Photography Poll: What Image Editing Software Do You Use


Time for another photography poll. We’re getting more and more participation and starting to get some good results. If you haven’t participated in the previous polls, you can find them here, and here.

This week’s photography poll is about image editing software. I’ve been spending a lot of time the last couple of weeks going through all the photos from our trip out to Death Valley and Zion. Part of the process is making some edits to the images in order to improve them. This could be something like resizing, cropping, editing the color/contrast, etc.

There are a lot of different image editing software options out there so I’m interested in seeing what everyone is using. I’ve listed some of the more popular choices but if you use something else, check the “other” box and please leave a comment with what software you are using. That way readers might be able to get some new ideas if they are looking to make a change. You can also give more than one answer since many of us use multiple applications for different things.

As for me, I use a combination of PaintShop Pro and FastStone (which I’ve indicated in the poll). I’ve thought about getting Adobe Photoshop but I’m finding it hard to justify the multiple hundreds of dollars cost at this point. I’d be interested in hearing from all of you why you like using what you’re using.


What Image Editing Software Do You Use (you can pick more than one)

  • Photoshop (60%, 6 Votes)
  • Lightroom (40%, 4 Votes)
  • Paintshop Pro (20%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (20%, 2 Votes)
  • FastStone (10%, 1 Votes)
  • Photoshop Elements (10%, 1 Votes)
  • Gimp (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Picasa (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I Don't Need No Stinkin' Software! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Photography Poll: Which Format Do You Shoot, RAW or JPEG

OK, it’s been a while since the last post but I have a great excuse, we were out West for a week long vacation. We spent time in Death Valley and Zion National Parks with stopovers in Las Vegas while coming and going between the two. It was a great trip and I shot a lot of images. I’m hopeful that I can get through them in the next few days and start sharing our experiences. Stay tuned…

I met a lot of other photographers while on the trip (some extremely serious and some more casual) and it got me thinking, “What format do people shoot, RAW or JPEG?” So this photography poll asks that exact question. In the age of digital cameras that seems to be a question that comes up just about every time photographers get together. It’s a question that’s almost as old as “Canon or Nikon?”, although the question has really only been asked for the last 10 years or so. That question is “Do you shoot in RAW or JPEG?”.

Please note that I didn’t say “shoot in the RAW…”, that’s a personal decision that is the subject of another, completely different, poll :-)

As for my personal experience with this, in the short time that I’ve been back into photography, I’ve been asked this question several times. There are people on both sides of this “issue”. The RAW purists don’t want anything at all to corrupt their images, and they want total control over the photo. JPEG shooters on the other hand seem to be fine with the slight loss of control over the image because of the reduced time needed and the smaller, more portable file sizes.

For me it’s pretty much RAW all the time. I figure I’m trying to get the best image possible and RAW gives me the most flexibility in terms of adjusting and tweaking the image.

So, what is it for you, RAW or JPEG?

When Shooting Digital-Do You Shoot in RAW or JPEG

  • JPEG Only (50%, 2 Votes)
  • RAW & JPEG (50%, 2 Votes)
  • RAW Only (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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Photography Poll: Who Makes Your Favorite Camera

I’m always interested in people’s opinions, and it’s fun to learn more about the people who read this blog. So, from time to time I’ll post some type of Photography Poll to get feedback from you regarding different topics in the world of photography. Some of the polls will be be fairly general while others will ask you to give a Yes/No answer.

I’m hoping to use the information from the polls to make sure I’m addressing your needs with this site. By knowing what types of subjects, information, and equipment you are interested in hearing about I can do my best to give you what you’re asking for. I may also use a poll to determine the “prize” for any contests or giveaways that I run.

This first poll is fairly basic. All I’d like to find out is what is your favorite camera manufacturer. Keep the answers to cameras you actually own currently, have owned in the past or have at least used a fair amount. You can consider digital cameras or film cameras. It can be a point-and-shoot, DSLr, or full-format camera. As long as it’s a camera that you have actual experience with, it counts. You will be able to view the results as you go, just click the “View Results” link.  I’ll also try to do a summary of the previous poll before I start a new one.

I’ll start this off with my vote, which is for Canon. Thanks in advance for your participation and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone’s favorite camera is.

Here you go!


What is your favorite digital camera manufacturer

  • Canon (67%, 2 Votes)
  • Nikon (33%, 1 Votes)
  • Sony (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Kodak (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Minolta (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fuji (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Hasselblad (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Leica (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Olympus (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Panasonic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Pentax (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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