Hello Friends....I hope you and your family are keeping well. As promised, in this newsletter, I will be mainly covering information about photo editing. I hope you will find the information helpful! Give me a shout if you need any further tips or direction and I will be happy to help.
Here's an example of a quick shot I took of my daughter. It looks nice but could be better. Here is the same picture in black and white with a bit of cropping and increased exposure and contrast Photo Editing - Let's get started!
Photo Editing - Let's get started!
As you know, I am in family homes every day with my work and I see the most gorgeous pictures on display that have been taken by parents. I often think, with just a little photo editing, those pictures could shine even more. Usually all they need is a little brightening up or a boost to the contrast. It can make a world of difference.
I edit every picture I take. When I use the term 'edit' I don’t mean manipulating the picture. In fact I don’t even own Photoshop! I must be one of the few photographers that does not use Photoshop. Don’t get me wrong, it is an amazingly powerful tool but it’s almost too powerful for family photographs. It’s complicated and it’s an unnecessary beast to tackle. I use Adobe Lightroom and I could not recommend it highly enough. It is has enough photo editing tools to bring out the best in your pictures, plus it’s a photo management tool. It helps you organise and catalogue your pictures. It’s easy to use and there are so many Youtube tutorials online to get you started. It is a subscription based service but it’s really worth it if you have lots of pictures that you’d like to improve and organise. I find it quite addictive! Even if you increased the exposure, contrast and boosted the vibrancy of the pictures you will see your images come to life. They have beautiful colour and black and white presets/filters too that can you can play around with. I know I sound like I work for Adobe but believe me I don’t! I’m just a super-fan of Lightroom. www.adobe.com
If you are still interested in dabbling in Photoshop you could try the free trial and watch some Youtube tutorials to get you started.
There are lots of free editing tools out there too. www.Pixlr.com is a web based free tool. It’s excellent too and worth a try. As far as I know, you don’t have to download software so it’s a good place to start . They have two options, one is very like Photoshop and uses layers (it can get complicated) and the other Pixlr Express which I would recommend as a starting point.
Another free and very popular application is GIMP (don't be put off by the name!) It's been around for a long time and it's tried and tested www.gimp.org.
To summarise… if you like photography and want to take it a little step further you must get in to editing. It is such a joy to see your pictures come to life. Try some free tools first. I would recommend Pixlr Express (free) or Lightroom (free trial) to get you started. Concentrate on adjusting the crop, exposure, contrast and vibrancy/saturation first and foremost. Don’t forget Youtube for your basic lessons too. Give me a shout if you have any questions.
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