|Summer Mow - Tehachapi, California (post-processed using free software)|
I think that those who spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on computer software for their photographs have to justify that. If free software does the same (just differently) as $700 software, why the heck did you spend that kind of money?
I'm not saying you should or shouldn't use this or that software. I'm simply saying that there is no shame in using the great free post-processing software that's available. If you paid for your photo editing software, there is no reason to look down on those who didn't.
I use free post-processing software. So what? I've photographed weddings and portraits. I have sold stock images. I've had photographs on the wall of a gallery. I've had some images published in a book.
It's never about the camera. It's never about the lens. It's never about the software. Vision is what matters.