There are many different software programs available for digital photographers. I have already discussed Photo Mechanic (
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Adobe is the leading manufacturer of software for digital photographers with the industry standard Photoshop. In early 2007, Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom, a product aimed at professional photographers to help streamline digital photography workflow. This powerful program allows photographers to import, sort, edit and output images easily and quickly. I highly recommend reading Nathaniel Coalson's book Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process to learn more about how to effectively use Lightroom.
The program is divided into five separate modules: Library, ...