To Pay for Post-processing Software or not….

Luminar AI LogoThere seem to be a lot of questions about post-processing software. This is a personal take, opinions differ and there is plenty more software out there.

Photoshop and Lightroom

PS and Lightroom is the best with lots of support and training out there. They offer a monthly photography subscription plan which include Lightroom and Photoshop.

Lightroom and Photoshop Alternatives

For free Lightroom alternatives DarkTable is a bit lightroom-cloney but fairly good and usable for a free program. RawTherapee is powerful but not particularly user-friendly. Affinity photo is a good one. Options like Darktable is good. For a PS alternative Gimp is good. Most of these free alternatives is not always as user-friendly, so a person need to do some YouTube or training videos.

Skylum Luminar

Skylum is sort of PS and Lightroom combined. Free training is also supplied via training videos and a free online course. It also has a plugin that can be integrated via PS, Lightroom and some other photo editing tools. The sky replacement tool is better than PS, and they have an AI that make suggestions on editing if you drop a photo in, easier if a person is totally new to editing. Not always crazy about automated edits, so generally use the custom editing tools custom rather than using presets. Opinions differ.

Skylum Luminar Payment Options

  • To try out the trial version visit
  • Use the code LUMINAR-FRIEND to get a $10 discount on the purchase price when purchasing.

A trial version of Skylum is available to test out. Skylum Luminar is a software purchase rather than a subscription with free support and updates for a year until a next major release, after which upgrading software is discounted, and usually comes with a 1-year SmugMug subscription which is usually charged for at just over $55,00 a year for a basic package, as well as a user course from ThinkTap Learning.


Skylum Luminar: Photo-processing software simplified.

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What is SmugMug

Smugmug has some photo sales tools built in and if a paid subscriber, can be set to your registered domain as a website.