What photo editing software should I use?

1 MinuteThursday 27th, February 2020

You have just come back from a photography shoot or adventure and have taken a load of photos, and you want to edit those photos. What software should you use?

Many people might automatically think of Adobe Photoshop; Photoshop's primary use isn't actually for editing photos. Adobe Lightroom was designed to be used to edit photos, and it is a favourite of mine, there are some other simple applications out there that can provide basic editing for free and most of the time that's probably all you need. 

Here's my top 4 photo editing software:

Adobe Lightroom

Provides lots of advanced and basic photo editing features; if photography is more than a hobby, Lightroom is an excellent piece of software to edit your photos in. You do need an Adobe subscription, and this can become expensive. 


Affinity Photo

This is a great alternative to Lightroom and provides most features that you would need to get started editing your photos. You can purchase Affinity Photo for a one-off cost. 



Is a free alternative desktop application that can be downloaded and provides all the basic editing features you'll need to get started. 



Is a free website that allows you to upload your photo and edit it in the browser without downloading any software; this is an excellent alternative if you want a simple interface for editing your photos. 


These are just four options of software that can be used to edit your photos. There are many more options out there, and it comes down to your preference and what you're trying to achieve. Why not give them a go?

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Tom Howard

Tip by Tom Howard

Tom is an up and coming photographer, who loves to go out on photography adventures with friends and family when he can. He's a full time software engineer by day for a technology company in Brighton and the founder of Snaphints.

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