Who’s ready to learn a thing or two about photo editing for beginners (you don’t have to be a pro!) ??
I love being able to tweak my photos after I’m done taking them. It’s one of my favorite parts about photography. It’s like being able to paint, or color. It’s the other creative part of photographing for me, and it takes some of my favorite images from “eh..” to “wow”!
8+ years ago, when I picked up my first DSLR, I didn’t use any editing software at all. I remember wondering how photographers I admired managed to get their images looking so different than mine.
Eventually, I figured out their secret was a little post editing (after knowing how to shoot in manual mode). Since then, I have fallen in love with adobe lightroom. With a little bit of know how, lightroom is insanely powerful, and so user-friendly which pretty much makes it the best photo editing for beginners.
***Wanna know what I am using to take pictures of my family? You can see everything I keep in my camera bag here!***
What is lightroom exactly? Lightroom is this amazing program that allows you to upload your images, organize them, edit them, and work in RAW. It does not have all of the capabilities adobe photoshop has, but i have found that there is very little I use photoshop for anymore.
I love the ability to batch edit and use presets, which are these sweet little premade settings that you can easily apply to your images, without having to adjust every setting individually. Although, it is rare to apply a preset without making any adjustments on your own, they’re a good starting point when you find a style that you like for a particular image.
Here is a list of 10 resources that offer free lightroom presets, make sure you grab it!
the BEST photo editing software
Convert images to black and white with ease
Adjust hazy images to add clarity, sharpness, or color saturation
Add contrast and make your images pop
Remove blemishes or other small things you wish to remove
Adjust white balance
***YOU CAN GET ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD FOR JUST $9.99 A MONTH HERE!! When I started it was so much more expensive to get Lightroom and Photoshop since you had to go and actually buy the program. This is a much better option that makes it possible for ANYONE to use these programs!
Adjust exposure to brighten or darken an image
Reduce noise (the grain in your images)
Increase the sharpness of an image
Easily crop and straighten images
Batch edit images so you can edit more than one image at a time
Like I said before, when I started working with editing software, I spent a ton of money on both photoshop and lightroom programs. Adobe Creative Cloud makes it super easy now though. You can get a subscription to creative cloud right here for just $9.99 a month (just make sure you choose the cheapest plan- photography plan) –super affordable, and so awesome!!
How about you? What’s your favorite editing software? Do you think it’s impossible to edit your photographs with ease? Join in the conversation! let me know below!