Photo editing once used to be a pretty controversial topic for the photographers. There wasn’t a good demand for photo editors and you couldn’t find any photo editor reviews off-line or online, even if you tried! The times have changed today. Software like Photoshop, and smartphones with cameras have opened up a whole world of opportunities for both amateurs and professional photographers. Post-processing, which once used to be a private and quiet affair, is now commonplace. People are open to the idea that even the best of the photographs can be made better by making slight enhancements using an efficient photo editing software.
Let’s go over some essential adjustments that must be done during photo editing; in an order which should make the entire workflow or work process the most efficient possible. For instance, it always makes sense to crop the images first as it won’t make sense to adjust exposure or remove dust from areas which will anyways get cropped later! Let’s begin.
Start by cropping the shot
Cropping can do wonders to even the most well-composed photographs. You can use the crop tool of the photo editing software, click and drag the crop box into the right position, followed by further fine tuning (if needed) on the sides. You can easily rotate the crop by dragging any corner of the crop box.
Get rid of the sensor dust
Any dust or crud on the camera’s sensor can easily find its way on to the images, especially the images taken at small apertures like f/16 or less, as well as the ones of plain areas like the vast open sky. Your next step should be the use of a healing brush, to get rid of any dust spots on your image.
The easiest way to boost contrast is by darkening the shadows and brightening up the highlights. You can use the levelling feature of the software, to make appropriate adjustments to the highlights and shadows.
Your images may require fine tuning of the colours after the shoot. Although it may seem tempting to add plenty of saturation, to make the pictures appear more colourful, however, as in case of most adjustments, you shouldn’t go overboard with the changes. After all, noisy and garish colours look horrible!
Conversion to monochrome
A black-and-white photograph can sometimes look magical to say the least! In most cases, you can employ the conversion tool of the editor and make this transformation easily with the click of a mouse button. It’s best to use pre-set conversions available in the software, to make the best possible colour conversion. The selected pre-set must provide you with great contrast, without compromising on the shadow or highlight details.
Sharpening up things
Majority of the digital images can benefit greatly from this feature. Although the exact settings would be based on whether the image would be printed or be viewed on a computer screen, you should always go with the bare minimum, to avoid any unwanted digital noise.