If you are an amateur photographer, then you probably have quite a lot of pictures that are not perfect. Professional looking photos are especially important if you would like to print promotional material of any sort.
This is exactly what photo editing software is for: Boring pictures can be more striking with just a few clicks. Even professional photographers use photo editing in order to give their photos the finishing touch. Here’s a few basic tips for beginning and experienced photographers alike.
Never Edit The Original
Whatever you do, never change the original photo. Copy it to your computer or external hard drive for photo editing and work only with a copy. If you leave the original untouched, then you can always try to apply different improvements, brightness settings or photo editing steps. It makes sense to edit the photo in different ways for different uses.
Adjust All Murky and Boring Pictures
During photo editing, go to the color menu and raise the color intensity, which will make listless, bland photos appear more lively. You can also fix pictures that are too bright or too dark and adjust focus in blurry photos.
Cut Out Boring Elements
Very often, interesting objects in photos are surrounded by boring ones. For example, an empty parking lot or a grey sky can shift the focus away from the center. The uninteresting part may be cut out and removed using photo editing functions.
If you change the photo too much or go overboard with optimizations, it will look unnatural and important details may be lost. If that isn’t the specific goal of your photo editing, you should avoid this at all costs. You have to know where to stop. Luckily, all programs include an “undo” button for digital photo editing.
Smaller photos look sharper. When you reduce a photo in size, it will have better resolution and will appear sharper than before. With images intended for print, make sure the resolution is at least 300 dpi. If the photo is to be published online, it should be scaled to 75 dpi. Long loading times for large photos can also become annoying very fast.
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