Photo Processing Alternatives

Our meeting discussions  often center on which processing software to use as well as which equipment. Here are several Photoshop alternatives and plugins that I own and use pretty regularly. They all run on Windows and Mac OS.
They have DxO PhotoLab 2 and the Nik Collection. Both work well but are more expensive over all because they (so far) charge for updates. I had the Nik collection already (purchased!) but paid DxO when they released it under their name (there were a few very minor updates) so I could stay in the update loop. Less than a year later, and (again) more minor updates, they want another fee. Really? That generated a lot of ill will on their Facebook page! To be fair though the update between PhotoLab and PhotoLab 2 were pretty significant and Adobe has charged an update fee for less.
Very good plugins. They work in Photoshop or on their own in Topaz Studio. They may seem expensive compared even to Nik but no update fees and are often on sale. You can buy them individually instead of loading up with the entire set.
Free! Comes with a selection of the Topaz plugins and you can add more as you need or want them. I’ve made some pretty cool images with this program. Also - FREE!
Note: it prefers a pretty hefty graphics card to run. My older laptop at work (yes, I sneak photo time at work!) barely runs it even though the other programs run fine.
Makers of Luminar 3 and a very nice HDR program Aurora HDR (which I don’t own). Luminar comes with many ‘looks’ to apply to your image and you can get more from the site - or create your own. I’ve made some pretty cool images with this one too. Does a great job at removing unwanted junk from your images. And it’s been free updates since version one.
This one is the most like Photoshop but not exactly the same - there are many differences that crop up as you use the program. Over all if you are familiar with Photoshop you will quickly learn this. This is the only one that allows you to add text, borders, drop shadows, etc.
Also - free updates!







Meeting: 8 July 2019

Just a few notes for the Monday meeting.

  Hi everyone - Just a reminder that I need color and b&w prints for next year's NECCC print circuit by the 12th. You could bring your submission to our meeting next Monday. If you aren't coming to the meeting, I'll need to have the prints by the end of next week. I live in Dummerston, but can make arrangements to meet in Brattleboro when you want to get the prints to me.
   We'll probably be allowed four prints of both color and b&w. You can give me one print of each, but let me know which you would favor when/if I have to make a choice to get down to four. My intention is for everybody to have at least one print in the circuits.
I'm attaching the rules/guidelines for submitting prints. Though they are for last year's competition, they haven't changed.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks. Roger


   For our meeting on Monday July 8th we would like to have a members gallery night. We encourage everyone to bring in up to three printed images. These do not have to be framed or anything fancy just a print or 3 to share with the other members. We want to foster discussion of the images amongst the members. This will be a great time to share your images and thoughts in small groups around the room gallery style. We hope to see great prints on Monday the 8th.

Thank you and see you soon.
John, Tom, and Cyndie