How to Make Your Photos Even Better?
If you want to keep up with the photographers of the modern age simply being adept with your camera isn’t going to cut it.
From amateurs to professionals, almost everyone in the digital industry uses photo editing technology nowadays to get the best out of the pictures they have taken. Whether you want to get rid of something that ruins the flow of your shot or simply amp up some of the best features, editing is responsible for the eyepopping and glossy images you see everywhere. These skills aren’t just for a subset of photographers either, whether you take portraits or natural landscapes, the tools available at a desktop for photographers today are incredible many of which you can get for free. Here are just some of the most useful tricks people use to take their photos to the next level.
One of the many things that makes programs like Photoshop so easy to use is its layer functionality. This essentially allows you to create multiple different pictures and lay them on top of one another to create a complete image. It may not sound like much but layering means you can add elements that simply weren’t in the photo without damaging the quality of your image. It also means you can edit away at your hearts content on one part of the image in a non-destructive manner as long as you work on separate layers. Adding layer masks and more means that you can easily isolate areas that need work while leaving majority your raw footage untampered with.
This is a feature that is used all the time. From simply contrast adjustments to powerful dynamic tools like curves, affecting the lighting of your images afterwards can cause dramatic changes. Whether the lighting was on your side or not, here you can tweak the best and edit out the worst lit areas of your photos. With the addition of brushes that can be used with varying effects creating subtle artificial lighting can really make a difference or is you want to go crazy you can really play around with some of the presents for a psychedelic look.
Just like the lighting tools, these options allow you to alter some of the elements you may not have had control over when originally snapping the photo. Colour tools are used often to create bold contrasts between the environment and the subject allowing you to cool down or warm up parts of your picture independently. By amping up the saturation or simply toning it down elsewhere you can make colours really pop.
Spot Healing/Removing Imperfections
This tool is commonly used on skin to get rid of impurities that may be there. If you had a pimple on shoot day this is the tool you need to clear it out without anyone knowing. This is also great in other areas, clearing up streaks on surfaces, getting rid of smaller unsightly clouds and anything else where your photo is just shy of perfection. Other tools such as the content aware move tool will allow you to simply highlight and move entire elements like birds, windows or people you don’t want to crowd your picture.