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Postby Pete H » Sun May 23, 2010 11:52 am

I'm new to these boards so please bear with me.

I've recently bought a Canon S90 which can shoot RAW. It produces a CR2 file when shooting RAW which my copy of PS (CS3) doe not recognise.

What is the best way to process these files? ie would it be woth investing in a copy of Lightroom?

The camera comes with some software (zoombrowserex & Digital Photo Pro) but these seem limited.


Any advice on software require to optimise my files would be welcome.

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Postby bvanant » Sun May 23, 2010 4:25 pm

Lightroom is great. Go to adobe and download the LR3 Beta 2 and play with it. http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom3/

It should open your S90 files but you can always open them in the Canon software then play with them in CS3. I am guessing that most of the serious UW photo guys/gals are using LR or Aperture for the great majority of their work and PS has taken a decided back seat.
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Postby bvanant » Sun May 23, 2010 4:27 pm

Pete H wrote:I'm new to these boards so please bear with me.

I've recently bought a Canon S90 which can shoot RAW. It produces a CR2 file when shooting RAW which my copy of PS (CS3) doe not recognise.

What is the best way to process these files? ie would it be woth investing in a copy of Lightroom?

The camera comes with some software (zoombrowserex & Digital Photo Pro) but these seem limited.


Any advice on software require to optimise my files would be welcome.

Rgds

Pete

If you want to stay with CS3 then you need to download the latest version of DNG converter, open the files in that then work in CS3.

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Postby CaryDeanPhoto » Sun May 23, 2010 4:54 pm

Another possibility is if you have or have access to a student ID
you can purchase the fully functional student version of the newest
PS/LR at a much lower cost than the retail Pro versions. You're
just not supposed to use them professionally as I remember it from
when I was in school years ago.

I use LR and as stated previously it's my "go to" image processing/database
software 90% of the time. PS is only used when I need to fix something more
than LR effectively allows.
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Postby tswinner » Sun May 23, 2010 5:28 pm

I vote for Lightroom also. When your dealing with thousands of images it will keep you organized as well as being an excellent RAW converter.

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Postby smb2 » Sun May 23, 2010 6:34 pm

I have been using Apple for several years, although getting Apple service here in the Caribbean is a real pain.
Aperture 2 [looking at 3] has been my primary post processing program. It has a great filing and back up system.
Don't like to spent a lot of time correcting images on the computer and Aperture seems to fill most of my needs, but I am somewhat PhotoShop challenged.
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Postby Pete H » Mon May 24, 2010 8:40 am

Many thanks for all the info. I'll see if Adobe accept my OU student number for a discount.

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Postby Pete H » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:20 pm

Having played with Lightroom3 Beta I'm smitten. So as it has just been released and they will accept my student status (OU) then the credit card is about to do some work.

Many thanks for all the advice.
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Postby danclem » Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:13 am

Lightroom is a good product. My issue is that the file handling protocols are horrible (it uses catalogues that are really cumbersome if you do a lot of file/server moving). Plus, if you are doing high end photography, there are routines you will want to use Photoshop for.

In Photoshop CS5 (Camera Raw) and Lightroom, RAW images are processed with the smae algorythms, and have essentially the same tools. I find Bridge's file handling capabilities much better than Lightroom, with one exception.

We just completed a side by side comparision, and Bridge could not show a histogram while a photo was enlarged. On the other side of the equation, CS5's new "Content Aware Fill" and new detail brushes are off the scale, and not available in Lightroom.

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