Since it started being included with the Photoshop CC subscription, I've been starting out in Lightroom. I use it for organizing and sorting my shots and the initial edits to them. I still tend to do most of my editing in Photoshop. I find myself dropping back to Bridge from time to time for some tasks too. I think that's because I haven't made the time commetment to learning Lightroom that John has. Well, that and my instinctual resistance to change.
In Photoshop, there are some plug-ins that I've become attached to and use quite often. Most of them are from Topaz. I know there are some others out there that will do some of the jobs better, but I've found when it comes to cost vs. getting the job done
, they are some of best. They include: Adjust, BW Effects, DeNoise, Detail
, and ReMask
. It would have been cheaper to buy all the Topaz filters as a bundle, but I chose to buy them as I could to or as I needed them. I tend to start with a preset that comes close and make adjustments to it from there when needed.
For their purpose, there are a couple of free
programs that I think are noteworthy. ShiftN
- does a decent job of straightening up lines in buildings and such.http://www.shiftn.de/AutoHDR
- is a bit slow but does a decent job with HDR and psudo-HDRhttp://www.autohdr.co.uk/
For those who don't want to make a subscription commetment on Photoshop, there's GIMP. It isn't Photoshop but it's free. If you spend the time to learn it, it can accomplish a lot.http://www.gimp.org/