I’m looking for software for editing my pictures, and organizing my growing photo library.
At first, I was using only the Sony Utility software that came with my point and shoot. It was really easy to use, and it served its purpose. That was until I decided I need to learn about shooting RAW files and editing them.
From there I ventured into the confusing world of the Canon Digital Photo Professional software. Man was I confused. I had resisted using it for so long, but had to learn to embrace it. And, I did! Slowly but surely, it started to get so much easier to use, and make sense. It is my go to software for editing now.
When I got my Canon film scanner, it came with Photoshop Elements 5. Once again, I resisted the software. It did however became a secondary source when I had to learn how to resize my images. Since then, I have toggled between the two of them.
The problem is, I want to learn more about editing and I want a better organizational system. Today I downloaded trial versions of both Photoshop Elements 9 and Lightroom 3. Both seem to have their purpose, and both have organizational systems. I have them both for 30 days to try, and play with before I decide what to buy.
I played with both today, and because of its familiarity, I am leaning towards the Elements program. Lightroom feels so complex, and I am not sure I want to even try to wrap my head around it. Although, it has so many options for editing. I’m really at a loss here.
If anyone has some great insight, I’d love to hear from you!