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    tux08902
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    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.

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    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/

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    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.
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    tux08902
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tux08902 View Post
    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.
    $300!>? for a plugin/app?

    guess thats what separates you from amateurs...

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    tux08902
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    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.

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    wow they really nickel and dime you

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    tux08902
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmkl View Post
    wow they really nickel and dime you
    Actually, I just compared the standalone verison with the plugin for Aperture. While file management is better with the plugin version, since any changes you make are immediately available in Aperture, the standalone version has an overall better feel and interface. So, I think I can go for the complete standalone, which is $199. The select standalone is $99. I guess it's worth it though, since if you were to go buy 1000 individual Tiffen glass filters, that'd run you pretty high.

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