Photo editor selection
There are so many photo editing programs that it is tough to choose one that meets the following subjective requirements:
- Ease of use.
- Enough features for a serious amateur photographer.
- Reasonably priced without subscription
- Digital Photo Professional. Difficult to use. Primarily for RAW pictures.
- Fotor has poor support for a multi-monitor setup.
- Picasa was great, but it was killed by Google.
- Microsoft Photo is great, but it does not support batch editing or repeated editing pattern application.
- Picturecode Photoninja ($129)
- affinity Photo ($49). Less user friendly than Luminar. Similar to Photoshop.
- Luminar ($69) Easier than affinity. Similar to Lightroom. Luminar 3 has a problem of starting. Even though the problem can be fixed after a repair, it still starts very slowly and many functions can suddenly stop working. It is a very shaky program probably based on poor software engineering. This may have to do with the fact it was initially developed as a Mac program, then ported to Windows.
- GIMP (open source). It may be powerful, but not user friendly. I can be a tool in the box taken out occasionally to meet some special requirement of photo editing.
- FastStone Image Viewer It supports batch editing (select files > right-click > tools > batch convert > advanced options > select a tab (e.g. adjustments) at the top > design and preview > make changes > close > OK > Convert).
FastStone for frequent photo editing.
Photoshop Elements for occasional intensive editing of a small number of photos.