Day +945: Editing your pictures

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If you want to make nice pictures, you need to learn how to enhance them. Editing, or retouching your pictures is not cheating- it’s just a way of making the picture you took look its best. We’re not talking about drastic alterations like compositing. We’re talking about adjusting the exposure, cropping, and maybe removing an object that you don’t want to be there. Whilst professionals will use programs like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, you can easily get acceptable results from apps on your smartphone.

The picture above is the unedited, “RAW” file (converted to JPEG so that it can be viewed without other software)- taken on a mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M5, with the small and versatile 22mm f2.0 STM lens. ISO was set at 100, f9, 1/250th.

The image below, is the edited version. Using Lightroom, it took all of 30 seconds to make the image look 100 times better.

 

editing

 

THE FINAL RESULT

The sky is nicer, and the colours are generally more vibrant, making the unedited image look washed out.

If you have the ability, I would strongly suggest that you shoot in “RAW” rather than JPEG. Even if you have no interest now, you may, at some point later on, want to retouch your images. RAW files give you much more latitude to make adjustments. It was one of the first things I started doing when I turned pro.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog, and I encourage you to go out and experiment with whatever camera you have. I’d love to see your results. Until next time…