Mar 26, 2016, 15:13
I am new to digital photography. I have recently bought a Nikon DSLR, and a Windows 10 laptop. I would like to plug a memory card into the card reader, load a single image into the editing software, then either e-mail the edited result to someone, or save it somewhere. Elements seems as if it could be a good option as it offers 3 levels of ability. I am told that most of my local Camera club use Lightroom, though exactly what it does remains a mystery to me! Furthermore, most of the literature suggests that you need both of them! Also, on previous threads on this subject, people have talked about having half a dozen different applications. And then there is the confusing pricing structure...
Can anyone suggest a single software application which will do what I require, without being obliged to accept expensive updates every year.
Elements will cover everything you need and no need to buy a new version unless you buy a newer camera it doesn't support.
Hi, Tom. Elements will do what you want. However, as you get more adventurous you may wish to do more and that will require slightly better software. I use a range of software, but it is just stuff I have gathered over the years. I like Lightroom, for its ease and simplicity. I use Photoshop (an old, long superseded version) for stuff I cannot do in Lightroom, but most of what I need to do I can easily do with Lightroom. I have the latest version, bought as a standalone disc, but when Version 7 comes out I won't update. V6 does everything I'll ever need. I have Elements 4, but don't use it. I don't use it because I started with a very early copy of Photoshop and when I was given Elements I couldn't be bothered learning how to use it. Not because of any limitations with Elements. I recently bought Paintshop Pro X8, and don't use that for the very same reason. There is also a very good freeware programme called GIMP 2.8. I is supposedly as good as Photoshop. I downloaded that as well, but because it is another thing to learn I have only played with it. I have probably only clouded the situation for you but I am sure others here will have other options. Whatever you go for, learn it, and enjoy producing sparkling images.
I still only use one program for editing and processing (Photoshop). I do use another program to view my images and find ones I want to work on.
Tom, you have made a good choice. The advantage of Elements is that it will integrate smoothly with your e-mail account and allow you to attach any image to an e-mail with one click. In other software applications it's not as simple as that.
I am with Jocko on this one most of my editing being within lightroom, but also has the advantage of file handling, which once you understand the process is in my belief second to none, I also use photoshop for as Jocko says the bits I can not do in lightroom or photoshop does a better job, it's personal choice and of course your budget, think of it like a camera set up, I spend as much as I can on glass (lenses) and as much as I need on the body, so depending how much editing you intend to do, and how deeply you wish to get into it, I would suggest you spend as much as you can afford and hopefully only spend it once.
I don't use the file handling and cataloguing in Lightroom, but only because, for the past 15 years I have used ACDSee. It comes down to what you are used to. As an OAP, my brain has done all the learning it wants to, so the less new software to master, the better!