If you've just read my workflow details in the post below then you are probably asking 'Why no Photoshop?'
Why do photographers go out and spend Â£600 on Photoshop and then use only 1% of the available functionality when for the functions that they do use there is far cheaper software that does it better?
That's a question that I used to ask 2 years ago. Now Photoshop has caught up with the other software in the areas most important to me but still why pay Â£600?
OK - I could buy 'Elements' but somehow it upsets my Windows system.
If radical adjustments are necessary I take them on in Capture One LE (Â£65) - and working with curves on selective areas of an image I carry through in Paint Shop Pro (Â£70). Two years ago it was the British Journal of Photography that rated PSP's resizing feature (vital to Alamy submissions) equal to or better than Photoshop or Genuine Fractals (much better than the latter). The speed of saving LZW TIFFs was also much better - key elements in my workflow.
But Paint Shop Pro minces IPTC data - hence the addition of ACDSee (Â£30).
And what about the free Irfanview????
So photographers, unless you are among the few who use the truly advanced features, stop subsidising all those Graphic Professionals who tend to use the true power of Photoshop. Since acquiring Macromedia, Adobe is becoming a monopoly in the imaging marketplace. Apple users - stop vilifying Microsoft while spending thousands on Adobe - at least Uncle Bill gives mega-millions to deserving charities.
And the final Adobe insult is of course the Bridge - RF images on tap for designers too lazy to look for Photoconnect or Alamy or the many independents out there.
So before buying the next upgrade just think for a moment - there are alternatives out there.