Monday, June 4, 2018

Any Photographer's Best Tool: Editing Software

I've been dabbling, very, very, very, quite amateurishly in photography for about a year now and just caught on to the very real relevance of EDITING! I have to all caps that, because, like... For-freakin' real??

How have I been soooo oblivious for so long?!

I mean, of course we all use filters on social media pics.  It ain't a selfie out there of me without a nice touch up from the digital Gods! This goes without saying.  So, why then, did it take me so long to recognize the necessity of a good digital alteration on pictures shot with my Canon (t5i)?  Since I got the camera I usually tweak the lightness/darkness or the color depth with iPhotos tools and that was really about it... Correct blemishes.. Small stuff. Usually, I'd add a crispness to the photos, but still many were not as amazing as I thought they could be.

Something was missing.

And it hit me like a ton of bricks over the weekend: Photo Editing!  As I admired some photography work on Twitter, I came across a guy that showed some before and afters of photos (edited vs unedited).  His edited photos are gorgeous! And not overly tweaked.  A bit of lightening, and maybe a few other subtle changes, but absolutely something I believe I could produce.  This gave me answers and inspiration.

Sometimes I need a push, ya know.

Well, I got all happy and checked out reviews on various beginner friendly editing software and ran out to purchase Paintshop Pro Ultimate 2018 from my local Best Buy.  I liked what I saw online of edited photos and everyone raved about how uncomplicated it was to learn, which is a biggie for me, because I purchased Adobe PhotoShop software over 5 years ago and never had the patience to figure it out.  I used it a few times and put together some ugly photos.  The failures and frustration got the best of me on that one, and eventually I uninstalled it.

But, getting back to Paintshop Pro... This is a PC product! (crying actual tears) Not Mac compatible, so I gotta return it, which may be for the best, since I am on somewhat of a financial diet at this time. That $60 can go towards my grocery bill or gas or something a bit more everyday practical.

Ok. So, Can't use this great software and after consideration, have decided that if anything, I'll search the attic for the Adobe Photoshop disc(s), reinstall that and give it a go at learning the ropes on my own.  But then! (*suspense*) I came across a few articles that gave it up for iPhotos' built in editing tool (which I have already been using for years) and saw pictures of manipulation tools I don't ever bother, such as the RGB Levels, Noise reduction, sharpness, etc. and this got my wheels going again:  Why not just toy around with what you are already familiar with??

I chose some lackluster pics and got to editing and I love it!

Here is a sample of what I've been up to:

Graduation Season 2018 "Head to the Sky"

Shut down Department Store "Good Bye to Yesteryear"

"Bordwalk Grub"

See more over on Instagram

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