Photo editor selection
There so many photo editing programs that it is tough to choose one that meet 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.
- Picasa was great, but it was killed by Google.
- Microsoft Photo does not have enough features (e.g. color adjustment).
- 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
FastStone for frequent photo editing.
Photoshop Elements for occasional intensive editing of a small number of photos.