Have you ever gone to a wedding, taken some great shots, only to realise afterwards that there are small changes that you would have liked to have made? Like the red eye in that almost perfect picture? Or a stranger in the background, ruining your picture?
When it comes to photo editing, the world is your oyster. With so many options to change every aspect of your picture, it is easy to go overboard with it all. But at the same time, you can be held back by the shear cost of software packages.
Many people turn their backs on software editing when they realise that packages could cost into their hundreds. But this is a misconception. There are plenty of packages out there that can cost less than £100, with some available for free.
There is so much choice, not only with the software, but also with what you want to edit on a picture. For example if the picture in question is under exposed, then you can always edit it by adding some contrast, and changing the brightness levels.
I always think that if the colours in a photo look a bit…well meh, then I just make it black and white and it looks much classier… the easiest of edits!
If you want to use editing packages for simple tasks such as changing the colour of the image, or even completely changing the background, then some of the free packages out there may be a good way to start.
If however you want to try out some fancy stuff, and enhance features and skin appearance, then a professional package may suit you better. We found this video showcasing some of the amazing tools now available when using professional photo editing software.
Do look around though, before you fork out a fortune and buy something that you don’t quite like. Sometimes companies do offer trial periods of 30 days, in which time you can use the package for free. If you like the package then you buy the full version, but if you don’t find it suitable then you can always move onto the next one, until you find one that you are comfortable using.
If you are looking for something a bit more basic, easy to use yet still makes your pictures look great, then I recommend that you have a look at Google Picasa, Google Picnik, Gimp and also Paint.net. These are just a few free examples, but there are many more online.
You can even edit your photos as soon as you take them, with a range of mobile phone apps available to you. Read our blog on an Alternative to Instagram to see what you can use to enhance your pictures on your mobile.
Just remember not to go too crazy with your photo editing, too much and you can end up creating an unrealistic looking photo or editing out something important without realising it…Image from PsDisasters