I have heard some people say they wish they had known that most of the images you are seeing from photographers are edited. They were comparing their SOOC (straight out of the camera) images to the edited ones by the pros. Don’t do this! In fact, let’s just not compare our images to anyone else’s.
However, I thought it would be useful for some of you starting out to see what some people’s images look like SOOC.
Most photographers use editing programs like Lightroom, Photoshop CS5, or Photoshop Elements. If you aren’t ready or sure that you want to make the investment in editing software there are some free programs out there. Check out this post about free online editing software.
Personally, I use Lightroom for my editing and LOVE it! You can check out some tutorials I’ve written and videos I made about how to use Lightroom.
It’s important that when you are taking pictures you don’t rely on post processing to fix everything. You want to nail it best you can in camera. Not only will this save you time in editing but some things can’t be fixed in editing, like focus.
The great thing about editing software is there are presets and actions you can use. You can create your own presets in Lightroom (which I will show you next week) or you can purchase some great ones out there. Like Melissa mentioned in her good and bad photography purchases post don’t buy every action or preset out there. It is better to learn how to edit yourself and then find what you like and works for you. The best presets I have found are the ones sold at the Clickin’ Moms shop.
Obviously, there are a lot more tricks you can do in editing software but these are the basics and just wanted to show you how just some minor editing can change a SOOC. So remember, PLEASE don’t compare your images to others and get down on yourself!! You are right where you need to be in your photography journey. Just keep working hard!!
Be sure to check back later this week as Melissa will be talking about some editing tricks with the tone curve in ACR!
What do you use to edit? Do you have favorite presets/actions?