Photography Software Reviews and Recommendations

Topaz Labs

You can download all of the Topaz Labs plugins as free and fully functional 30 day trials.  If you decide to purchase a license, you will get an instant 10% discount with the coupon code “photoluminary” (without the quotes).  Simply enter the code into the online order form and it will be deducted instantly.

1.  Topaz Labs Bundle

The bundle includes all 10 Topaz plugins, plus Fusion Express, which adds iPhoto, Aperture & Lightroom Compatibility.

2.  Topaz Clarity

Subtly to dramatically enhance contrast and clarity with no artifacts or halos.

3.  Topaz B&W Effects

Create traditional and stylized looks with the most versatile tool for B&W enhancement.

4.  Topaz Lens Effects 

Create bokeh, vignettes, color tone balance, motion blur and more after the shot.

5.  Topaz photoFXlab

Access to all of your Topaz plug-ins in a standalone application.  No Photoshop required!  Plus, a layered workflow with masking and convenient editing tools.

6.  Topaz Adjust

Optimizes exposure, color, and detail strength for dynamic, HDR-style images.

7.  Topaz Clean

Smoothing and edge stylizing for creating smooth, flawless skin and curly, vectorized effects.

8.  Topaz Simplify

Create digital art and painting effects in your images for a wide range of artistic enhancements.


Adobe is the best photo editing software in existence.  If I had to choose only two programs to create all of my visual digital art, without hesitation I would choose Photoshop and Lightroom.  Everything else is just gravy.

1.  Adobe Photoshop

The latest and greatest version of Adobe Photoshop

2.  Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is ideal for photographers that don’t need the extra features present in Photoshop.  Choose from and/or create your own one-click presets or make adjustments for each photo.

3.  Adobe Creative Cloud

This is the subscription model that Adobe has implemented, giving you access to either a single app or all of Adobe’s products.  Despite the controversy, it really is a good deal if you want to be able to use multiple products and don’t have a large chunk of change to lay down all at once.

Portrait Professional

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1.  Portrait Professional Standard

For amateur photographers working with JPG or 24-bit TIFF files.

2.  Portrait Professional Studio

For amateur or professional photographers who work directly with RAW files or want the higher quality of 48-bit colors.

3.  Portrait Professional Studio 64

For professional photographers or those working with very large images.


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Photomatix Essentials

onOne Software

1.  Perfect Photo Suite 7

A perfect alternative or additional tool to Photoshop.  Work in layers and create endless effects.  Works with Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and as a standalone.

2.  iPhone and iPad Apps

3.  Free Software and Presets

Free photographic effects and presets for Perfect Photo Suite 7.  Also, free presets for Lightroom, Aperture and Camera RAW.

One Response to Photography Software Reviews and Recommendations

  1. June Pinto says:

    Nice article. I send pictures to my clients with Binfer. It’s a neat way to send lots of pics safely.

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