12-09-2019 08:50 AM
I have a newbie question for you. I have recently started editing photos with Canon digital photo professional that came with my Rebel. It seems to do everything I want it to do with the exception of maybe ease of editing one particular section of a photo. Would it be worth it to move up to photoshop elements or adobe lightroom? Would I get that much bang for my buck? Thanks!
12-09-2019 09:10 AM
Why not tell us more about what you feel is missing and maybe we can suggest something. Recommended software is largely a matter of personal preference. DPP, Adobe Elements, LR, Affinity... I like DxO, because of its features and 3rd party lens support. But everyone here has a slightly different opinion often based on their own needs.
12-09-2019 09:20 AM
Thanks for your quick response. Largely I have been happy with DPP 4, and mostly I find I am using the sliders for sharpness, saturation, etc., although I have started using the histogram and curve to get rid of some shadows and clipping. I am wondering about moving up mostly because I sometimes want more control over a segment of a picture. I'd love the sky to be a bit bluer without adding blue to the bird's breast that I am shooting, and I have just taken some pictures of starry nights and I have tried stacking but no success yet (I used the free deepskystacker software which sort of works but DPP 4 was inconsistent it seems in its ability to work with TIFF files). I have had my Rebel T4i for probably 6 years but it is just in the last few months (I had to take a few months off work for a medical reason and there was the camera) that I got off the automatic functions and started taking a lot of shots. Hope that helps a bit.
12-10-2019 10:27 AM
Any of the apps I mentioned above can do what you need. I know Adobe LR and DxO both have free trials if you want to give them a try.
12-10-2019 12:30 PM
...I am wondering about moving up mostly because I sometimes want more control over a segment of a picture. I'd love the sky to be a bit bluer without adding blue to the bird's breast that I am shooting, and I have just taken some pictures of starry nights and I have tried stacking but no success yet (I used the free deepskystacker software which sort of works but DPP 4 was inconsistent it seems in its ability to work with TIFF files)...
Don't know how deep you've gotten in to DPP4, but have you spent any time experimenting with the Color Adjustment Tool palette? It will allow you to make some pretty specific and narrow color adjustments for some shots. It may take a bit of time though until you start to get a feel for working with it.
Also, later versions of DPP4 (4.10 and above?) now have a Partial Adjustment Tool palette which can be used to mask off areas of the picture that you don't want to edit. It works well for things like lightening areas where someone's face didn't get enough flash fill. But it should also work to "juice up" color saturation, hue and/or brightness in specific areas. And again, you'll have to experiment some with the Blur Radius settings for the borders of your masked area.
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