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Actually every pro photographer I know uses some kind of image editing software these days.
Even if you don’t use the editing capabilities, if shooting digital, the software is still useful for RAW conversion, and for various aspects of workflow. Lightroom for example is often selected because of its workflow capabilities, and ability to work with large batches of images. That said, digital cameras will come with their own software included, and if you are an occasional amateur photographer, this may be all that you need, to at least do the basics, such as Cropping, resizing, red eye removal, etc.

Well here is a list of some software that perhaps people could comment on. I have used a few of these, but by no means all of them:

Adobe Photoshop CS – I think everyone’s heard of this. Seems to be what everyone first thinks of when you mention image editing!
Adobe Photoshop Elements – This is the cut-down version of photoshop.
Adobe Lightroom – This provides good workflow – suitable for both amateurs and professionals, widely used.
Gimp – This is the free linux image editor. GNU Image Processor I believe.
Darktable – This is another free linux image editor, more like lightroom…. hence the darktable!
Phase One Capture One Pro 7 – Some pro’s swear by this. I’ve heard it’s meant to be especially good with skin tones.
Picture Code Photo Ninja – This is new on the scene, and has some rave reviews as far as image quality is concerned. Need to look into this.
ArcSoft MediaImpression – Not sure about this one. Anyone tried it?
ArcSoft Photostudio – This is an affordable option. Again I haven’t tried this.
Corel PaintShop Pro – Cheaper than photoshop and with similar functionality. It is worth considering.
Pixlr – This is an online editing service which you access through a web browser which you can use for occasional image editing.
Roxio Creator – This is more of a complete image and video editing package with DVD burning, slideshow creation, etc…
Roxio Toast Titanium – Again similar to the above, for Mac.

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