It’s a hotly debated topic and one that has pro’s and cons attached but its often the case that even the greatest photographs benefit from a little tweak here and there. The most highly skilled photographers still rely on software to bring out the very best in their photographs, so with that in mind we have put together five of our favourites, some free and some with a subscription charge:
Starting with one of the most popular, this is always going to be a favourite as its so accessible and there are so many online and YouTube tutorials for Photoshop that you’ll be able to pick up and master most techniques easily. It’s used worldwide, has lots of features and gives your images the professional touch.
Another of the well known software options around and for good reason, it lets you import and edit quickly which is always going to be a good thing. It has features such as the ability to store keywords for ease of use and has raw editing facilities that are always an advantage for flexibility. With upgrades all the time, this is one package that keeps you up to date with the latest technology.
Here is our Lightroom tutorial
This is such a versatile programme and its free to use, one of the highlights is that you can target parts of your image and don’t have to apply a change to the whole image. The basic editing suite is on show and it’s only afterwards if you need more settings you can go into them, so from a beginners point of view it all looks less confusing. It’s a great free alternative to Lightroom and Photoshop.
Another freebie, one that is great to use in Windows, it has the look and feel of Photoshop, it’s not as polished as some of the bigger players but it’s a great alternative if you don’t want to splash the cash. It lets you import and export files in any format and has some great features such as being able to warp parts of a photograph so you can target the areas you want.
This free web based programme is great for any devices supported by flash (but unfortunately rules out mobiles). If you are comfortable using Gimp then you’ll be right at home with this one. Lots of tools such as red eye reduction and clone tools and its quick and easy to use too so makes a great choice for browser use.
Whatever you use, remember that with some free software your file sizes may be limited unless you upgrade to a subscription package. As different tasks need different things, you may find you need to use a variety of software from the basic enhancing and filters to making your photographs look better high resolution when printing. Always save the image in raw and edit from there as it gives you more correction ability than jpeg. The best way to find out what suits you is to have a play with the free versions before committing to the paid one.