do we really-really need Photoshop Elements?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Giovanni Azua, May 17, 2005.

  1. Hello all,

    I think I have the level in photography begginer-intermediate ... previous
    experience with Russian camera Zenit ... :p I took pictures for a living in
    Cuba :))) I mean to support my Univ. studies :)))

    I got my new D70 kit and bought the 70-300mm ED lens and have
    been playing with all the new equipment. I have used the following
    software to fix my pictures: Nikon Photo Editor along with PictureProject
    and Adobe Photoshop Elements and to be honest 4/5 pictures I edited
    with both I got the best results using Nikon Editor ... I have been using
    in general the features (from both Nikon vs Elements):

    - Adjust contrast (Elements & NikonEditor)
    - Adjust colors (Elements & NikonEditor)
    - Adjust level (Elements & NikonEditor)
    - Changing the brightness or exposure (Elements & NikonEditor)
    - Smart Fix (Elements)

    Most of the time using it Nikon Editor produces much better results,
    I have additionally noticed that most of the times the "Smart Fix" option
    from Photoshop Elements totally screws the photos :(. Additionally, the
    "Fix Brush" option of Photoshop Elements looks to me as a very well
    marketed COPY and PASTE functionality.

    Remaining Elements functionality: Artistic Effects and Filters (do we really
    all of them?)

    I will install and test also "Picasa 2" freely available from Google and see
    if those
    Artistic Effects and Filtering features are available freely ... if so why
    would you
    bother buying Photoshop Elements?

    I have uploaded some of my pictures into amazon under "Most recently added"
    for D70 kit:

    Most of these fixed using Nikon Editor ... I would realllyyy appreciate
    feedback on those
    regarding quality etc. I dumped per photo the most important details e.g.
    ISO, Quality, Focal
    Length etc.

    Best Regards,
    Giovanni Azua, May 17, 2005
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  2. It depends entirely on your needs. Some people need maximum control and
    would use Photoshop CS. Others with lesser need would be happy with PSE.
    You may use it or anything else that meets your needs. If you are bothered
    about the cost, you may try GIPM ( which is free. I got a
    free copy of PSE2, tried it for a while but then switched back to Gimp. It
    is all about feeling comfortable with a software that meets your needs.
    Gautam Majumdar, May 17, 2005
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  3. Giovanni Azua

    Ron Hunter Guest

    If you think Picasa 2 is any competition for PSE3, you need to learn a
    bit more about the programs. They are about like a bicycle compared to
    a Rolls.
    Picasa 2 is a very nice bicycle, but PSE3 it isn't.
    Ron Hunter, May 18, 2005
  4. Giovanni Azua

    Ron Hunter Guest

    While autofix can royally screw up some photos, it works to do all the
    fixing I need for 90% of the photos I need to edit. That is in PSE3.
    If more flexibility is needed, then Quickfix gives more control, and
    then there is the full editor, which has most of the functionality of PS
    CS, and then there is the Organizer.
    Ron Hunter, May 18, 2005
  5. Which programs do panoramic stitching?
    Logan Spitznauer, May 18, 2005

  6. PSE3 is probably as much photoshop as most casual users need. Adding
    the Hidden Elements package brings it even closer to CS2 by adding
    curves, color balance and more.
    Oliver Costich, May 18, 2005
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