Tips to Start with Photo Editing

Whether you are trying to become a professional photographer or just want to take better photos of your family or your work, knowing how to use a photo editor will go a long way in helping you achieve your goal. There are any automatic photo editing programs available too that are great at what they do, but if you’re looking to get into the world of advanced photo editing, these tips will be perfect for you to start off:

  1. Start with RAW 

Before you start editing any photos, you should shift the image format on your camera to ‘RAW’. This is a format that is essentially a digital negative version of your photo; it contains the full information captured from any scene, without any compression.  

What does this mean? It means that you can decide for yourself which aspects of the image to adjust and with what intensity. For example, in a RAW file, you can decide if you want all the light that was captured from the scene to show up or just a little bit of it. This gives you control over the actual aspects of a photo rather than making the image brighter or darker by adding some sort of layer or filter on it.

2. Small Changes Go a Long Way 

When you start editing, you often end up using every single tool and slider to its maximum possible capacity. This will ruin your photos, simply put. The first thing you should always do when opening any image for editing is to carefully analyze it and make mental notes of what could be made better. Once that is done, then go to each of the needed sliders or tools one by one. When you make smaller changes like this rather than completely pushing all the sliders to the max, you end up with a much better photo because you’ve gone to each setting after adjusting a previous one.  

3. Presets Will Make It Quicker 

Many modern photo editors come with presets, which are basically collections of settings that have been predetermined to give your photos a certain kind of look. So, if you want a vintage-looking image, you can just apply a preset to your photo and then adjust each of the settings within the preset to your liking. You can also stack multiple presets in some programs if you wish, but the point is that using such presets will cut your editing time quite a bit.

4. Selective Adjustments are Helpful 

This is more of an advanced tip but if you have gotten familiar with photo editing already, then you should try your hand at selective adjustments. These are basically edits made to certain parts of a photo as opposed to the whole photo.  

For example, if you feel like your brother’s eyes should have more of a ‘pop’ but everything else about his portrait is perfect, you can simply select the eyes with one of the selection tools, and then edit them how you like. This will ensure that the rest of the image does not get affected at all.  

5. Object Removal is Possible 

Sometimes, especially during family shoots, you may end up having something in your frame that you don’t want to be part of your photo. In that case, with the power of a strong photo editor, you don’t have to worry. Most advanced programs have the option to simply select the unwanted item in your photo and take it out or move it to a new location etc.  

With these kinds of possibilities associated with photo editors, there is really no reason for you to not be using them at the moment, especially if you take your photography seriously and want to advance yourself in this skill.