There are plenty of tools and editing software for photographers to post-process images. I have listed my top 3 editing software that I personally use and recommend to new aspiring photographers.

Like any professional photographer, you want to create world-class images that will gain you credentials and monitor value. Depending on your editing style will determine which editing software you will use. It depends on your photography style and what type of images you want to create; it might be 1 or 2 editing software that would suffice.

Here are my top three editing software’s:

1. Adobe Lightroom Classic

Lightroom is a beginner-friendly interface for photographers, especially if you are trying to find your editing style and process. It helps establish an easy process and enables you to customize your presets and adjustments. It takes time to learn this software, especially if you are new to photography; however, plenty of free educational videos are available on YouTube. Adobe Lightroom is known as a singular app or as part of one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud packages. You can get Lightroom and Photoshop together for just $9.99/month.

2. Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is considered more advanced than Lightroom, which I only recommend for those who are comfortable with taking on the challenge of integrating PS into their post-processing. This would mean that you are ready to take it to the next level for your editing. However, you are adding time to that process. At first, it can be challenging to navigate, including several tools that are far more advanced than Lightrooms. This software requires more patience and time to learn because this PS can be utilized for graphics, art, and more! What I love about PS is that it allows photographers to retouch images with sophisticated filters and brushes. It gives you the opportunity for advanced color editing and multi-layer editing that LR limits you to do. You are creating your art with your images, allowing you to purchase more tools and PS actions to benefit your post-processing.

3. Skylum Luminar AI

This editing software has quickly become famous for its editing tools and accessories. Luminar is a one-stop shop for post-processing and can also be used as a plugin within Lightroom and Photoshop. If you know anything about LR shortcuts, Luminar uses the same keyboard shortcuts that LR does. Therefore, the transition from LR to Luminar is smooth and consistent. You can also organize your images, making your photo editing workflow quick and efficient. Another plus with Luminar is the cost is a one-time fee which grants you access for life!

I use all three programs, but Adobe LR and PS are standard for professional photographers. To produce high-quality images, you must utilize high-quality tools that complement your work. Additionally, your editing skills will be showcased when you print your work.