In addition to photographing animal events, such as dog obedience trials, agility, horse shows, and rescue events, I'm now doing pet portrait sessions more often. I've always used Aperture for my post processing needs, which has been more than adequate. Now, though, I'm looking for software for a few specific needs, such as to remove leashes, specifically, and possibly change backgrounds in shots, as well.
#2. "RE: specific software needs" In response to Reply # 0
Cape Coral, US
If you're heading toward photograph (and it's the premier detail editing tool), I'd suggest you look at lightroom as well, and maybe the (limited time) deal for $9.99/mo (US) for both.
Photoshop has all the editing features you can ever use, plus more, but lightroom is a user friendly place for your workflow to live. After a bit of initial acclimatization, it is VERY fast to cull, organize and prepare photos through their whole lifecycle from ingestion, through publishing (if you do) to a web, or export to other media. It's a workflow and cataloging tool that also edits.
You'll also find that some of the types of edits you mention can be done right in lightroom, and if not it's a right-click to take the same shot into Photoshop (along with any edits already done), and then it automatically files the result beside the original. I spend probably 98% of my time in lightroom, and only fall back to Photoshop sparingly.
Finally Lightroom will do tethered shooting as well, so if you are doing studio work and find it useful, you can shoot and see it in your computer in a second or so, edit, and send it straight to a printer (e.g. if you had some kind of a "get your photo here instantly" booth for example).
No, I'm not an adobe salesman, and am very annoyed with them most of the time, but it doesn't change that Lightroom is a great tool, and integrates nicely with photoshop.