Effective Photo Editing


I’m three photo books behind and everybody want the photos from my last vacation. The problem is that photo editing is tedious and I don’t like to distribute photos until I have had a chance to go through them and correct any problems. Fortunately, I have found at least a partial solution to my problems.

The key to efficient photo editing is batch processing. Batch processing avoids the need to manually edit each photo.  PhotoEQ from SoftColor provides this capability. It will literally go through thousands of photos and correct exposure and color. It’s not perfect but it eliminates at least 90% of the work of photo editing. Best of all, it’s free for ten days and only $69 if you decide to purchase it.

In my non-scientific test, I found that PhotoEQ took about two hours to process 1070 photos, saving me countless hours of manual editing. With PhotoEQ, image processing takes place in the background so you are able to work on other projects while it completes its work.


In general the default settings worked well, although I recommend changing the Dynamic Enhancer Shadows Style from Hard to Soft.

I also evaluated Perfectly Clear Complete from EyeQ but was not impressed with its batch processing capabilities.

Now if only somebody would come up with a way to have Artisan automatically batch create my photo books.

Note: I have previously recommended Image Enhancer because it had similar image editing capabilities, but this program is no longer available.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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5 Responses to Effective Photo Editing

  1. Jennifer BOYD Ross says:

    Wow valuable info..I too struggle with the editing process..going to give this a try!

  2. onecalmmom says:

    Thanks for this information. I am all for helpful timesavers. 😊

  3. Amy Koch says:

    I am going to give this a try! Thanks!

  4. Robert Smith says:

    Excellent results. Hope, it will also work good with me

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