In a previous post I outlined the benefits of editing your images so I thought it would be a good idea to outline the thought process behind my choice and some of the trade offs that need to be made. Admittedly it is nowhere near as important a decision as buying a camera but it is still a significant purchase than needs time and thought.
Free bundled software
I started of using the software that came with my camera, Olympus Master. However I quickly became frustrated by certain elements of the program and how it worked. Here are the main things that bugged me about it:
- It’s slow as hell. Doing any adjustments took time and converting a RAW to JPEG took over 60s and killed the rest of the computer while doing it.
- Lack of features, particularly for RAW development
- Ropey looking results (although this is probably user error!)
- Destructive work flow. Any edits made to pics are permanent so seeing the effect of what you have done is difficult.
So I decided to upgrade. I chose Photoshop Elements but why?