I love being able to tweak my photos after I’m done taking them. It’s one of my favorite parts about photography. It’s like being able to paint, or color. It’s the other creative part of photographing for me, and it takes some of my favorite images from “eh..” to “wow”!
8+ years ago, when I picked up my first DSLR, I didn’t use any editing software at all. I remember wondering how photographers I admired managed to get their images looking so different than mine. Eventually, I figured out their secret was a little post editing (after knowing how to shoot in manual mode). Since then, I have fallen in love with adobe lightroom. With a little bit of know how, lightroom is insanely powerful, and so user-friendly!
What is lightroom exactly? Lightroom is this amazing program that allows you to upload your images, organize them, edit them, and work in RAW. It does not have all of the capabilities adobe photoshop has, but i have found that there is very little I use photoshop for anymore. (side note…the clone tool is not quite as powerful in lightroom as photoshop, and there are reasons I take photos into photoshop). I love the ability to batch edit and use presets, which are these sweet little premade settings that you can easily apply to your images, without having to adjust every setting individually. Although, it is rare to apply a preset without making any adjustments on your own, they’re a good starting point when you find a style that you like for a particular image. Here is a list of 10 resources that offer free lightroom presets, make sure you grab it!
how to edit your pictures
- Convert images to black and white with ease
- Adjust hazy images to add clarity, sharpness, or color saturation
- Add contrast and make your images pop
- Remove blemishes or other small things you wish to remove
- Adjust white balance
- Adjust exposure to brighten or darken an image
- Reduce noise
- Increase the sharpness of an image
- Easily crop and straighten images
- Batch edit images so you can edit more than one image at a time
When I started working with editing software, I spent a ton of money on both photoshop and lightroom programs. adobe makes it super easy now though. You can purchase a subscription to creative cloud and have access to creative cloud for plans starting at $9.99 which is super affordable, and so awesome!!
How about you? What’s your favorite editing software? Do you think it’s impossible to edit your photographs with ease? Join in the conversation! let me know below!
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