Sharpening Your Photo Editing Skills

Photo editing can be tricky and requires a lot of patience and practice. Like any media production skill, it doesn’t click overnight. Here are a few easy ways you can sharpen your photo editing skills, without too much frustration.

The first step is to get to know your programs. The programs you are likely to use are: Photoshop, Lightroom, and possibly Bridge. Bridge is the easiest to start with and can help you learn the basics of Adobe photo editing controls without much hassle. It is also great if you need to quickly change a file type. Photoshop and Lightroom are a little more difficult. Adobes website has tutorials to help you get started.

Once you recognized what programs you are going to use, you can begin researching. I have found some books written by Adobe called “classroom in a book” in used book stores. These books were written about Photoshop and Illustrator and are meant to teach someone how to use the program in simple steps. You don’t have to buy these books, there are plenty of tutorials for what you are trying to do online by Adobe or other Adobe users.

Now that you have researched, it’s time to get started. It can be a tad overwhelming trying to figure out where to begin, but you can control that. Try taking a few photos with a lower and higher exposer, allowing you to fix it. Then begin to take some photos with an off white balance and try to adjust the photos.

Editing photos doesn’t have to be stressful or boring. You can try adding some effects, other photos, or stickers to make a meme. You can try cropping someone out or zooming in on a funny face. When you’re practicing photo editing, you don’t have to show anyone your work, be creative!

The most important step to image editing is to make sure you are shooting in RAW files. RAW files are better to edit on and allow you to change the most. Now you can start sharpening your photo editing skills! Which program do you prefer to use?

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