Must-Have Software: Your Photo Editing Toolkit
While the world of digital photography is a vast and varied one, there’s a whole other universe to explore when it comes to post-processing. Once you’ve gone through the intensive and immersive process of capturing your subjects – be it traditionally or digitally – it’s time to take your photos to the next stage.
Photographic editing is the process of altering, enhancing and perfecting your images with the help of the right software – and by mastering professional programs like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, you can transform your already exceptional images into finished works of art.
So what are the benefits of editing?
While factors such as colour, light and contrast may be outside of your photographic control during the shooting process, photo-editing puts the power in your hands.
With an extensive host of features and functions available with major photo editing software packages, the possibilities are virtually endless.
If realism isn’t your thing, the power of photo editors allows you to transform faithful or accurate images into abstract artworks.
Adobe Photoshop CC
The big daddy of photo-editing software, Adobe Photoshop is the ultimate in post-processing power – helping professionals and amateurs alike to alter and enhance their images to spectacular effect. The programme’s latest incarnation – Photoshop CC, is a new and improved instalment with all of the latest editing capabilities at the touch of a button – or the tap of a touchscreen, depending on your platform of choice.
In Photoshop, you’re able to open your image files and make just about any adjustments you want – from colour, brightness and contrast adjustments to advanced layering techniques and intricate retouches. With everything from frills to fundamentals, Photoshop users can bring their images to perfection and even into entirely new photographic dimensions.
With a ton of new features when compared to CS6, this is a new and improved version of the ultimate photo-editing giant.
Alexandra Davies, alexandrajane.co.uk
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Photoshop Lightroom is a revelation in the photo-editing sphere, with a suite of sophisticated editing tools and capabilities available on your tablet or smartphone. Lightroom is ideal for photographers on-the-go, offering the same extensive functionality in a compact mobile format.
In addition to editing options covering everything from tone and colour to brightness and contrast, Lightroom gives users the option to efficiently organise batches and folders of images – then share them instantly on various sites and social networks. Syncing easily with the desktop version, Lightroom mobile is effective, instantaneous and easy – ideal for both fledgling photographers learning the editing ropes and seasoned professionals with a need for speed.
Chris Davies, chrisdaviesphotography.com
Both Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom are available as part of a Creative Cloud plan from less than £9 a month, allowing you to transform your photos from raw images to expertly sculpted works of art – ready for the all-important printing stage.