My Software Choices
Gone are the days when Coral Draw or such like would do the job.
Currently on my computer I have three different pieces of software to edit my photos. The most used one at the moment is Adobe Lightroom. It's one I've only just discovered and I've no idea why I didn't use it sooner. It can be adapted for your use and I still don't use it to the full potential and I need to work on my storing my photos on there but that's for a different day.
I subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud which costs £9 per month and for that you get Lightroom and Photoshop. Photoshop is so powerful and allows you to do pretty much everything you want from adding layers, adding text and editing backgrounds.
As a big fan of HDR Photography I also use another piece of software called Photomatix which allows me to merge a series of photos together to create one final image. At this point I can then change various things or use a number of different presets. Here's a little video I made of this.
In the last few weeks the guys at Macphun and the awesome Trey Ratcliff released something called Aurora HDR which is simply brilliant. This software combines the best of everything all into one package. Have a little watch of this video to get a little idea what it's all about.
The video above was for the original Aurora HDR software and now there is a new edition called Aurora HDR 2017. This has all new features and to demonstrate this have a watch of the video below.