So far the photos I’ve taken with the DSLR have all been unedited, but that’s about to change because I discovered Lightroom! I had heard about it, but I always thought Photoshop was THE premier photo editing software and everything else was just Chef Boyardee in comparison. Fortunately, I stumbled across an article that explained a little more about the difference between Lightroom and Photoshop – the main difference being that Lightroom was design specifically for processing photos, and Photoshop is like a buffet of all things graphics/photography related – waaaay more bells and whistles than is necessary to edit a photo. I love how quick and easy it is to import, add metadata, edit, watermark and export photos. I watched the tutorials on Adobe and got hooked (and subsequently ruined my bedtime.)
I thought my photos were coming out fairly decent without editing, but when I look at the before and after, I’m kind of amazed at the difference. Sometimes the difference is really drastic, other times it’s slight, but editing can really take a photo up a few notches. My challenge has been to keep skin tones natural looking and not crossing over into “fake tan” territory, and I think I mostly succeeded.
Do you use photo editing software? What do you prefer? How do you know when a photo is “done” being edited?