Photo Software

What photo software do you use?

When you need to crop, or colour correct, or contrast correct, etc. — what software do you use? 

Please leave a comment on this thread and let me know — comments will be published so everyone can learn from them (most of all ME!).

This info will be useful for future posts — so PLEASE don’t be shy! :)

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9 Responses to Photo Software

  1. Jo Brown says:

    Okay, I’ll go first.  Hello Jo (or Hello ME)

    I started out using Photoshop Elements which is a great learning program.  Now I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

    There, now it’s Your Turn

  2. Jim says:

    We use Adobe Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4.  We like Scott Kelby’s books on Photoshop and find them very helpful and humorous (as a bonus). is great too (thanks to Jo for turning us on to that great educational site).

    • Jo Brown says:

      Thanks Jim! I also like Scott Kelby’s books — he makes me laugh out loud. And you are Welcome re the site. I refer to tutorials there on a weekly (if not daily) basis.

  3. Howard Smith says:

    As Jim (my dad) mentioned above, we use Lightroom 2 to import and manage sets of photos. It’s great for quick image adjustments, usually getting an image 90% of the way to it “singing”. Images to print or upload to our website typically get sent through Photoshop.
    More specifically, we’re finding Photoshop’s LAB colourspace a powerful tool, combined with curve adjustment layers and the shadows-and-highlights tool. The thing I really appreciate about the two programs is non-destructive editing; it is easy to experiment and then rewind, or to have adjustment layers for various papers for printing within a single file.

    • Jo Brown says:

      Thank you for your comments Howard — and for some insights into your process. I also really like the non-destructive editing functions in Photoshop. I took a look at some of your images on Phototide. Your talent for light capture is breathtaking!

  4. Kevin Underwood says:

    Hey there Jo,
    I use Lightroom 3 more for global changes, fine tuning and sharpening with Photoshop CS4, and just playing around with Photomatix 4 and the whole family of Nik Software, especially the HDR Efex Pro package.….so much to learn so little time to shoot.….LOL

    • Jo Brown says:

      Hi Kevin!

      I’ve never used Photomatix or Nik, although I’ve heard a lot about it. And you are so right…so much time learning the software leaves less time for shooting.  And then there’s the gardening.….

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