I’m not sure how complimentary it is of me to be posting this here on a foss site, but I’m completely at a loss where else to go…
I’ve been active in photography for a few years now, and although I have pretty much mastered composition and other things related to camera work, it would appear I suck completely when it comes to editing! If there were a natural talent, it definitely wasn’t given to me.
I have tried many foss programs, some Linux-friendly proprietary ones, messing around with icc profiles and monitor profiles, and yet I consistently fail at getting the results I’m looking for - similar to those you see 500px, for example.
Some people have made the suggestion that I need step away from the kit lens and buy more expensive glass. Others have suggested the only way to go is the dreaded Lightroom/photoshop route. Both involve a very costly price tag.
The biggest frustration is around noise, and making images pop. Also not having a one-stop shop in terms of software, often requiring 3-4 apps to process one pic.
I very much like doing landscapes and nightscapes, and would one day like to sell my work. Nothing would give me more joy than to boast that they were done with open-source software, debunking the myth that Lightroom is photgraphy’s god.
I realise there isn’t much money in landscape work, but rather in portraiture/weddings. However I have no interest in these sorts of shoots.
So, the dilemma revolves around what my next step should be. There are three possible outcomes as far as I can see…
Buy a new lens to try out. This seems a very expensive route with no guarantee it’ll resolve my issues. There are no outlets where I live (or close by) who offer rental lenses.
Buy into Lightroom and a Mac. Another very expensive ‘trial’ with no guarantee of success - not to mention my overburdening malice toward Adobe over their attitude toward their not porting to Linux. It would also have to be a Mac because I hate the direction MS are going with Win 10 and its associated privacy issues. One reason for Lightroom would be the endless youtube tutorials, local courses offered - as opposed to a handful of open-sourced options, many divided between the various foss apps.
Do nothing and let photography fade away gracefully. After all there isn’t any point in doing something that provides a constant source of frustration and as a result don’t get full enjoyment from, is there?
What would you do if you were in this situation? Is there a another unseen (to me) option? If so what? This whole thing has frustrated me for so long, that I now get depressed just thinking about photography in general - and yet, I know could be immensely satisfying.