I totally enjoy Adobe Lightroom ... but being an app-aholic - I love exploring other applications to see what best fits my needs. Here's why I like Lightroom ... in order:
1. a digital asset management (DAM) platform
2. a workflow that is user-defined
3. website tools to create sharing galleries - My Portfolio
4. a social media platform to share images and text - Spark
5. a mobile device platform for sharing, editing, and culling - Lightroom Mobile
That shared, my other two often-used applications are Luminar and easyHDR. However, I am always on the lookout for what's out there and specifically, can something else do what Lightroom does without spending $120 a year. wo that I hear and read about that have come to my attention lately were:
RawTherapee vs. DarkTable https://fixthephoto.com/darktable-vs-rawtherapee.html
Darktable versus Gimp https://www.slant.co/versus/3000/16125/~gimp_vs_darktable
So if you have free time - check it out, play, and let me know your thoughts.
"Lightroom is a program made with photographers in mind. It simplifies the photo-editing process so that users can make their photos look professionally edited in a matter of minutes. However, Lightroom is not alone in that endeavor.
- Darktable: You can expect a lot of the same color-grading and general editing options you’d see in Lightroom from Darktable. The UI is a bit clunky, but it makes up for that by being open-source so you can customize its feature set as you see fit.
- RawTherapee: Second verse same as the first, RawTherapee is also an open-source photo editor in the vein of Lightroom. Choosing between it and Darktable just comes down to which one you like the look of more."