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Groundhog34

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What is the simplest adequate editing program for a beginner-intermediate amatuer. I tried Photoshop but it was way too advanced for my small mind. I shoot in raw and just wish to touch up some things on occasion.



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First of all, do you need a raw converter where you can tweak things or do you need a pixel editor where you can work on small details?

 

If you want a raw converter that can mimic the in-camera development very close, you might try Nikon's own Capture NX-D. It is a free download here.

Lightroom is easy to learn, so is Photoshop elements if you want to use Adobe software. If you bought a subscription to try out PS, LR is included in the same monthly fee.

Almost any software is easier to learn than PS. You might like Capture One, DxO, Affinity or Photo Ninja. Whichever is easiest is a very individual thing as that depends on how your brain works and processes the user interface of the software.



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There are specific terms to designate these softwares.

 

One is "editor or pixel editor" such a Ps and Affinity Photo

(that I use).

Another is a "converter or RAW converter" such as Lr or
Capture One (that I use).

 

Some software will try to bridge the two functions but none
successfully. Ps needs ACR as Affinity Photo doesn't need
any sidekick but it can process only one file at the time and
only for the purpose of converting it — the RAW tweaks are
note saved.

…and I never use the catalogue but the session workflow.



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Hi there, it can be daunting looking at these PP programs for the first time,first thing i would say is dont concern yourself with all the things they can do,just look at each edit you want to make then you will find knowledge builds over time.

 

One free but limited program is

 

IrfanView - Official Homepage - One of the Most Popular Viewers Worldwide


Sorry this is the one i should have linked to

 

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Let's see if I can add something to the above.

 

There are a lot of tools available. The ones that are capable of sofisticated editing obviously are harder to learn. The simpler ones will sometimes have limitations even for simple editing.

 

The combination that (at least until now) have worked best for me is Lightroom for catalogue, development and RAW conversion followed by Photoshop Elements for final editing.

 

Some of the free software are capable of more than initially obvious.

I use Faststone Image Viewer as my basic viewer, but the program can be used booth as a RAW converter and as a simple editor.

 

It is not uncommon that you can download and evaluate programs that will cost you money.

I realize that you are looking for one or two suggestions, but maybe you can benefit from having a look at the following link: The Ultimate List of photo editing tools in 2018. 210 pieces of software (excluding mobile) : photography. The list is long, but programs are grouped according to functionality.



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What is the simplest adequate editing program for a beginner-intermediate amatuer. I tried Photoshop but it was way too advanced for my small mind. I shoot in raw and just wish to touch up some things on occasion.

Hi, it depends, to a degree, on what platform you’re using. I’ve tried quite a few, over the years, on Mac and nowadays pretty much exclusively on my iPad. If you’re using a Mac/PC desktop or laptop and Photoshop is too much (and it is for the vast majority of us) maybe try Photoshop Elements? It’s more approachable and will lead you gently into Photoshop should you ever decide you want more.

Currently, on my iPad, most of my editing can be done in Snapseed although I do use Affinity Photo - which is good if not particularly intuitive.

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For my two cents where you are getting started, I began with FastStones Image Viewer and still use it almost exclusively today.  It is cost free and can be downloaded quite easily.  FastStonesImageviewer.com.  It is a big program and offers a wide variety of features.  Give it a shot as there is nothing to lose should you decide it is not for you, then simply Uninstall it and you are home free.  Hope this helps.

 

Tony