8ghz iMac to a crawl. I can't afford photoshop. The pentax stuff that comes from Silkypix is crud, and the actual Silkypix thing was really bizzare on my mac.

  • Donncha May 23, 2007 07:34 am

    Glad to see so many people using GIMP! I'm another GIMP user and all the photos on my photoblog linked above are produced using that fine bit of software.

    Why? I couldn't afford to shell out for the full version of Photoshop when I first started out many years ago and I didn't use Windows or a Mac. The GIMP has served me very well all these years.

  • imyz May 23, 2007 07:33 am

    Aperture

  • JamesZ May 23, 2007 06:51 am

    Aperture and Photoshop CS3
    Tried Ligthroom first but couldn't get used to some of the way it does things. Aperture just felt like home faster.

  • Taavi May 23, 2007 06:44 am

    Adobe Camera Raw -> PS CS2 -> Noise Ninja

    I tried Lightroom, it ate too much RAM and processing power for my PC. PS is just the best.

  • Tarek May 23, 2007 06:44 am

    Google Picasa and GIMP

  • avlor May 23, 2007 06:42 am

    Photoshop CS2 (@Matt - legal copy, nanner nanner!). Tinkered with Lightroom and CS3 when the betas were out. But am happier spending my cash on photography equipment right now than upgrading.

  • Joey May 23, 2007 06:33 am

    Gimp, ufraw, DPP, Picasa and rawstudio

  • Andrew Ferguson May 23, 2007 06:26 am

    I currently use Adobe LightRoom for RAW processing on my PC. I export to tiffs to do any masks, extra edits, cleanup and sharpening in Photoshop. I also use the Noise Ninja plugin w/ Photoshop.

    That's it :)

    I'm thinking of switching from LightRoom to Capture One Pro though. We shall see.

  • Dan May 23, 2007 06:19 am

    I use digiKam and Gimp on Ubuntu.

  • Ted May 23, 2007 06:18 am

    I am on a Mac and am using mostly aperture (education discount)for the organizational aspects with CS3 if needed. I am not really into a lot of post production manipulation. I am surprised my the large amount of mac users not using aperture.

  • Joseph May 23, 2007 06:11 am

    Digikam and Gimp

  • T-Will May 23, 2007 06:08 am

    ACDSee 8 on Windows XP for post-production clean-up.

    Picasa for viewing.

    Flickr for my online photo album.

  • Jason Filsinger May 23, 2007 06:05 am

    Bibble, I LOVE BibblePRO. Its an easy to use, powerful, and reasonably priced photo post-production application. I originally bought it because I was running Ubuntu and wanted to be able to process my RAWs. I now use it in Windows and wouldn't switch from Bibble for the world. If you don't use it, you should at least give it a try.

  • Matt May 23, 2007 05:46 am

    Picasa on a PC. Its organization is top notch, and it free. (I'd rather spend my time and money on getting it right in the camera.)

    Btw... how many of y'all actually *paid* for Photoshop?

  • Nathaniel Perales May 23, 2007 05:38 am

    I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on my G4 Powerbook. I tried Aperture but hated it. It was sooo cluttered and confusing. Lightroom is very neat and extremely straightforward. It just works so much better for me.

  • Frederic May 23, 2007 05:38 am

    I use Lightroom with PS CS...

  • dieterich May 23, 2007 05:32 am

    Lightroom mainly and sometimes a little Photoshop Elements.

  • Jonathan Hasson May 23, 2007 05:28 am

    On a PC:

    PaintShop Photo Pro XI for post processing.

    Canon DPP for Raw processing when needed.

  • david May 23, 2007 05:17 am

    Picasa for organization.

    GIMP or Photoshop for photo retouching and levels / curves.

    @ Sven Blom: There are a lot of online photo editing sites, just google for them. There have even been comparisons on which ones are the best.

  • susheel May 23, 2007 05:15 am

    I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop CS3. They're a great combo. But then I sometimes use Capture One Pro when shooting tethered with my 5D.

  • Bo May 23, 2007 05:15 am

    MacBook Pro (1.83Ghz, 1GB RAM)

    Photoshop all the way. I've tried other programs, but I spend so much time inside Photoshop at my job that it's pointless for me to try and learn another application at this point.

    After my photos are polished in Photoshop, I'll import them into iPhoto and publish them to a picture page. I'm not partial to iPhoto, I just like the ability to quickly add the photos to a page and then drag-and-drop them in order if I need to. If anyone has a suggestion for an easier/better way to do this, I'd love to hear them.

  • Jeff O'Hara May 23, 2007 05:09 am

    Lightroom.

    -Jeff O'Hara
    http://blog.zemote.com

  • Patty May 23, 2007 05:07 am

    On a MacBook Pro!
    (I have 2 gigs of RAM, which is nice for speed.)

    And loving Aperture!
    (It is $120 Canadian - I am in Canada - if you can find a way to get the educational discount - beats $299US!)

    I also have PS Elements, and Noise Ninja, and use both occasionally. But there is little Aperture cannot do, and it does it with grace.

  • Kevin Purcell May 23, 2007 04:54 am

    I use Photoshop CS3 on a PC. Tried Lightroom, but there is nothing in it that is important to me that Photoshop and Bridge cannot do.

  • JonathanZ May 23, 2007 04:53 am

    Using Photoshop 7.0 on a PC (Windows XP Pro).

  • Kurt Brockett May 23, 2007 04:43 am

    I use Lightroom as the $200 price tag is just in my range for purchase. CS3 is too far out for me at $600. I'm learning Lightroom and won't need photoshop until I hit lightroom's limits.

  • Joey Kunin May 23, 2007 04:42 am

    I use lightroom on a mac (ibook G4, and im still surprised how quickly it runs with only 512 ram!)

    Photoshop ps3 I use (though less and less recently) for some tasks and such.. but mostly lightroom.

  • ginadapooh May 23, 2007 04:37 am

    Sven Blom- I would suggest using picnik @ picknik.com while on the road. They are a bit more robust, and offer some really great functionality. Best of all it's free.

  • Greg Furry May 23, 2007 04:36 am

    I am on a dual G5 with 2.5GB of ram and a macbook pro.

    I Currently use Aperture but I am leaning towards Lightroom when they update it to 1.1. 2 things missing for me in lightroom include an easy way to move projects from laptop to desktop computer and the ability to easily upload photos to flickr retaining all the tags. Aperture does both of these very easily. My main complaint with Aperture is speed or lack there of.

  • Brian Auer May 23, 2007 04:33 am

    Photoshop CS3 on a PC -- I've just always been a Photoshop user since version 5 or 6 -- no point in changing now.

  • Torben May 23, 2007 04:32 am

    Digikam for organizing and viewing/browsing, The Gimp for editing, etc.

  • mainfr4me May 23, 2007 04:29 am

    PC (Windows XP) user and I use Paint.Net (free) for light stuff but otherwise mostly Gimp.

  • antirealist May 23, 2007 04:29 am

    Using Macs. Recently moved to Lightroom + Photoshop CS3. Occasionally employ Photomatix etc.

  • James May 23, 2007 04:28 am

    PC, Windows XP

    I use Picasa for viewing, organizing, and basic adjustment. I also use Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7 on occasion.

  • Caleb May 23, 2007 04:26 am

    I use aperture for photo organization and modification. BUT you can't beat photo-editing with photoshop.

    Aperture is AMAZING, i wouldn't use anything else - all i could use now is a faster machine! (1.83 Core Duo Macbook 2gig ram) and a larger hard drive for all those RAW files aperture works live with.

  • Kevin May 23, 2007 04:08 am

    I have Mac, Windows, and Linux boxes at home. My post processing tool of choice is Bibble Pro. It's a niche app that doesn't get a lot of attention, but should.

    It's not a nice workflow. They have work queues where you add photos. This narrows down the photos you need to pay attention to when editing. It supports copying of settings between photos like most apps. They also recognize lenses and automatically compensate for lens distortion, etc. based on built in presets. This is a nice touch. Don't forget Noise Ninja integration. Good tech support and community. But don't forget that it runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux. It feels like a Windows app, but I'm willing to deal with that. Try it out.

  • The Doctor What May 23, 2007 04:06 am

    Linux, F-Spot and Gimp! Yay!
    Plus the various command-line utilities, like identify, convert, etc. which make working with images so easy.

    Ciao!

  • janantha May 23, 2007 03:51 am

    I use Adobe Lightroom for post-processing

  • Simo May 23, 2007 03:21 am

    GIMP + UFRaw on a PC powered by Linux OS. That gives me all the features I need for free.

  • Browzilla May 23, 2007 02:47 am

    Gimp right now, running on various machines with various operating systems installed. Xubuntu, Ubuntu, XP. I also have Jasc Paint Shop Pro which rarely gets used, Picassa to organize, and some other free apps that I find excel in various areas.

    Although this'll mostly be blown to bits this summer after I get a Mac with CS3. Still waiting for Apple to update their lineup..

  • wycombiensian May 23, 2007 02:42 am

    Aperture for almost everything - importing, managing, most adjustments, exporting (nice Flickr uploading plugin) . . .

    Still learning Photoshop, but expect to use that increasingly for more extensive changes.

    MacBook Pro FTW.

  • Graeme Smith May 23, 2007 02:18 am

    Aperture plus Photoshop Elements 3/CS and Noise Ninja running on my 24" iMac. Great machine, but Aperture is a bit sluggish even with 2GB of ram.

  • Jill Paulson May 23, 2007 02:09 am

    I use a PC and I use Photoshop Elements 4...sometimes...I get really frustrated because sometimes it can be just SO SLOW. I think that is partly my computer (need an upgrade), but I've heard many complain that the program can be slow, so I think it is also partially the software. Does anyone know if PE5 is any better?

    So, when I do get too frustrated with PE4 and don't need to do anything too fancy, I will often actually use Picasa. It can actually do a lot of the basic things I like, has some great one-click filter effects and best of all, it's FREE!

  • Pewari May 23, 2007 02:06 am

    I use Paintshop Pro X. Would love Photoshop, but just can't afford those prices and Elements doesn't do all that I want to do :( Am amazed so many people use the full Photoshop, actually, given the cost.

  • Dave May 23, 2007 02:05 am

    The Gimp, on ubuntu

  • Valette May 23, 2007 02:02 am

    I use Photoshop 7 because I can't afford to upgrade, and my copy was "given" to me by a friend.

  • Erin May 23, 2007 01:55 am

    cs2....and i'm a pc

  • Gregorio May 23, 2007 01:55 am

    For viewing and organizing I use AcdSee. For post-processing Photoshop CS2. For RAW processing Capture (until Photoshop support my D40x)

  • Teewinot May 23, 2007 01:53 am

    I use Paint Shop Pro 8 and have been using it for almost 4 years now. I just began using GIMP on the side a little, so we'll see which program I like better in the long run. I'd love to own Photoshop, but it's too expensive! :)

  • Douglas May 23, 2007 01:51 am

    DxO Optics Pro on Windows. Photoshop CS2 only if anything needs further work after DxO (red eye, for instance).

  • Dan Sully May 23, 2007 01:50 am

    Aperture on an 8-core Mac Pro

  • wordsmithereens May 23, 2007 01:49 am

    Paint Shop Pro 10, plus numerous Photoshop plugins (PS comaptible), and easyHDR

  • Zibri May 23, 2007 01:48 am

    Canon DPP, Jasc (Corel) Paint Shop Pro XI Photo. Noise Ninja. Photomatix.

  • Glen May 23, 2007 01:38 am

    For viewing and organizing I use FastStone. Nice feature set even though it grabs lots of system resources. For processing, its PhotoImpact, a program I've used through many versions and found fits my needs.

  • Trever May 23, 2007 01:37 am

    Mac - DxO Optics Pro is pretty much all I need on most shots. On rare occasions I break out Gimp Shop or Photomatix.

  • Joshua May 23, 2007 01:34 am

    Once I went digital, I used (and loved) Google's Picasa and quite a bit of PS7, both on my PC.

    Once I went Pro, I switched to Adobe Lightroom, and very rarely need to use CS2 (mostly for major removals, compositing, or skewing), still on a PC.

  • Roger Bourland May 23, 2007 01:31 am

    I use IPhoto for quick and lightweight stuff. Lightroom for most of my work. Mac addict. Right-Brained. Love to mess with the presets.

  • NaturesPixel May 23, 2007 01:26 am

    Im a soon to be switcher to a mac but right now on my PC i use paint shop pro XI... I love PS CS2 but i cant afford the price tag.. and i dont like photoshop elements.. tho when i switch to my Mac i will be using PSE4 or GIMPShop dunno yet

  • bumeister May 23, 2007 01:24 am

    Primarily Photoshop and Lightroom. PhotoMechanic for browsing and tagging.

  • Matias Mäki May 23, 2007 01:20 am

    I use Linux only. I manage pics with dirs and gqview. it's much like acdsee classic. I'm thinking moving my pics into digikam or kphotoalbum.

    For raw-processing I use ufraw and with batch runs dcraw. I'm amazed with the speed of ufraw development. It has (0.12cvs) about the same features than Raw plugin of Photoshop CS2.

    For image manipulation I've been using Gimp (better gui) and Cinepaint (support for 16-bit manipulation).

    I hope gimp will get the 16-32 bit support working some day!

  • mainfr4me May 23, 2007 01:17 am

    I'm a PC user, and I usually will start out with Paint.Net if it's something simple like cropping or rotation, otherwise I'll go into Gimp.

  • Eugen Sakhnenko May 23, 2007 01:15 am

    I use photoshop CS2, but might be switching to CS3 soon. I tried using Lightroom, but I feel it's really oversimplified and not well organized for my work flow. Also lately I've only been unsing Photoshop CameraRaw 3.3 it saves me a lot of time and with most photos I don't even have to open up photoshop.

  • Tom May 23, 2007 12:59 am

    I use a Mac; I import with Canon's EOS utility, sort everything out with Adobe Bridge, and take care of business in Photoshop. I'd already purchased Photoshop for doing web design work, and it only made sense to use it for my photos as well, since it's such a great application.

  • Wayne May 23, 2007 12:46 am

    Another linux fan. I organize and do some simple edits with F-Spot and use the Gimp or more complex processing.

  • Trevor Carpenter May 23, 2007 12:42 am

    Mac:
    iPhoto for import and manage
    Photoshop CS2 for processing and retouching

    Linux:
    F-spot, managing images
    The Gimp, processing

  • Ezekiel May 23, 2007 12:42 am

    I have used all of the ones mentioned above (not the Linux ones ;-) due to nature of my work, but stick with Capture One from Phase One for my personal shots.

  • mdwsta4 May 23, 2007 12:41 am

    i use Digital Photo Professional which came with my canon camera for simple RAW converting and adjusting. one of these days i'll get photoshop, but i like actually seeing my picture and not completely distorting it in photoshop like so many people do nowadays.

  • Patrik May 23, 2007 12:35 am

    I'm on Linux and I use F-Spot for importing, reviewing, organizing/tagging and basic color adjustments.

    I like it for its versioning system and export functions. The only drawback is the lack of a resize/scale function.

    For additional image processing I use GIMP.

    I currently don't post-process much, I love open source and I don't feel that the additional functions I get from CS3 is worth the money compared to GIMP.

  • Sean May 23, 2007 12:35 am

    I use GIMP for almost everything. I tried Lightroom, but I got very annoyed at how it jumped up and down like an overexcited puppy every time I inserted removable media in the USB port. Besides, I prefer to work on a Linux box, so removing Lightroom wasn't that hard of a decision for me.

  • AC May 23, 2007 12:34 am

    Just Picasa to organize files. I am personally against doing any work on my photos.

  • Adam May 23, 2007 12:33 am

    iPhoto & Photoshop

  • Sybren May 23, 2007 12:31 am

    I use Digikam for organization and initial edits, and The Gimp for the more thorough work. Yeah, I'm a Linux fan!

  • Dave Daniels May 23, 2007 12:30 am

    Professionally, PhotoshopCS2, on a PC.
    Personally, at home, Corel PSPX (11 bombed). Also on a PC.
    My archives are all in well-organized folders, so I don't bother with tags.

  • Geoff May 23, 2007 12:29 am

    PC - Lightroom / PS3 / Noise Ninja

  • Nick (nieton21) May 23, 2007 12:27 am

    Like I put in the post, I currently use Aperture and in combination with CS2. I started the original forum because I wanted to know what others thought of the programs and if there was a better combination to try. I have since tried lightroom with a more thourough use. I still find that I have a easier time using Aperture then lightroom. I personnaly don't like all the different modules makeing it feel like it forces you to go step by step through them. I do love the look of both programs. I really wish aperture was as fast as lightroom this is the major drawback I have found with the use of aperture. Because I feel so much more comfortable with the interface and tools I still am sticking to aperture. I hope future versions will be as fast as lightroom which I agree is a very awesome post production program

  • Henning May 23, 2007 12:24 am

    I'm using Bibble Pro 4.9 on Ubuntu Linux. Love the workflow in Bibble. If I need further processing, I use The Gimp.i

  • Steven May 23, 2007 12:20 am

    Photoshop CS3 with some plugins: PtLens, Noise Ninja, Nik Color Efex.

  • Alecska May 23, 2007 12:18 am

    When I was on my laptop PC, I used Photoshop 7, then Photofiltre (not open source but free) that was lightier and almost as powerful.
    Then on Mac, first I had Photoshop Elements 2 and 4. Then I got a license for Photoshop CS2 but now I mainly use Lightroom. I'm really in love with this one !!
    At work, I'll have a PC with a fresh CS3 :)

  • Mike May 23, 2007 12:15 am

    on a mac.. i use lightroom and photoshop cs3. Lightroom for organization and most of the initial image edits... then to photoshop for final sharpening.

  • Michael Morris May 23, 2007 12:14 am

    I use Aperture and Photoshop CS3. I have tried Lightroom and seriously considered it but Aperture fite the way I work better than Lightroom.

  • Phil R May 23, 2007 12:14 am

    I used to use Canon's DPP, however I am learning Adobe Lightroom. It has more power and flexibility than DPP. However I am not an expert with Photoshop and learning all the little tweaks takes some learning.

  • Hitesh Sawlani May 23, 2007 12:13 am

    On a PC

    Use Picasa for organizing and geotagging jpegs
    Adobe Bridge for tagging, labeling, rating etc...
    Windows Explorer for moving files around (and organizing RAW files)
    Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended for whatever I can't do in Bridge.

  • njpixiechick May 23, 2007 12:12 am

    I use Lightroom and PS . The two together are powerful developing tools !

  • Tom May 23, 2007 12:09 am

    Ehm... I use FastStone for organizing and The Gimp for retouching. About reasons, well, I'm not enough professional and I love open source.

  • John May 23, 2007 12:05 am

    While most of my photos are nothing more than for personal enjoyment, I do need to do a bit of post on them to clean them up a bit.

    I'm a Mac geek so:

    First step is iPhoto to get the shots off the camera & archiving them. I also use it for initial cropping & rotation of each shot. Major drawback is that the tagging feature in iPhoto is rather lacking. But the alternative is $300 Aperture. I'll go cheap for now.

    Then it's into Photoshop Elements 2.0 and use Neat Image and Power Retouche plug-ins for noise reduction and white-balance respectively... or just manually tweak the levels. PSE2.0 is an old version but still works well enough for what I need to do.

    Maybe when I replace my point & shoot with a D40, I'll think about replacing software, too.

  • Gregory May 22, 2007 11:54 pm

    For me it's Lightroom and Photoshop CS3. I love the way these two programs work together. The heavy lifting is handled by PS while the organizational stuff like keyword tagging is better handled in Lightroom.

  • Sven Blom May 22, 2007 11:38 pm

    Photoshop CS3, most options I think! I am on a PC...

    BTW does anybody know a online solution for cropping and simple post productions when being on a travel? I will travel for a year in Asia and would like to do something with my pictures....

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