Photo Software

I’m constantly trying new things, but I only review stuff that I actually use. That should help keep the clutter down and keep you focused on the best stuff out there. I hope these reviews are of benefit to you in your lifelong adventure of photographic fortune and glory.

Photo Software Reviews

Five pieces of software you should have

Additional Software you may find helpful

Photo Software Coupon Codes

I also have a complete list of the best coupon codes for photo editing software.

Photo Editing Tutorials

For more information about my post-processing “process”, please check out one of my tutorials.

  • NEW! Complete HDR Tutorial – Countless Techniques Explored – There are over 10 hours of detailed video instruction in the course! In the first hour, you’ll know all the basics, and beyond that, you’ll learn an amazing collection of new tricks, workflow, and post-processing techniques that will give your photos a great and unique look. Excellent for any skill level, from beginner to advanced.
  • NEW! Trey Ratcliff’s Lightroom Tutorial for Beginners and Beyond – Lightroom is awesome and fun! It’s hard for me to think of a program that I enjoy using more than Lightroom! Not only is it great for organizing your photos, but you can do incredible things to make your photos look amaze-maze! You’ll see how I organize and edit photos in Lightroom, from Alpha to Omega. Everything is in HD and it’s ideal for any skill level.
  • Organize Your Photos: The Three Level System – Looking to organize your photos? Then this video and eBook will help you get your digital life organized! This is a problem for me too. I have tens of thousands of photos. Since digital photos are a major issue, I’ve worked hard to come up with a system that works for me. I’m happy to share this system with you.
  • FREE HDR Tutorial – a completely FREE step-by-step guide to HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.
  • Discover the Art of Photography – an introduction to photography for beginning and intermediate photographers. You will learn how about setting up your camera, properly composing a photo, finding your artistic style, and improving the quality and beauty of your photos.
  • Midnight in Paris – Fine Art Photography – Combines Miss Aniela’s dramatic fine art photography and Trey Ratcliff’s beautiful landscapes into an hands-on photoshoot and post-processing tutorial
  • Landscape & Travel Photography Tutorial: New Zealand – this online photography course includes over four hours of step-by-step instruction. You will see how Trey sets up his camera to take photos, how he composes the shot, and how he performs HDR processing plus hundreds of other little tricks to make your photos look prettier.
  • Textures Tutorial – learn Trey’s tricks to using textures to give your photos a unique look.

More Reviews and recommendations

I have many other reviews and recommendations you may find helpful!

  • Camera Reviews – recommendations for digital cameras for any budget to skill level
  • Camera Lens Reviews – detailed reviews of all the lens I use for my photography
  • Other Reviews – various other software and hardware reviews

Any questions about the nature of these reviews? Please visit my Ethics Statement. It’s all quite simple!

  • Joel Marie Avianna

    I really enjoy your reviews. So many different software packages. Your reviews make it easy for me to find usefull photo software in a short time. I’ve purchaced a few of your recommendions and have been very satisified.

  • Rueben

    Trey, do you have a Photomatix Pro preset bundle???

  • Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Currently the only presets that Trey has are the Lightroom ones:

  • Bruce

    Trey has more Photomatix experience than I do, but I’d say it’s probably easier to do Photomatix edits manually, rather than use presets. (Not to say you can’t use presets, though; it depends on what you’re wanting to do with your photo.)

    I have some presets of my own from editing previous photos in Photomatix (I save them just in case I need to use them for some reason; this is useful for when I’ve already used Photomatix to edit a photo and exported it, but later want to go back and re-do it in Photomatix with similar settings).

    I sometimes use them as a starting point, but after that I customise the settings for the photo I’m editing.

  • Chris Cabe

    Any plans for a Lightroom review, Trey? Are Lightroom and Photomatrix comparable tools or do they do completely different things? Really enjoy the amazing photos! Keep up the good work. :)

  • Richard Wonka

    You may want to take a look at darktable, a very well documented free raw developing software with a stunning feature set, some of which I have not seen anywhere in commercial software. You can find it at
    For the record, I do not gain anything from posting this link, but I believe you may be interested.

  • Kelly Wong

    What software do you use for stitching photos?

  • Thomas Heinlein

    I found a nice Android App (RCCDroidPro released for Sony Alpha, including A7), which supports the creation of HDR pictures. There is a mode to make up to 13 pics +-4 EV automatically. There are some other nice features like HDR Timelapse and Bulb-HDR. Would you please provide a test for us ?

  • Sylvain Garabiol

    Hi Trey,

    I’m going public with a new software called Budo if by miracle you want to check it one day, here is a link where you can find more info :

    Or reach me through G+ or facebook, it goes of course also for anyone that want to now more about this new software ! :)

    And a few pictures processed with Budo join.

    Please feel free to remove my post if you find it inappropriate.

  • Aex

    Trey, what software do you recommend for simple video editing like the one you capture with the drone. I struggle with deciding if I should go the Premiere route as it seems to complicated. I just want to clip together video and add background music.

  • treyratcliff

    I recommend iMovie! It is free and cheap, but I am hardly an expert in video editing. I also use Final Cut X.

  • treyratcliff

    thanks – will check it out!

  • treyratcliff

    I use PTGui or Photoshop @facebook-1808014875:disqus :)

  • Alex

    Trey, I have not found a recommendation for video editing software. For your videos on the drone, what software do you find easy to use.

  • Renee

    Trey, being fairly new in the digital world, I currently use PS3, LR3, Photomatix Pro 5 and Panorama Maker 6 for all my editing. I have purchased some of your presets for HDR work, however I don’t find any presets for LR3, do you have any that would work in LR3? I currently don’t have the money to upgrade so working with what I have. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for making photography look easy….your fan, Renee

  • treyratcliff

    I don’t know if they work with LR3 or not — I can have Luke check on that.

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