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What Is Your Favorite Editing Software--Aside From PS and LR

Published: 07/06/2020

“Hi Brandon, I’m just wondering what kind of editing software people are using these days beyond Photoshop and Lightroom. I’m relatively new to real estate photography and after reading PFRE for the last few months, I know a lot of people outsource this work but I don’t want to. Believe it or not, I really enjoy doing my own editing. So, I was wondering what others who do their own editing are using beyond the big-two. BTW, love the new site!

Len, from Port Angeles, WA,

Thanks for writing in, Len--and thanks for your compliment about the new site. I’m glad you like it and I hope you’ll continue writing in! Yes, you’re right; a lot of people, including myself, outsource their editing. I don’t think it’s because they necessarily hate editing. If folks are like me, outsourcing the editing process became a necessity as my volume reached an unmanageable level. If I didn’t outsource, I’d probably only see my kids a few times a week!

It’s a really good question that you’re asking. To tell you the truth, I’m keen on seeing what everybody suggests. When I was doing my own editing, I relied solely on PS and LR. That said, I know many other people who shoot less volume and have the time to do their own editing, are more adventurous than I am, and experiment with other software programs.

So, while I’m not an expert at these other programs, here are a few that I’ve heard good things about. I know lots of people who love the Nik Collection, a series of plug-ins from DxO. As a matter of fact, DxO just launched the 3rd generation of Nik plug-ins a couple of days ago. I've also heard that others are enjoying the new Skylum’s Luminar 4 software, if for no other reason than its amazing sky replacement tool. I’ve been told that while it’s not 100% perfect, it works really well most of the time; and when it does work, the sky replacements are flawless.

While Nik and Luminar can work as stand-alone products, many people use them as plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom. It seems to me that there are companies putting out software that are trying to go head-to-head with Adobe. For example, in my research for this article, I found programs like Affinity who are taking up this direct competitor status. I don’t know much about Capture One, but I know a lot of high-end shooters in the architectural/interior design photography world speak highly of it.

Anyway Len, I hope this gives you a good head-start. I will look forward to see what others in our community suggest.

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