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    What are the best Adobe Lightroom alternatives?

    Adobe Lightroom is described as 'Create incredible photos anywhere with all-new Lightroom CC and 1 TB of cloud storage. Get powerful editing features on any device in a new, easy-to-use interface' and is a very popular Raw Photo Processor in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Adobe Lightroom for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Linux. Most alternatives are Raw Photo Processors and Photo Managers. The best alternative is darktable, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Adobe Lightroom are RawTherapee (Free, Open Source), digiKam (Free, Open Source), Affinity Photo (Paid) and Capture One (Paid).

    This page was last updated Dec 29, 2021

    1. darktable is a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.
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      darktable vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks darktable is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
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      Complete Raw processing suite. Best free open source solution
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      Powerful RAW processor with options that not even Lightroom has.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      Far more powerful and with a bit of practice and reading, Lightroom would be a thing of the past. It is under active development. The unofficial facebook group can provide you with the best help and some very wonderful photo enthusiasts
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Well thought RAW-Suite with every Feature Lightroom has.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Lacking photo organisation abilities of Lightroom
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      ehshi The best alternative for Lightroom as a professional photographer.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Darktable lacks any photo organization capabilities. They consider this a feature and state you should organize them on disk outside the app. This is a pretty dumb idea since inside the ap, you can't organize, and outside the app you can't see the changes. Any comparison to Lightroom in this case is silly. 1/2 the (organize & develop) capability is gone.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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    2. RawTherapee is a free RAW converter and digital photo processing software. All changes can be applied and batch processed at a convenient time.
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      RawTherapee vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks RawTherapee is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      MercuryHero Fairly advanced control over RAW processing including demosaicing algorithm, gamma curves, etc. Supports its own profiles and presets.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    3. digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application which makes importing and organizing digital photos a "snap". The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections.
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      digiKam vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks digiKam is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      digiKam is good at organizing photos but has nothing to edit or adjust photos and RAW files. It only covers half of the features of Lightroom
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      Database functionality - Lots of other pieces of software mentioned are good at RAW processing but few, if any, have a good, structured back-end to organise photos.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      digiKam is a photo management while lightroom is a raw photo editor, they have nothing in common
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    4. Affinity Photo is a professional, full-featured raster graphics editor. Working in Affinity Photo is always live and you can pan and zoom at 60fps, with live previews and non destructive application.
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      Affinity Photo vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Affinity Photo is still a legitimate alternative to Adobe Lightroom, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      User8391496 graphics editor, no organization capabilities
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      Affinity Photo is an alternative to Photoshop, not Lightroom. Affinity Photo can't do batch editing of photos right now.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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    5. Capture One is a leading raw converter and workflow software which enables photographers to reduce the time and effort required to deliver astounding ready-to-use images with excellent color and detail.
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      Capture One vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Capture One is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      Same professional RAW editing results. Perpetual license option.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      If you ever used the Express version for Sony Alpha, Nikon or Fujifilm, there will be no difference with the UI. However, if you want to open RAW photos from other camera brands (such as Canon, Panasonic Lumix etc.), you must buy the Pro version, and thankfully there's a perpetual license option.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Limited (but still good) free edition for Sony and Fujifilm cameras.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      scruffyburger Advanced RAW editing features. Layer support, Advanced color management. Fast processing. Perpetual licensing option. Catalog or session options for dealing with photos.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    6. Simple Gallery is a highly customizable offline gallery. Organize & edit your photos, recover deleted files with the recycle bin, protect & hide files and view a huge variety of different photo & video formats including RAW, SVG and much more.
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    7. ACDSee is a complex, multi-purpose application that serves for viewing, organizing and editing digital photos. Furthermore, images can be shared on social websites or your own space on the developer’s website.
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      Most users think ACDSee Photo Studio is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
    8. Snapseed is a photo enhancement and sharing app with a powerful suite of imaging filters and tools for anyone, anywhere to transform any image into an extraordinary photo.
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      Snapseed vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Most users think Snapseed is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      Snapseed is an image editor, not organizer.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      Really good tool, but make sure you don't push the adjustments too far, or it'll ruin the photo.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      Simple ui and light weight than lightroom
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      It's only for smartphones and tablets.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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    9. From high-precision light and color tools, to advanced clarity and dehaze settings, to the ability to create and save your own filters. Polarr is the ideal photo editor for bloggers, students, and photo professionals alike.
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      Polarr vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Most users think Polarr is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      Very flexible and can handle bulk applications of filters, fixes and adjustments. Cross-platform, even on the web when you can't install it on a local machine.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    10. Photos is a digital photograph manipulation application developed by Apple, intended to be less complex than its predecessor iPhoto .
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      Apple Photos vs Adobe Lightroom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Apple Photos is a great alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
      jamiegray Improved editing tools, thanks to the merging of Apple Aperture and Apple Photos. Nice to sync between all devices. Certainly not as robust as Lightroom, but very convenient.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Insufficient editing toolset, clumsy facial recognition, requires iCloud subscription for some features.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

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      Is a ridiculous app. You can't filter between landscape and portrait! Unusable.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      Photos, is too simple, incomparable to the Adobe suite, it's barely a photo editor (A shame you even added it to this list)
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      No adjustment brushes in Photo
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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