In the previous post, I talked about why you should shoot a golf game in RAW. Today, I am going to share my two cents as to which RAW editor you should be using for your processing.
- Capture One Pro
My personal favorite RAW editor is Capture One Pro. This is a fully-featured alternative to the famous Lightroom by Adobe. Capture One Pro will allow you to catalog all your images in a very efficient way and apply as many non-destructive edits as you want to them. It also has some excellent presets and styles for quickly developing the look of your images. Overall, I find Capture One Pro to produce slightly better quality images, which is why I use it for my RAW to JPEG conversions.
- Lightroom and Photoshop
Arguably, the biggest advantage Adobe Lightroom has over Capture One Pro is its complete integration with Photoshop. Many photographers love this, as they are able to make quick edits in Lightroom and then export their photos to Photoshop and continue making changes on a more minute level. Lightroom, admittedly, is also a little simpler to use for Capture One Pro, so it is the perfect option for you if you want an easy to use software with a proven track record.
- Aurora HDR 2018
As mentioned in a previous post, you may want to shoot some photos in HDR to retain as many details in your shot as possible. For those kinds of photos, Aurora HDR 2018 is the best all-around option for you. Not only does it work with RAW files, it also has a host of easy to use features to merge them into a high-quality HDR photo. You have everything from quick presets and extensive manual controls to get exactly the kind of look you want from your images.
So there you have it. My top three recommendations for an editor to help you take great golf photos. I would recommend that you try each of the programs as a free trial and see which one makes the most sense to you. Whichever one you choose, however, I’m confident that you’ll be more than happy with your purchase.