Raw deal

Amateur Photographer - - 7days -

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

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