We spend thousands on camera gear and then complain about the cost of software

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Photoshop is part of the Adobe Photography Plan at $10/£10 month (Image credit: Adobe)

This doesn’t make any sense to me. In this digital age we rely on software to organize our images, optimize our raw files and create signature effects and looks that we hope will make us stand out in a world saturated with imagery. Software, it seems to me, is as integral to the whole imaging process as cameras and lenses.

Choosing the best photo editing software is as important as getting the best professional cameras, the best lenses or the best tripods

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com