Photo Editing for Newbie, Amateur, or Hobbyist Photographers

Photo Editing Software
If you’re new to photography and learning the ropes, you need to know that the most experienced photographers take the help of photo editing software to touch up & color correct their images. Those awesome images that they put up on their portfolio and websites is not taken straight from the camera; it goes through a photo editing software.

Best Photo Editing Software

Most newbie, amateur, or hobbyist photographers take some time to realize that photography can be an expensive business, that requires good amount of investment.

So it makes sense to know about everything that can help you save money so that you can buy that expensive/useful gear instead.

Why Photo Editing?

A good photo editing software comes with complete set of tools that can be used for editing / enhancing the pictures that you have.

These contain everything that you need for quality digital photo processing.

Some of the more important features that these editing tools have:

  1. Downloading photos to your computer
  2. Automatic and manual editing
  3. Color Correction
  4. Defect Correction
  5. Photo management
  6. Sharing and publishing photos

Guide to the Best Photo Editing Software for Newbie, Amateur, or Hobbyist Photographers

Here we take a look at several free free photo-editing apps and programs that can help get you get the job done, until you’re ready for something more professional from the likes of Adobe.



These options will help you save money on editing, organizing and back-up software, which you may use to buy camera gear.

Things to keep in mind when using these:

  1. Learning Curve: Because these are free, they may not have the best of tutorials to explain most of its features. So there can be a learning curve involved. Hey, but these are free! And you should get the hang of it, if you spend sufficient time using them.
  2. Go RAW: For most photo-editing programs, you need to switch from JPG to RAW mode. RAW images are bigger in file size, but they hold more information and are better for post-processing. However, image viewing programs of some cameras may not be able to read the RAW images (specialized formats). That’s where a fast RAW viewer comes in handy: you quickly browse your photos, delete the unwanted ones, then load them into a photo editor.

Also Read: review of Adobe Photoshop editing software

Useful photo-editing apps & software:

  • FastStone Image Viewer (Windows)
    Among the best free RAW viewer. Lets you view, organize, and even convert individual RAW files into other formats if necessary.

    Another good alternative is Geeqie (Linux)

  • RawTherapee (Windows, Mac)
    For those who cannot afford Lightroom. You can use this application to collect, organise, process, develop and touch up photos.

    Another good alternative is Darktable (Linux)

  • GIMP (Windows, Mac, Linux)
    A popular free option, GIMP is an opensource competitor to Photoshop, and its quite good. GIMP can do most of what Photoshop does, but you will need to learn to us it.

    Good Alternatives: PhotoScape, Pixlr, Paint.NET.

  • Hugin(Windows, Mac, Linux)
    Lets you easily stitch together multiple photographs into a complete panorama. Its much more stable now and recommended for general use.

    Good Alternatives: Microsoft ICE, PTGUI

  • Recuva (Windows, Mac, Linux)
    A recovery software that lets you recover deleted files. Recuva lets you access the memory inside hard drives, flash drives, SD cards, etc and recover items that were deleted (works quite often).

    Good Alternatives: PhotoRec, Disk Drill

  • Wave (Accounting)
    This is more of an easy accounting software that lts you track sales, expenses, invoices, clients, and even employees (hired another shooter, set designer, drone pilot, and so on). Lot of automated features, including reminders. Spares you hassle so that you can focus more on creative work.

Popular Photo Editing App Prisma

Popular photo-editing app Prisma to work without Internet Connection…

There’s no doubt people are going crazy over popular photo editing app Prisma, but there are many who complain that at times it can really be slow.

It seems Prisma Labs decided to act on those grouses. Users will now be able to do offline filter processing (for select effects). The majority of Prisma styles will no longer need an internet connection.

Watch: Prisma app review

Prisma offers a wide range of filters that you can apply to the captured images – from Pop Art through to classical watercolors and oil paintings. But the application requires server-side processing for those filters to be applied.

But now, with this offline feature, Images can convert faster, and you do not need to be on the internet.

Currently, this feature is only present in the iOS version of the app, though presumably the Android app should have that feature in due course.

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