Every photographer needs a good tool for organizing digital photos on their computer--it’s almost more crucial than a photo editor, since not ever photo necessarily needs edits, but they all need somewhere to live, where they can be found again. Apple’s options include iPhoto (free with new Macs or $14.99 in the Mac App Store) and Aperture ($79.99). If you’re an Adobe fan, you can use a folder-browsing program like Adobe Bridge (part of Creative Suite 5) or, if you have one of the most recent versions of Photoshop Elements ($79.99), you might be using the Elements Organizer.
No one denies that iPhoto is an excellent tool for organizing your photos. But while its built-in editing tools are fine for everyday enhancements and basic image effects, there are lots of things you might want to do with your pictures that demand a program such as Elements or Photoshop.
No matter whether you’re rocking a professional-grade DSLR or you shoot your snaps with an iPhone, having a capable method of organizing your collection and editing your photos is essential. iPhoto comes with every new Mac and it does a lot, but it isn’t the be-all-end-all for every user. So we looked at five other applications that can help you corral and edit your photos; then we collected 10 solid tips for making those photos look their best, no matter which app you’re using. You’ll never regret filling up a memory card again.