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Post-processing Survey

Quick survey of which members are using what tools in post-processing. Some questions allow multiple answers (as explained per question and also shown with square check-boxes). This poll has no expiry date, but you can only each question once. This should just provide us with a useful view on who in the club is doing and has tried what. If you have any questions, then ask me (Mark Wycherley).

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Q1: Do you post-process/develop your digital images?

Post-processing:

  • Yes
  • No

Total Voters: 16

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Q2: Do you shoot RAW?

Shoot RAW:

  • Yes
  • No

Total Voters: 15

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Q3: What main applications do you use for photo post-processing and editing (please answer for your main host applications that you regularly use in your workflow only, not the plug-ins/filters; that is separate question)? (Multiple answers allowed)

Applications:

  • Lightroom
  • Aperture
  • Capture One Pro
  • DxO Optics Pro
  • RawTherapee
  • PhotoNinja
  • Camera manufacturer's RAW developer (e.g. Nikon ViewNX, Canon DPP, Sony IDC, etc.,)
  • Photoshop Elements (including Adobe Camera RAW)
  • Photoshop CC (including Adobe Camera RAW)
  • Photoshop CS (including Adobe Camera RAW)
  • PaintShop Pro
  • GIMP
  • Other

Total Voters: 14

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Q4: What 3rd party plug-ins / filters do you regularly use? (Multiple answers allowed)

Plug-ins:

  • Nik Collection
  • Topaz (any individual program or the Complete Collection)
  • OnOne Perfect Photo Suite
  • Pixel Bender
  • Fractalius
  • G'MIC (for GIMP or standalone)
  • Neat Image
  • Other

Total Voters: 12

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Q5: What is you main computer platform for photo editing?

Computer platform:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Apple OS X
  • Linux
  • Other

Total Voters: 14

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Q6: How often do you calibrate and profile your photo-editing monitor?

Monitor profiling:

  • Once a month
  • Occasionally - less frequently than once a month
  • Never

Total Voters: 14

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Q7: Do you use a pen-tablet (e.g. Wacom) in your image editing?

Pen-tablet:

  • Yes
  • No

Total Voters: 14

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Q8: Do you use a tablet or smartphone (as in iPad, iPhone or similar other) for any image editing? (NB please answer for editing, not for viewing, or remote control)

Tablet or smart-phone:

  • Yes
  • No

Total Voters: 14

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Q9: How would you judge your skill level in Photoshop?

Photoshop:

  • Advanced
  • Intermediary
  • Beginner
  • None

Total Voters: 14

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Q10: How would you judge your skill level in Lightroom?

Lightroom:

  • Advanced
  • Intermediary
  • Beginner
  • None

Total Voters: 14

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Q11: How would you judge your skill level in Aperture?

Aperture:

  • Advanced
  • Intermediary
  • Beginnner
  • None

Total Voters: 13

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Q12: Which of these have you tried? (Multiple answers allowed)

Processing tried:

  • Composites (combining separate images of different subjects or vantage points)
  • HDR (tone-mapped or blended bracketed exposure-bracketed shots of the same scene and vantage point)
  • Focus-stacking
  • Panoramas

Total Voters: 14

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Q13: Have you done stitched panoramas/vertoramas (i.e. using software on computer, rather than the sweep panorama function often in modern cameras)?

Stitched panoramas:

  • Yes
  • No

Total Voters: 14

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Q14: What other applications do you use? (Multiple answers allowed)

Other applications:

  • Photomatix Pro
  • Oloneo PhotoEngine or HDREngine
  • Helicon Focus stacking
  • Hugin
  • PTGui
  • Microsoft ICE
  • None
  • Other

Total Voters: 14

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Q15: What application do you use to catalogue and manage your images? (Digital Asset Management / DAM)? (Multiple answers allowed)

Catalogue/DAM:

  • Lightroom
  • Aperture
  • Bridge
  • Photo Mechanic
  • None
  • Other

Total Voters: 14

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Q16: What image browsers do you use? (Multiple answers allowed)

Image browsers:

  • Picasa
  • FastStone
  • ACDSee
  • None
  • Other

Total Voters: 15

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Q17: Where do you store/archive your images? (Answer for both you primary and back-up storage – multiple answers allowed). Cloud/on-line means just that – i.e. archive storage, not photo-sharing sites.

Archive:

  • Internal computer drive
  • External USB drive
  • Home NAS (Network Attached Storage)
  • Cloud/on-line storage

Total Voters: 14

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Q18: How often do you back up your images?

Back-up frequency:

  • Once a week or more
  • Less regularly than once a week
  • Never

Total Voters: 14

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Q19: How do you do your backups?

Backup process:

  • Use a specific backup application
  • Manually copy files and folders using operating system
  • Do not really keep any backups

Total Voters: 14

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If you have answered Other for any question, please leave a general comment to the page on what it is you use and for what. Thanks.

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digbydachshund
digbydachshund
6 years ago

I use Extensis Portfolio as my DAM (and also find images using the Windows 7 search engine). I started using Extensis because I have a large collection of scanned historic railway and military photographs (about 11k railway and 3k military) and got it for that before digital photography arrived.
Niall

gerald
gerald
6 years ago

Q15 . My own system using Pictures and Windows 7

johnhill
johnhill
6 years ago

I have my own system for catalogueing.
I also use Portrait Professional

jeanhoyle
jeanhoyle
6 years ago

I answered ‘other’ to Q15 as I create my own cataloguing system for my photos using Windows 7.

caroldrew
caroldrew
6 years ago

I use Snapseed on my main computer and on phone and tablet, also Instagram on phone and tablet for “wackying” up my photo-sharing images.

Roger Hoyle
6 years ago

Others : Q4 Plug Ins, I use Neat Image sometimes, for noise reduction; Q14 Other Applications, I wanted to say ‘None’ but this answer wasn’t available so had to sat ‘Other’.

markw
markw
6 years ago
Reply to  rogerhoyle

Roger, thanks – I just added Neat Image to the list for Q4 and none for Q14. I had never heard of Neat Image before.