I read the response to Robin Waldren’s question about raw processors, in Tech Support (14 October), with great interest.
If you are a professional photographer, or a student photographer then you probably have no choice other than to use Adobe’s products. However, as a keen amateur and a competitive member of a camera club, I can use whatever I like. I know, (from experience in the camera club), that some people are quick to ‘rubbish’ anything that is a rival to their favourite photo program. All I can say is that I have used ON1’s products since 2015, and some of my photos get accepted in international and UK photo competitions, and placed in camera club competitions. The judges see only the quality of the final image/s, they don’t see how they were made.
Using ON1 has not saved me any money, because every year ON1 launches a new improved version, and I have already bought my copy of Photo Raw 2018. So, if I am not saving any money, why you may well ask am I not using Adobe’s products? Adobe requires most of its customers to rent the software. I can foresee that the day will come, (when I’m old and retired), when I may have to economise. In which case, if I rented my software, I would lose both the rented software and my hobby. Which is why I have decided to buy my software.
I suggest that anyone looking for a new raw processor and effects package should do some internet research. There are many serious and high- quality rivals to Adobe’s products, such as ON1, Affinity, DXO and Capture One. Some of these companies offer 30- day free trails and excellent video tutorials. You can try before you buy. Remember, it is only you who will know whether any particular software meets your individual needs. David Price Absolutely. There is much more to processing raws than Adobe Creative Cloud, and while Lightroom and Photoshop have legions of devotees, you are right to say they are far from being the only game in town. Watch out for more in- depth piece on alternative raw processors in AP soon – Geoff Harris, deputy editor
Lightroom does a great job of processing numerous raw files but there are many other options