Thread: Fulfilling Photography Needs
05-10-2008, 02:31 PM #1tux08902GuestFulfilling Photography Needs
On Linux I use Gimp and the Fx-Foundry script and plug-in pack and Gwenview, since those were some of the best options I had. On OS X, I have some more options; I see no point in purchasing Photoshop just for a handful of filters and doing common adjustments. Most of my general artwork, aside from photography is done in Gimp and Inkscape anyway, so I have no need for Photoshop. I tried out Aperture 2.1, and I'm still getting used to it. It seems very good for general adjustments. I also tried the Dfx Tiffen plugin for it, which I really like as well. I also did some stuff with Photomatix Pro, which seems like a winner for hdr.
So, my question is is Aperture 2.1, Gimp, Photomatix Pro, BorderFX plugin for Aperture, and Dfx Tiffen a good combo for professional photography needs? I've seen people who love Aperture and people who make it sound like crap, but I need something that's cost-effective. Photoshop and Lightroom are out of the question at this point.
05-10-2008, 03:45 PM #2
aperture, and gimp will fulfill your image needs, aperture itself will do fine. of course you could get an HDR program, and a good panorama stitcher but thats pretty much it.
do u have a dslr? i want one so bad, but my photography class requires non digital slr (i was sad when I found out.)
edit: and i just checked out the tiffen gig, and i must say you are pretty much covered!
check out http://www.apple.com/pro/ and look at the different profiles, and se what they use
edit 2: check this: http://www.apple.com/pro/photo/applications/
05-10-2008, 04:04 PM #3
So pick up a cheap manual body. A used fm2 or a new fm10 would be ideal. There are reasons to learn with an all manual film body. I still have my fm2nt, f3 and f4.. and they still get used
edit: I can do everything I want to do in Gimp that I do in photoshop. I use photoshop because after over a decade of use, I'm simply more comfortable with it. Aperture I can't comment on yet, although I think I'll download it today and use it and see what I think.mike
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05-10-2008, 05:53 PM #4tux08902Guest
Thanks guys. Dysfunction, I'm the other way around. I've been using GIMP for five years, and I love it, but it has its limitations.
So, now I need to shell out $39 for Photomatix and $300 for the Dfx Tiffen plugin.
05-10-2008, 07:05 PM #5
05-10-2008, 08:55 PM #6tux08902Guest
That's the real purchase that I'm fighting with. I get the Dfx Tiffen plugin or go for separate filters. I don't see needing all of them. The standalone version of the Dfx Tiffen application is $99, which is more reasonable, but I like the integration with Aperture. Though, it's hard to pay $200 more for it.
05-10-2008, 09:41 PM #7
wow they really nickel and dime you
05-10-2008, 09:58 PM #8tux08902Guest
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