DISCLAIMER: Software listed on this page is free to download and use. Some programs have advanced features that can only be enabled by purchasing the full program.
PICASA Picasa is a completely free program which will scan your entire system for pictures and build a catalog of the images. You can add images from your CDs or other external storage devices. Keywords can be assigned to allow you to search for pictures meeting your search criteria. Picasa allows editing such as red-eye correction, rotation, cropping and printing of contact sheets of selected images.
PHOTO PLUS Photo Plus 6 in an entirely free program with a large array of features for correcting digital images. Red-eye removal, adjust brightness, color hue and saturation, contrast, sharpness, skew, re-size, use layers, etc. Animate your images, add text and preview them in multiple formats before exporting to determine the most effecient format.
This is a large file to download, 19.4 megabytes, so if you don't have broadband access, get a friend to download it for you or prepare to spend a couple of hours waiting.
OPANDA Power Exif PowerExif is a professional tool to edit EXIF data in images. As the best assistant to modify image information for photographer & editor, PowerExif allows to add, modify, delete all Exif tag freely. Not only you could manage and record photographic data and GPS data of images, but also you could keep maxium 60,000 characters as multilanguage code in images.
FREE DCE Free DCE does the hard job of noise reducing and automatic balance control for you. And it is free!
The program works best if you have bad light condition (indoor, shadows etc..) and your image is somehow off. So if some of your images are already fine, you won't see much difference. DCE makes very delicate changes.
IRFANVIEW IrfanView is a fast and simple image viewer and editor that supports all major graphic formats, including BMP, DIB, JPEG, GIF, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, multipage TIFF, and TGA. In addition, it features drag-and-drop support, directory viewing, TWAIN support, slide shows, batch conversion, and modifications, such as color depth, crop, blur, and sharpen.
The latest version features a host of updates, including a zooming function for videos, new JPG Transformation dialog option, new "Browse Subfolders" dialog, when folder end/begin reached and an option to show EXIF data from TIF files.
FastStone Image Viewer NEWEST VERSION!
FastStone Image Viewer lets you browse and view your images in a Windows-Explorer-like interface. The program supports all major image formats, including BMP, GIF, ICO, JPEG, JPEG2000, PCX, PNG, PSD, TAF, TIF, and WMF. It includes EXIF metadata support as well. You can crop, resize, flip, rotate, and adjust colors on your images and compare them side by side. Latest version now allows viewing of RAW files in all formats and image editing.
You can also convert your images from one format to another; you can even convert, resize and remname your photos in batches. You can also apply over 150 transitional effects in a slide show.
Combine ZP Focus Stacking Software
This a newer version of the FREE software demonstrated at the Metro Camera Club meeting on July 11, 2016. The old software, Combine ZM did not have a working "help" file available.
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Depth of Field (DOF) Calculator Software by Don Risi
The DOF calculator I use is only available for Android, and is available on the Google Play Store.
Here is a link to another excellent DOF calculator that is available for both Android and iPhone, as well as an online version. It gives the exact same results.
darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.
DaVinci Resolve 16 is the world's only solution that combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects and audio post production all in one software tool! You can instantly move between editing, color, effects, and audio with a single click. DaVinci Resolve is the standard for high end post production and finishing on more Hollywood feature films, television shows and commercials than any other software.
DaVinci Resolve 16 - Video Editor