A big part of taking photos professionally has to do with post-processing. There are a lot of aspects of a photo that you can tweak only in post, and sometimes that becomes necessary to make sure you get the maximum possible quality from your images.
However, with so many editors out there, each promising to be the best new thing, it can get very hard to choose one. That is why we have compiled some important points for you to consider before making a purchase:
- If you want an editor that does it all, then Adobe’s Photoshop is probably the best bet. It can not only edit RAW photos but also allows you to do various other things like painting over your photos, merging different images, tweak the look of a photo on a pixel-level, and much more. However, Photoshop is not the best solution if all you want is a RAW editor and don’t need the extra bells and whistles.
- If you want an editor that lets you edit RAW images professionally, then you should take a look at Lightroom or Capture One. Both these editors are top of the line when it comes to tweaking RAW files. You can do everything from exposure corrections to selective editing with both, and the choice between them depends on the kind of interface you’re more comfortable with.
- If you want a specialty editor, then your choice depends on the kind of photos you want to create. For HDR photos, Aurora HDR 2018 is the best overall. It merges a sleek interface with more features than you’d probably need. Similarly, for applying quick filters to your photos you might fare better with something like Luminar that not only brings you pro-grade filters and presets but is also a fully functioning RAW editor.