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    Is there any free/very cheap photo editing software that anyone would recommend, I can get for a friends son who is doing a photography project for his DoE award?

    Windows based.
    Using a Sony bridge camera (I know....)

    To handle both JPEG and RAW if the camera does it...
    Basic levels and cropping as a minimum

    Many thanks

    Paul

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    Re: Free software?

    FastStone https://www.faststone.org/

    Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) for stiched panoramas

    Picasa3 - download from a 3rd Party Site

    GIMP still gets lots of #1 reviews

    https://www.bestsevenreviews.com/7-b...ting-software/
    Graham

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    • #3
      Re: Free software?

      Hi Walti,
      Could try Gimp https://www.gimp.org/ its like photoshop?
      Regards
      Michael

      OM-D E-M5 mk2, m12-40mm f2.8, m25mm f1.8, m45mm f1.8, m60mm f2.8 Macro, M14‑150mm 1:4-5.6 II, M75-300mm MK2, Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye

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      • #4
        Re: Free software?

        How old is he ?

        GIMP is without a doubt a good choice but its got a steep learning curve for a newbie hence my question.

        RawTherapee is in the same league though not as popular for some reason.

        Inkscape is another.

        If he is into mobile phones and uses android then there are more choices available.
        look here.

        http://fixthephoto.com/best-photo-ed...r-android.html
        Dave

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        • #5
          Re: Free software?

          I would recommend Snapseed. Works on Android, IOS and Win.10. Free download with no Ads. For it to work on Win.10 you first need to download what is called an Android Emulator, go for the Nox or Blue Stacks versions and choose whatever interface you prefer. Have tried both and much prefer the Nox. The Snapseed interface is simplicity itself and results are excellent on all platforms. Hope this helps, regards, Ian W.

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          • #6
            Re: Free software?

            Originally posted by Graham_of_Rainham View Post
            FastStone https://www.faststone.org/

            Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) for stiched panoramas

            Picasa3 - download from a 3rd Party Site

            GIMP still gets lots of #1 reviews

            https://www.bestsevenreviews.com/7-b...ting-software/
            FastStone will do anything a beginner needs. It still does >99% of my editing.
            Mike
            Compulsive photographic Dabbler.
            Flickr

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            • #7
              Re: Free software?

              GIMP is great but last time I opened it it wouldn't import ORF natively (or any RAW).
              You need to use UFRAW or something to do the initial import.
              For a short while I did an import in OV3 then exported as TIFF to process in GIMP but it didn't last long.


              Are you sure the Sony doesn't have some software with it - I read elsewhere they had express versions of one of the major processing programs?
              https://www.flickr.com/photos/amcuk/

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              • #8
                Re: Free software?

                The lad is only 15 and we downloaded Gimp last night - it’s well over the top for his needs, so we’ll try a couple of the others later.

                I’m surprised to say the Sony doesn’t produce RAW files, so that reduces the importance of post processing.

                The camera is one he’s been loaned so we’re both learning at the moment! I’m just a few pages ahead of him in the manual!

                He took something like a dozen photos in a week so he’s being quite measured in what he does!

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                • #9
                  Re: Free software?

                  Gimp would be a good way to teach him the aspects of light and dark, intensity, shade etc. There are some books on using Gimp see Amazon / Alibris for new and secondhand sources
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                  • #10
                    Re: Free software?

                    He probably ought to avoid raw, in which case Faststone is by far the best bet (I don't think that it handles raw files.

                    Jim

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                    • #11
                      Re: Free software?

                      Originally posted by Jim Ford View Post
                      He probably ought to avoid raw, in which case Faststone is by far the best bet (I don't think that it handles raw files.

                      Jim
                      FastStone does handle RAW but maybe not well.
                      On my system it displays the embedded preview JPEG, but can be made to reload at full resolution from the RAW, with a single key press. (I think the default when opening RAW is configurable).


                      I'm not convinced I've seen an increase in dynamic range etc working with RAW with it.
                      Mike
                      Compulsive photographic Dabbler.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Free software?

                        When I first started processing raw files, I was using Linux as a desktop operating system. The were very few raw file processors available for Linux. One of the few was Bibble Pro. It was relatively competent, extremely fast and very cheap. It could operate under Linux, Windows and Mac.

                        Years went by and Bibble sold out to Corel and Bibble Pro is now known as Corel AfterShot Pro. It is still very fast, fairly competent and amazingly cheap. I keep an up-to-date version on my Macs to play with from time to time. Definitely worth a look:

                        https://www.aftershotpro.com/en/
                        Larry

                        Cameras: Olympus OM-D E-M1 II, Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Flash: Olympus FL-50R
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                        • #13
                          Re: Free software?

                          Faststone image Viewer is still my key go to software in terms of a quick edit.

                          For WB, If shot in ORF, then it's Oly Workspace. If Jpg, then I use InfranView.

                          Microsoft ICE for Panorama stitching. Please note that Microsoft do put a clause in for non commercial use only.

                          If you own any Panny camera, they do include Panorama Maker which you can use stitch JPGs Panorama.

                          All free and simple to use.
                          * Henry
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                          * Malaysia


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