Disclaimer: I've seen several similar questions here, but they all ask for a free / open source solutions. I don't mind paying for the software that would make my experience more enjoyable.
I'm an advanced amateur looking for a good piece of software to make the process of photo sorting / editing faster. What I need from the application:
- Good browsing and cataloging capabilities
- Fast to use basic editing tools (curves adjustment, straightening, center focus)
- RAW denoising and development
- Ideally, an option to quickly save current settings and apply them to another images
- Available for OSX
I don't require for the software to be free nor cheap, though I'd prefer a standalone price, not monthly subscription. What I need is to make the sorting / editing process as pleasant as taking photos themselves.
So far I've listed four contenders:
- Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Adobe Lightroom
- Corel AfterShot Pro
- CyberLink PhotoDirector
What are the advantages / disadvantages of those? What other options could I consider? Which of them will allow me to browse through my photos and apply similar enhancements fast?