Top 10 Software I use for editing

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These are the TOP 10 software packages I currently use for my image and video editing and the hardware I use to run them on.

Surprisingly six of the ten programs can be had FREE for non-commercial use!
While four are paid or subscription model products.

Links to all the applications both free and paid are at the bottom of page.

The Software

What I edit still images with:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Lightroom Classic
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop
  • Skylum Luminar 2018 (Jupiter update!)
  • Topaz Studio
  • Microsoft ICE
  • Picolay

Image developer and catalog
Image editor
Image developer
Still image artistic effects
stitches panoramas
Focus stacker by Heribert Cypionka

 

 

 

 

 

My image catalog database is currently

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Lightroom  (Image developer and catalog)

 

What I try to bash together videos with:

  • Blackmagic DaVnci Resolve 15
  • Adobe Premier Elements 9
  • Handbrake
  • Audacity

Insanely powerful video and audio editor
video editor lite
video converter
audio editor

NOTE: A hiccup with the current Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 15 b3 and now b5,
entering some features like the Fusion nodal editor quickly blows chunks saying I’ve run out of GPU memory, and I should try to reduce the number of active nodes even though I only have 1 open with no effects inserted yet.
Hopefully a temporary situation to be resolved  by an update
All other components, like the Media manager,  Timeline editor, Color grader, Fairlight audio editor, and exporter seem to work OK
Unfortunate  but for now I do the main work in DaVinci Resolve and then have to add any effects in Adobe Premier Elements. 

The Hardware

The Monitors

  • ASUS xxx  (Main image editing display)
  • Samsung xxx (Text and control panels)

 

The eater of bits

  • Custom built Intel I7 system with
    • 32Gb RAM
    • 250Gb SSD + 500Gb SSD + 4Tb sata3 + 2 * 1Tb sata2 internal drives
    • Radeon R9 4Gb video card with 3 hdmi/dvi outputs
  • Wacom Intuos 3 9*12 tablet
  • Spyder Pro  (colorimeter)

 

Backup & Stability

  • Acronis TruImage 2018 (data backup)
  • A random array of Western Digital external drives (backup medium, on and offsite)
  • Apc UPS units (power stabilization)

 

Here are the links to all the products if you want to get any them

(Full disclosure:  I do use affiliate links for some products,   you do not need to use them)

Paid/subscription

Adobe Photography bundle includes both Lightroom & Photoshop for $9.99us/month at
Skylum Luminar is available for 99$Cdn at http://bit.ly/luminarpp
Adobe Premier Elements is available from Amazon here  Adobe Premiere Elements 2018
Acronis TruImage 2018 for 29.99$us (search the web for discount coupons!) at http://bit.ly/Acronispp

Free!

The following six products I use can all be downloaded and used for free!

BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve 15 (video/audio editor) for free at http://bit.ly/resolvepp       (non commercial use)
Topaz Studio for free at http://bit.ly/Topazst          (Pro adjustment packs are at extra cost, if you want them.)
Microsoft ICE (Panorama stitcher) for free at http://bit.ly/msICEpp
Picolay (Focus stacker) for free at http://bit.ly/picolay
Handbrake (video converter) https://handbrake.fr/
Audacity (audio editor) for free at http://bit.ly/audaditypp

Bonus

qDslrDashboard (remote camera control)  for free win/mac and paid app for android/ios at  http://bit.ly/2IVppWf
Wired and wireless camera control, timelapse with bramping, focus stacking, quite a powerful package.

Camera backpack and bags

Early gathering of my bag farm as it was in 2012

Early gathering of my bag farm as it was in 2012

The camera backpack and bag farm

As requirements and needs change over time one accumulates a variety of camera bags in search of that “perfect” one “does it all” bag that does not exist!

I dragged them all out in, took a photo of the bag family, and cataloged them all, yes bad weather stinks again, so am bored. (going to have to take a new updated photo some day, there are a half dozen or so new addition since this one was taken.)

These are the lists of the currently high use bags that head out with me, and a list of the entire bag family.

Lowepro seems to be the preferred go-to manufacturer for soft bags, in all my decades of use their products have never let me down!
Though the ThinkTank Retrospective 7 has become a favorite for city wanderings and air travel.
And Pelican (they also make Storm) for my hard shell cases.

I have replaced both the old LowePro Photo Trekker Classic and Slingshot 300 AW backpacks with a newer design Lowepro Flipside 400 AW backpack. Hoping for lighter weight and less stress on an easy to malfunction shoulder.

My current in use bags

Manufacturer Product Usage
ThinkTank Retrospective 7 day hiking, city wandering / urban exploration, travel carry-on
LowePro Flipside AW 400 field kit, day hiking
Kata-bags MarvelX-40DL Sony nex5r vlogging camera
LowePro S&F Filter Pouch 100 Filter's and holder
LowePro S&F Lens Exchange 200 AW FlipSide add-on
LowePro EX 180 “Strobist” lighting kit
Gitzo GC3100 Series 3 Tripod Bag vehicle tripod transport
Benro AC1046 Tripod Bag vehicle tripod transport
Pelican 1520 case vehicle gear transport
LowePro Stealth reporter D400 AW events
LowePro Photo Trekker Classic heavy field kit
LowePro Fastpack 200 wife's taken it for her kit

The entire bag farm

Manufacturer Product Usage
Benro AC1046 Tripod Bag vehicle tripod transport
Gitzo GC3100 Series 3 Tripod Bag vehicle tripod transport
Kata-bags MarvelX-40DL Sony nex5r vlogging camera
LowePro Flipside AW 400 field kit, day hiking
LowePro S&F Lens Exchange 200 AW FlipSide add-on
LowePro Orion AW currently unused/storage
LowePro Orion currently unused/storage
LowePro Toploader day trips to big city
LowePro Trimtech Odyssey currently unused/storage
LowePro Mini Mag P currently unused/storage
LowePro Orion Trekker II currently unused/storage
LowePro Fastpack 200 wife's taken it for her kit
LowePro Slingshot 300 AW currently unused, shoulder issue make it problematic
LowePro Stealth reporter D400 AW events
LowePro EX 180 “Strobist” lighting kit
LowePro Photo Trekker Classic heavy field kit
LowePro Film organizer AW Whats FIlm ???
LowePro D-pods 30 point&shoot
LowePro D-Res 20AW camcorder
Pelican 1520 case vehicle gear transport
Pelican 1300 case kayaking - dslr
Storm 3 model 2500 kayaking - P&S
Storm keycase kayaking - car keys
Sigma EX 120-300 case came with lens
Sigma EX 150 macro case came with lens
Tamrac Adventure 4 won as door prize
ThinkTank Retrospective 7 day hiking, city wandering / urban exploration, travel carry-on

DSLR a brief history of prices, rising?

Palantir See All mystic DSLR

Palantir See All, the mystic DSLR

Are camera DSLR body costs rising, stable or falling?

To answer that question I took a look into the past. Checking in on the mid level bodies from Canon since the introduction of the venerable 3.1 megapixel D30 way back in 2000.

I created a table of a brief history of Canon DSLR introduction dates and their pricing at the time of introduction.
Not including the top end 1D series and low end Rebel series.
Basically cut the top and bottom off,  just looking at the middle so called prosumer level bodies.

The table lists the Canon DSLR “Manufacturer Suggester Retail Prices” in the USA at time of their announcements.
Which surprisingly seems to have remained fairly stable over the years for each series of bodies.

If you factor in the ever rising inflation rate the actual cost of the bodies has in fact been slightly decreasing! Right along with the decreasing buying power of the mighty dollar as the years advance.

Body Month Year Suggested Price Megapixels Processor
D30May2000 MSRP US$3,500 3.1mp -
D60February2002 MSRP US$2,199 6.3mp -
10DFebruary2003 MSRP US$1,499 6.3mpDIGIC
20DAugust2004 MSRP US$1,499 8.2mpDIGIC ii
30DFebruary2006 MSRP US$1,399 8.2mpDIGIC ii
40DAugust2007 MSRP US$1,299 10.2mpDIGIC iii
50DAugust2008 MSRP US$1,399 15.2mpDIGIC 4
60DAugust2010 MSRP US$1,099 18.0mpDIGIC 4
70DJuly2013 MSRP US$1,199 20.2mpDIGIC 5+
80DFebruary2016 MSRP US$1,199 24.2mpDIGIC 6
series-----
77DFebruary2017 MSRP US$899 24.2mpDIGIC 7
series-----
7DSeptember2009 MSRP US$1,699 18.0mpdual DIGIC 4
7D mkiiSeptember2014 MSRP US$1,799 20.2mpdual DIGIC 6
series-----
6DSeptember2012 MSRP US$2,099 20.2mpDIGIC 5+
6D mkiiJune2017 MSRP US$1,999 26.2mpDIGIC 7
series-----
5DAugust2005 MSRP US$3,299 12.8mpDIGIC ii
5D mkiiSeptember2008 MSRP US$2,699 21.1mpDIGIC 4
5D mkiiiMarch2012 MSRP US$3,299 22.3mpDIGIC 5+
5D mkiv August2016 MSRP US$3,499 30.1mpDIGIC 6+
series-----
5DSFebruary2015 MSRP US$3,699 50.6mpdual DIGIC 6
5DSrFebruary2016 MSRP US$3,899 50.6mpdual DIGIC 6

 

New year and Finally done with all the changes!

lookng up through the trees

Looking up

New Year and DONE!

Finally just in time for the new year,
completed all the major changes to the image library.

It really nice to have Lightroom handling most tasks almost automatically, including uploading selected images to the Photoshelter image bank,  my 500px feed and even facebook (yuck on that one.)
So went forth and bought myself a new decent ASUS ProArt PA248Q IPS monitor to celebrate,  unfortunately it really shows how bad the color was on my supposedly calibrated Samsung  23″ consumer grade monitor.

However the 2 monitors are working out very well side by side with the Asus being used to display the image being worked on  while the Samsung is handling the text and menus.

Also picked up a NetGear Push2TV over the holidays, it lets me wireless display anything my Google  tablet & laptop see over  Miracast or WiDi,  will be great for shows & seminars  (Now hoping some nice Santa brings me a 1080p projector next year. )

Pete’s What’s in the bag – My Storm Kit box

Storm kit box

The grab and go storm kit box

What’s in the Bag

The Storm Kit Box

Peek into some of the equipment kit I carry in the “What’s in my bag article” on blogger
http://imagemakersjourneys.blogspot.ca/2013/06/storm-kit-box.html

The “Storm box” was assembled to hold all the small bits.
That might be needed to run after and photograph a storm.
A few of the larger “bits” don’t fit in the box.
But many server dual purposes especially the safety items.
Click the link above to see what is in the box and what the bigger items are that do not fit nicely in such a small Pelican 1300 case!

As with most things, especially storms think Safety First!