Much like a lot of other digital and even tech-related products these days, almost everything is on par with one another. The latest smartphones, the latest cameras, laptops, and many other items have come a long way in the past few years to the point where what you choose for yourself has more to do with personal preference than with one thing being better than the other.
Same is the case with professional-grade photo editing software. Each top end software these days comes packed with features that make it a complete package for the user. But at the same time, each has some unique aspects to it that make people either buy it or look elsewhere. That is why Lightroom is no longer the only photo editor that professionals use. There are many amazing alternatives these days that boast similar performance for lesser price at times.
We are here to look at two of the best alternatives to Lightroom you can use today.
Capture One by Phase One
Capture One has been on the photo editing scene for quite some time. In the past couple of years, the editor has really become a formidable alternative to Lightroom. Many photographers prefer it for its overall better image quality. While Lightroom still has an arguably better cataloguing system, Capture One isn’t too far off.
Just like Lightroom, Capture One allows for complete RAW image editing. You can adjust colors, exposure, contrast, white balance, and much more with the help of simple sliders. Alternatively, you can use the software’s well-designed presets for quick adjustments. It also allows for selective editing so you can fix only parts of your image while leaving the rest as is.
If you would like to read a detailed comparison between Lightroom and Capture One, this is a good one. Alternatively, watch the following video:
Luminar by MacPhun
If you are not afraid to try something new, then give Luminar a shot. This fairly new editor gives both Lightroom and Capture One a run for their money. While the features it has are more or less similar as the other two, the best thing about Luminar is its intuitive and easy to use interface. It puts everything you need right in front of you so that you can make adjustments quickly and efficiently. You can also work in layers with Luminar, so merging different effects and textures to get the right final image is not difficult at all.
Another great thing about Luminar, one that might sway the users of Capture One, is that it also offers plugins for both Lightroom and Photoshop. While the former may not excite many users, the fact that it can used in tandem with Photoshop is a big deal. That’s because one of the biggest selling points of Lightroom is that it can be used almost seamlessly with Photoshop. If you’d like to use Luminar with Photoshop, watching the following video will help you get started:
Whichever one of the programs you choose is obviously up to you and based on your personal preferences. The point of this whole article is that there are many capable photo editors these days to contend with the big hitters like Lightroom and Photoshop. It’s always a great choice to give these different programs a try for free, and then decide which one suits your needs best before spending your money on any one of them.