You can’t create world class images without the right editing software.
Depending on the type of images you want to create, you may be able to get the job done with the basics like Lightroom or you may need a more specialized piece of software.
Here are some of our top choices in these categories…
Adobe Photograhy Plan ($9.99/month)
There are a lot of very good competitors to Adobe’s Photography Plan but none of them can give you the complete photo editing experience of this combination of Lightroom and Photoshop.
At $9.99 per month it is very inexpensive to get started.
Lightroom Presets ($27-$107)
Lightroom presets are a great way to jump start your creativity or shortcut your editing workflow to save you time. A well designed Lightroom preset is a lot more valuable than just using it to change an image and being done with it. By trying various types of presets, you can learn how to accomplish certain things in Lightroom and even develop your own style.
Lumenzia (Photoshop Plugin) ($39.99)
Lumenzia is the plugin that takes all the power of Photoshop and makes it easily accessible in a visually simple interface. If you have ever heard of things like luminosity masking, color masking, blend if layers, and wondered how the heck to use them effectively…then you need to check out this plugin by photographer Greg Benz.
LRTimelapse (99 Euros)
If you enjoy shooting timelapse photography and aren’t using LRTimelapse then you’re really missing out.
There is a little bit of a steep learning curve, but there are plenty of tutorials available and once you get the hang of it, this program will become an invaluable part of your timelapse workflow.
The way it works is by utilizing the RAW editing power of Lightroom to let you edit just a few images in your sequence and then let LRTimelapse calculate the adjustment values for the in-between images and import those settings into Lightroom. The result is a seamless and smooth transition throughout your timelapse sequence, even when shooting drastically changing scenes such as a sunrise.
Davinci Resolve 15 (FREE)
Despite the fact that Resolve is a high end video editing software solution often used by feature film editors…Blackmagic (the company that makes it) actually gives it away as a free download.
One of the latest upgrades added Fusion (a special effects editor comparable to After Effects) right into the Resolve workflow (also as part of the free program).
This may seem too good to be true, so here are the downsides…
You need a good graphics card in your computer in order to run the software at all. Also, there is less educational material out there for Resolve than there is for other more popular editors such as Premiere Pro.
MORE COMING SOON (including focus stacking, panorama, and other specialized editing solutions)…