Whether you are an amateur or professional photographer, keeping track of all your previously taken photos is no easy task. Since cameras have made the switch from traditional film to digital, photographers are used to taking more and more photos as it is much less expensive to do so. By utilizing one of the two software choices below, you will find it has never been easier to properly organize and maintain your photo library regardless of how large it may be.
Lightroom is a very popular choice for amateur and professional photographers alike. I personally use this to keep track of all the photos I have taken over the years. Unlike the other piece of software listed below, Lightroom is available for both PC & Mac. The software is reasonably priced (currently priced under $125 on Amazon) and is easy to get the hang of for the average consumer. Organizing your imported photos is a breeze and performing comparisons between two shots is simple. You will find all the basic editing features you need including red-eye removal, shadow recovery, watermarking, noise reduction, and much more. With Lightroom 4 you also have the ability to quickly export or share finished work with friends or family.
Aperture is a Mac only photography program that provides easy organization and powerful features. Though a step above iPhoto, it is able to work hand in hand with to create a single unified photo library. Aperture is fully optimized to work with high resolution screen including the recent Retina Mac models. Advanced built in technology allows you to organize photos based on face recognition or location based gps coordinates. Making visual edits to your photos is simple and most tasks be done by utilizing the 10 quick brushes that come standard. Aperture is currently available for $79.99 through the Mac App Store.
Do you have an alternate program you like to use to keep your photo library organized? Feel free to share it with us in the comments below.