Some readers asked that I write something in this series on photo editing software. I knew I had to address this very important topic because I know that there may be some new picture takers out there who are like the old me.
I as a newbie, assumed that so long as I had the right editing software, or the right software like my favorite blogging photographer idol, I could take great pictures. If only. Like those bras, I assumed that as soon as I got the “good” software, my pictures would change dramatically.
Oh, I was so naïve.
I now know that while having photo-editing software is important, even more important is making sure you take the best shot you can when you’re actually shooting!
When it comes to taking pictures of your kids, you should aim to take the best pictures that you can straight out of camera (S.O.O.C).
The keyword here is “aim,” however.
When it comes to photography, even with all your best efforts, you know that sometimes lighting will not be perfect. Sometimes colors will be off. Sometimes minor imperfections happen. In these instances, photo-editing software is a good thing to have.
What I use to edit my pictures
First I should say that for 75% of the pictures on this blog, I don’t do any edits because I’m just that good. Ha! Not! I don’t because, mainly, well, I’m lazy. Having said that, I do use a photo editing software to organize my pictures and to tweak coloring and lighting issues. That photo editing software is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. This is an alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It was designed to help provide a more logical workflow for processing large amounts of images.
Why I Love Lightroom
I love Lightroom because it’s easy to use and relatively affordable, or at least compared to Photoshop. Along with Lightroom, another comparative photo-editing software for Mac users is Aperture.
But before Lightroom, I used Picasa, free, easy to use, Picasa. It worked, but it didn’t or couldn’t do all the things that Lightroom could. It’s didn’t allow me to open and edit Raw files. It’s photo editing settings were limited to the basics, i.e., contrast, fill light, crop, etc. But, it’s free, which is always nice. I still do use Picasa from time to time, but mostly, I live in Lightroom.
So, getting back to the question that inspired this post. No, you do not need a photo editing software, but having one, even a free one like Picnic or Picasa is nice to have.
Do you use a photo-editing software? What program are you using? And why?