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    Image software

    Having just regained my interest in photography and purchased a used Lumix FZ1000, I wonder if any members can recommend an imaging software package, one that wont break the bank preferably.
    Many thanks.

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    I suggest you start by getting Faststone Image Viewer first. It is a great viewer with a lot of additional possibilities like adjusting contrast, colour, cropping, watermarking, cloning and healing, sharpening, reducing noise, pulling up shadows, making self executing slide shows, adapting size and compression and whatnot. It is not photoshop but it is free (you can donate if you want but that is up to you.) It reads most files including most raw formats, which is handy if you are without photoshop and get raws from another camera. Recommended. It also exists as a portable program that you can run off a usb stick so you always have your favorite photo viewer/editor with you.

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    You can try GIMP, also free.

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    If you shoot RAW files then Lightroom is excellent, I'm still using version 5 and that does all I need. Alongside that Google have made the Nik software suite free, and that works very well alongside Lightroom. https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    If you shoot RAW files then Lightroom is excellent, I'm still using version 5 and that does all I need. Alongside that Google have made the Nik software suite free, and that works very well alongside Lightroom. https://www.google.com/nikcollection/
    Many thanks for the suggestion. I read somewhere the iPhoto software is not too bad to start with.
    I hadn't heard of Lightroom until quite recently. Just seem to have caught the photography bug after a good few years not using anything other than a point and shoot, and a phone camera, not that there is anything wrong with that.

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    I also use Lightroom 5, with gimp on standby when more power is needed. There is an open source one called darktable that looks similar, Linux/OSX only though.

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    Possible to buy earlier versions of Photoshop Elements very £reasonably and there are lots of tutorials available online e.g. YouTube.

    iPhoto is rather basic and has been superseded by Photos.

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    Take a look at Affinity Photo and Luminar

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    Hi Chap,
    Also depends on whether using a Mac or PC, whilst most software can be obtained for both systems, clearly the Apple stuff, iPhoto, Aperture and Photos will only work on Macs/iproducts. Sorry if this is stating the obvious, but if you have a Mac, iPhoto is a simple, but quite powerful app. Cheers, John B4

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnB4 View Post
    Hi Chap,
    Also depends on whether using a Mac or PC, whilst most software can be obtained for both systems, clearly the Apple stuff, iPhoto, Aperture and Photos will only work on Macs/iproducts. Sorry if this is stating the obvious, but if you have a Mac, iPhoto is a simple, but quite powerful app. Cheers, John B4
    Thanks for all the replies. I have a MacBook Air and have been playing with the iPhoto package, as you say it works well. I am just getting back into the hobby so I need to brush up on my technique a bit.

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    I'm a big fan of Google Picasa which is available for Mac or PC. Simple.. but manages your photos brilliantly and allows for quick and easy editing.

    https://picasa.google.co.uk/
    Last edited by JohnnyE; 11th January 2017 at 17:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyE View Post
    I'm a big fan of Google Picasa which is available for Mac or PC. Simple.. but manages your photos brilliantly and allows for quick and easy editing.

    https://picasa.google.co.uk/
    So am I but it's no longer supported by google so there will be no more updates :(


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    It depends what you consider expensive really. The old days of Photoshop costing £800 were a nightmare but now you can subscribe for £8 a month, it's much more reasonable.

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