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Walti 14th August 2019 03:30 PM

Free software?
 
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

Graham_of_Rainham 14th August 2019 03:44 PM

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/

The Technician 14th August 2019 03:45 PM

Re: Free software?
 
Hi Walti,
Could try Gimp https://www.gimp.org/ its like photoshop?

wornish 14th August 2019 08:35 PM

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

IPWheatley 15th August 2019 05:40 AM

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.

Petrochemist 15th August 2019 08:56 AM

Re: Free software?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Graham_of_Rainham (Post 487885)
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.

AMc 15th August 2019 09:26 AM

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?

Walti 15th August 2019 10:45 AM

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!

DerekW 15th August 2019 11:01 AM

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

Jim Ford 15th August 2019 11:41 AM

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

Petrochemist 15th August 2019 11:45 AM

Re: Free software?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Ford (Post 487954)
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.

griffljg 16th August 2019 08:44 AM

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/

blu-by-u 19th August 2019 03:21 AM

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.


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