There are so many options for photo editing software, here we will tell you what we like and what we don't.
In this digital day and age we are now the developer and lab. The stuff we used to do in the darkroom is now in our hands on our computers.
Good editing software is as important as good camera equipment.
In the world of artistic software Photoshop is tops. I use Photoshop CS5.
I am super fond of Photoshop but the new Creative Cloud upgrades make it a little pricey for me, so I think I will be moving to Lightroom when the time finally comes.
I'm sad that they went to that format.
Before I bought the full version of Photoshop, I used Photoshop Elements 9.
This program is a stripped down version of Photoshop. The CS versions are suites that contain many other programs like Illustrator and such. If you are not going to be doing pro stuff like stock photography, you can certainly get by with Photoshop Elements.
The version of Elements that I had did not do HDR and at the time I was a little nuts about that. Now I do my own enhancing so I pretty much never use the Photoshop HDR but, last I knew Elements didn't do layers either. That would kill me.
There are a few things like super cool frames in Elements that make it fun to have both.
A few times a year COSTCO runs a special on Elements for around $50.
I used to have both on my computer until space got tight.
Let me tell you up front, I am a Topaz Labs affiliate, that means, if you buy it through any of my links, I get a percentage.
I am an affiliate because I truly love the product.
It's my favorite photo editing software!
Topaz is a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom that has a variety of really cool options and great tutorials and webinars to support them.
I have gotten every one of them when they ran 50% off sales.
if you watch a webinar you can get a 30% off coupon.
I've tried the free frames for OnOne and I liked them but I never really got in to the other products.
I know a lot of people who like them so if there is a free trial option you should try it.
This is the program I use for stock video editing.
It is the most inexpensive of the video editing programs and gets the job done easily.
I am pretty fond of it. There is a much larger Pro version of this but I have not used it.