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10/7/18 12:01 P

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I shoot in RAW format so I pretty much always start with Canon's program, Digital Photo Professional. But that just takes you so far and batch converts to JPG.

Once I have my JPGs, I pretty much always use GIMP. I love that program. It's a lot like Photoshop with one important difference. It's free.

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Niteman, I will check out the software when I return from vacation. Thanks for the information.

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Both Lightzone and Darktable are pretty amazing and check out the youtube videos on them to get a better picture of how much they will do... and for free!

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I'm glad you have your enthusiasm back. Your camera sounds nice. And thanks for mentioning Darktable. I checked it out, and might download it.

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Okay, I've kind of got my interest rekindled by buying a used point and shoot on eBay. I have quite a bunch of equipment around the house that is underused and I love photography. Couldn't figure out why I lost my passion for it until one day it dawned that it had just gotten too hard to do. Taking pictures is fun, but I don't like fussing with the part that comes after taking a picture such as post-processing, organizing, and backup. It also is getting darned expensive to keep up with all the software upgrades or the Adobe highway bandit tactics of renting their software to you.

Anyway, I bought a used superzoom point and shoot and am simply amazed at what it will do for $140. No, it's not the complete solution or the perfect camera, but it's closer than I've been to happy with a camera for quite a while. It won't even shoot raw, so there goes the headache of raw conversion and processing. A couple JPG adjustments if anything at all and done.

I've discovered that the Windows Photo program that comes with Windows 10 is a pretty respectable effort in photo organizing and minor picture adjustments. I've also found some great freeware for more serious corrections when I do use the bigger cameras. Lightzone, Darktable, and GIMP, as well as the two free Nikon programs, are all pretty amazing for having a zero dollar price tag. I'm still deciding as I've actually loaded them all, but I think it will end up being Darktable for most things and GIMP for more drastic changes.

The camera I bought has a 60x zoom which is very impressive. There is the next to last release that is an 83x zoom and the most recent release is about 123x. You can take pictures of the craters on the moon. No, they aren't much in low light, they have a small sensor and other shortcomings, but to get that kind of zoom on my DSLR I would have to spend upwards of $10,000 for just one more lens. So my new toy is pretty cheap compared to the other options and is pretty impressive as well. Any thoughts?

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